Blog Me Mom http://www.blogmemom.com Fun and easy kids Activities Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:03:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Fall Crafts for Kids and Art Projects http://www.blogmemom.com/fall-crafts-for-kids-and-art-projects/ http://www.blogmemom.com/fall-crafts-for-kids-and-art-projects/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:30:54 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=13344 It’s almost Fall! To help you prepare for the season I have collected some of the best, easy and practical fall crafts for kids along with some gorgeous fall art projects. I have also thrown in a few fall themed learning ideas and fun fall activities in the mix. Enjoy browsing and clicking through to the original activity.

Stop by our category page for all our fall activities for kids

Fall Art Projects

Spray Paint Leaf Art from Artsy Momma

Fall Scented Sticky Paint  from Learn Play Imagine

Homemade Paint {Fall Sticky Paints} (1)

Fall Leaf Watercolor Resist Art from Fun At Home With Kids

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Autumn Art From The Garden Classroom from Nuture Store

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Leaf Drawing And Doodling from The Artful Parent

Egg Carton Fall Tree from Teach Preschool

Leaf Art Project For Kids from What We Do All Day

Blotto Painting For Kids in Fall Colors from Buggy and Buddy

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Melted Crayon Leaves And Apples from Life With Moore Babies

Autumn Cork Painting from The Picky Apple

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Q tip Fall Tree Painting from Mess for Less

Pine Cone Splatter from Mess For Less

Fall Puffy Paint Tree from Blog Me Mom

puffy paint fall tree craft and art

Stamping With Acorn Stamp from My Nearest And Dearest

 

Fall Crafts 

Paper Roll Fall Tree Craft from All Done Monkey

tp roll fall craft

Cotton Ball Fall Tree Craft from Our Little House in the Country

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Stained Glass Fall Leaves Craft from Mom On Time Out

Stained Glass Fall Leaves Craft

Fall popcorn Tree Craft from Happy Hooligans

Autumn Jigsaw Puzzle Tree and Sensory Tub from Sunny Day Today Mama

Autumn Mobile from Red Ted Art

Fall Tree Center Piece Craft from Housing A Forest

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Acorn Toadstools from Twig and Toadstool

Acorn Toadstool

Leaf Wall Hangings from Things To Share and Remember

Coffee Filter Fall Trees from The Iowa Farmer’s Wife

Collage Owls from Creative family Fun

Pine one Black Crows from We Made That

Pinecone Black Crows

Autumn Button Branch from Rub Some Dirt On It

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Fall Activities and Learning for kids

Leaf Poster Art And Craft from The Mommy Talks

Fall Leaf Poster Art

Fall Sticky Trees from Two Daloo

Fall Sticky Trees

Leaf Man from Inspiration Laboratories

Leaf Man

 Autumn Leaf Threading from Picklebums

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Magnetic Fall Tree from Two Daloo

Fall Tree Pretend Play Idea from Buggy and Buddy

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Let’ Build A Nature Wall from Meri Cherry

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Decorate A Window For Fall from Inner Child Fun

Fall Tree Sticker Activity for Fantastic Fun and Learning

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It’s almost Fall! To help you prepare for the season I have collected some of the best, easy and practical fall crafts for kids along with some gorgeous fall art projects. I have also thrown in a few fall themed learning ideas and fun fall activities in the mix. Enjoy browsing and clicking through to the original activity.

Stop by our category page for all our fall activities for kids

Fall Art Projects

Spray Paint Leaf Art from Artsy Momma

Fall Scented Sticky Paint  from Learn Play Imagine

Homemade Paint {Fall Sticky Paints} (1)

Fall Leaf Watercolor Resist Art from Fun At Home With Kids

fall art

Autumn Art From The Garden Classroom from Nuture Store

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Leaf Drawing And Doodling from The Artful Parent

Egg Carton Fall Tree from Teach Preschool

Leaf Art Project For Kids from What We Do All Day

Blotto Painting For Kids in Fall Colors from Buggy and Buddy

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Melted Crayon Leaves And Apples from Life With Moore Babies

Autumn Cork Painting from The Picky Apple

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Q tip Fall Tree Painting from Mess for Less

Pine Cone Splatter from Mess For Less

Fall Puffy Paint Tree from Blog Me Mom

puffy paint fall tree craft and art

Stamping With Acorn Stamp from My Nearest And Dearest

 

Fall Crafts 

Paper Roll Fall Tree Craft from All Done Monkey

tp roll fall craft

Cotton Ball Fall Tree Craft from Our Little House in the Country

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Stained Glass Fall Leaves Craft from Mom On Time Out

Stained Glass Fall Leaves Craft

Fall popcorn Tree Craft from Happy Hooligans

Autumn Jigsaw Puzzle Tree and Sensory Tub from Sunny Day Today Mama

Autumn Mobile from Red Ted Art

Fall Tree Center Piece Craft from Housing A Forest

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Acorn Toadstools from Twig and Toadstool

Acorn Toadstool

Leaf Wall Hangings from Things To Share and Remember

Coffee Filter Fall Trees from The Iowa Farmer’s Wife

Collage Owls from Creative family Fun

Pine one Black Crows from We Made That

Pinecone Black Crows

Autumn Button Branch from Rub Some Dirt On It

autumn-button-branch

Fall Activities and Learning for kids

Leaf Poster Art And Craft from The Mommy Talks

Fall Leaf Poster Art

Fall Sticky Trees from Two Daloo

Fall Sticky Trees

Leaf Man from Inspiration Laboratories

Leaf Man

 Autumn Leaf Threading from Picklebums

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Magnetic Fall Tree from Two Daloo

Fall Tree Pretend Play Idea from Buggy and Buddy

fall-tree-set-up

Let’ Build A Nature Wall from Meri Cherry

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Decorate A Window For Fall from Inner Child Fun

Fall Tree Sticker Activity for Fantastic Fun and Learning

Thanks for reading!

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 Simple fall art projects and crafts for kids

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Fall crafts: Homemade fall maracas http://www.blogmemom.com/fall-crafts-homemade-fall-maracas/ http://www.blogmemom.com/fall-crafts-homemade-fall-maracas/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:00:33 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=10319 It is that time of the year when I complain about living in a season less city. Last year during fall we picked up ourselves and had fun with so many fall crafts fall wreath, big fall tree, propeller bugs and many more. You can take a look at all our fall crafts by visiting us category page.

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It is that time of the year when I complain about living in a season less city. Last year during fall we picked up ourselves and had fun with so many fall crafts fall wreath, big fall tree, propeller bugs and many more. You can take a look at all our fall crafts by visiting us category page.

This post is our first one of the many fall crafts we have for the season.

Musical fall craft using a bottle and leaves

Last week we did a fantastic fall play recipes series with a few fellow bloggers. For our nature theme we did these beautiful fall sensory jars.. We had so many leaves left over and I kept finding my kids shaking them and playing and giggling. My almost 3 year old said “mom this bag sounds like maracas”. Of course! That’s the birth of this fall craft.

I found a couple of empty water bottles from our recycle stash. Tip: It is better to find a bottle without ridges for better visibility. If you are going to decorate  the maraca doesn’t matter.

materials needed

I invited the kids to create their own musical maracas. I laid out all the dried fall leaves and the bottles in a tray.My toddler knew exactly what to do and got about busy. Talk about some practicing her fine motor skills!. We started filling up the bottles with the leaves. So much learning and creating was going during the simple process of filling up the bottles it was pure joy to watch those.

She first started breaking off the stalks from the leaves and putting them inside the bottle.

fine motor activities with fall leaves

 She tried breaking the leaves into bits and then added the leaves. She tried adding the whole leaf ad tried to squish it through the opening. We also learned that dried leaf bits made more noise than dried whole leaf. The kids also added small twigs and pods.

dried fall leaves in water bottles

 We also learned that the partially green leaves do not make noise.  The girls thought that the leaves filled bottle was beautiful. Don’t you think?

fall crafts using recycle materials

We did not fill up the bottle all the way with leaves. The leaves  need some room to make those fun sounds.

fall crafts s using dried fall leaves

We even glued on a few a few colorful silk fall leaves. The same leaves we used in our fall sensory jars and fall sensory bin.

music instruments

Time to shake the maracas and make music.

fall crafts maracas

Oh the kids! They both had grand time with the maracas, shaking, dancing and just going crazy

kids having with maracas

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homemade maracas from Blog Me Mom 

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This post is sponsored by Uncommon Goods. All the opinions are my own. Really, if I didn’t like the product I don’t think I would spend the time writing about it. Their stuff is amazing and you should check out their website, Uncommongoods.
Do you have a child who likes to build and create structures? Do you have a child who likes to decorate things, paint and draw? If you are a parent who tries to buy unique toys for their own children and as gifts then this post is REALLY for you! I’m going to introduce you to one of a kind  online store selling kids stuff ( among other things!)

My children enjoy pretend play and engineering activities equally. When I found that Uncommon goods had high-quality toys and kids stuff catering to the different needs of many children I was excited to work with them to introduce you all to their website.

Fostering creativity and engineering skills with the help of unique toys from Uncommon Goods

First up is this cool city construction kit { product link has very detailed information}

I was impressed with the quality of the kit. The kit comes with all things needed to build 4 houses complete with instructions. The instructions are simple to follow since the entire kit is designed to be build using slots. The pieces are named { roof, base and sides} for easier construction experience. Little kids have to be helped but I can see older kids can build the houses themselves.

 city building with kids

The kit is made of 100% paper board and is MADE IN USA.

building a city

They are designed in such a way that the children not only enhance their engineering skills but also their artistic skills. Kids can show their creativity by personalizing the entire city to their preference.

city building kit

I can see this city get hours of pretend play.

built city with cardboard

Set out markers or paint to get the kids personalizing their city.

house building toy

The unique kids toys section on Uncommon Goods website is worth a visit! You will  find something that catches your eye.

Next up is another really cool building toy.

This building kit is aptly named ” What can you Bild” because it has a ton of attachments to let your little one go crazy! There are 2 rubber balls as starting points and from there the attachments range from wheels, feet, loops, springy spirals to propellers. All the parts are made of Polypropylene Plastic.

materials forbuilding toys

As you can see from the above image, the ideas are endless. You can make creatures, machines or anything your mind fancies.

building with materials

I can see this as a great Halloween Party activity for little kids. Get a bunch of these kids and the children can create monsters and other wacky creatures.

creative engineering toy

The little propeller makes building machines so much fun. The entire “building kit” is such a clever toy!

engineering toys with kids

UnCommon Goods among other things has a fabulous personalized gifts section that is worth a visit as well. I know I’ll be browsing this website during the gift giving season since all their products are of the highest quality and made of quality materials and many of them are made here in the USA.

Impressive highlights about the company

1. Most of their products are uniquely designed and hand crafted.

2. About 1/3 of their products are made of recycled and or up cycled materials

3. Their warehouse is here in the USA (Brooklyn) where the lowest-paid seasonal worker starts at 50%
above the minimum wage.

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Creative Engineering toys for kids along with a kinetic sand giveaway

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Play Recipe : Homemade rocks and gems http://www.blogmemom.com/play-recipe-homemade-rocks-gems/ http://www.blogmemom.com/play-recipe-homemade-rocks-gems/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 18:53:13 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=13313 Gotta love bright colors right?! We love liquid water colors and they did not fail us in this sensory activity. We made sparkly, shiny rocky gems and jewels for play and learning. Any project that turns into a mixing and pouring type of sensory activity is always a great hit.

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Gotta love bright colors right?! We love liquid water colors and they did not fail us in this sensory activity. We made sparkly, shiny rocky gems and jewels for play and learning. Any project that turns into a mixing and pouring type of sensory activity is always a great hit.

This post may contain affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links, I will receive a small commission. Thanks for supporting the blog!

You will need rock salt ( ice cream salt), liquid watercolors or food colors and glue for this project. { Use ice cream salt to make crystal play dough too}

Start off with colored rock salt.

colored rock salt sensory play

Set out white glue

materials glue and rock salt

Mixing the white glue with the colored rock salt is a wonderful process in itself. The kids can practice measuring, pouring and mixing.

mixing the ingredients

Either use your hands to mix

Mixing the glue ansd salt

Or a spoon.

MIXING GLUE GEMS

Make multi-colored gunky balls and set them to dry

rocky gems for sensory play

Be astounded with the beauty of it all and take multiple pictures!

homemade sparkly gems

The glue and salt mix to create an instant gem/jewel effect that only enhances when they dry.

glu gems for kids

You can sort them by colors and talk about real gems and how they are formed.

shiny gems for kids

Or the kids can use them in their pretend play as treasures.

sensroy play with diy gems

Once the gem are dry they are pretty sturdy but not sturdy enough to be thrown around like real stones!

sparkly gems for kids

Yep, that’s our emerald right there.

homemade rocks and gems for kids

colored fake gems

For all our art and play recipes check out the link.

Measurements:

DIY Gems and Jewels

This recipe is a popular one often found in many kids activities book like this one The Everything Toddler Activities Book

I developed on it and made colored salt instead of adding all the ingredients together ( which works too)

To make multiple colors start off by coloring 1 cup of ice cream salt for each color. Add  cup of rock salt in a plastic baggie (sealed) and add few squirts of liquid watercolors or food colors. Start shaking the bag to spread the color. Once you are satisfied with the color, lay the colored salt on a cookie tray to dry.

You can also color the glue and add the salt.

Take 1/4 cup of glue and add your 1 cup of colored rock salt little by little. As soon as the salt hits the glue the glue turns gunky. Keep mixing (either with your hands or a spoon) until all the glue is balled up with the salt.

Set all the glue-salt balls ( make desired shapes) on a clean dry flat container.

It takes 2 daysto dry. Once dry use them as you wish in play. Older children can study and learn more about different gem stones. We colored them accordingly ( emeralds, Jaspers, sapphires, gold etc)

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Make glue gems with this simple recipe. Great for learning and sensory play time

Check out our resourceful e-book filled with many preschool play ideas. Both the books are on SALE! ENDS 9/14/2014

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Science Experiments for Kids : Apple Cider Vinegar experiment http://www.blogmemom.com/science-experiments-for-kids-apple-cider-experiment/ http://www.blogmemom.com/science-experiments-for-kids-apple-cider-experiment/#comments Sat, 06 Sep 2014 05:58:25 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=13286 This post may contain affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links I will receive a small commission. Thanks for supporting the blog!

Can’t wait any longer! It’s September and we have officially started obsessing over apples. While the actual apple picking season is a still a few week away we have started doing apple crafts and apple art projects.…

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Can’t wait any longer! It’s September and we have officially started obsessing over apples. While the actual apple picking season is a still a few week away we have started doing apple crafts and apple art projects. Before we share those, I want to show you all our super exciting science experiment for kids – apple cider experiment.

Science Experiments for Kids : Apple Cider Vinegar experiment

Materials

materials for apple experiments

In 4 clear containers we added a bit of baking soda and a few squirts of our favorite Liquid Watercolors. Since  have done our fair share of science experiments for kids, especially ones with eruptions the children were quite familiar with the process. We have combined Kool-Aid and baking soda. We have combined lemon juice and baking soda. We have even added soap to this famous science experiment in our lemon suds eruption.

Today in this science experiment we are combining apple cider vinegar and baking soda.

apple experiments for kids

Well, apple cider vinegar  is again vinegar { weak acetic acid}

science experiments for kids with apples

But the kids thought this apple explosions were pretty fabulous. Adding half a cup of apple cider vinegar to the baking soda gave us some cool apple scented eruptions.

science experiments with apple cider

We tried many colors.

apple cider eruptions

But the green and red were audience favorites.

Apple Cider Experiment for kids

Thanks for reading

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Fall Art Activities : Fall Tree Art http://www.blogmemom.com/fall-art-activities-fall-tree-art/ http://www.blogmemom.com/fall-art-activities-fall-tree-art/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:00:08 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=10445 It has been a while since we did any art activities around here. Although the kids engage in many forms of open ended art activities almost everyday we haven’t done a full-on art project per se. Looking back I guess we were on a messy play and sensory activities kick. Since we are doing fall crafts and activities to welcome the season change, we decided do immerse ourselves ( yes, that’s what happens when we do art activities here) in fall art activities.…

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Fall Art Activities using puffy paint

It has been a while since we did any art activities around here. Although the kids engage in many forms of open ended art activities almost everyday we haven’t done a full-on art project per se. Looking back I guess we were on a messy play and sensory activities kick. Since we are doing fall crafts and activities to welcome the season change, we decided do immerse ourselves ( yes, that’s what happens when we do art activities here) in fall art activities.

We LOVE puffy paint! Last fall, we did a puffy paint leaf activity. Since the kids are a bit older we upped the complexity of this fall art activity and did a puffy paint fall tree art. It is great to look back and see how the kids have grown, especially my toddler’s development in the fine motor skills department.

Please don’t write off this fall art activity as heavily parent-led, cute artsy craft. If you look down the post you will see the kids’ exploration. Having said that I have to say that my older child LOVES seasonal activities and loves to create. She takes pride in her creations and enjoys looking at her stuff adoring her room and our house in general. Besides, these art activities are just *invitations*. The kids always have the option of saying “no”, just like the way my toddler said on this particular day. “No, mom I don’t want to make a tree. Only a river and a turtle”. Scroll down to see a toddler’s puffy river and puffy turtle.

Materials:

Puffy Paint in Fall Colors

Fall tree outline (optional)

Affiliate links to the products used at the end of the post.

materials needed for puffy paint tree

My preschooler jumped at the chance of doing an art project and got on to filling in the trunk with her brown puffy paint. She has developed amazing sense of control while working with materials like these. Doing shaving cream drip art activity, cotton rounds art activity and many art activities like those must have helped. My toddler’s control of bottles is getting much better as well.

drawing the trunk

Just the filled up tree trunk got her excited while she kept repeating “Mom, this trunk looks just like chocolate”. This fall art activity is turning into a fun one!

fall tree art

Then she proceeded to use her fall colored puffy paint to create the leaves for the now dubbed” chocolate tree” She did not need any directions and was good with creating small dots as leaves. She even tried to get the leaves realistic as possible. Her art work has gotten very precise and deliberate and she works in stages and chooses her colors. Every now and then she would ask ” Does this color look nicer next to this color or the other one” I usually don’t answer those questions and gently have her decide on her own with a ” What do you think?” She usually makes a decision and goes with a combination. I’m loving her developing color sense!Easy Art Activities like these increases my kid’s already present interest in art.

adding leaves

That’s my toddler creating a river. Usually she has to do the same art project her sister is doing. This time I was glad that she chose something all by herself!

toddler fall tree craft

This is how the fall tree made with puffy paint looks before “puffing it up”.

puffy paint fall tree art

We popped the art in the microwave for 30 seconds in 10 seconds intervals and it came out looking gorgeous like this.

puffed up fall tree

More of the kids’ products. I have to say my older daughter and I were on the same track with the trunk. Both of us thought the tree trunk looked VERY REALISTIC! I mean it looks like an actual tree trunk. Don’t you think?

fall tree art project

The art looked great outdoors.

fall decor with kid made art

And indoors. Granted it is a lousy picture in low light conditions. But I think the fall tree art will look stunning in your kids’ room.

fall tree craft and art

Oh it was a fun evening for all the three of us.

puffy paint art project

Quick Tip:

For puffy paint projects it is recommended you use thick paper or cardboard. I used to use cardstock paper. But it turned out to be a pricey affair because of the sheer number of art the kids churn out.

Now I present you with my frugal method.

I don’t want to cut out many pieces of cardboard. I lay down regular white sheets of paper on an outdoor table we usually use. The paper takes the paint well. Once you are ready to microwave the art, just place them on a cereal box ( cut out a rectangular piece) and zap them in the microwave. Once the art is puffed up remove the sheet and use the same cereal box to zap the next one..This way you can use white sheets to do this art project. I even have a couple of them framed. I keep them for about 2 weeks before throwing them out ( I have seen cases of mold)

tips for puffy paint project

Alright so the recipe?

I used a modified version of Housing A Forest’s puffy paint recipe.

Check out the original recipe and see all her kids’ GORGEOUS art.  Tammy is a high-school art teacher and she knows her stuff!

  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • Liquid water colors ( I just love these)
  • Water ( Just enough to get a batter like consistency)

Use a whisk or your hand to remove lumps.. Lumps just kill the fun.. I have to say the liquid water colors gave the paint a beautiful color. My fellow liquid water colors “obsessee”, Asia from Fun At Home with kids has written a killer post on ways to use liquid watercolors. Do check it out! You will fall in love with these guys.

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Cupcakes for all the upcoming holidays http://www.blogmemom.com/cupcakes-for-all-the-upcoming-holidays/ http://www.blogmemom.com/cupcakes-for-all-the-upcoming-holidays/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:00:52 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=13258  Cupcakes for upcoming holidays

Some holidays are for presidents; others commend our veterans. There is even a day on which a big, jolly, white-bearded man gets his time to shine on a sled flown by reindeer. But most can agree, all days of observation are a great excuse to bake and devour festive cupcakes, because nothing represents occasion and indulgence like a buttery, frosted mini-cake that can be decorated with colors, themes and sprinkles to fit each and every annual celebration!…

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 Cupcakes for upcoming holidays

Some holidays are for presidents; others commend our veterans. There is even a day on which a big, jolly, white-bearded man gets his time to shine on a sled flown by reindeer. But most can agree, all days of observation are a great excuse to bake and devour festive cupcakes, because nothing represents occasion and indulgence like a buttery, frosted mini-cake that can be decorated with colors, themes and sprinkles to fit each and every annual celebration! Here are a few specialty cupcakes for distinct dates marked on the calendar.

Labor Day: Hamburger Cupcakes

Hamberger cupcake

Labor Day means work off and barbeque time! While friends busily occupy the grill, you can build your own burger, fixings and all. The hamburger cupcake has the best of both worlds – vanilla cake acts as the bun and chocolate is sandwiched in between. This “meat” is extra delicious – chocolate cake mix and chocolate frosting combine to form a malleable patty. Don’t forget your toppings – yellow fondant (moldable icing) for the cheese, plus green and red frosting equals lettuce and ketchup.

Halloween: “Eyeball” Cupcakes

Eyeball cupcakes

 

What’s spookier than the feeling of being watched? Eating a cupcake that is literally staring at you while you consume it. Halloween cupcakes – “eyeball” cupcakes to be more specific, are the ultimate way to creep out party guests. You can thank our friends at Kraft for these delicious eyeballs, which consist of a chocolate cake batter that is blended with chocolate pudding mix. Once the cups of cake are baked, a butter/cream cheese/vanilla mixture is spread over to resemble the sclera (white part of those oglers), which is then beautified with gummy rings to embody the iris and strawberry chewy fruit snacks for pupils. Throw in some bloodshot with red icing throughout. So creepy it will guarantee chills. The original recipe here for more creepy and yummy Halloween cupcake ideas.

Thanksgiving: Pumpkin Cream Cupcakes

Thanksgiving pumpkin

Pumpkin and Thanksgiving go hand in hand – it’s as simple as that, and so is this pumpkin cream cupcake recipe. A tasty concoction of cream cheese and egg is spooned onto pumpkin-infused spice cake batter then baked in the oven to gobble-feasting excellence. Instead of contributing pumpkin pie to the Turkey Day table (which you know someone else is probably going to bring), raise the standard with delightful pumpkin cream cupcakes.

Hanukkah: Blue Velvet Cupcake Menorah

 Hanukkah

Infamous red velvet cupcakes can take an eight-day vacation on behalf of Hanukkah and this blue velvet cupcake menorah. Packed with hints of cocoa, blue velvet cupcakes are created with royal blue food coloring to match a symbolic hue of the Jewish holiday. A blue buttercream frosting lies atop to keep to theme and blue Shabbat candles to finish, forming a twinkling menorah.

Christmas: Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Marshmallow Cream Filling

 Christmas Stars

Thanks to dark chocolate cupcakes with peppermint marshmallow cream filling, picking the perfect Christmas tree just got easier and more eatable. Decorated with green and red swirls of Swiss meringue buttercream, edible ornament décor, and capped with the very necessary bright and shining star, these cupcakes scream “Ho! Ho! Ho!” Not to mention, each chocolaty bite holds the gift of peppermint marshmallow cream filling prepared from marshmallow fluff and organic peppermint extract for that candy cane zing.

New Years – Champagne Cupcakes with Sweet Champagne Buttercream Frosting

New Year's

New Year’s resolutions are meant to be broken – break your resolve to shed those lbs. by “cheers”-ing champagne cupcakes with sweet champagne buttercream frosting. The treat presents a light and airy texture much like the bubbly features of celebratory sparkling wine and has just the right amount of sweetness from the champagne. Additionally, the champagne buttercream frosting whipped from powdered sugar and butter is a decadent complement to the flute of cake.

A holiday without cupcakes is no holiday at all. Fortunately, you now know a handful of cupcake ideas to help you observe the remaining holidays of the year in proper manner.

By: Stephen Reynolds

 

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Apple themed activities for kids http://www.blogmemom.com/apple-activities-kids/ http://www.blogmemom.com/apple-activities-kids/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:09:33 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=13237 Apple season is right around the corner! Can’t wait for fall and the cool crisp air. Here are some apple crafts and art activities for you to get started. We have roughly categorized them based on skill level.

Toddler Apple Crafts and apple activities

 1. Apple Prints Basket from Moments of Mommyhood

apple basket

 2.  Erupting Apple Sidewalk Chalk Paint Recipe from Learn Play Imagine

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Apple season is right around the corner! Can’t wait for fall and the cool crisp air. Here are some apple crafts and art activities for you to get started. We have roughly categorized them based on skill level.

Toddler Apple Crafts and apple activities

 1. Apple Prints Basket from Moments of Mommyhood

apple basket

 2.  Erupting Apple Sidewalk Chalk Paint Recipe from Learn Play Imagine

 3.  Fall Colour Apple Stamping from Happy Hooligans

 4.  Apple Cloud Dough Recipe from Growing A Jeweled Rose

 5.  Apple Projects for Kids from The Chirping Moms

 6.  Fall Fun Apple Stamping from Mama Papa Bubba

 7.  Easy Apple Craft from Mamas Like Me

 8.  Hand Print And Button Apple Tree from Moments of Mommyhood

 9.  Leaves and Apples from Little Leaners Lounge

10. Apple Frozen Paints  fromFrogs Snails and Puppy Dogs Tails

apple art project

11. Apple Tree Craft Toddlers from Hands On As We Grow

12. Paper Roll Apple Stamps from Sugar Aunts

Preschool Apple Crafts and activities

13. An Apple A Day from No Time For Flash Cards

14. East Apple Tree Preschool Craft from Reading Confetti

15. Painting With Apples Brushes and Flower from Frogs And Snails And Puppy Dogs Tails

16. Paper Plate Apples from Kindercraze Blog

17. Apple Letter Sound Game from Kindergarden Smiles

18. Tissue Paper Apple Art Project from Blissful Roots

19. Stuffed Paper Apples from Buggy And Buddy

20. Apples from My Preschool Crafts

21. Another Preschool Apple Craft from The Ramblings Of A Crazy Woman

22. Apple Bowling Art from  Mess For Less

23. Apple Art Project from Deep Space Sparkle

24. Spice Apple Art For Kids from Fun A Day

apple prints

25. Manza from Fem Manuals

apple crafts

26. Apple Prints from Teaching 2 And 3 Years Olds

27. Tissue Paper Art Apple Tree Craft from Fantastic Fun And Learning

Tissue-Paper-Art-Apple-Tree-Craft

28. We Made Apple Trees in Preschool from Teach Preschool

29. Building With Apples from Fun At Home With Kids

 

Apple Crafts and activities for older kids

30. Sequin Apple from Child Care And Blog

sequinapple

31. Little Apple Yarn Favours from Make and Takes

32. Cardboard Tube Mini Apples from Naturally Educational

33. Paper Bag Apple Tree from Creative Jewish Mom

apple tree

34. Bottles Apple Craft  from Creative Jewish Mom

35. Cereal Box Apples Craft from No Time For Flash Cards

36. Melted Crayon Leaves And Apples from Life With Moore Babies

37. Apple Print Wreath from No Time For Flash Cards

38. Apple Sun Catchers from Fireflies and Mud Pies

39. Apple Print Making from Fun A Day

40. Carboard Apple Trees from Housing A Forest

apple crafts for kids with cardboard

41. Fall Crafts Coffee Filter Apple Art from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

42. Printed Fruit Trees from Nettle Knits

43. Back To School Apple Trees from Lilly Cakes

44. Fall And Apples from The Nature Of Grace

45. Apple Printed Lunch Bags from Inner Child Fun

46. Paper bag apple tree from Creative Jewish Mom

Some more apple crafts and other activities from Blog Me Mom

47. Apple Paints for kids

48. Apple playdough

49. Apple Tree Craft for kids

50Sticky apple tree craft for toddlers

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 apple crafts and activities for kids all ages

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Tips for first day school jitters http://www.blogmemom.com/tips-for-first-day-school-jitters/ http://www.blogmemom.com/tips-for-first-day-school-jitters/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:21:56 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=13225 Holly Easterby says her week is never complete without spending some of her time around kids. She loves sharing stuff about them at Bonza Brats and in blogs such as this one. In here, she writes about how parents can help their children overcome first-day school jitters.

School is about to start or probably has started!…

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FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL JITTERS: HELP YOUR KID BEAT IT

Holly Easterby says her week is never complete without spending some of her time around kids. She loves sharing stuff about them at Bonza Brats and in blogs such as this one. In here, she writes about how parents can help their children overcome first-day school jitters.

School is about to start or probably has started! Finally! Your small tot is all grown up. In a few days’ time, he will be putting on his new backpack, getting on the bus, and will be making new friends at school. Or so you thought. After shopping for school supplies, your kid has now developed cold feet over going to school. Ah! It’s the first-day school jitters. This is quite normal. Kids from all ages could suffer from it. Some of the reasons why children during their first day are nervous include transferring to a new school, worries about fitting in, and fear of being in a new environment. No worries! There are several ways by which you can help your kid overcome this.

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Tips for First Day School Jitters

  1. Visit the school together before school starts. It would make a difference for your kid if the two of you will visit the school together prior to the start of classes. Kids may be scared of going to school since it is indeed fearful to be in a place where they will be sitting next to strangers. When they see the school beforehand, they will at least be able to explore its surroundings a bit, enabling them to get comfortable with it.
  2. Tell stories of how great school was for you. Put your kid’s fears to rest by telling them how it was fun for you in school. One of the ways to do this is by showing them some of the activities you did as a student when you were their age. Most kids love art projects, so show your child how to paint a house.
  3. Accompany your kid on the first few days. While some kids find it easy to transition from their home life to school life, some don’t. If your kid asks you to come with him inside the class, then you may need to do so. He needs you to be there physically for emotional support.
  4. Talk to the teacher. Find help from your kid’s teacher when your child is nervous about going to school. There are children dealing with their first day of school whose greatest fear is being scolded by their teachers.
  5. Don’t be late when picking kid from school. You can make matters worse if you do not show up when the school bell rings. Remember that your child is already agitated about going to school in the first place and making him wait will make him feel abandoned in his misery.
  6. Read books.There are many popular titles for helping children cope with first day of school.The kissing hand ione of the most sought after books by teachers.
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Final Thoughts

For kids who are attending school for the first time, it may take several days to get used to the new teacher, classmates and environment. But don’t let this be a permanent arrangement. Help your kid enjoy school by employing the tips mentioned above. For the older kids who are having back to school jitters, you can help ease this by talking to your child. See this in their perspective so that the two of you would be able to come up with the best

Author: Holly Easterby

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Holly’s love for children has seen her featured in many education and children websites, whether talking about healthy snacks, motivating students or children’s fashion at Bonza Brats. Holly loves reading books, and shopping is her way of spending time with her young family. If you would like to catch her, you can via Google+ or Twitter: @HollyEasterby

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Art activities for kids : Homemade stickers for story telling http://www.blogmemom.com/art-activities-for-kids-homemade-stickers-for-story-telling/ http://www.blogmemom.com/art-activities-for-kids-homemade-stickers-for-story-telling/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:40:56 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=13204 Homemade stickers through this simple art activity to promote artful story telling

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Art activities for kids : Homemade stickers for story telling

Homemade stickers through this simple art activity to promote artful story telling

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We have been on  a big art activities for kids kick in the last few days. Why not right? Kids art is a big part of our lives and this blog! I personally see the children break into big smiles while creating something, especially with our homemade art supplies. Today we share a simple method to make homemade stickers that aid in pretend play, art activities and more importantly in great story telling sessions.

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Invitation to create

I suggest you use just heavy paper like card stock since you will be brushing it with liquid. My children wanted to draw on colored paper as well. But to make stickers that don’t tear off just bring out just the card stock paper.

After the supplies are set up, the kids are free to create their own art on tiny papers. Those cut up paper squares were suddently very unique and the kids eagerly painted.

 art project for kids where they make DIY stickers

They used both the fabulous Paint Brush Pens and Liquid Watercolor Paints to make their creations.

handdrawn pictures ready to be turned into homemade stickers

Don’t you agree that art activities for kids is such a fantastic way to inculcate wonderful skills in children? I mean this art project has everything – fine motor skills development, pretend play skills development, story-telling skills development.

art activities for kids using homemade gelatin stickers

How to turn the kids art into Homemade Stickers

To turn the kids art into stickers, you will need some unflavored gelatin or regular flavored Jell-O. I used flavored Jello. Dissolve about a tablespoon of Jello ( I used watermelon and pineapple from our tropical fruits rice and summer play dough). For 1 tbsp of Jello powder I used about 1/5 TBSP of hot water. Once the Jello dissolves in hot water, set out your colorful Jello water and the kids art out for the children to create their own stickers in this wonderful art activity.

The kids just loaded up their paint brushes with Jello water making sure they scoop up lots of the Jello mixture in it. Then they brushed all the pictures with the mixture on the backside. We set the pictures to dry backside up for about 1 hour so. Once completely dry kids can simply lick and stick. Mine did that and some were gently dampened with water using a sponge and then stuck.

creating homemade stickers by painting

Use  heavy paper to create their stories and scenes since regular white paper will not take water very well.

art activity with gelatin stickers

Here are the completed art from both of them. One of my 6 year old’s story is where she is living alone by herself and visiting daddy and mommy when they are old. What!!!?

completed art activity with arty stickers

More art activities for kids on on our category page

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Story writing with stickers Homemade Lick and Stick stickers

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