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Paint up some Rainbow Toast with the Kiddos this weekend, a super Recipe for Fun from Share and Remember.

We used flavored  Jello in favorite colors and a small amount of milk for our paint. Turning a blind eye to the nutritional value, white bread seems to be the ideal canvas for this art project. Any little paint brushes will do…then turn your budding artists free and let them paint away.

After the paint has been applied, pop the bread into the toaster or oven to turn the bread into Rainbow Toast.

or if you prefer, maybe contain it to an easel.

There’s no better way to inspire your young artist, whether it’s on paper, or if you dare,  on the wall.

Benjamin Moore has a tutorial if you would like a DIY  chalkboard wall for your home.

Many folks however like this generously sized  easel with a chalk board on one side and a dry erase board on the other side. Either is perfect for art projects large and small. There are clips for attaching a roll of paper when that is medium of choice the day.


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Drawing and painting can be used to understand what children are feeling. Often times you can learn what is going on in their lives from the colors they choose or things that they draw. It is a great way to spark conversation with young children.

Turn off the TV!

Fishie Color Crayons DIY Do you have shoe boxes, tins or bags filled with with brightly colored broken nubs and stubs of color crayons?

You can transform those old crayons into little fish crayons like the ones pictured from make it and love it.

All you need is a silicone mold in a fish form or another favorite shape, plus a low temperature oven.

To begin, remove the paper wrappers from the crayon pieces. Making this step easier, you can place the crayons in a bowl of cool water. After about 20 minutes, the wrappers will loosen. Remove the crayons from the bowl and scrape off the remaining paper, or rub them off with paper towels.

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F or lower.

Place the molds on a baking sheet and then stack the crayon pieces in the molds. You may have to break some of the crayons into smaller pieces so that you can fill the molds nearly to the top. Be sure to leave as little space between the crayons as you can.

Encourage kiddos to create color combinations; like a blue-and-white blend for drawing the sky or a mix of reds and oranges for coloring sunsets. Just close your eyes and let your kids choose colors that will go well together for new imaginative color combos.

Next, bake the crayons for 5 to 8 minutes, or just until they are melted enough to blend the colors and hold them together. Color caution: baking them until liquefied could create  just one dark color. Be sure the room is well ventilated whenever crayons are being melted. Overheating wax crayons during the melting process may release unpleasant fumes.

An adult should remove the molds from the oven placing them on a heat-resistant surface. Let them cool for 30 to 60 minutes depending on the size of the mold. Remove the crayons from the molds. If  they do not pop out easily, tap them gently on the counter.

Start coloring!

Do you, or do you know of anyone today who actually runs to get a Yellow Pages when searching for a telephone number?

Last night in the entrance of Annie’s condo,  we had to walk past 2 mountains of plastic bags housing new Yellow Page Telephone Books. It appeared that residents were ignoring their existence all together.

If you’re not going to let your fingers do the walking, what do you do with your Yellow Pages?

If you are stumped, here are a few suggestions:

  • Child booster seats which can created by covering them with fabric remnants.
  • Tear out pages to use with kindling to light fires for stoves, BBQ’s or bonfires.
  • Door stops.
  • Make a pencil holder.
  • Window wipes which are ideal for cleaning windows with a simple mixture of vinegar and water.
  • Yellow Pages step aerobics, duct tape books together to use in stair-stepping exercises.
  • Make paper mache.
  • Fire starters for fireplace, grill or woodstove.
  • Recycle – Less than 10% of all phone books printed are recycled, even though they can be recycled into everything from ceiling tiles to cereal boxes. Visit  Earth911.com to find your nearest phone book recycling center.
  • Garden mulch - shred a few pages at a time as they’re great biodegradable weed blockers.
  • Make several hundred paper airplanes.
  • Perfect origami paper.  Instead of buying expensive craft paper to make paper cranes or flowers, use the pages of the Yellow Pages. The words and see-through pages give the origami a interesting look.
  • Make your voice heard. Sign a petition to the Yellow Pages Association insisting that they move to an “on-demand system” of distributing directories.

  • Save them, they could become collectibles?

These bows could be standard fare for a very long at Totally Kid fun furniture & toys with our supply of Yellow Pages. At least I find it to be a good idea. We will see what Megan thinks about them.

How About Orange has a perfect pictorial for this bow making project if you too would like to put your Yellow Pages to good use.

Merriment Designs shows us how to up-cycle the yellow pages into wrapping paper.

How many of you have never used a typewriter? How many kids today have never ever seen one and would not know what it is if they did?

As an officially licensed Apple product, the Limited Edition Typescreen™ offers all the style and quality that you’d expect from Apple with the playful design and innovation expected from Spinning Hat.  Compatible with both the iPad and iPad 2, the Typescreen™.

You may not have to go take your memory so far back in time to remember the “brick” phone.

Hello….

Convert your iPhone into a retro 80′s brick with the new Thumbs Up iPhone case – because you can look as hip as Ferris Bueller, without taking the day off.

You not only protect your iPhone, but totally kick-it retro!

 

 

 

 

How about an Etch A Sketch cover for your iPad?

Smashed Peas and Carrots will show you how to make this retro crazy cute cover.

 

 

 

Put down your electronics for a while and have some doodle dialing fun with the real deal Etch A Sketch.

It’s Oliver’s First Birthday and we know what he’s getting; a special cake baked just for him by his Grandma Stitch.

Here is a pretend cake but this year there are a few too many candles on the cake, but they are attached with velcro, so we’ll save them for another year and just leave “one” in the center.

Any lucky little one can celebrate a  birthday or un-birthday every day of the year. Close your eyes, make a wish and blow out the pretend candles. Our fun wooden birthday cake
has candles, slices and toppings for all of your guests. Includes a 6-slice cake
on a serving plate, 19 toppings, 7 candles, a wooden spatula and convenient
storage box. Happy Birthday to You!


First Trampoline

You’ll  jump for joy with this trampoline adorned with polka dot padded bumpers. Ideal for developing balance and strength. The rubber handle and rubber feet provide a non-slip grip.

 

 

 

 

 

Oliver’s mom and dad will be surprising him with a Skuut, his very first bike.

Skuut is a wooden balance bike minus pedals and no training wheels. Children kick off the
ground as if running, thus pushing or “skuuting” themselves and the bike forward.
The Skuut is perfect for learning balance, steering, coordination and independence.
Having mastered balance on the Skuut, the transition to a traditional two wheeler
bike is easy.

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Liam is wearing a first birthday crown is made of felt especially for little birthday boys by The Munchkin & Me Boutique. If you’re looking for a  crown of a different color or number, yay, it’s available.

Professional photography done by Jena Davis Photography.

Relief for anyone suffering from, or enjoying Bieber Fever. Pop Party offers anyone their very own paint by number  8″x 10″ Justin Bieber masterpiece! This would make anyone a Belieber, right?

Your kit includes 13 hand-mixed, quick-drying acrylic paints in number-coded containers and 1 paintbrush.

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Totally Kids fun furniture & toys!

May Heaven take a liking to you but not too soon…

How to have your very own little Leprechaun on St. Patrick’s Day.

All who gaze into this magic St. Patrick’s Day mirror get transformed into a leprechaun, at least for a few seconds.

Materials

  • Printable templates found here.
  • Craft foam
  • Small mirror (4 or 5 inches wide)
  • Tacky glue

Instructions

  1. Use a small mirror (4 or 5 inches wide) as a base.
  2. Download the templates at the link above, trace and cut those shapes into the craft foam pieces. Use tacky glue to attach the pieces to the mirror as shown.

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Top o’ the morning to you!

Start your St. Patrick’s Day morning off with these Lucky Leprechaun Hats pancakes created by Kitchen Daily. May the luck of the Irish be with you too finding recipes as fun as these to make with the kiddos.

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What is it about rainbows, Leprechauns and kids?

If in my book easy is close to a pot of gold and this one’s a colorful, real easy shmeesy kid pleaser.

Recipe from: Super Healthy Kids

All you do is dye milk using natural food-base dyes the colors of the rainbow. Paint it on to your bread. Toast in toaster. Top with favorite toppings such as cinnamon sugar, honey, and jam!

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How cute is this?

Playin Hooky Designs will make this hat to fit any size little Leprechaun’s head.

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Irish I.Q. Test = Prizes for correct answers. (a random winner will receive a $15.oo Totally Kids fun furniture & toys Gift Card)

Why do people wear shamrocks on St. Patrick’s Day?

What’s Irish and stays out all night?

Why can’t you borrow money from a leprechaun?

I really meant “getting stones” to share with friends.

Skip to My Lou makes these perfect for St. Patrick’s Day,  little Blarney Stones complete with a hidden surprise.

She tells us : “Tradition says if you kiss the Blarney Stone you will be given the gift of gab. You will be able to talk eloquently and convincingly.”

If they don’t look appetizing to you, please realize that ingesting is not the intended end result. They do have a fun little surprise tucked inside.

We plan on making some Blarney Treasure Stones this weekend. It looks like another great project to do with little ones from Skip to My Lou.

You too must have some friends that would enjoy getting stones on St. Patrick’s Day.

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Thought that I caught the luck of the Irish when finding this easy to make treat. It will be a big hit at our house with out a doubt. Plus it is another perfect make together recipe for all hands, big and small.

Sun Scholars has the easy to follow directions with pretzels and white chocolate chips.

Rubber Ducky, you’re the one. You make St. Paddy’s bath time so much fun! Rubber Ducky, I’m awfully fond of you!

SpookyGrrl crafts the glycerin, oatmeal and shea butter soaps combination   giving you a gentle cleansing bar that should be good for most skin types.


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Share the luck of the Irish with  Paddy’s Beer Bar Soap by DirtyDeedsSoaps!

Handmade beer soap with Bay Rum and Lime. Ideal for your man or Leprechaun.

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Lucky Shamrock Needle Felted Soap.

Feltbug makes this felted soap was made using soft Merino wool roving and the wet felting process in a pickle color.

What is wool felted soap?
It functions with a built in washcloth. Just rub a little to get sudsy and use. The more you use it, the quicker it suds up. The felt casing will shrink with the soap extending the life of the soap.

The soap is a lovely unscented vegan soap from threeluckyducks.etsy.com. A very nice soap made of olive oil, water, coconut oil, shea butter, sodium hydrate, organic palm, soy oil, sunflower oil, vitamin E, and stearic acid.

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For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.

Begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic with these cute soaps from Bubblecitysoap.

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Limited Edition.

It’s the time of year
for green colored beer
so join your Irish kin
and drink with your skin
because St. Patrick’s Day is finally here!

Made with Guinness Beer and scented with Sage and Rosemary pure essential oil, this all natural soap truly smells like an Irish field.   So grab a bar of this soap now from oilandspice because after March 31, 2011 it will no longer be available.

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