March 20, 2010
Kids Easter activities can include easy Easter recipes such as making our Bird Nest Treats. They are so simple to make, your three year old can help. The ingredients are simple too…. you’ll use only 4 items.
1. One 5 oz can of Chow Mein noodles. One 12 oz package of chips. You can use chocolate, butterscotch, peanut butter or white chocolate chips. (I used the white chips because I love the color.) One scant TB of shortening, and One package of Easter Peanut M & M’s. That’s it.
2. You will need a cookie sheet or sheet cake pan. Place a piece of waxed paper on the sheet or pan.
3. Place your Chow Mein noodles in a bowl.
4. Place your M & M’s in another bowl for easy access.
5. Place your chips and 1 TB of shortening into a glass bowl.
6. Place the chips in microwave and melt them using the defrost setting. You don’t want to melt them too fast. Set the microwave for 2 min. Every 15 seconds, open the door of the microwave and stir the chips just until they are hot and completely melted.
7. Pour the melted chips over the top of the Chow Mein noodles and toss until all of the noodles are covered.
8. With a spoon, scoop out the noodles and place them on the cookie sheet you have covered with waxed paper. (You should get about 16 nests out of one recipe.)
9. Place three Easter Peanut M & M’s on the top of each nest. They will take about 15 minutes to set up if you just leave them at room temp. Or, you can pop the pan into the fridge for about 5 minutes.
There you go.
So easy and a great Easter activity for you and your kids. I found this recipe in a fun Family Easter Activity e-book. There is over 150 pages of Family Easter Activities which include Easter recipes, crafts, coloring pages and games.
What I really loved about this Easter activity book is that all the activities were not only simple, but inexpensive too. So many of the crafts were made with odds and ends that I already have around my house.
My grands love to make things when they come to visit. This handy e- book let’s me entertain them a bit with very little expense and effort.
Best of all… I downloaded this book and keep it on my computer for quick and easy reference. Easter is coming soon… and enjoy this season with your kids and grands… and check out this Family Easter Activity book.
P.S. Hmmm. Coming next…. a fresh asparagus recipe that is to die for…. another simple, and easy recipe that will be a hit with your family and guests at Easter dinner.
P.P.S. Here’s the video if you want to see me in action. It’s an easy Easter treat recipe your kids or grands will love.
March 17, 2010
Easter is just around the color and your Easter coloring sheets are ready for you to download. Kids love to color them with crayons, colored pencils or markers. I keep plenty coloring pages on hand for when the “grands” come to visit.
I received a sweet note my friend, Betty. She runs off the coloring sheets for the hospital, where she works. So often children show up to the hospital with their folks and get pretty bored waiting for mom or dad. The nurses and aids offer them the coloring sheets to keep them busy. Great idea. If you know of a pre-school teacher who would enjoy them…. simply pass on the URL of this site so their students can enjoy them too.
Three things I love about Easter:
1. I know Spring is just around the corner.
2. I love bright Easter colors.
3. I look forward to our family Easter Egg hunt.
Four printable coloring sheets are available. Each critter is on a separate 8.5 x 11 page for you to download. The links are below.
P.S. I found some great Easter recipes and crafts in a Family Easter Activity Book. It’s a Must! Check it out!
P.P.S. Don’t forget Easter cards and Easter place cards. I’ve designed some cute cards you can tuck into your Easter gifts… and the kids always love to put names on place cards for your guests.
March 6, 2010
Your St. Patrick Coloring pages are ready for you to download for your kids. I remember how important holidays were to me as a child. St. Patrick’s Day was one of my favorites because it was fun to catch the unsuspecting friend who forgot to wear green. Pinches all around.
I’ve often wondered why St. Patrick’s Day was such a big deal here in the United States. After learning there are 4.1 million people who live in Ireland and 35 million people in the U.S., who have Irish ancestry, it makes sense. Going back several generations, there’s a bit of Irish blood in my veins also.
Kids look forward to the “wearing of the green” and celebrating one of the oldest observed holidays.
Here are your St. Patrick day choices.
I remember a neighbor, who made shamrock sugar cookies with green icing sprinkled with shiny sugar crystals. I couldn’t wait to get mine. They seemed extra special since my mom didn’t do the sugar cookie routine. I never fell into the sugar cookie routine either… that’s why I look for mine at the local grocery store. I love sugar cookies.
Print off the St. Patrick coloring sheets for your kids to enjoy. Keep them busy with a few crayons and markers.
P.S. I keep a stack of St. Patrick Coloring pages printed since my grands visit at different times. They are so use to having seasonal coloring pages around, they always look for them when they come by.
March 2, 2010
Preparing for disaster can be tricky business when it comes to educating children for something that may never happen.
With the convenience of technology, exposure to witnessing the effects of an emergency or disaster is much more readily accessible to our children than it was several years ago. Graphic photos and video that come across our television screens immediately following a tragedy can cause concern for your kids.
What can you do to assure your children so they feel safe now, and yet prepare for disaster, in case it should happen?
1. Limit the amount of media your kids are exposed to during a calamity in another area, especially young children. Watching the event over and over may cause them to believe the event is occurring again and again.
2. Answer their questions truthfully. However, explain and use vocabulary that is age appropriate. Avoid over burdening them with too much information and graphic details.
3. Get informed about the type of disaster that would most likely occur in your area. Check to see what emergency preparations your city, county and state have made toward disaster planning. However, don’t expect them to come to your aid immediately. Often it’s three to seven days before emergency services are able to offer assistance.
4. Prepare your family for an emergency. It helps the family accept the fact that emergencies do happen, but you can do something about it. When your kids know you are prepared, they will be less concerned.
5. Allow your kids to be part of designing the emergency preparedness plan. Have a communication strategy with telephone numbers so they will know who to contact.
Discuss the safety rules and decide where you will meet in case you are separated. Practice the plan. This will help you determine the “holes” in the plan so your can make revisions.
6. Assemble a disaster kit that will aid you in case you have to leave your home in a hurry. It’s suggested the kit should supply very basic needs, such as food, water and protection for at least 72 hours. Planning for 84 hours is even better.
7. Store enough food and water in your home to last from 3 to 7 days, in case you have to remain in your home during the emergency. Light, cooking and heat sources will be necessary also, in case electricity is not available for an extended period of time.
8. Involved your children in gathering supplies and putting your emergency reserves together. Participation will give them a sense of control. They will actually cope better during a disaster, if one were to happen.
P.S. The better your family is prepared for disaster, the less concern your kids will have about surviving difficulty. Sometimes is not a matter of whether you will survive, but how well you survive.