Plastic Bag Butterflies

February 23, 2009

One activity that little hands enjoy is cutting paper up. In fact, you may find tiny pieces of paper all over your home if your child gets their hands on a pair of scissors. Why not take that love of cutting and put it to good use?

Get some colourful paper that your child can cut up. They can also use tissue paper, color cellophane, or shiny wrapping paper. Put some of the scraps into a plastic sandwich bag, but don’t overfill it. Gather the bag in the middle and fold a pipe cleaner in half and twist it. This is the body of your butterfly. Twist the ends to create antenna.

Felt Springtime Banners

February 23, 2009

Springtime banners are a great craft for little hands. Purchase 12 inch by 12 inch felt in springtime colors, cut in half. You will also need glue, scissors, yarn, scrap pieces of felt, and other accessories. Leave the banner as a rectangle or trim one end to create a point – the choice is theirs.

Cut a 12 inch piece of yarn and tie a knot in it. Place that at the square end of the fabric. Fold the felt over the yarn and glue it down. When dried, turn it over and glue scraps of felt or other accessories to the front of the banner. Let them make flowers, butterflies, or whatever else their little hands can produce.

Kids Valentine’s Day Dinner

February 10, 2009

With all the special events taking place on Valentine’s Day it is only right to end the day with a dinner befitting the occasion. Kids can give you some ideas for what they want to have for dinner. If you trust their tastes, let them choose the meal. Here are some kid friendly Valentine’s Day dinner ideas.

Make your own pizza. The kids can choose the toppings and fix them up into little bowls so that they are easier to put on the pizza. Parents can shape the dough into a heart when it is ready for toppings. To get the entire family involved, each person can create a personal pizza for themselves with their favorite toppings. Add a salad and you have a perfect Valentine’s Day meal.

Anything that you can shape can become a Valentine’s Day meal centerpiece. Instead of a loaf pan, put that meatloaf into a heart shaped pan. Let the kids use ketchup to write a loving message on the meatloaf before you bake it.

Casseroles for dinner are typical but on Valentine’s Day, we can take some time to give it a unique touch. Parents can use kitchen shears to cut raw chicken breasts into heart like shapes for the casserole. Veggie casseroles are easier to shape and kids can do it with a butter knife.

For Valentine’s Day, the drinks are on the kids. Red Kool-Aid is a great choice. Let the kids mix it up. To avoid all of the sweetness, use Splenda instead of pure cane sugar. You can also make a Valentine’s Day punch. You can find many punch recipes online and in cookbooks at your local library. If your kids are really creative, they can use heart-shaped ice molds to fashion festive ice cubes to keep their drinks cool and refreshing.

This special dinner takes planning. You and your kids can grocery shop together the week before to find all the necessary ingredients and utensils to make Valentine’s Day a success. You may have to visit a few stores to find the ice molds or non-stick pans for the meals. While you’re at it, you may find some other things that could make your meal more festive on Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day takes on new meaning when you have kids. They see each event with new eyes and Valentine’s Day is no different. Take the opportunity to get them interested in cooking and begin new family traditions that they look forward to participating in together each year.

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