DIY Nature Placemat

DIY Nature Placemat - Make this fun DIY Nature Placemat with your kids!  A perfect nature craft to make with fall leaves & other treasures your kids find. Activity & craft in one!

Fall is the best time of year for crafts.  Especially Nature crafts.  I love exploring with my kids and getting up close and personal with the great outdoors. We started doing Forest School last Spring and fell in love with it.  This Fall it was perfect to go exploring in the woods during my own version of Forest School and then come home and continue on by making these DIY Nature Place mats.

DIY Nature Placemat - Make this fun DIY Nature Placemat with your kids!  A perfect nature craft to make with fall leaves & other treasures your kids find. Activity & craft in one!

The kids had so much fun exploring nature and picking up treasures to put in our bag and bring home for a craft.  It also kept them busy for a while in the afternoon assembling the perfect place mat.  We use them to decorate our kitchen and set up a beautiful table for our harvest feast.

DIY Nature Placemat - Make this fun DIY Nature Placemat with your kids!  A perfect nature craft to make with fall leaves & other treasures your kids find. Activity & craft in one!

Materials Needed:

  • Sticky contact paper
  • Duct Tape or masking tape in pretty colours
  • Nature treasures

DIY Nature Placemat - Make this fun DIY Nature Placemat with your kids!  A perfect nature craft to make with fall leaves & other treasures your kids find. Activity & craft in one!




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How to Assemble:

DIY Nature Placemat - Make this fun DIY Nature Placemat with your kids!  A perfect nature craft to make with fall leaves & other treasures your kids find. Activity & craft in one!

  • Measure out the contact paper to your desired place mat size.  I used an old place mat to model it after.  Make sure you cut out two for front and back.  Or make sure it is double the width so you can fold it over.
  • Take the backing off one of the sides (or half if you did a big one) and tape it down onto a table.
  • Help your kids assemble their treasures and spread them out on the contact paper.
  • Adult job: peel the other side/half and gently press it down slowly pressing out any bubbles.
  • Using the duct tape or masking tape (and please do not buy that pretty thin tape from Dollarama that breaks or it will take you an hour to tape it) line the edges of the place mat.  This helps keep the contact paper shut and give it some durability and decor.

DIY Nature Placemat - Make this fun DIY Nature Placemat with your kids!  A perfect nature craft to make with fall leaves & other treasures your kids find. Activity & craft in one!

Now get your kids to help set the table and admire their beautiful place mats.

DIY Nature Placemat - Make this fun DIY Nature Placemat with your kids!  A perfect nature craft to make with fall leaves & other treasures your kids find. Activity & craft in one!

What is your favourite nature craft to do?  Comment below and tell me!

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DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath

DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath - Make your own fun DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath with supplies all found at your local Dollar Store. Perfect for your front door, porch or mantle.

I was so excited to try my own version of this DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath.  I love Fall, it’s my favourite season, I cannot wait to decorate for the next season as soon as school starts. My daughter is a big glitter fan (what four-year-old is not right?!?!) so she is always looking for glitter crafts to do with me.  This was a great compromise!

I hit up the Dollarama for some supplies and then came home to craft it up!  I suggest you check out your local Dollarstore for your favourite Fall items.

 

Materials Needed:

DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath - Make your own fun DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath with supplies all found at your local Dollar Store. Perfect for your front door, porch or mantle.

  • Dollar Store wreath- I found a wooden/wicker one
  • Leaves – real or fake from the Dollar Store
  • Red glitter (or yellow, orange, or brown, any leaf colour really)
  • Mod Podge & paint brush
  • Glue gun & stick

 

How to Assemble:

DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath - Make your own fun DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath with supplies all found at your local Dollar Store. Perfect for your front door, porch or mantle.

  • I heated up the glue gun and my kids helped me pick leaves (I alternated colours).  They handed me each colour and I used the glue gun to stick it on, they helped press it down.
  • Working around the wreath I glued all the leaves on until it was completely covered.
  • Now for the fun part using Mod Podge (or even regular white glue) the kids painted it on the leaves then sprinkled it with red glitter. They loved this part!
  • You can thread a ribbon through the top to hang it.  Or lean it on your fireplace.

DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath - Make your own fun DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath with supplies all found at your local Dollar Store. Perfect for your front door, porch or mantle.

I put it on my front walk leaning against a bale of hay for some pretty Fall decorations.  Just in time for the Autumn Equinox!!

 

 

What are your favourite Fall items to decorate your house with?

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Pumpkin Books & Activities for September’s Monthly Crafting Book Club

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

This month our focus is on Pumpkin Books & Activities for September’s Monthly Crafting Book Club.  If you have not heard of the Monthly Crafting Book Club we focus on a new book, series, or topic each month to do a craft on.  It’s a lot of fun and a great way to further your children’s love of reading by incorporating a craft along with a book.   I used to love the Berenstain Bears Prize Pumpkin book growing up by Stan & Jan Berenstain.  Since we are celebrating all things Fall this week for the Autumn Equinox, otherwise known as Mabon, this is the perfect time for a pumpkin craft.

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

We had a big family Harvest Feast yesterday and decided to make some pumpkin name cards to help everyone find their seats at the table.  Plus it gave a little decoration to the festivities.  It was my first time hosting a big holiday dinner and I loved this extra touch that showed everyone to their seats without the awkward “where shall I sit” while everyone hovers around the table.

Come join us for the Monthly Crafting Book Club. Each month we focus on a different book and encourage early literacy by pairing it with a craft.

Have you seen the other crafts this year for the Monthly Crafting Book Club?

January –Ladybug Girl Wings

February – Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Craft

March – How do Dinosaurs

April – The Hungry Caterpillar

May – Camping Themed

June – Pinkalicious Series

July – Back to School Themed Books

August – Apple Related Book Crafts

September – Pumpkin Books & Activities

Join us next month for Pete The Cat series!

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

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Start off by reading the book The Berenstain Bears & The Prize Pumpkin by Stan & Jan Berenstain with your kids.  Get excited about all things pumpkin.

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

Materials Needed:

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

  • Orange & yellow construction paper
  • Green pipe cleaner
  • Glue stick & scissors
  • Sharpie marker

Assembling:

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

  • I folded a piece of orange construction paper into quarters.
  • Trace or free hand draw an orange onto the paper.
  • Use your scissors to cut it out.
  • Fold the pumpkin in half and cut little slits along the folded edge, being careful to leave a few centimeters at the edge.
  • Use the scissors to cut narrow yellow strips.
  • Time for your children to help!  Get them to help weave them in and out of the orange strips .
  • Use as many yellow strips as possible, the more strips, the prettier the pumpkin, and nicer the weaving.
  • Glue down the edges with the glue stick.
  • Cut the pipe cleaner into pieces about an inch and a half long.
  • Poke the end of the pipe cleaner through the top of the pumpkin and fold it up a bit on the backside to stay put.
  • OPTIONAL:  Write everyone’s names on the pumpkin to show them where to sit.

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

Pumpkin Place Card

  • To use as place cards stick the finished pumpkin on the plates of those dining with you.  Or weave it in between the tines of the forks.

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal




Tomorrow we will make Pumpkin Muffins in preperation for the the Autumn Equinox this week.   Then read more pumpkin books together!

Other than the Berenstain Bears Prize Pumpkin, what are your favourite pumpkin books?

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Monthly Crafting Book Club – September

Pumpkin Books & Activities

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

Don’t forget to check out what the other bloggers did this month!

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

 

 

Last October we did a pumpkin craft for September as well, but Happy Pumpkin Day Mouse.

 

 

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Handprint Fall Tree Painting

I made this a few years ago with my son when he was a baby.  He loved to do hand-print paintings with me.  This Handprint Fall Tree Painting was a big favourite and I love pulling it out to put on my wall each Fall.

 

Supplies needed:

  • Canvas to paint (I buy mine from Dollarama), make sure it is large enough to fit however many arms/hands you are doing.   I was doing two kids so this one was perfect for me.
  • Acrylic Paint: blue, green, brown, red, yellow, orange, and white.
  • Piece of a sponge
  • Paint Brushes
  • Sponge letters (again from Dollarama)
  • Ensure you are close to a sink or bucket of water with lots of soap for cleaning.

Method:

Step 1 – The background

  • I started off painting the canvas to look like the outside.  I squirted some blue dots sporadically around the top 3/4 with a few white spots in between.  The bottom 1/4 I put dots of green.
  • I moistened my sponge then squeezed out most of the water.
  • Using the sponge I lightly brushed it back and forth covering the whole top section making sure to get the sides of the canvas too.
  • Turn the sponge over to a fresh side and do the green, covering the bottom and sides as well.
  • I took another clean side and lightly melded the colours together so the canvas was completely covered.
  • Let that dry while you set up.

Step 2 – The tree

  • Toddlers/babies are MESSY with paint no matter how careful you are, make sure none of you are wearing clothes you don’t want ruined.  Prep your clean up area and put a towel down.
  • Take their arm and starting at the elbow paint it brown all the way up to their hand making sure to cover their hands too.
  • Lightly take their arm by the elbow and press down from the elbow to the hands firmly.
  • CLEAN THEM QUICKLY BEFORE THEY TOUCH SOMETHING!
  • Do any remaining kids.

    Step 3 – The leaves

  • Let it dry while you prep for the leaves, get a plate/lid/etc. and squirt a little red, yellow, and orange paint in it.
  • Carefully take child’s finger and dip in the colours one at a time and scatter around the finger portion of the “tree” to represent the leaves.  No need to rinse hand in between colours and if they go rogue and paint elsewhere that’s ok, it’s a falling or blown leaf.
  • Repeat with any other children.

Step 4 – The words

  • Choose what colour you want to write your letters with.  I chose silver.
  • Dampen your sponge and dip in your colour, blot it on the lid/plate a few times then carefully spell out F A L L one at a time repeating the previous steps with each letter.  You could change it up and write Autumn, or Mabon, or any other word you wish.
  • Let it all dry.

You did it!  An adorable keepsake to give to grandparents, aunt’s and uncle’s or add to your growing stack of adorable hand and footprint canvases that you are making.

What is your favourite messy craft to do with your little ones?

 

 

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Fall ideas to Celebrate Mabon with your Family

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It is starting to feel like Fall!  It’s been 11 degrees here at night, the leaves are starting to fall.  The Canadian Geese are starting to fly south.  That means it’s time for Fall ideas to Celebrate Mabon with your Family.  This is my FAVOURITE season!  Pumpkin and apple everything time!  Crisp weather, an excuse to wear my favourite sweaters and scarves.  Pumpkin and apple picking.  So much to do and celebrate the Autumn Equinox with my family.

See below for Fall ideas to Celebrate Mabon with your Family including  activities, crafts & recipe ideas.

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Mabon Origins

Mabon has been called the Pagan Thanksgiving by some traditions.  It is the time of year where we celebrate the second harvest festival, the changing of the seasons, and the coming of winter.

Mabon Story

A very common story to be read around this time of year is that of Persephone, Hades, & Demeter. Persephone was kidnapped and taken into the underworld by Hades (Lord of the Underworld), her mother Demeter (Goddess of Harvest & Agriculture) refused to let anything grow until her daughter was returned to her.  Zeus tried to negotiate Persephone’s return but alas, Persephone had already eaten six pomegranate seeds (another reason to NEVER eat the food offered to you by the fae or in another world!  You may get stuck there!).  So Zeus bargained that Persephone could come to the earth at Spring time, when Demeter is so happy all the plants bloom and thrive.  Then at the Autumn Equinox she returns to the underworld and the flowers and plants die until her return in the Spring.

Other similar holidays around this time:

Mabon is also similar to an ancient Greek festival in the Fall called the Eleusinian Mysteries, also based on the story of Persephone.  Harvest Home/ Harvest Festival, Octoberfest, Thanksgiving, Rosh Hashanah,  and Michaelmas are also holiday’s celebrated by different cultures and traditions around the world similar to this time.  This is also a common time of year for fairs to celebrate the end of summer and harvest of Fall as well.

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Ideas to celebrate Mabon with your Family:

  • Prepare for Winter, start stocking up on supplies, getting warmer clothes and prepping the house and yard for the end of the year
  • Have a Bonfire
  • Go Apple picking
  • Visit a Pumpkin Patch
  • Take a Fall walk
  • Drive to see the turning colours of the leaves (try and do two, a before and after drive to really appreciate the changing of the colours)
  • Visit a corn maze and have an adventure
  • Donate to the local food bank
  • Visit your local pagan pride events usually celebrated around Mabon
  • Read your tarot cards to see what the next season has in store for you
  • Do a ritual celebration solo or with family and friends
  • Go on a Fall picnic
  • Read autumn books on pumpkins, apples, leaves, etc.
  • Visit your local animal refuge (zoo, farm, sanctuary, etc.) and see the animals
  • Wear fall colours that correspond with Mabon – brown, green, yellow, orange, & red
  • Pickle, freeze, can, dry, bake foods to prepare for the winter
  • Take a hay ride or wagon ride




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Recipes and food ideas to host a Harvest Feast for Family, Friends, & Neighbours

  • Roast nuts and pumpkin seeds
  • Bake fresh bread & home-made brushetta to serve on top
  • Roasted beets, potatoes & carrots
  • Green bean casserole
  • Squash dishes
  • Scottish Bannocks
  • Chili featuring Autumn harvest foods
  • Tofurkey
  • Roasted pumpkin seeds

Don’t forget the desserts!!  All things apple and pumpkin should be the star of the dish!  Pie, squares, cakes, cookies, muffins, scones, turnovers, donuts, and lots more!

What is your favourite Fall dessert? Please comment below and tell me!

There are lots of Fall drinks to enjoy during your feast too, apple juice, apple cider (alcoholic and/or non-alcoholic), pumpkin juice (Harry Potter much??), Fall sangria, pumpkin spiced lattes, and more!

Why not bake some pumpkin muffins and bring them as a treat to share with your neighbours and friends.  They need never know they were being offered a harvest treat to celebrate the Autumn Equinox.

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Crafts & Activities

  • Make a wreath and other decorations for your house and altar
  • Nature mural
  • Apple candle holders
  • Apple crafts – see below for lots of ideas
  • Corn crafts – see below
  • Fall leaves crafts – see below
  • Candle holder – glass jar – tissue papers in the shape of a leaf or real leaves (hope to do this soon stay tuned for my attempts!)

 

 

Coloured Wax Pumpkin - This is super easy and great for teaching kids the quarters and colours. A perfect addition to your Samhain altar.

 

 

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Thank you so much for reading!  Please comment below on some of your favourite ways to celebrate Fall with your family, and more importantly, what will you be eating to welcome in Autumn??

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Apple Related Book Crafts

This month for the monthly crafting book club we are doing Apple Related Book Crafts.  With Fall coming it is time to get our apple on!!  If you haven’t heard of the Monthly Crafting Book Club we are a group of bloggers who get together each month and focus on a book to promote for Children’s literacy.  Then we create a craft to go along with the book to read with the kids.  My children look forward to this each month.  They love to read stories, we visit the library each week in the summer and get 20 books to read together with the summer reading program.  It has been a great way to encourage my children to read as many books as possible this summer.

 

Apple Washi Tape Craft

This was a really fun craft that my daughter especially enjoyed.  Something about playing with tape really appeals to kids.  This was easy to do and I was happy with how much they still looked like an apple at the end of the craft.

Materials Needed:

  • Washi tape in colours to reflect apples (we used red, silver, and gold).
  • Construction paper to put the apple on.
  • Scissors for the adult to trim into an apple shape.
  • Brown pompoms for the stem.
  • Green buttons for the stem.
  • Glue gun & glue

How to create it:

  • Draw a rough circle/apple shape on construction paper.
  • Give your children pieces of washi tape cut to roughly the shape of the apple length.
  • Let them decorate it however they think an apple should look.
  • After they finish it you can cut it out and trim it to look like what you think an apple should look like.
  • Let the kids help you glue on the brown pompoms to look like an apple stem.
  • Then they can help you arrange the green buttons in a leaf shape.

Painted Apple Craft

I used to love making hand print crafts with my kids so couldn’t wait to try out painting with them.  My son had just woken up from nap and wasn’t feeling his best so it was not the most successful, but he perked up soon enough and enjoyed himself.  I hit up the Dollarama for all my supplies, no need to spend a lot, you may even have most of it on hand already.

Materials Needed:

  • Red paint
  • small canvas
  • paint brushes
  • green buttons
  • brown pom poms
  • glue gun

 

How to create it:

  • I drew a red circle/apple shape and had my kids help me paint it in.
  • Once it dried they chose out green buttons to shape like a leaf on the apple.
  • Lastly they helped me pick out brown pompoms to make the stem.

 

We borrowed every library book we could find on apples and read them together.  It was a lot of fun!  A very successful Apple themed craft session.

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Here are some of my past Monthly Crafting Book Club activities this year:

Come join us for the Monthly Crafting Book Club. Each month we focus on a different book and encourage early literacy by pairing it with a craft.

January –Ladybug Girl Wings

February – Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Craft

March – How do Dinosaurs

April – The Hungry Caterpillar

May – Camping Themed

June – Pinkalicious Series

July – Back to School Themed Books

August – Apple Related Book Crafts

 

Let’s see what the other bloggers came up with this month for their Apple Related Book Crafts:

 

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My Top 7 Summer Must Have’s

With summertime I am out and about so much! These are My Top 7 Summer Must Have’s.  I like products I can use while on the go with my kids and a night out.  I need things that are helpful and easy.  There is not a lot of time to focus on stuff that takes a long time, so it has to be easy to use while chasing after my two and four year old.  These products make my summer easier and also make me feel awesome at the same time.

 

My Top 7 Summer Must Haves - I am on the go all summer long with my kids. These are my favourite products for summer to make my life easier & help me feel awesome.

 

My Top Summer Must Have’s

 

1. Large Utility Tote & Cool Clip Thermal

These items are essential for me.  A Large Utility Tote that holds up to 50 lbs and is easy to pop things in and out while running errands, going for play dates or to the park.  I use mine for groceries and library runs, super easy to carry things around easily while juggling my kids.  I use my cool clip thermal a few times a week, it is great for packing small snacks for the park or while running errands.  Mine usually has cheese strings, an ice pack, diet Pepsi, and sandwiches.  Easy, healthy snacks even while on the go.

 

2. Sunscreen Face Stick

I may just be lazy, or just that I don’t like the feel of sunscreen on my face.  But I LOVE these Sunscreen Sticks!  Super easy to apply to your face, and I even use it on my kids as they act like I am trying to water board them when I apply sunscreen to their faces.  At least this I can apply in seconds and they stay still for.

 

3. Silver Icing

I have a few friends who recently became stylists with Silver Icing and I am hooked!  The clothes are great while I am out and about with my kids.  Granted these clothes are the first non-maternity, non-breastfeeding clothing that I have worn in about five years.  I may be biased!  But seriously moms, find a consultant near you (or check out the link above for mine) and feel awesome while chasing your kids during the day.  Then look great for date night at night too!

 

4.  Jamberry Nail Wraps

I am still so in love with these nails!   I use my Jamberry nail wraps for my toes.  I always have them on my toes for a cute pedicure.  Who has time to worry about their nails??  I put these on my toes and forget about them for a few months (except when I look down and think about how cute my toes are).  It’s a great activity to do with my four-year-old daughter too.  She loves them so much and is always excited to get her nails done.

 

5. Bootay Bag

Totally biased as I LOVE getting surprises in the mail.  I am totally in love with Bootay Bag.  Getting a nice little package with new pretty panties in the mail makes me feel great.  Pair that with my Jam nails and Silver Icing clothes and I am ready for a night out with my hubby!  Seriously, two pairs of adorable panties right to your mailbox.  Who wouldn’t love that??  Guys, it’s a great gift for the lovely lady in your life!

 

6. My Happy Planner

I am still so addicted to my planner.  I need a large planner with different slots to keep track of my home/mom/family life, blog posts, and my own business too.  This lets me keep it all together, and a spot to add my notes, like reminding me to do yoga and walk three times a week.  I LOVE my planner so much!!  But I also love how close it is to scrapbooking, I love washi tape, and I also love stickers, what’s not to love!

 

7. Knitting

Or other on-the-go craft.  I love bringing my knitting with me to the park, in the backyard, meetings, anywhere.  Sitting and watching the kids is so easy while knitting, in fact, most moms are on their phones (and no I am NOT judging I do it too, only time to check your e-mail, log your food for the day, check in with your partner for dinner, grocery shop, or just relax and play candy crush) so while knitting I actually pay MORE attention as I am watching them the whole time while my hands are busy.

 

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DIY Sugar-Free Freezies

DIY Sugar-Free Freezies - A delicious treat to enjoy on a hot day with your kids.  Healthy frozen treat with no added sugar.

It’s summertime and that means it is really hot in Ottawa, Canada.  My kids like to endulge in cold treats.  Especially when playing outside.  I thought it would be a great idea to come up with a DIY Sugar-Free Freezies recipe to give them on hot days.  I prefer to give them things without sugar added (aka naturally sweet) for health reasons.  Lately studies are saying how bad sugar is for you.  I am on Weight Watchers and sugar is a lot of points, so I try to keep it for the really good treats.  I’m not totally crazy about sugar, I let them have timbits and cake.  Plus I know my hubby is always giving them ice cream and chocolate when he is eating it.  But I try to help them make healthy choices and eat healthy as much as I can.


DIY Sugar-Free Freezies - A delicious treat to enjoy on a hot day with your kids.  Healthy frozen treat with no added sugar.

DIY Sugar-Free Freezies

 

DIY Sugar-Free Freezies - A delicious treat to enjoy on a hot day with your kids.  Healthy frozen treat with no added sugar.

My kids had so much fun helping me assemble the ingredients and mix them together.

The waiting part was very hard for them though!

DIY Sugar-Free Freezies - A delicious treat to enjoy on a hot day with your kids.  Healthy frozen treat with no added sugar.  DIY Sugar-Free Freezies - A delicious treat to enjoy on a hot day with your kids.  Healthy frozen treat with no added sugar.

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DIY Sugar-Free Freezies
 
Author:
Recipe type: Frozen
Ingredients
  • Banana - ripe
  • Mango - cubed
  • ½-2/3 c greek yogurt (I use 0% fat)
  • ½ c of coconut milk
Instructions
  1. I mixed everything together and blended it with my hand-help immersion blender (but a regular blender or food processor works well too) until smooth with no chunks.
  2. Next using a spoon I filled up the silicone freezie molds and put them in the freezer until after nap time.

 

Now is the fun and sticky part!  I let the kids take the DIY Sugar-Free Freezies outside (not on my clean floor please!) to enjoy them.  Then get sprayed with the hose (which they think is awesome) or swim in the kiddie pool to clean off.  Success!!  Kiddos and hubby liked them!

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Pinkalicious Bubble Wand & Bubbles

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This month in the Monthly Crafting Book club we are doing the Pinkalicious series.  I decided to make Pinkalicious Bubble Wand & Bubbles.  My four-year-old daughter, Bee, LOVES the Pinkalicious books.  They are about a little girl who loves pink, unicorns, cupcakes, mermaids, and lots more.  Perfect for little girls.  My two-year-old son loves them too, but he is easy going and loves all books.

I did some searching on Pinterest for Pinkalicious ideas and was happy to come across Pinkalicious preschool work pages and colouring pages.  I printed them off for my daughter to do during afternoon quiet time.  My son still naps so we use this time to do home work pages and keep learning.  Sticking to our Pinkalicious theme today was great.  I am mentioning this as if any of you are interested you can find school work-pages on Pinterest too.

I decided to take advantage of some of the amazing weather this week by doing bubbles and home-made bubble wands with the kids.

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Pinkalicious Bubble Wand & Bubbles

Pinkalicious Bubble Wand & Bubbles - Join the #monthlycraftingbookclub to celebrate Pinkalicious-themed crafts this month.  Make some bubbles & bubble wands!

Pinkalicious Bubble Wand & Bubbles - Join the #monthlycraftingbookclub to celebrate Pinkalicious-themed crafts this month.  Make some bubbles & bubble wands!Bubble Wand Instructions

 

  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Pony beads (or other kinds)

 

String the pony beads onto the pipe cleaners, filling up maybe the bottom half to two thirds.  Wrap the end of the pipe cleaner back around and inside the bottom bead to hold.  On top shape it into a circle, diamond, heart, etc.  Whatever shape you want!  I did find that it helped to keep the circles small. I liked to do figure eights as they were more likely to work and make the best bubbles.

 

Pinkalicious Bubble Wand & Bubbles - Join the #monthlycraftingbookclub to celebrate Pinkalicious-themed crafts this month.  Make some bubbles & bubble wands!Bubble Instructions

 

  • 2.5 cups of water
  • 0.5 cups of corn syrup
  • 0.5 cups Dawn dish soap (apparently this one works best, you can try another if you are brave).

 

Pour the water and corn syrup into a large glass bowl.  Microwave for about four minutes.  Then pour in the dish soap and stir well.

 

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I poured the mixture into little bowls and let the kids go nuts!  They had so much fun dipping over and over with their home-made bubble wands.  My son has a tendency to spill bubble mixture a lot.  Intentionally and accidentally, I mean WHY would anyone put their feet in a bubble mixture bowl??  A two-year-old can find a reason!  At least with home-made stuff I don’t feel like he is pouring money down the drain.  We made tons of bubbles, caught lots on the sticks and had a blast.  We were all super sticky afterwards but had a great time!

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Have you seen the other Monthly Crafting Book Club Challenge books we covered this year?

Come join us for the Monthly Crafting Book Club. Each month we focus on a different book and encourage early literacy by pairing it with a craft.

January –Ladybug Girl Wings

February – Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Craft

March – How do Dinosaurs

April – The Hungry Caterpillar

May – Camping Themed

June – Pinkalicious Series

 

 

 

 

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S’Mores Craft

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Do you love camping?  We LOVE to read camping books in the summer, actually all year long.  Something fun to make alongside reading the book is a fun S’Mores Craft.  S’Mores is the epitome of summer to us.  Roasting marshmallows on the campfire is one of the best parts of camping. My kids love doing this every  summer and reading camping books starts to get everyone excited for upcoming camping trips.

Materials Needed:

  • Glue gun, paint  brushes, something to put the paint in
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Paint: brown, white, & yellow
  • Googly eyes
  • Gem (or something else for a nose)
  • Glitter glue

 

How to Assemble

  • Firstly, paint the Popsicle sticks.  Make sure you have four sticks per each kid.  Paint two of them yellow, one each brown and white.  Let them dry.
  • Next have an adult use the glue gun to glue the Popsicle sticks together.  The yellows are the cookies on the end, the brown is the chocolate in the middle and the white is the marshmallow for the middle.
  • Glue the google eyes and gem stones on wherever your child directs you to.
  • Using the glitter glue make a smile for your S’more Craft dude.
  • Optional: add magnets on the back to put him on the fridge.  Or add a string to hang it up.

What would you do with your S’More Craft?

S'Mores Craft - Do your kids love camping and summer?  Time to roast marshmallows and make some S'Mores crafts with your kids and celebrate some camping themed books.

Have you heard of the Monthly Crafting Book Challenge yet?  Every month we have a book, author, or theme and come up with a craft to accompany the book.  The hope is when we combine a fun book with a craft it makes children more excited to read and brings the book to life.

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Have you seen the other Monthly Crafting Book Club Challenge books we covered this year?

 

January –Ladybug Girl Wings

February – Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Craft

March – How do Dinosaurs

April – The Hungry Caterpillar

May – Camping Themed

If you like Camping make sure you check out some of my other Camping related posts below:

 

 

Banana Boats - Try making these delicious camping desserts on the open fire, or at home for a camping feel. Easy to personalize and make vegan.

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