When you think of kids Easter crafts, what is the first thing you think of? I know the first thing that comes to my mind is decorating Easter eggs. I remember doing them as a kid, doing them with my nephews when I became an aunt and now I do them with my own kids each Easter. I think last year I just bought one or two of the Easter Egg coloring kits from Walmart or Target. I will even let you in on a secret. I did the same thing this year. What kind of DIY crafter am I???? Well, this week my girls are off from school for spring break and I’ve rounded up this collection of 12 creative ways to decorate Easter eggs and I think I’m going to try my hand at one or 2 of these.
THIS is exactly what I do with it – and it’s exactly how I manage to get any Christmas baking done after nap time. Buy a few clearance rolls of gift wrap if you have kids around who like to color (I bought this one last year). Ugly or nice paper, they won’t care – that’s lost in the fun of unrolling it. This was an extra large roll of the kind that tears pretty easy. I know you know what I mean. The hellish paper your gift boxes poke every corner through – making you wish you’d spent a dollar more on the ‘nicer’ paper. Just a quick idea to save some holiday season sanity. But, you may have to pause and trace a snow angel every now-and-then.
Inside the first page was a Wish List of all the things they wanted to do. As they do them, they can check it off their list. I made sure to give my mom instructions to take lots of pictures so that the girls would have something to add to their scrapbook.
If you decide to do this project I imagine your list may look different than ours so I created a free printable that you and your kids can customize by hand-writing things in.
I’m linking up to the party at The 36th Avenue!
When hosting a birthday party for your children, sometimes you have to invite the entire class. Which in our case we didn’t really mind because my daughter’s class is quite small. So it seemed very easy to put together chocolate spoons, and boy oh boy, what a hit they were!
Around Valentine’s Day I purchased some really cute red and pink spoons from the $1 bins at Target…but you can always find fun colors at craft stores too. You may even have everything in your pantry and you can just make these with the kids for a fun afternoon!
What you’ll need:
Plastic dessert spoons
Chocolate chips or other meltable candy
Small candies such as M&Ms, gum drops, and various sprinkles.
Place a large cookie sheet on a flat surface and arrange your spoons around the edge so that when you pour in your warm chocolate it will not run out.
In a microwave safe bowl place your chocolate chips in the microwave and heat on high for about two minutes. Stir. Nuke again for one more minute. Stir again. Keep doing this until you get a smooth consistency. Do not over nuke or the chocolate will cook and go all grainy and yucky!
You can transfer the warmed chocolate into a squirt bottle (very sensible), or spoon into the spoons (which works just fine too) being careful of drips.
Only do a few at a time and then decorate with the candies. You’ll have to push the candy in a bit as it floats on the top. Continue until all spoons are filled with chocolate and decorated.
This would be a fun things for children to do, especially if you’re not in a hurry and you don’t mind them eating half the candy.
Allow the tray to cool in a quiet place away from children and pets. After about one hour they should be set and cooled. You can then package them up in a cute way. I had clear plastic bags already, so I used those and tied up with ribbon.
Another fun thing you could do with this is to create a coffee spoon: instead of candies, use mini m&ms or tiny mints that would taste great mixed into a cup of coffee.
The kids loved these and the parents were dazzled by my creativity. Your guests will be too!
My little girls love a good tea party – and I wonder why I often put them off of the idea. It’s not difficult to throw together a quick tea party to satisfy the fancy in our sweet little tots. They are not as fussy as we are when it comes to tea time delicacies. I lived in England as a child so grew up enjoying the “British-ness” of afternoon tea, or popping out to the village to enjoy a tea and scone after marketing. Tea parties can create beautiful memories for our children – you don’t have to have bone china, you don’t have to be English, just use what you have and I guarantee they will love it!
1. Prepare your sweet and simple scone recipe. The is a traditional scone, not super sweet.
I used whole wheat flour in the photo version.
2. After the scones are baked (which takes about 15 minutes) and cooling, you can begin to create your setting for the party. I used the girl’s bedroom, with pink walls, and a little bitty table and chairs it was easy to get started. You can use paper napkins or even paper towels (which you can decorate with rubber stamps and indelible ink) or bust out the vintage linens you really never use. I used a baby receiving blanket that already had a few stains on it…no one will notice. I had a flower arrangement that was starting to droop so I cut off the blooms that still looked lovely and placed them in a little vase on the table. You could use an old tea pot, jar, whatever you have. Little girls love flowers!
3. Next, invite your guests! Tell your children that they are having a tea party and they will scramble to get ready, finish their homework, clean their rooms, you name it! My cutie Holland decided to put on a “fancy” dress, and my youngest Darcy just stayed as she was in shorts…(yeah, mom was too lazy to change her…)
We also invited the tidiest of the toy collection. We couldn’t invite all the toys because we didn’t have enough seating…
4. My girls love whipped cream and berries, so I knew I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to break out the Kitchenaid and whip fresh cream, and luckily I found some lovely organic strawberries! These elements go with fresh scones to perfection.
5. Mismatched china cups and saucers make great plates for little scones. I even found a mini tea pot for Holland to pour her own tea. You can find mini tea pots at places like Homegoods for about $4 too. Keep an eye out at yard sales this summer too.
6. Dollop your cream in an old tea cup or jar. Stack your strawberries (or other berries or grapes) in a pretty bowl. My scones are supposed to be heart shaped…pile them on a plate with a little bowl of honey or maple syrup. You can, of course, brew tea for the party. I suggest a nice decaf fruity blend, but apple juice or milk works just as well. Pour your brew into your little pots or a little white pitcher. If you’re lucky enough to own a miniature tea set, then it’s the perfect time to get it out of the tissue paper. Ikea has mini forks and spoons and plates for a very reasonable price if you need some.
7. When the children come to the table, say a quiet prayer, and smile and let them enjoy. The toys can enjoy a sip or two as well… Sing some songs like “I’m a little tea pot” to get them started. If you happen to own a book about tea then you can read them a bit. Let them pour their own tea and dollop cream on their scones with tiny spoons. Nothing is more fun.
8. More food ideas:
I’ve also been less creative and used pretzels, veggie sticks, cucumber sandwiches, chopped up fruit with toothpicks inserted, homemade cookies, crackers and peanut butter, and popcorn as my tea party fare. Use what you have – really.
Pack it all up in a basket and go to the park or even just the backyard. A tea party picnic is sure to please all involved!
Lay a blanket on the living room floor and have a teddy bear’s picnic.
And don’t forget to sit cross-legged on the floor with your camera ready…pop some cream in your mouth and take some pictures your kids will always remember.
Stay creative and keep blogging!
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