Star Mobile

As I mentioned in my cocktail umbrella wreath post, we had a rainbow themed party for my son.  One of the decorations that we did for the dining room, was to spice up our light fixture with a star mobile.  This is basically the same craft that I did in my Butterfly Mobile tutorial, but I made it a little more pro this time because it wasn’t just a whim.

Here’s what I used:

  • Craft foam in various colours
  • scissors
  • elmer’s glitter glue
  • crayola glitter glue
  • vinyl thread
  • needle

I cut out craft foam stars in 6 different colours and had my kids decorate them using glitter glue.  I then used clear vinyl thread to attach them to the light fixture.  I used a needle to get the thread through the foam and tied a double knot so the thread wouldn’t pull all the way through.  I then tied the other end to the light fixture.  This gave the illusion that the stars were just hanging in mid air, which definitely impressed the 5 and under crowd 🙂

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Quick & Easy Popsicle Stick Puppets

My son has been playing “puppets” with things that aren’t really puppets for a few days, so yesterday I suggested we make some puppets of people that he knows.  We didn’t have a lot of time to make complicated puppets, so we made these ones that are really easy and fast.

Here’s what you need:

  • constructions paper
  • something round to trace
  • pencil/markers/pens
  • scissors
  • glue
  • Popsicle sticks
  • yarn scraps

Here’s how to make them:

  1. Fold your paper in half.
  2. Place your “circle” (we used the bottom of a large glass) on the paper and trace.
  3. Cut out your circle through both layers.  This gives you two identical circles (and blew my 4 year old’s mind): one for the face and one for the back of the head.
  4. Draw your face on one of the circles.
  5. Put glue all the way around the edge of the other circle.  Attach cut pieces of yarn for hair and attach the popsicle stick.  These get sandwiched between the two circles.
  6. Press the face piece down on top of the popsicle, hair and back piece.

Voila! You can now enjoy endless hours of puppet shows 🙂

Easter Cookies

Okay, so here I go with my first real post.  I will warn you right now that this particular activity is not for the faint of heart.  There are several different parts to this that are each fairly time consuming, but the kiddos can help with all of it and it can be lots of fun to do this over a few days.  Also, I did this a few days ago without this blog in mind, so I didn’t take as many pictures of the process as I should have.  Sorry!  Here is a preview of the finished product: Butterly Cookie

Step 1:  Make the cookie dough.  To make the cookies you can use any recipe you like for rolled and cut cookies.  My kids love the one from the Family Fun web site. If you use that recipe, omit the food colouring.  I used a fun set of spring cookie cutters including bunnies, a butterfly, a chick, an Easter egg and a cute umbrella.  The kids and I made the batter on Friday and left it in the fridge overnight.  On Saturday the dough was too stiff to work, so I had to leave it on the counter for about an hour to soften up.

Buttercream Icing

Buttercream Icing

Step 2:  Make the icing.  Again, you can use any icing that your family likes.  This time I used the Wilton buttercream recipe, but I think a nice cream cheese icing would taste really great as well.  We made the icing while we waited for the cookie dough to soften.  The kids helped me make one batch of icing and separate it into five smaller portions.  Then we used Wilton colours to make five different colours of icing.  The kids found this part particularly fun 🙂  All the colours turned out well except for Delphinium Blue, which is the grey mush up in the top right corner.  Maybe if I had added more colouring it would have come out more blue, but as it stands it looks pretty yucky!

cookie decorations

cookie decorations

Step 3:  Decorate!  My kids are 2 and 4, so I spread the icing for them.  My 4 year old tried to do his first one by himself, but ended up breaking the cookie.  I took over to save some frustration.  Then they added on the decorations of their choosing.  I gave them each four small bowls of different decorations that I had purchased at the bulk barn.

Step 4:  Enjoy 🙂  The best part is eating the cookies.  I was amazed that my 4 year old diligently decorated six cookies before sampling, but was not surprised that my 2 year old was sampling the candy before she got any onto her first cookie.  All in all a tasty and fun activity that uses up a lot of time for kids who are excited that Easter is coming.