Adventures of the Non-Creative Mom

November 25, 2012

Making a Turkey

Filed under: Arts and Crafts,Holidays — by dsuzuki @ 9:47 pm
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I know I’m late posting this but I misplaced my camera and finally found it while cleaning up today.  My 5 yr old has been begging for a craft using feathers and I finally got a bag of feathers on clearance at Michael’s.  It was Halloween colors but beggars can’t be choosy.  So while I cooked dinner I set my daughter up to make her own “turkey”.

She started off drawing a face:

Turkey

Then she started putting in her turkey’s feathers.

Once she finished up with the feathers we stuck in a couple pipe cleaners for legs and my daughter insisted her turkey also had to have feet so I had to try and shape those pipe cleaners into feet for her.

And voila…turkey!

Gobble…gobble.  Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

September 17, 2012

We’re Off to Find the Witch’s House by Mr. Krieb

Filed under: Books,Holidays — by dsuzuki @ 1:04 pm
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We're Off to Find the Witch's House

It’s not quite that time of year yet and my daughter asks me every time we go into Target why are the Halloween decorations up already but she still picked this book off her shelf for reading time.  It gets pulled out each year and it never gets old.

A group of children are getting dressed up in their costumes and head out to find the witch’s house. Along the way they encounter a shirking, lurking Dracula, a ghastly ghost and a host of other frightening creatures.  Will they make it to the witch’s house or will their fears get the best of them?

The book ends with the kids reaching the witch’s house where a party is going on and the kids are playing my daughter’s favorite party game, hit the pinata!

The illustrations in this book are wonderful and we notice something new each time we read it like the first few times through I didn’t realize each child loses some part of their costume when they encounter one of the creatures.  Then in the end the “creatures” turn out to be other children in costume and they show up at the party with all the lost items.

This is the perfect book to get into the Halloween spirit with the little ones without it being too scary for them.

April 7, 2012

Happy Easter!

Filed under: Holidays — by dsuzuki @ 11:48 pm
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Tomorrow we have a couple parties to attend so I decided to let the kids celebrate their Easter fun today.  So we had a busy day of Easter crafts, the final observations of our egg geodes experiment (post upcoming), opening their Easter basket goodies and eating Easter egg popsicles.

Here was the Easter basket I put together for the kids and can I say that my daughter was born to be in a Dizzy Dancer commercial?  She saw one of those short commercials that play on a display in Target and has been asking for one ever since.  I finally scored a deal on them for around $3 each and even though it’s for 4 yrs + I had to get one for my 21 month old as well otherwise fights would be inevitable.  When she started playing with it she kept saying “The new Dizzy Dancers are so awesome!” in one of those tv sales folks voices.  It cracked me up.

Easter Baskets

Dizzy Dancers

Both the kiddos are crazy about popsicles but I don’t like to give my son the full-sized ones.  Popsicle has these great mini popsicles that are about half the size which are great but they are so pricey!  I’ve been on the hunt for just the right size mould to make my own but haven’t had much luck.  I came across this pin on Pinterest about using Easter eggs for moulds and thought why not give it a try.

My husband drilled a hole in the bottom of each egg and then I used a thumb tack to make two air holes in each egg.  I didn’t have any mini funnels so I used one of our eye drops to fill each egg and then stuck in lollipop sticks left over from when I made lollipops for Christmas.

Easter egg popsicles

The kids got really excited over them and my daughter loved it but my son had a harder time with it once he got down to the bottom half of the shell.  I debated about removing the entire shell but didn’t want to worry about the drips as it melted.

Easter egg popsicles

Easter egg popsicleThe kids were pooped out and went down pretty easily for bed so hopefully no meltdowns during tomorrow’s parties.  Have a Happy Easter!

December 19, 2011

Christmas Tree Ice Cream Cones

Filed under: Arts and Crafts,Holidays — by dsuzuki @ 11:56 pm
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I saw this cute activity on Pinterest and thought it would be perfect for my daughter to do.  If it involves frosting, candy and Christmas she is so there.  A few friends ended up popping by and I thought it would be fun to have the kids do it together.  It was funny seeing the different approaches each child took.

I put out a plate of frosting (note for next time probably best if each child has their own plate of frosting), various candies and sprinkles for decorating and each person got a sugar cone to decorate.  The younger set went straight to eating the cone, forget frosting them. lol.

Then the older ones ranged from spots of frosting here and there as more frosting made it into their mouths than on the cones.  Yes, that is my girl.

Then there was the meticulous ones who made sure the cone was completely covered in frosting first.

Then came the decorating.  It started off with just a tiny bit of sprinkles…

Then the candies started making it into their mouths…

And then it evolves into this…

You knew it was going to happen right?

Don’t ask me how those blocks ended up in there too.

Because more must be better right?

So notice how none of the cones look like the example from Pinterest. My friends asked how could I stand just watching the kids go at it. I figured as long as they are having fun who cares what they look like right?  Just a few suggestions if you decide to try this.  I would put a tarp or blanket down under the table.  I did put the tables on our tiled area but getting all those sprinkles cleaned up was a pain.  Thank goodness for one of my friends who literally was on her hands and knees wiping them up.  And second, not the best idea to do this before dinner time. lol.

We all had a blast and we wish you a Happy Holidays!

December 18, 2011

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell by Lucille Colandro

Filed under: Books,Holidays — by dsuzuki @ 9:37 pm
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If you are familiar with the book There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly then you will recognize this as a holiday take on that story.  While it did not flow quite as smoothly as the original book my 4 year old still really enjoys reading it and has been reading it at bed time every night since I picked it up at the Scholastic Warehouse sale.  The old lady swallows a bell, ribbons, presents, etc until eventually she is swallowing reindeer and a sleigh!  In the end she whistles and blows everything out and then picks up Santa to deliver the gifts.  I’m not quite sure how whistling got everything out but oh well as long as the kids enjoy it right?  My daughter’s favorite part is when you see the old lady staggering with her belly hanging out of her shirt because she is so full.  This is a light hearted holiday story that makes a nice addition to the bedtime reading leading up to Christmas.

I haven’t had a chance to do this with my daughter yet but I think it would be a fun activity to adapt to this book.

December 11, 2011

Salt Dough Ornaments

Filed under: Arts and Crafts,Holidays — by dsuzuki @ 11:11 pm
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I’ve been seeing all sorts of salt dough ornament activities on Pinterest lately and decided it might be something my daughter would enjoy since she’s been begging to do some baking but we still haven’t finished the last batch of snickerdoodles we made.  This was my first time making these (at least since I was a kid) so I wasn’t sure about which recipe to use.  I ended up using this one:

4 cups flour

1 cup salt

1 & 1/2 cups of water

1. Mix flour and salt together

2. Slowly add the water while mixing and then knead the dough.

3. Roll out the dough and cut them into the shapes you want

4. Bake at 225 degrees for 1-2 hours

Notes for next time:

  • Definitely half the recipe next time.  She got tired out and bored by time she used about half of the dough
  • We tried adding some glitter to the dough and that didn’t work at all.  It just made the dough look a little dingy.  Not sure if it’s because we used some of the cheaper, finer glitter.
  • We also wanted to try coloring some of the dough and added the food coloring after we mixed everything.  It took a long time to get it to a dark enough color.  I think next time I may try adding the food coloring to the water before adding the water to the salt and flour.
  • Some of the ornaments were thicker than the others and I should definitely have baked them for longer (I baked them for one hour).  The tops looked good when I took them out but after they cooled off I turned them over and realized they didn’t bake all the way through to the bottom.

The next day my daughter and I decorated them.

I gave her some glitter glue and paint and let her go at it.  She insisted I had to do some too and it turned out to be a lot of fun.

And finally tying the strings onto them.

So all in all my daughter had a blast but definitely room for improvement next year.  I highly suggest everyone try this activity out with their kids and let their creative juices flow.