2012
May 01

Monogrammed Yogurt Pops

by Hannah Holt »

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 Personalized popsicles make a fun summer treat for birthday parties, family reunions, and other special occasions.

 What you’ll need:

  • raspberry yogurt (Yoplait)
  • vanilla yogurt
  • a permanent marker
  • a sandwich bag
  • scissors
  • popsicle sticks
  • wax paper
  • a cookie sheet
  • a freezer big enough to fit the cookie sheet
  • food coloring (optional)

Step 1) Using the permanent marker, draw a circle on the wax paper. (I traced the bottom of a plastic cup for my circle.) Write a letter or letters in the middle of the circle.

Step 2) Turn the wax paper face down on cookie sheet (so the letters are backwards). Place 3-6 ounces of vanilla yogurt in the sandwich bags and cut a 1/4th inch opening in the corner. Squeeze the bag gently as you trace the letters with yogurt. I also outlined my circles with the vanilla yogurt. Like this..

Step 3) Freeze the vanilla yogurt for at least an hour.

Step 4) Place about two ounces of raspberry yogurt over the vanilla. (I use Yoplait raspberry because they color the yogurt with concentrated beet juice. Most ordinary yogurts won’t have enough color contrast for legible letters. For other color possibilities see Step 6.) Place a popsicle stick about half way into the yogurt circle and top with another ounce of yogurt.

Step 5) Freeze overnight (or for at least four hours) and enjoy!

Step 6 ) For other colors, simply add a few drops of food coloring to a small bowl of vanilla yogurt. Using the sandwich bag piping method you can create almost anything.



2012
Apr 24

Tic-tac-tomato

by Hannah Holt »

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It’s a game. It’s a snack… It’s SUPER food.

What you’ll need:

  • Four thin carrot sticks
  • Six grape tomatoes
  • Six small broccoli trees
  • Two players
  • Dipping sauce (optional)

Step 1) Lay the carrot sticks in a tic-tac-toe grid.

Step 2) Choose your playing pieces (tomato or broccoli).

Step 3) Take turns placing veggie pieces in the squares until someone has three in a row (or you tie).

Step 4)  Eat the game pieces and tic-tac-toe grid.


2012
Mar 26

The name of the game is SAME

by Hannah Holt »

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In this game, there is no peeking. Feel to find the match you’re seeking.

An activity for children ages 3-5

Vocabulary: Same, Different, Match

Print these directions.

What you’ll need:

  • paper lunch bag
  • 2 buttons (same size/shape)
  • 2 feathers (same size)
  • 2 chenille sticks
  • 2 pom-poms (same size)
  • crayons (optional)
  • tape (optional)

Step 1: Twist the chenille sticks into circles so that they fit into your bag. Like this…

Then place the chenille circles, buttons, feathers, and pom-poms in your bag.

Step 2: Reach into the bag (without looking) and pull out one object.

Step 3: Reach into the bag again and feel for the object’s match. If you pull out a mismatch, place it back into the bag and try again until you find the match.

Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you’ve found all the matches.

Step 5: (optional activity) Once you’ve found all the matches, use the tape, crayons, bag, and matching pairs to form a funny face.


2012
Mar 20

DIY: Chunky Crayons

by Hannah Holt »

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If your craft drawer is anything like mine, you probably have a million crayon nubs. Here’s a way to reuse all those broken off bits by turning them into chunky crayons.

What you’ll need:

  • broken crayon bits
  • a junky, old muffin tin you DO NOT care about or a disposable pan (your muffin tin will never be the same again after this project)
  • non-stick spray

Step 1: Have the kids remove the wrappers from the crayons and sort them into color groupings.

Step2: Coat each muffin tin with non-stick spray and add the crayons by color grouping: warm and cool colors, patriotic groupings, holiday colors… whatever you want. (We did a mix of colors in each tin.)

Step 3: Place in an oven preheated to 275° F for about 10 minutes (until the crayons are melted). Some people take them out and swirl the colors, but we just let them sit and set afterwards.

Step 4: Sometimes a layer of clear-(ish) wax will rise to the top of the final chunky crayons. This is especially true if the crayons you used were cheap and waxy to begin with. You can scrape this layer off with a knife or use it as a clear prelayer when painting with water colors.

My kids love their chunky crayons. I hope yours do, too!


2012
Mar 08

Lime Cookies (for St. Patrick’s Day)

by Hannah Holt »

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¾ cup shortening, butter, or margarine,

1 cup white sugar,

1 pkg (3 oz) lime flavored Jell-O,

2 eggs

2½ cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

green sugar sprinkles

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix thoroughly shortening, sugar, gelatin, and eggs. Blend in dry ingredients.

  2. Roll dough into ¾-inch balls. Place 3 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten each with the bottom of a glass dipped in the green sugar.

  3. Bake for 8 minutes.