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Thursday
Jul122012

Camp Week Part 3

There are so many fun crafts and activities you can do while camping. I had a lot planned, but in reality, we didn't do much since we were so busy sight seeing. If you are going somewhere you have been before or to just enjoy the wonderful idea of camping, you will probably want a few activities and crafts planned to keep the kids from becoming too crazy!

One activity we did was a Nature Hunt. We checked each item off the list as we took a picture of each object.

Click on the picture above to print our your own copy of the Nature Hunt.

This week, we are working on creating a book with our pictures and what each item represents (water, an animal, etc.) I will share once it is completed. Children love to create books and it helps with reading readiness and word exposure. Preschool children can easily enough "read" their books to siblings and parents.

A few other fun crafts...

Stick Frame:

Buy a cheap unfinished wood frame. Collect sticks and glue to the frame with craft glue. Let dry overnight.

Leaf Art:

Collect leafs and glue onto a sturdy white paper shaped into animals, shapes, objects, or abstract art.

Nature Rubbings:

Use sturdy white paper and place over anything with texture... rocks, leaves, bark, etc. Gently use crayons and rub back and forth against texture until pattern appears.

Tomorrow I will share the Junior Ranger Program we discovered at Acadia National Park. It is a really neat program and we found the programs are in almost every state and pretty easily accessible no matter where you live (well, probably not Guam!) My son LOVED completing it!

Hopefully this hot weather is bearable in your area!


Tuesday
Jul102012

Camp Week Part 2

I stumbled along this great idea on Pinterest and thought it would be a fun idea to use if you are camping at home. I made it for a Baby Shower, but thought it was an easy take on making S'mores without fire.

You can find the instructions at Tip Junkie. My only recommendation is add a whole lot more chocolate chips in-between the graham crackers.They were very easy to make and turned out yummy!

Last year we did a camp week at home and wanted to share a few of our past ideas.

Nature Walk and Project

Indoor Campfire

Camp Hats

Family Banner

Tomorrow I will share some more activities and crafts you can do either camping outdoors or at home!



Monday
Jul092012

Weekly Theme: Camp Week Part 1

Each week this summer, we will be doing some fun food, crafts, and activities with our children revolving around a certain theme. I hope you join us in these themes and we would love for your to leave comments with your ideas or link up your ideas on our Facebook page!

This week we are celebrating camping. My little family just returned from a week long camping trip to beautiful Maine. Today, I wanted to share a few quick tips on travelling long distances and camping with children. Throughout this week, we will share food ideas, activities, and crafts you can do with your children whether you are camping at home or camping out under the stars.

Travelling:

  • Don't always assume you can travel to Maine during the summer and try to find a hotel room at 2 AM! 
  • Throw away the limited TV screening policy and let your kids watch unlimited movies. It is so peaceful and quiet you can even have conversations with your husband!
  • Have snacks galore! We used a cooler with fruit, cheese, lunch meat, and made sandwiches and snacks.
  • Have any stuffed animals, special blankets, and PJ's ready for nap time or if travelling at night.
  • Take as many rest stops as needed.
  • A few fun games... I Spy, the license plate game, and I also taught Logan the color ruby and we tried to find as many items that were rubied color. He loved it.
  • Music and silly songs

 

Camping

  • Know that the kids will go to bed late and naps will be skipped or taken whenever possible.
  • Dirt is good... at least that is what I tell myself when my daughter is continually dirty from digging and playing
  • Always be prepared for rain
  • It is exhausting, but well worth it!
  • Lots of band-aids for those many falls and scrapes
  • Don't forget to charge your camera so you have enough battery power for all those great pictures you will be taking!
  • Embrace the no make-up and hair pulled back every day look
  • Drink lots of water!
  • Be prepared for a lot of activities and then realize you didn't do any of them... you were too busy enjoying your family and exploring!

I hope some of these tips can help! I really encourage camping. I told my husband that it is a lot of work, but the experience is so valuable! Our family loved it and hopefully your family will love it as well!


 

 

Friday
Jun292012

4th of July Shirts- Repost

 I love the 4th of July and love to celebrate in style! I love making shirts for my kids because I know one day they won't let me!

 

If you would like to download the full size image, please click on the thumbnail below.


To make a shirt:

1. Print your image out on t-shirt transfer paper. You can find this at any craft store or general merchandise store (Walmart, Target, etc.)

2. Cut out the image. For the star, I cut as close to the wording as possible. Keep in mind any border will be white on your material.

3. Iron on the image using your transfer paper's directions.

4. Let cool and wear!

Please let me know if you have any questions or need any help! You can leave a comment or email me at becky@twelvemonthsoffun.com.

 

 


Thursday
Jun282012

4th of July Healthy Eats and Sweet Treats - Part 2

Yesterday we featured patriotic fruit stacks as the healthy but yummy portion of this two-part post; today we are going to get into the good stuff; our 4th of July Sweet Treats. This tasty post is a modification of the Star & Stripes Cheesecake Shots shared on Half-Baked: the cake blog. Any cheesecake that you can pick up and pop in your mouth is great for adults and kids, and you can make it as sweet as you want by modifying the amount of sugar that you add to the cream-cheese mixture.

4th of July Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries

{modified from Star & Stripes Cheesecake Shots}

Ingredients needed:

1 8 oz. package of cream cheese-room temperature

1 8 oz. tub of Cool Whip- thawed (you can use whipped heavy cream also-you may need to add more sugar)

¼ cup of white sugar (more or less depending on your sweet tooth)

½ tsp. of vanilla

Fresh blueberries

½ package of puff pastry-thawed (this will be too much; I did not come up with a solution on how to cut it back-you could possible cut the frozen roll of pastry in 1/2 so you were only using ¼ of the package, but I am not sure how easy this will be-we just ate the extra dipped in the extra cheesecake mixture)

½ cup melted butter (if end up trying to quarter the amount of pastry you use you will only need ¼ cup)

¼ of turbinado sugar for “sparkling”stars

1-inch star shaped cookie cutter

*full disclosure: we actually used fillo dough due to me not realizing that it was different from puff pastry-this required us to have to butter each layer which was a little messy and time-consuming, you can save the time and trouble by using the frozen Puff Pastry by Pepperidge Farm

 

To start I washed our berries off and whipped up the "cheesecake" filling. We were short on time so I forgot to take pictures of the "before" but the process was simple. I whipped the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until it was light and fluffy. I then folded in the whipped topping until uniform throughout. I then set it aside and got busy hulling berries. To get them to stand up on the plate I cut the bottom off so they had a flat surface to rest on. I used a small paring knife to this part and it worked like a dream. You could try one of those fancy-shmancy strawberry hullers, but I like that I had control over the size of the hull and could make it a little bigger to fit more filling.

Once this was done I set them up in the serving tray per my sister's suggestion. She said it would be better to not move them once they were filled; I think it was good advice. I used a piece of blue vellum to line the tray; you could use any scrap book paper you had lying around. Scrapbook paper is a great way to make a really simple dessert look fantastic; we use that trick all the time to line cupcake displays or cake plates.

It was then time to pump them full of "cheesecake" filling. My sister does cakes and cupcakes as a hobby/side job, so she hooked me up with a professional pastry bag and tip, but you could use a ziploc bag with a corner cut off just as effectively.

Once the tray was full of cheesecake stuffed strawberries I stuck it in the fridge to chill and made the puff-pastry stars. As I stated in my disclosure, I confused fillo dough with puff pastry, so I was a little stressed when I opened the box and the layers were separated. We are problem-solvers though, especially when guests are due to arrive in 45 minutes, so I put the child on buttering duty, channeled my Tim Gunn, and "made it work".

Once we had the top layer buttered we sprinkled the turbinado sugar on top (Sugar in the Raw), punched out the stars using the 1-inch star-shaped cookie cutter, gingerly separated them and spread them out onto a lined cookie sheet. I lined mine with my Silpat; you could also use parchment paper. I did not spray it with anything since we had butter everywhere. They baked them at 425 F for about 10 minutes, and came out looking much better than I expected. The picture below shows what they looked like before going into the oven.

Once the stars had cooled, each stuffed strawberry was topped with a blueberry and star "pastry". You could also use cookie dough or pie crust to make the stars if you did not want to mess around with puff pastry or fillo dough. These 4th of July Sweet Treats were a huge hit at the party, so much so that I only got to taste one. Delicious and patriotic!