Sunday, December 13, 2015

Choo-Choo Train Candies for Polar Express Party

My daughter's Girl Scout Daisy troop is having a Polar Express themed Christmas party this year.  As I was searching on Pinterest for some ideas I came across these adorable choo-choo train candies from We're Calling Shenanigans.  They show a nice step by step tutorial on how to make these.  I switched our trains up a bit by using different items to build our candy trains but I think they turned out cute and I hope the girls will think so too!

Here's the candies we used:

Using a hot glue gun here's how to build your choo-choo candy train:

The Kit Kat bars were the base of the train
The Breath Savers went on top of the Kit Kat bars
The Reeses Pieces were the wheels and glued around the Kit Kat bar
The Hershy Kiss was the steam part of the train and glued to the front tip of the Breath Savers
Finally the 3 bars on the end were the stack for the train, glued on to other end of the Breath Savers

So simple to make and here's how ours turned out:

I filled up a shoe box of these choo-choo train candies which will be pulling up at the Girl Scout Daisy station in just a few days!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

25 Dinner Table Questions for Kids

About a week or so ago my son came home from school with a list of 25 ways to ask your kids how their day at school was.  Rather than just "how was school today?" The questions were more fun, and thought provoking.

Sadly, our dinner table conversation is not much of a conversation at all but more of "sit down" or "pull in your chair" or "eat over your plate."  So, one night after dinner I took out the list and gave it a try asking both my 10 year old and 5 year old some of the questions.  It was such a hit that they asked for more....yay!

If your family could use some fresh conversation at the dinner table here is the list of 25 questions the school sent home:  HAVE FUN! (note: I loved number 12 and asked that one first!)

1. What was the best thing that happened at school today?
(What was the worst thing that happened at school today?)

2. Tell me something that made you laugh today.

3. If you could choose, who would you like to sit by in class? Why?
(Who would you NOT want to sit by in class? Why?

4. Where is the coolest place at the school?

5. Tell me a weird word that you heard today. (Or something weird that someone said)

6. If I called your teacher tonight, what would he/she tell me about you?

7. How did you help somebody today?

8. How did somebody help you today?

9. Tell me one thing that you learned today?

10. When were you the happiest today?

11. When were you bored today?

12. If an alien spaceship came to your class and beamed someone up, who would you want them to take?

13. Who would you like to play with at recess that you've never played with before?

14. Tell me something good that happened today.

15. What word did your teacher say most today?

16. What do you think you should do/learn more of at school?

17. What do you think you should do/learn less of at school?

18. Who in your class do you think you could be nicer to?

19. Where do you play the most at recess?

20. Who is the funniest person in your class? Why is he/she so funny?

21. What was your favorite part of lunch?

22. If you got to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you do?

23. Is there anyone in your class who needs a time-out?

24. If you could switch seats with anyone in the class, who would you trade with? Why?

25. Tell me about three different times you used your pencil today at school.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Hershey's Snowman Chocolate Milk Bottles

My son LOVES Hershey's Chocolate milk.  The one grocery store that sold them stopped and we couldn't find them anywhere.  I happened to be at a store I do not normally shop at and low and behold, Hershey's chocolate milk!

Our Elf on the Shelf has arrived and one morning the kids woke up to a traditional North Pole breakfast!  Including our snowmen chocolate milk bottles.

My intent was to make reindeer milk bottles but when I peeled off the Hershey's label and noticed it was all white I quickly changed my mind to snowmen!

Here's what you'll need to make these adorable snowman chocolate milk bottles:

Hershey's chocolate milk
Hot glue gun
Black pipe cleaner
Orange pipe cleaner
Black pom-poms
Googly eyes

Once the label is peeled off (which is SUPER easy to peel off) 
  • glue on your googly eyes 
  • glue on snowman's nose with a tiny piece of orange pipe cleaner
  • wrap ribbon around the neck of the bottle for the snowman's scarf
  • glue on pom-pom's for snowman's buttons
  • glue on black pipe cleaner for snowman's arms
There you have it!  A fun way to serve up chocolate milk!  OR you could even choose to recycle the milk container and do this after the chocolate milk has been enjoyed!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Advent Calendar Bags

Each Christmas I make the kids an Advent calendar.  Last year I made a toilet paper roll Advent calendar that was alot of fun to make and enjoy.

This year I found these bags at Dollar Tree and knew they would make a great Advent calendar.

The bags came 12 to a pack and since we countdown all 24 days I needed 2 sets. Some folks might countdown just 12 days and in that case only 1 set needed.  What a fun and frugal way to countdown to Christmas!

Other than filling the bags, the only other thing I needed was some way to number the bags.  I had a roll of labels sitting around our craft cabinet for years and finally was able to put them to use with this project.

Supplies needed:

Dollar Tree Christmas bags
White labels (or number stickers)
Black Permanent marker

The last part and the part I enjoy most is filling the bags.  Some bags contain notes about things we can do on the particular day.  Some of my notes include baking, watching a Christmas movie and driving around to look at Christmas lights.  Other bags contain dollar store trinkets like a jingle bell necklace, card games, Christmas socks and I even stuck a couple of dollars in one and some candy in others.  There are so many great ideas to fill your bags with!

As far as displaying our bags at first I was going to use some red buckets from the dollar store but the buckets were not quite big enough.  I decided to try and use what else I already had on hand so I cut a piece of baking twine and used clothespins to hang our bags along our staircase. I will do this same thing to the other side of our staircase counting down all 24 days.

That's it! This was so easy, frugal and practical.  This project cost a whopping $2 (not counting the trinkets but you could just do all notes which costs nothing and offers the most fun!)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Cardboard Book of Thanks

As I was looking for some cardboard I came across a cardboard book cover.  I decided to add some paper to it and let my 5 year old turn it into a book of Thanks.

Since my daughter is just learning to spell I figured she would have a challenging time writing out what she was thankful for.  Instead, I suggested she use the camera and take pictures of the things she's thankful for.  She loved the idea and immediately started wandering around the house snapping pictures.

Here's how our book started off:

I gave my daughter some stickers, helped her spell the words, Give Thanks and then let her decorate!

Next, I cut paper to fit inside the book, used our whole punch along with some string and added the paper to the book.

After my daughter snapped a bunch of pictures she added them to the pages.  

Once all the pictures were added I helped my daughter write the names of the things she was thankful for.

Here are the pages of her "Give Thanks" book:

  This turned out to be a fun way for my daughter to show what she's thankful for.  We are displaying it on a table in our kitchen. Our kitchen is a high traffic area and so this book gets alot of attention as friends and family come to visit.  I will be proud to display this book for years to come......

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Coffee Filter Turkey

There has been a huge stack of coffee filters in our craft cabinet that cannot be used for coffee anymore so the new purpose will be crafts!

Our first coffee filter craft was to make Turkeys.  My 5 year old enjoyed all the aspects of this craft from coloring the coffee filter to spraying the water to decorating her turkey.

Here's the supplies you'll need:

Coffee filter
Spray bottle filled with water
Brown/Tan construction paper
Orange construction paper
Googly eyes
Craft foam/construction paper
Feathers (optional)
Glue stick

Start off by coloring your coffee filter with different color markers.  The more colors used the more colorful the turkey.

This was my daughters favorite part, spraying water onto the coffee filter.  It's very cool watching the colors swirl together.

Coffee filters dry rather quickly but if you want to speed up the process you can use a hair dryer.  

dried filters

Take your brown or tan construction paper and free hand draw the turkey.  Attach the turkey to the coffee filter.  

Use your googly eyes and yellow foam or construction paper for the nose.  We added some turkey legs by folding orange paper like an accordion.  

My daughter decided to add a few feathers to her turkey too!