Spring is in the Air!

School is crazy right now but every time I look out a window I am overwhelmed with the signs of spring! So this week Penny, Jude, and I are going to do some planting. My dad grows elephant ear plants every year and the way they work is that by the fall the big bulbs have produced baby bulbs that can be planted in the spring. I’m going to use two baby bulbs and have the kids plant one each so that they can watch their own plant grow from week to week. It’s going to be fun for them because they will be able to get a little dirty and have something at the end that they can track the growth of. Sadly the amount of unfinished homework that I have is screaming my name… Friday can’t come soon enough this week. Sorry for the short post, Friday’s will be better.

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Rainbows and a Pot of Gold

st-patrick-rainbow-craftHappy St. Patrick’s Day! First of all Penny and I did color on last week but on Friday I succumbed to Spring Break fever and wasn’t productive at all during nap time hence no post about it. This week however will be different! We are going to make St. Patrick’s Day rainbows.

The rainbows are super cute and at the same time really easy to make. I love making chain decorations and so when I found this craft I knew immediately I wanted to do it with them. Also Penny and Jude love colorful things so they will have fun with this. I am expecting them to like this craft because it is hands on in a way that they can do most of the work themselves. I will of course do all the cutting and such but I want to challenge them and their hand eye coordination by having them make the chains with as little assistance as possible.

I’m going to pull the luck of the Irish and say that while we are making our rainbows nothing wrong will happen. I think that because all three of us are Irish, and the number three is the holy number in Irish tradition that our craft will go off with no hiccups.

So come back Friday and I will tell you if our luck held out, or if a leprechaun will mess things up for us.

We Will Color!

Last week I thought I was going to use Octonaut coloring pages to get a little break because school has been really tiring. However I forgot about the circus and had to rally. This week is the week before spring break and so naturally I have papers/assignments due in all five of my classes. Because of my heavy school work load I’m going to pull out the Octonauts to save the day, again. This time though we will actually be using the coloring pages.

Of course I could tell you how much I really need Penny and Jude to love these coloring pages because I’m so exhausted and have so much to do. And all of these things are true, I dozed off reading two hours ago. But the reality is that just by writing this post I am spending time on something other than homework that I really shouldn’t be, no matter how much I love it, simply because I don’t have time to spare. So we’re going to keep it short and simple today. The kids and I are going to do some coloring this week. On Friday I will be on spring break and will be able to write a more lengthy or at least more interesting and thought out post.  So until then enjoy the sun that has once again appeared in the sky!

Coloring to the Rescue!

108-Free-Octonauts-Coloring-Printable-PagesHello everyone! Last week was a bit crazy, hence I didn’t post at all, and this week is shaping up to be the same way so I need a break. Therefore I am pulling out an easy and hopefully imagination encouraging craft. I desperately need some time this week where I’m not elbows deep in homework or a craft with Penny and Jude. The craft that will ensure me some down time you ask? Coloring pages, Octonauts coloring pages to be exact. If you are a parent or nanny of young children you have probably come across the Octonauts before. For those of you who don’t have a personal relationship, freely or forced, with the Octonauts they are a group of animated animals that live underwater and go on adventures. Admittedly they aren’t my favorite my favorite show, I prefer Wild Kratts or a Disney movie, but every once in a while we watch Octonauts. Plus Jude saw the color pages when I originally found them and got really excited, and so this week is going to be a coloring week.

I envision the coloring party to be a hit. Penny and Jude enjoy coloring quite a bit and if I play my part right and really amp up the activity I think these coloring pages could be my saving grace. My hope is that they will just keep coloring and coloring. The pin I found links you to 108 free Octonauts coloring pages so it truly is a treasure trove. I’m going to print all the pages out and just keep on handing them out until their little fingers can’t color any more.

I’m praying that nothing goes wrong and I am able to achieve some relatively quiet and calm time. But I would be lying if I didn’t have my worries or doubts that that was going to happen. The problems I foresee are as follows: Penny and Jude might simply not be in the mood for coloring, it’s happened before. They might fight over a specific coloring page or crayons. They may want to color with markers which at times, like when I’m exhausted, I don’t give them markers and protests can abound! They may start out excited but quickly lose interest and move onto more strenuous activities. I could in my exhausted state forget to print out the pages before I leave home. Ugh, these  foreseeable problems are making me even more tired!

Well here’s to hope and coloring pages! I need a break and hopefully these Octonauts will do the trick. If these coloring pages and I pull this off my opinion of the Octonauts will be a lot better! I’ll let you know on Friday what happened…

Snow Rainbows

How-to-make-your-own-snow-paint1So last week I tried something new, and it failed. I wrote this post ahead of time and then scheduled it to be posted last Tuesday, while I was at school, from my phone. Needless to say it never posted. Which actually turned out alright because when I realized that it hadn’t posted was around the time that I realized the kids and I had played all day and not done the activity. And so we’re going to try again this week! As I’ve said before I simply love the snow! Seeing it fall from the sky and cover everything gives me such a thrill. This week I am going to take advantage of the snow and go out and play in it with Penny and Jude. However I will not be going outside empty handed, I’m going to be bringing along snow paint. As always I found the recipe on pinterest, it originally comes from a mommy blogger One Little Project At A Time. And like all my favorite projects it is super simple! There are only two ingredients, well three if you consider the snow, water and food coloring. You put the water and food coloring in water bottles and then take them outside to paint pictures in the snow.

I’m hoping that the kids will really like this craft because I’m really excited about it. I think that this could be really fun. It reminds me of coloring with chalk in the summer. Also the kids love being allowed to go wild and make things messy and this is a craft I feel I can allow them to do that. I can see them now a bottle in each hand shaking the bottles and spinning in circles spraying the colored water all over the snow. It should also be a fairly exhausting activity as well which means Jude will take a good nap and Penny’s teacher is just going to have to deal! I think this is going to be one of the crafts that we laugh the whole time we do it, and I really love those crafts.

I can’t imagine many things going wrong with this craft, but there are a few. Bottles could spill before we get outside, which would mean I would have to clean up before we went outside cutting into our play time. It could be bitterly cold outside and the kids might only be able to bear it for a few minutes before the cry out in protest to go back inside. I know their parents wouldn’t care if we got a little bit of the colored water on their snow gear but I’m sure they wouldn’t be too thrilled if say Penny rolled in the painted snow dying all of her snow gear.

As long as I can avoid those three problems I think this craft is going to be a hit! Ugh! I hope it goes well because I really want to laugh and play with them in the snow like this.  I’ll let you know how much fun we have with this one on Friday!

 

Groundhog Day!

groundhogNext Monday is Groundhog Day and so this week Penny, Jude, and I are going to be artistic and color pictures of the groundhog. I know it is a little bit lame, but my Spring semester just started a week ago and all the other Groundhog Day crafts I found were super intense! So what did I do after spending 15 minutes on pinterest and only finding either crafts that required a lot of work or that I had to pay for? I googled “free groundhog day coloring pages” and voila I got my coloring pages. I found a bunch through that link and I would encourage you that if you’re in a pinch and you need a Groundhog Day craft print out some of those pages and just claim that coloring encourages imagination and self expression.

Penny and Jude can spend a lot of time coloring if they really get into it and always enjoy themselves so I don’t feel bad that I couldn’t find a better craft. I’ll print out a whole bunch of different pictures and just let them keep coloring different pages until I run out or they lose interest, whichever comes first. We haven’t done coloring in a while because I have been doing all these different fun crafts with them and so they should be pretty excited to get to color. I’ll put on some music, Disney pandora, and we will have a nice, hopefully calm, time coloring. I’m actually excited about it if you can believe it.

Right now I’m worried that since we have been doing so many fun and different crafts that they may not want to simply sit and color. If they don’t want to color the reality is that we just won’t be doing a Groundhog Day themed craft cause I don’t have anything else up my sleeve right now. I guess this wouldn’t be so bad but I kinda would  like to say that we did do something that correlates with the holiday, and we can’t very well watch Groundhog Day!

Alright well here’s hoping the kids are in the mood to color this week! I’ll let you know how the coloring party went on Friday, and until then stay warm!

Wintery Dough

Snow Dough Recipe for play 65First of all I have to apologize for not posting yesterday, or earlier today. Yesterday was the first day of my new semester. So now that that is out of the way. This week Penny, Jude and I are going to make some snow because on Sunday when it was raining/freezing something outside all I wanted was snow. I love making and playing with play dough with the kids, and so when I found a recipe for snow dough I was really excited. It isn’t exactly play dough but I can’t wait to see how it feels and molds. This craft comes from Growing a Jeweled Rose, a blogger who I have found many great ideas for crafts through. Penny and Jude love making play dough with me and I think that this new spin on it will be a lot of fun for all three of us. Instead of using flour and water over the stove to make the dough this snow dough uses corn starch and lotion. I’ve got some cheap lotion that I never use and corn starch is a cheap ingredient and so I’m happy. Also I’m not sure but I’m guessing that the lotion will keep some of it’s moisture giving abilities and with all this cold weather mine and the kids hands could do with some moisture. This really would be a great craft if it was both something for play but also a hand treatment at the same time.

I want to do this craft in the morning in hopes that Penny and Jude will love it and play with it for a long time allowing me to make lunch in peace. I feel like of late that is one of my main goals. It is like a little sanctuary from the craziness to be able to still see them playing at the table through the door but have my music on and be in some level of quiet. So this is my goal with the snow dough, make lunch in peace. I think I should be able to accomplish this given the fact that they will be fascinated enough that corn starch and lotion make a play dough like object. I have also seen how long they can play happily with play dough and so that also gives me hope.

My only concern this week is a peaceful lunch making time. I don’t really care about a mess or anything else. I can take care of and clean up those things while Penny is at school and Jude is sleeping. This semester has officially started and I’m already tired, I just finished reading four articles. So be rooting for me this week! I’ll let you know on Friday if I got my break or not.

Frozen Flubber

Frozen-Silly-Putty-Top-ShotOkay so I know I promised you guys that I wouldn’t talk about flubber again for a while, but six weeks is long enough right?! Hahahaha since this is my last week of Winter Break I wanted to do something fun with Penny and Jude while keeping mind some of the things we collectively love. I don’t think I have to really get into my love of flubber here, if you’re new to the blog this is the 6th post dedicated to flubber. The kids also love playing with it. And like every other kid they still are in love with the movie Frozen. I can’t tell you how many times we have watched the movie or listened to the soundtrack… it’s on my phone. So thanks to Paging Fun Moms this week we will be making Frozen themed flubber. They call it Frozen silly putty but by now I know flubber recipe when I see it.

I’m imagining the kids are going to freak out when I tell them we are going to make Frozen flubber. They still ask to play with the first successful batch and so this one should go over even better! I’m all geared up for this craft! I’ve got the soundtrack, the silver and blue glitter from our snow globes, I have to go get more glue and borax, but now I know where to get it and how to make a great batch of flubber. I think this craft is going to be a home run! I’m excited to make it with them and see them play with it afterwards.

After my last successful batch of flubber I’m feeling confident, combined with how great I feel after four weeks of no homework. I am going to say something that I have never said on the blog and that is I don’t think anything bad is going to happen with this craft. I’ve learned my lesson about the proper ingredients of making flubber. I can say I have made a successful batch. And I mean come on I’ve got the trump card, Frozen! This craft is set up for success! Come back on Friday to see if my confidence was misplaced or not. And because I can’t resist…

Snow Day Painting!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your celebrations and these first few days of 2015. This past week has been wildly busy for the kids and me, but I am excited to get back into the swing of things with the kids starting this week. I was inspired this morning when I woke up because glorious white snowflakes were falling from the sky! I immediately wanted to do something snow related with the kids this week and when I looked at the weather for the rest of the week and found out that the snow will be staying I was even happier. Thursday is also supposed to be really cold so I as much as I will be wanting to be outside all morning I know an indoor craft is probably best considering I want to be able to hand kids not icicles off to their mom at the end of the day. Luckily yesterday I had a pinning binge session on Winter and Spring crafts for kids and found the perfect one for Thursday!

snow paint recipe 6On Thursday Penny, Jude, and I are going to make snow paint. This is probably one of the simplest crafts I have done with the kids yet considering difficulty and ingredients. All it takes is snow and food coloring to make the paint and paper and brushes for the kids to enjoy it. The blogger that I got it from, Growing a Jeweled Rose, said that the snow will slowly melt creating fun designs on the paper. I’m really excited for this craft because I absolutely love seasonal crafts, and snow is one of my all time favorite things. Penny and Jude also really love painting using anything, like I talked about in my last post, and so I’m excited to see how they react to the snow paint.

This craft seems pretty air tight right? I mean I love snow, they love painting, the recipe is easy, and it’s going to be cold enough for everyone to want to stay inside, what could go wrong? Well right now the biggest problem I can foresee is if the weather app on my phone lied to me. What happens if I wake up Thursday morning and there is no snow?! I’m on Winter Break guys my brain has been shut off to quick thinking for over three weeks now, what if I can’t think up a back up plan? Another foreseeable problem is that food coloring dyes everything that it comes in contact with, everything! I can see Penny and Jude now holding their paint brushes aloft waving them back and forth splattering snow paint all over the room and furnisher. That would not be a fun day for me.

However, it’s snowing outside. Snow is like magic to me, I can’t be pessimistic for long when it’ snowing. In the spirit of snow I’m going to say that the snow will stay and Penny and Jude will behave. Come back on Friday to see if all my snowy dreams have melted away or not. 😉

Cookie Time!

Best-Sugar-Cookie-Cut-out-Recipe-finalIt is that time of year everyone! Time to make outrageous amounts of sugary sweet things and then eat them all saying you are only celebrating the season. Thursday the kids and I are going to be partaking in this glorious tradition. We will be making sugar cookies. Now as a warning sugar cookies are the one dessert item that I have consistently had trouble with; they always seem to come out a little different than I hope, usually more burnt.  So this activity could go south fast… But I’m not talking about that yet! I found a bunch of recipes that claim to be simple and the best. So this week since all the recipes are basically the same I am going to use three of them because of the varying advice that is attached to the recipes. I will be using Make Bake Celebrate’s  Rolled Cookies 101, Love Grows Wild’s Perfect Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs, and In Katrina’s Kitchen’ Best Sugar Cookie Recipe EVER. With the help of these three recipes I hope to make beautiful sugar cookies with Penny and Jude that they can both bring home to their parents and I can bring to go see The Hobbit with my friends later that night.

So what could go wrong with this recipe? Well as I said before sugar cookies and I have never been on the best of terms, when I’m baking them at least, hand them to me finished on a platter and we are CLOSE! I could burn the cookies meaning the kids will be upset and I will have no cookies to bring into the movie. The kids could get the baking ingredients all over the kitchen, which they have done in the past. I could burn them. I could roll them too thin and they tear. I could burn them. They could spread strangely and not look like pretty snowflakes when they come out. I could burn them. I could forget an ingredient ruining the batter. And did I mention I could burn them?

However many times I have burnt sugar cookies in the past I am trying to push all fears about burning them again aside and go into this activity with a clear and determined mind. My hope is that the kids are obedient which they should be when I threaten them with no cookies, and that I will have a nice little stash of cookies to enjoy during the movie. Friday I’ll tell you all the sweet or burnt details!