Thursday, June 30, 2011

Fourth of July 2011

Here are two easy ideas to keep the kids entertained during the Fourth of July BBQ. Set up a work area and provide them a sample to look at. Then, let them create!

1-Buy each child a pair of plain white shoe laces. Give them a variety of permanent markers and let them decorate each lace with stripes, stars, flowers or anything they like. They can choose colors that match their sneakers/tennis shoes. Then let them replace the old dull laces with their brand new glam laces!

2- Using a piece of cardstock or oaktag, let children paint a fireworks pattern with plain white glue and a thin paintbrush. Next, give them cake/cookie colored sprinkles to pour on top. Let dry for a while until pieces are set. Gently shake off the excess pieces and admire their work.


Monday, June 13, 2011

A Pop for Pop - Father's Day 2011

I got these great recipes for ice pops from my sister-in-law and I thought it might be a fun project for kid's to do for Father's Day. They can easily be made in ice pop molds or in paper cups with popsicle sticks.  THESE RECIPES NEEDS ADULT HELP.

Here are a few recipes to try:

Blueberry Pops:

6 Tbsp. berry blue gelatin
1 cup sugar, divided
2 cups boiling water, divided
2 cups cold water, divided
6 Tbsp. strawberry gelatin
18 molds or 3 oz. cups and popsicle sticks

In a small bowl, dissolve berry blue gelatin powder and 1/2 cup sugar in 1 cup boiling water. Stir in 1 cup cold water. In another bowl, dissolve strawberry gelatin powder and remaining sugar in remaining boiling water. Stir in remaining cold water. In a small bowl, combine half of the berry blue gelatin mixture and half of the strawberry mixture, Place all in freezer for 2 hours or until slushy. In a large bowl, swirl the three colors as desired. Fill each mold or cup with 1/4 cup gelatin mixture; top with holders or insert sticks into cups. Freeze.

Grape Fizz Pops

2 cups white grape juice
2 Kool-Aid Gigglin' Grape Fun Fizz drops
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1 medium banana
16 molds or cups and sticks

Place grape juice and Fizz drops in a blender; cover and process until drops are dissolved. Add the blueberries and banana. Process until blended. Fill each mold or cup with 1/4 cup of mixture. Top with holders or insert popsicle sticks. Freeze.

Watermelon Pops. (These look so cool).

2 cups boiling water
1 cup sugar
1 pkg. (3oz) watermelon gelatin
1 envelope unsweetened watermelon cherry Kool-Aid mix
2 cups refrigerated watrmelon juice blend
1/3 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups prepared limeaide
2 to 3 tsp. green food coloring
28 molds or 3 oz cups and sticks

In a  large bowl, combine the water, sugar, gelatin, and Kool-Aid mix. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add watermelon juice. Fill each mold or cup with 3 Tbsp. watermelon mixture. Freeze until almost slushy, about 1 hour. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Top with holders or insert sticks. Freeze. In another bowl, combine limeaid and food coloring. If using molds remove holders. Pour limeaid mixture over tops. Return holders. Freeze completely.

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Thursday, June 2, 2011