Friday, September 30, 2011

Superhero Birthday Party

Every boy wants to be a superhero.  So why not throw him that amazing party?



Invitations:
  • Create invitations using the chosen superhero's emblem or iconic image - this works great if you want to keep the party specific to one superhero. (Batman's mask, Spiderman's face, Superman's emblem etc)
  • Glue the text of your invite on top of a page taken out of a Comic book (this works well for a general superhero party - you could encourage your guests to dress up as their favorite super hero)
Decorations:
  • Use comic book cut outs to cover your walls.  
  • Cut talk bubbles out of white cardboard and glue to walls with iconic comic strip words like Pow, Zap etc. or use some of the superheros' favorite phrases
  • Dedicate each wall to a specific superhero and keep with the theme
  • Use your superhero toys as room decor
  • Cut out comic book pages and laminate them to make cool place mats which kids could take home as a favor.
  • Hang superhero posters or emblems on walls
  • Create wanted signs for the villains



Activities:
  • Do a scavenger hunt for superhero items (masks, small cars, spider, kryptonite etc)
  • Who am I game using only the superhero or villain pictures
  • Pass the Kryptonite (a twist on the pass the parcel game)
  • Villain Pinata, have your guests use their superpowers to break it
 Food:
  • Spider/bat shaped sandwiches
  • You can pretty much serve any party food and give it a really cool superhero name.
  • Green jello
  • Question mark cookies (Riddler), Bat cookies, Spider cookies
  • Super Veggies & Power Dip
  • Super strength chicken nuggets

 Cakes & Sweets:
  • Spider web cake or cup cakes (make it round and use white frosting for the web)
  • Superman emblem cake
  • Bat shape cake  (you may need to carve it, the easiest way to do this is to print out a large enough bat shape, cut it out of paper and use the paper to trace along the cake)
  • Make super hero cupcakes (red & yellow for Superman, red & black for Spiderman, black & yellow for Batman, green for Hulk etc)
  • Shaped cookies 
  • Red velvet cake pops glazed in different superhero colors (use food coloring to color white chocolate)
  • If you need recipes for cakes which are great for shaping, check out the chocolate cake and the banana cake recipes.  Another great recipe for making any shape is the kasato cake recipe.
 Favors:
  • Capes & masks
  • Superhero stickers
  • Superhero fake tattoos
  • Superhero dinner set (cup, plate to go along with the comic strip place mat we mentioned in the decorations)
I hope you find some of these ideas useful.  Good luck!



  
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Party Bento

We threw a Back to School party at our house on Saturday.  So following the B2S theme we served kids' food in lunch boxes.

Here's what it looked like:

party bento

There were two ham and cheese sandwiches for each kid (specially prepared with my trusty Krustbuster), yoghurt, cherry tomatos, cucumber wedges and a cheese stick.  All prepared in a lunch box which was theirs to take home :) 

  
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - First Smile for the Camera

Lia's been smiling for a month and I've just now managed to capture it on camera.

first smiles

It seems that every time she sees my giant lense, she loses it.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Threaded Place Mat Craft

Fall is here! Mornings are a little cooler, we no longer need airconditioning to sleep and we can spend nice cool evenings in the back yard and craft! 

Here is our threaded place mat!

threaded place mat

What you'll need:

3 pieces of thick paper (orange, green and yellow or brown)
Scissors
Glue
Felt (fall colors)

Choose which color you want to be your base.  We chose orange.  Cut the paper into strips length wise.  Make sure you do not cut until the end.  Then cut the green and yellow paper into strips width wise. 

threaded place mat

Have your child alternately thread the green and yellow paper through the orange to give it a quilted/woven look.

threaded place mat


threaded place mat

Once that's done, glue the edges of the green and yellow strips to the orange paper to ensure that it doesn't come undone.

Cut leaf shapes out of felt and glue them to the mat where there is no threading.  And that's it! Your Fall placemat is done!


  
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Monday, September 26, 2011

Muffin Tin Monday - Burgers

This is how we serve burgers Muffin Tin style!

muffin tin

 What's in the tin?

Top row: teddy bear rice, burger cubes, sweet corn
Bottom row: cheese and cucumber, mini bun wedges, yoghurt



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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Worldless Wednesday - Exhaustion



exhaustion




All played out...


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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Beaded Mobile Craft

Now that Emma has a sister, we decided to create something just for her. What better thing to create than a colorful mobile for her crib or stroller.

beaded mobile


We came across this craft in a craft book we always look through at Emma’s favorite place…the bookshop!

What you’ll need:

Colorful plastic beads (we bought a bunch at Jumbo)
Ribbon or even better yarn (7 pieces of 60cm each)
Plastic top (we used the plastic lid from Baking Powder)
Knife
Scissors

Thread one bead; grab the edges of the ribbon so that the bead hangs in the middle. The remaining beads should be beaded onto both edges of the thread. That way, each hanging beaded thread is about 30cm long. This prevents you from needing to make a knot at the bottom of each string of beads. Bead only 6 of the threads and save one.


beaded mobile

Once you’ve done that, punch 6 holes around the edge of the plastic top you will use, and make one hole in the middle.

Pull a beaded ribbon through each of the holes on the plastic top and tie knots to keep in place. Take the free ribbon and pull it through the hole in the middle but from the opposite side, so that it can be used for hanging. Tie a knot at the bottom and you’re done!


beaded mobile

Emma’s sister Lia loves this craft. She is mesmerized by the colorful beads and already tries to reach up to catch them. Emma of course is proud of her work and so happy that she created a toy for her baby sister.


  
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Monday, September 19, 2011

Muffin Tin Monday - Dinner Time

Its Monday and that means meals in muffin tins.

muffin tin

What's in the tin?  

Top Row: Green peas, buttered bread wedges, green peas
Bottom Row: Apple cubes, cheesy pasta shells, grapes

Emma loved it and ate the whole thing! :)



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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Boats Theme - Letter B

Continuing on with our Sunday "Learning" feature - an educational printable in English and Serbian languages. We have already covered the Letter A and the Summer theme.  Today the theme is Boats and the letter is B.

As before, there are three parts to this theme, and we are staring with Part 1 of course. In the weeks to follow I will post the remaining parts, as usual:

Part 1 - Letter B
Part 2 - Numbers, shapes and colors
Part 3 - Vocabulary development & word recognition

Click on the picture below to download the PDF file of the English version Part 1 - Letter B.

Letter B


Click on the below picture to download the PDF file for the Serbian version Part 1 - Letter B.

слово Б


These materials will be great for kids who are:
  • just learning to read & write in English in an English speaking environment.  
  • learning English as a second or third language while going to a school taught in a different language
  • learning Serbian
I hope you find these useful and come back for part 2! It will be available next Sunday.

In case you are looking to help your child learn Greek, be sure to check out my dear friend Eri's blog, with lovely, child friendly Greek language printables.


Greek for Kids



  
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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Homemade Lemonade Recipe

Emma ran her own lemonade stand for the very first time.  She did everything from making the sign, to squeezing the lemons & serving the lemonade to her customers.

lemonade


Here is the lemonade recipe we used:

First we created the syrup.  I guess what makes a great lemonade is that the sugar is all absorbed and not sitting at the bottom of the pitcher.

3/4 cup of sugar
1 cup water
1 cup freshly squeezed  lemon juice

lemonade

Put the water and the sugar in a pot on low fire until the sugar melts.  Once its melted add the mixture to the lemon juice. Dilute it with 3 to 4 cups of water depending on how strong you like it.  You may also increase the sugar to 1 cup if you like it sweeter. Refrigerate and serve cold.

It was delicious and everyone came back for seconds.

Emma was incredibly proud of herself.

lemonade

  
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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Easy Lunchbox Bento

Its been a while since I posted a lunch idea. So here it is.  Emma's Lunch in an Easy Lunchbox.

bento easy lunchbox

Pasta shells with cheese, cucumber & yoghurt. And for desert, jam sandwich wedges, apricots and banana slices.

  
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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Dubai



dubai

There's no place in the world like Dubai.  And I don't necessarily mean it as a compliment....

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Edited to show the view from straight ahead.  It seems that many people can't figure out what this is.

dubai



  
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