We all agree that we have only one Earth and we must take care of it. But as parents we must also teach our little ones to love it because Earth is their home. Earth Day is a special day to share different ideas of how we can show some love to our beautiful planet. At home, we have been making some crafts, and even some Earth Day cookies! Happy Earth Day!
If you have never painted with acrylic paint, paint pouring is perfect for beginners. I love making this type of art with my little kids. It is easy and fast to make. All you need is canvas, acrylic pouring paint, varnish, a brush, paper or plastic cups, gloves, and a cover to protect your surface.
So you start by pouring a coat of white paint on your canvas. You can evenly spread it with a brush. Then, in a cup, pour the colors that you would like to use in your piece. I always start with white, and add the other colors in layers. Next, gently pour the colors on top of your canvas. You can do this in many different ways as you like. They are no mistakes! Finally, just rock your paint gently from one side to the other, from the top to the bottom, until the paint moves in the wave patterns that you like. Let it dry for about two days before applying your varnish.
Below are all the the materials I like to use (you can click on them to purchase them):
Wishing you all a blessed and joyous Easter.
My little daughter is into baking, so for this Easter she wanted to make some Easter Bunny cupcakes.
I found this decorating kit from Wilton. Click here to find it. I loved the design. It looked so cute on our Easter table!
So my mom used to make this recipe for me as a child. I used to love these Jell-O Easter Eggs, and I still do! The recipe is very easy and inexpensive. All you need is to empty about a dozen eggs by removing the insides through a very small hole, wash them, and fill them with Jell-O. After cooling them, gently crack them around, run them through hot water for about 2 seconds, and peel them.
You can also use different layers of Jell-O to make stripe designs. It will take a little longer between cooling layers to add the new ones, but if you had the time go for it!
My daughter loves decorating sugar cookies. It is a fun activity to do with your little ones. You can make your own cookie dough or you can get a cookie mix. To see the one I use from Betty Crocker click here.
After getting your cookie mix, the next thing you need is your decorating materials. We love pink and white cookie icing and sprinkles. For these, I like Wilton cooking icing (click here) and their sprinkles (click here).
I love this idea a friend came up with for a birthday party! Just fill one cute teapot with a bouquet of flowers and you get a beautiful vase.
You can also use the teacups as small vases to decorate the table. It’s my favorite center piece for Sunday brunches at home.
One of my favorite recipes is stuffed zucchinis. It is very easy to make and it looks beautiful on the table. I like to prepare it with small zucchinis, as shown in the picture, but if you can’t find them then the conventional type can be used as well.
Start by washing and opening a cavity in your zucchinis. I like to start with a knife and then gently carved out the insides with a spoon. Save the tops! Then filled them in with seasoned ground beef (I use salt, pepper, cumin, and garlic), chopped onions and peppers, rice, and parsley. Cover the zucchinis with their tops, and arranged them standing on a pot. My favorite brand is Le Creuset. Finally, fill your pan with a can of tomato paste diluted in enough water to barely cover the zucchinis. Let it cook covered in medium-low heat until zucchinis are tender (about 30-40mins).
My five year old daughter is starting to learn how to read. We have been focusing on sight words for a while, but we decided it was time to move on to short stories. After browsing through reading workbooks, we found this amazing book from Bob Books series. It guides your little reader through different easy to read stories. You can click here to find it. Can’t wait to get the next level one!
This week we have been into modeling clay. Modeling clay is just amazing. It is very easy to use and mess free. Our favorite is the kit below. It includes so many colors, all the tools you need, and booklet to guide you through different creations.
Click here to see the magic clay we love to play with.