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Wednesday
Jun082011

Dirt with Worms... Yum!

 

We made dirt and it was yummy! Ours had ooey, gooey worms crawling throughout. The perfect summer treat!

To make you will need:

  • softened 8 oz. cream cheese
  • softened 1 stick of butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Thawed Cool Whip
  • Oreos
  • Vanilla pudding
  • gummy worms

1. Make the vanilla pudding according to the directions.

2. Crush your Oreos into very small pieces. I used a food processor, but you can also place some Oreos into a baggie and crush with your hands. Make sure you do not overfill or your bag will break.

3. Mix together cream cheese, butter, and sugar.

4. Mix the vanilla pudding into your cream cheese mixture.

5. Layer the Oreos and pudding/cream cheese mixture. Place the gummy worms in between layers and on top.

6. Enjoy!


 

Sunday
Jun052011

Swinging Summer Sunday

A note from tonight's activities... I learned that making memories is sometimes more work than excitement. Let's just say, I need to teach my 3 year old to listen to instructions a bit better.

Tonight we enjoyed (most of the time) making pinwheels and Rice Krispee sun treats.

There are a lot of instructions online on how to make pinwheels, but I used these instructions from Kaboose. It contains a template which was helpful in creating the square and cuts. They were pretty easy to follow and assemble.

A few notes:

  • When pushing the push pin through the eraser, make sure your finger is not directly behind your eraser. It hurts when you get pricked!
  • Make sure you let the glue dry. I am pretty impatient when it comes to crafts and I hate to wait. I have learned time over and over that there is ALWAYS a reason to wait!

To make the Rice Krispee suns:

  • Follow the directions on the box.
  • Add yellow or orange food coloring into the marshmallows. I was distracted during this step, and didn't add until the coloring until the Rice Krispee's were added. I think they would have been a bit more colorful if I added the coloring directly to the melted marshmallows.
  • Assemble

Enjoy!!!

Wednesday
Jun012011

Terrarium

Oh, how making our terrarium today reminded me of when I was younger. I don't remember specific details but I do remember making one of these. I love the thought that my children are doing what I did way back 100 years ago.

A terrarium is very easy to make and takes minutes to put together. Before we made ours, we discussed what a seed is and why it needs water and sun to grow. I don't really expect my three year old to regurgitate what he learned today, but I believe in exposing him to as much of the world around him as possible. To aid in learning, there are some great books that illustrates and describes how a seed grows. This book looks interesting.

To make a terrarium:

You will need: water, 2 liter bottle, dirt, sharp scissors, and seeds

1. Find the bottom of where the label was and push your scissors through. Cut around to make two separate pieces.

2. Fill the bottom piece with dirt to almost full.

3. Try to occupy the toddler while your hands are covered with dirt.

4. Plant the seeds.

5. Water

6. Take the top piece and push it over the bottom piece. It will take some pressure and coaxing. Place the cap back on top of the bottle.

7. Place in a sunny window and watch grow.

8. When sprouted, take outside and plant.


Tuesday
May312011

June is here!

We are celebrating Summer this month in our little household. We have big plans for these next two months. Among our plans, are theme weeks and the attempt at having a theme activity each day. The first few weeks of June will center around Summer and then we will have some fun 4th of July celebrations leading up to the big day.

My theme night this month is "Swinging Summer Sundays." If you are doing a theme night, I really encourage you to find a few nights that will work for your family and alternate each theme through them. For example, I know I will not be able to do anything on Saturdays, so I will never pick a Saturday as my theme night.

Our first "daily" activity for this month is paper suns. We cheated and started a day early.

You will need:

  • paper plates
  • paint and brushes
  • shirts off
  • construction paper
  • tape or glue
  • crayons, glitter, paint, stickers, anything to decorate

Pick any sun color and paint the paper plates. Let plates dry completely before decorating.

Decorate the plate away. Logan chose to color his plates, but you can choose stickers, glitter, beads... anything that sounds fun to decorate wtih.

For the sun beams, I cut construction paper into strips and taped them on the inside of the plates.

I hung with tape. They look pretty neat on our windows and on our walls. The pictures do not do it justice.

Happy Summer!!!

 


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