Friday, August 26, 2011

Potato Stamping Activity

I'm back with this great craft after an amazingly relaxing, internet free holiday.  With two preschoolers to entertain we did a lot of crafts and fun activities, this was one of them.


potato stamps

What you'll need:
Two potatos
Sharp knife
Four colours
Paper

Take two potatos and cut each in half.  Use the tip of a sharp knife to carve a shape into each of the halves. As you can see we had a star, a heart, a snail and a flower. Once the shape is carved into the potato cut away the excess to leave the carved shape sticking out.

potato stamping

Pour paint into four containers and place each of the stamps in one of the colors.  Let your child stamp happily away on a piece of paper.

potato stamping

Finally enjoy their new work of art :)


  
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Ceiling Decoration Craft

I came across this idea while shopping for a Rapunzel book with Emma.  We saw something similar hanging in the children's section and when Emma said she wanted to make it, well here we are :)

ceiling decoration


What you'll need
Hard paper
Crepe paper
Stickers
Round plate
Ribbon
Scissors


Use the plate to make a circle on the hard paper, then draw a spiral inside it.


ceiling decoration

Depending on the age of your child let them cut along the spiral line or do it yourself.  Take the crepe paper and cut out thin strips and let your child stick them to the spiral using stickers.  One sticker for each paper strip.

ceiling decoration


Let your child decorate it as she likes.  Emma wanted to add more stickers between the paper strips.  Once its decorated create a hole in the center and thread through the ribbon to make a loop. 

ceiling decoration


Tie a knot at the end of the ribbon and your ceiling decoration is now ready to be hanged! :)  If you place it near an open window or close to a fan or an airconditioner it spins and the crepe paper moves in the breeze.

ceiling decoration

As a variation you could make themed celing decorations, use themed stickers and paper colors. For a Spiderman birthday party, for example, use black and red paper and Spiderman stickers.

  
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Monday, August 8, 2011

Muffin Tin Monday - Another Snack

Its Monday and time for our muffin tin! Muffin tins... not only good for making delicious muffins!
Emma's simple snack served in a muffin tin is always a hit...

snack served in a muffin tin


We've got cherry tomatoes, cheese rollups, yoghurt in silicone cups (which she loves and pretends its ice cream), greek pitta wedges and a mini banana muffin.



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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Banana Muffins

So we're back, after a bit of a hiatus due to the birth of our second daughter Lia.  And while I haven't had time to go online and post, I've built up plenty of blogging material with Emma. We baked and crafted and painted and learned new letters...

So lets start with these super easy, tasty Banana Muffins!

This is a great recipe and its been a while for us to use it. So when I was looking for an easy muffin recipe to send to Emma's school as a treat for the birth of her sister, I came across this one, on a forgotten, folded, hand written piece of paper among my numerous recipe books. It's so easy to do and really, really tasty; a great recipe to do with your child, so it was perfect for this occasion.  I'm so glad we've rediscovered it.

Banana muffins

Ingredients:

1.5 cups of flour
1tsp baking powder
1tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 large or 4 regular sized bananas, mashed
3/4 cups of granulated sugar
1 egg
1/3 cups of olive oil

Makes 12 big muffins or 24 mini muffins.


Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 175C.  Put muffin paper liners in the muffin tin.
Mix togerther flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in one bowl.

kids making muffinskids mashing bananas for muffins


Mix the mashed bananas, sugar, egg, oil in a large bowl using a spoon.  Add the flour mixture and mix with a spoon untill smooth.

Making muffins

making Banana muffins

Scoop into the muffin tins.

Bake regular muffins for 20-25mins and mini muffins for 10-15 mins.





  
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