Jungle Jam (at Sprout) is a great way to help your kids practice their memory, and pattern recognition. By answering correctly you earn points, the more points the better! In this game you have five lives, for each incorrect answer you lose a life. Over all a good game to play with your kids. Because some reading is required, this one is either for playing together or for an older, K-2 aged child.
Cookie is a new favorite site at our house. The resources, both printables and online games, are educational and entertaining for both boys and girls. I’m setting the 2 year old and 5 year old reviewers loose and will update the post with their picks.
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I was worried this year! We are all teched up and out so what am I going to give my 10-turning-11 year old?
She actually asked for what she wanted this year!
Heelys. I bought a pair for my now 13 year old when she was 9. Loved them, and I loved the idea!
Aren’t they gorgeous? And you can take the wheel out and make them into regular skate shoes!
Best part is they make them in adult sizes too! And for preschoolers…
Of course, I have to get all the safety gear as well. But all in all, not expensive for a birthday gift and she will be getting outdoors and off the devices! 😉
The kids’ app available that is getting the most play around here right now is ToonGoggles. It’s similar to Netflix but with only kids shows!
We dove in, my 11 month old, my 10 year old and I and tried an episode of Gloria’s House. What can I say, the description spoke to me!
The free access is limited to three episodes of each show but once you’re hooked on one show, monthly access is very reasonable!
Download the iOS (iPod, iPhone, iPad) version here.
Or if you want to see a demo before you download it click here. But since the basic version is free, just give it a try! My kids like it, I bet yours will too.
I found a new game site!
It’s called Cookie and it’s just so appealing right now. Maybe it’s that it’s Mommy’s favorite color – who knows.
There are so many printables, I find myself hoping Baby hasn’t *actually* messed it up with his new found ability to access the wall of technology. I also checked out a game or two and found this cute Word Matching game.
Of course, as always, you should head over to MostlyMommies’ games page and check out all the cool free games for toddlers, preschoolers and kids.
I don’t know what the rules are but I suppose it’s only fair to say Shrinky Dinks exist as an item you can buy.
Now that I’ve said that, it’s possible to make them for free – better than free, you use stuff from your recycling bin! I know I used and recommend using #6 plastic. I’ve seen other sites stating you can use other numbers but you probably have enough #6 (which works spectacularly!) to achieve what you want.
This is not a toddler craft! It’s best for 8 years and up, I’d say. But with proper parental supervision, it’s your call. If the child is not using the oven, the permanent markers are your biggest concern. And if your child mouths things still, this is for later in crafts-years.
I used the tops from two store-bought sushi lunches.
These have the little #6 … I’m going to try with a white plastic #6 single yogurt container and let you know later.
Draw what you’d like on there with a Sharpie. Great idea is to trace an outline from a picture. You can colour in the outline with other permanent colour markers.
If you want a pendant, punch the hole in there before you out it in the oven.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
I did everything on a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper on it – just in case.
Here is another amazing fact: it’s free AND fast!
The largest ones we made took 1:45 (one minute and forty-five seconds). The smallest were 1:00 (one minute).
So, once your oven is the right temperature, open it up and slide in the baking sheet with your plastic shrinking pieces on it. Watch with the oven door closed – or if you have to (like me) take pictures, open it up a crack.
You’ll be able to see that they’re done but first you’ll probably have that moment of “oh my god, what’s happening in there?” as they curl up. Don’t freak out! They curl up and then they lay flat – smaller and thicker! Then take them out.
*I actually remembered to get a measuring tape out for some of the pictures so you can get a good idea of the shrinkage factor.
Look at the pictures below for proof and for fun! Then go make yourself something unique and cool! Post your comments or pictures, I’d love to hear what you did with the idea.
Curled up and flattened out! It’s like exercise for plastic!
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Check out this birthday cake I made!
I did originally see this idea on Pinterest but much to my surprise when I went to make it … It was only pictures, no recipe. And I saw cola in the picture – does anyone know if you can use cola in a cake recipe? I don’t. Hahaha … Here is the original Pinterest post so that the original idea creator gets credit.
Since I had no recipe to work with, I just followed Betty’s instructions. You know… Betty Crocker? Lol! Are those not the cutest measuring cups?
I used a white cake mix and after making the batter according to the instructions, I separated it into 6 bowls. I know the rainbow is 7 but I couldn’t futz around with the difference between indigo and violet – purple people, it’s a colour! 🙂
Once it was separated, I coloured each bowl of batter with food colouring. Mmmmmm. Funny, last night my daughter told me the way to remember the order of the rainbow – “Roy G Biv” red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet”. Phew. Keep in mind I melded the indigo and violet… So the four basic food colourings were fine and I mixed yellow and red to make orange and red and blue to make purple.
Don’t those bowls of batter look amazing?
After the colours are ready, take a spoon and put an equal amount into each cake pan. I didn’t have the two round cake pans so I used three heart shaped ones. It was two large spoon scoops per pan in my case. So, two scoops of red into each pan… Then on top of that, two scoops of orange, then on top of that two yellow spoonfuls… It starts to spread out.
After I had emptied each bowl into the pans in their order, I tapped the pans to flatten the batter.
Since I used three pans I kept them in a little less time, monitoring it as I went – somewhere between the 18 minutes for cupcakes and the 25 minutes for two cake pans. And voila! Cool for ten minutes and then pop them out to cool completely before icing.
I have this awesome cake leveller that I saw at the dollar store. My husband loves kitchen gadgets and has always made cakes so I bought it. Today I will use it! Hahaha. The original recipe called for white icing but my daughter is a chocolate fan so… Chocolate icing it is! I will post the picture with icing after but I just couldn’t wait to share this with you!
Alright it is now the morning after the birthday celebration and I can post some “finished product” pictures so you can see exactly how fabulous this turned out!
I think next time I will try two or three colours and do stripes because the rainbow effect was a little lost in the three layers. But I will definitely be doing this for future cakes of all sorts – school bake sales lookout!!
Yes, it’s a cheese knife but this way I don’t need to remind everyone to smile for the camera! 😉
Love the colours!
My husband and a mover-guy are in the balcony, lowering our sofa down to the ground from the second floor. It’s the first snow storm of the year and everything is covered in snow! Not to mention, our flat (apartment) is the second floor of a heritage house here and the floors are slanty … Seriously slanty. Anything round, including the wheels on our son’s high chair, will roll to the middle of the house. (Unfortunately, “anything” also includes cat vomit … Ewww)
So it’s very dicey right now, with two men and a large leather couch that came in by the balcony but during less inclement weather, on a balcony seemingly designed to dump you off into the street. I’m just trying to stay out of the way and entertain the baby … I want to be involved but there’s barely enough room for one person, never mind three!
Tag me #sittingonmyhands
But – here is a picture I took from our window this morning, showing what we woke up to, having decided today was packing the Uhaul day and tomorrow is the drive out of town day.
I absolutely love making quiche again!
I went off it for years and forgot pretty much everything since my kids are often fussy eaters or at the very least, they don’t like the same things. Really though, once it came back to me, I realized how flexible they can be. The one in the picture below has cauliflower, mozzarella and ripped up pepperoni slices. Really, anything goes and because of the secret I’m about to share with you, it’s a great weeknight meal. It’s also great if you make several on Sunday and heat them up for a few night’s meals.
The crust is the big secret. This is a delicious, flaky crust and it whips up in no time at all with ingredients most of us have on hand.
2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup COLD water (I put ice cubes in during the whisking stage)
Mix flour and salt in a bowl
Separately whisk ice cold water with olive oil – you’ll see it thicken and this is good! Pour into the flour and mix with a fork until it becomes a ball of dough. Press into your quiche pan. tada! Put it in the fridge until you use it.
As I said, the quiche pictured has cauliflower (tastes amazing in quiche!), pepperoni pieces and mozzarella. I steamed the cauliflower and after it cooled a bit, I put the cauliflower and cheese into the quiche shell in the pie pan. The custard (that’s what they called the egg mixture that I pour in to bind everything together) is one that I took away from the Swiss cheese and mushroom quiche recipe from the Moosewood cookbook.
Three or four eggs, depending on your quiche pan size and fullness. I use four but I don’t end up using it all so … you’ll figure out what works for you.
1/4 cup of milk
3 tbsp flour
1 tsp mustard powder
Pepper and salt
These are fly by the seat of my pants directions but I haven’t had a quiche fail yet.
Let me know how these instructions work for you and I will post improvements to the recipe and/or instructions.