Browsing Category: With the kids

Easter Egg Terrariums

I had this idea the other day to make Easter egg terrariums.  I wasn’t sure what kind of little plants I could fin in an Easter egg though, so I started searching.  Then my wife found this post on TheHouseThatLarsBuilt.  He uses dirt, moss, and delicate  little hand made flowers.  I wasn’t able to find any good little plants to use, so if you know of any, please share in the comments!  Even though I wasn’t able to find anything about doing these with real plants, I thought these would make really cool name settings for the Easter table!  You can just take these and ad a little paper banner with each persons name on it, and either stick it to a small twig in the background, or place it in the front down at the bottom in front of the moss / dirt. Here are the instructions for the terrariums shown below:

Materials: clear plastic eggs (again, got mine from Smith’s but I also saw a giant version–about 4″ tall– at Michaels), moss, dirt, gold spray (optional)
Step 1: Spray the colored egg part gold. Wait 24 hours to dry properly.
Step 2: Insert a bit of wet dirt into the bottom of the egg filling about 1/3.
Step 3: Add a bit of moss on top.
Step 4: Dig your wire flower into the dirt.

If you want the full instructions on how to make the little flowers, please check out TheHouseThatLarsBuilt.

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DIY Hover Craft

Remember those air hockey tables they had at the arcade?  This fun little DIY project works with the same concept.  The only materials you need are an old CD or DVD, a sports bottle cap, a balloon and some crazy glue.  The Cap gets glued to the CD covering the hole in it (make sure it is completely air tight), the the balloon goes around the cap, and when you release the air from the balloon, it gets regulated by the sports cap, and creates a small cushion of air under it, so it can be pushed around.  You can blow up the balloon, twist it so the air won’t come out, and slide the end over the cap.  When you are ready to float, just let go, and the balloon will untwist and release the air.  I can see a lot of fun games being created around this toy!  This project, and photos, was found on ICanTeachMyChild.

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Ice Cream Cone Sprouts

A few days ago I had written a post about starting seeds in egg shells.  I was just talking to my wife about it, and she said she had seen a post on using an ice cream cone to start seeds.I thought that would be a much easier way for the kids to do the whole project all on their own.  All you have to do is fill the cone with dirt, plant the seeds, and spritz with a spray bottle of water every once in a whil to keep the seeds moist!  Simple, fun, looks great, and the kids can grow their own plants! I saw this on Pinterest, but I can’t find it on the site that was sourced, TheSmallObject.

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Dying Easter Eggs with Little Ones

This post is just a great tip for dying Easter eggs with the little ones.  My little guys would always get so so frustrated dying Easter eggs when they tried to pick the eggs out of the vinegar with that little bent wire thingy.  The egg shells would crack, and then their hard work (they felt) was ruined.  With this trick all you have to do is put the egg inside of a whisk, and they now have a perfect little cage to keep their egg creation safe!  I tried to find a whisk like the one in the photo, but this is the closest I could get: Balloon Whisk.  This handy little trick, and the photo, was found on FriesOnTop.

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Easter Bunny Pinata

Do you ever grow out of enjoying pinatas?  I’m not sure that’s possible.  I’ve seen plenty a pinata but have yet to see one as cute as this DIY Easter Bunny one found on DIY Studio.  This could be a great addition to any Easter egg hunt!

What You’ll Need:

  • White Fine Crepe Paper or Tissue Paper
  • Pink and White Cardstock
  • Pink Pom Pom
  • Ribbon
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Piñata Fillings

For full instructions please visit DIY Studio.

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Ice Pop Characters

I am so excited by this product!  What an amazing way to make a healthy summer time treat for the kids.  This is especially exciting because I already have a Zoku Pop Maker.  My sister-in-law gave it to my wife a few years ago, and it is really cool.  You can make ice pops from just about any liquid in just about 7 minutes.  You can ad chunks of fruit, you can make layers, really there are so many fun ways to make ice pops with this thing.  But now, with this $15 kit, you can take it to a whole new level!  The kit basically gives you little cookie cutters that you can make little characters to go into the pops!  Check out some of the examples below.

To buy the pop maker for $39.99 go here: Zoku Pop maker

To buy the Character Kit for $14.99 go here: Zoku Character Kit

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Info on character kit:

  • Create animals, faces, and fun characters of your own design using stenciled fruit slices, or follow Zoku’s designs included in the instruction booklet
  • The kit includes 14 stencils, 1 faceplate, 1 stand for holding the Pop Maker steady, a pusher tool for removing fruit slices from the stencils, instructions, and sample character designs to get started
  • Never before have pops been so much fun or easy to make
  • Bring your Quick Pops to life with the Zoku Character Kit! Works with both the original Zoku and the Duo
  • BPA and Phthalate Free

Info on Pop Maker:

  • Create your own customized frozen pops, including cream-filled varieties, in as little as 7 minutes
  • Makes up to nine 2 1/4″ x 3 1/2″ pops (three 2-oz. pops at a time) before refreezing is required
  • Nonstick cast-aluminum molds have a proprietary solution sealed inside their bases to enable rapid, uniform freezing
  • Special drip guards promote tidy eating
  • Includes base, remover tool, six reusable pop sticks and six reusable drip guards

DIY Bunny Toss

Gosh, I haven’t thought of a bean bag toss in ages! This brings back some really great childhood memories for sure.  It never crossed my mind to create one of these cute little contraptions but heck….why not?  It’s a fun activity for the whole family and a great way to get outside and have a little spring time fun!

For full tutorial & instructions on how to make the DIY Bunny Toss visit Jo Jo & Eloise.

By the way, I don’t sew….so I’m thinking the bean bags could be made by exchanging the sewing for heavy duty glue and or staples….not quite as polished but it would certainly get the job done!

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Paper Plate Bugs

This is a fun & fairly inexpensive spring time craft idea for kids.  Just paper plates, some crayons, markers and construction paper and viola!  Or if you’re short on time or supplies there’s a kit by Alex Toys (see info below).  Hopefully this will inspire the kids to get outdoors even more to play and explore all the wonders of mother nature!

Alex Toys Paper Plate Bugs Kit $11 on Amazon

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Easter Chick Goodie Bags

My mom used to make my brother and I Easter baskets every single year as kids.  We always looked forward to the goodies!  It always included a chocolate bunny but other than that varied from year to year.  I saw this tutorial for Easter Chick Goodie Bags on Country Living and thought they could be a fun addition! They would also be great for an Easter party.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Download & Print the Free Chick Template
  • Small piece of cardboard to use as a cutting mat
  • Hole Punch
  • White Paper Bags -  Amazon for about $12 for 100 pack
  • Cellophane Sheets -  Amazon for about $11 for a 48 pack
  • Elmer’s Glue Stick -  Amazon for about $3 for a 2 pack
  • Ribbon

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Steps

  1. Take the chick template and center it on the front of the paper bag. Using a pencil, trace the outline.
  2. Slide the cardboard piece in the bag to serve as a cutting mat & cut the outline of the chick.
  3. Cut a 3 x 4 in square of cellophane and using the glue stick (put some on your finger) run it around the inside of the bag around the outline of the chick.  Stick the cellophane to the bag and press to adhere.