Archives for the month of: April, 2012

Lend Me a Hand.

This handy Science Saturday’s experiment is from Preschool Powl and we found to be quite fascinating and easy to do.

You can learn about safe acids and bases you have around the kitchen.  What combination bubbles the most?  What combination fills the glove the fastest?  Common acids include vinegar, pickle juice, lemons, and lemonade.  Common bases include baking soda and antacids.  Baking powder and Alka Seltzer have both an acid and a base that mix when the powder/tablet dissolves.

Supplies:
gloves
water bottle(s)
tape
vinegar
baking soda

Procedure:
1.  Carefully tie the fingers of the glove into a loose knot.
2.  Let your preschooler spoon about 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda inside the glove.
3.  Fill the bottle about 1/3 full of vinegar.
4.  Without letting the baking soda fall in the bottle, tape the glove to the opening of the bottle.  Make sure the connection between the glove and the bottle is air-tight!  Use your helpers to make this part easy!
5.  Let your child dump the baking soda into the bottle, and watch the “magic!”

** Put your bottle in a tub or near the sink to catch any spills! **

Explanation:
When baking soda (a base) and vinegar (an acid) touch each other, they react and make carbon dioxide.  Carbon dioxide is a gas that bubbles up the bottle and fills the glove.

Cinco do Mayo is just around the corner.

Celebrate with this week’s  Recipe for Fun –  Cinco de Mayo Sombreo Cookies an EZ cook together for all ages.

Pick up some ready made sugar cookies or bake up your favorite recipe. Grab a can of vanilla frosting, large red gum drops and sprinkles.

Frost the cookies, top them with the gum drop and then add the sprinkles around the edge of the cookie and gum drop.

Ole! You now have a crowd pleaser with this one.

It’s Earth Day this Sunday so why not go eat some ooey gooey Earthworms to celebrate? Family Bites has the dirt on this dish that you know will be a hit with your family.

Dirt Dessert

  • Small terracotta plant pots, washed well with soap and hot water
  • Ice cream, any flavour
  • Oreo cookies crumbs
  • Gummy worms

After washing and drying your plant pot well, fill to the top with the ice cream of your choice.  Cover the ice cream with Oreo cookies crumbs and stuff with gummy worms.

Help save the planet and save some cash!

Earth Day – April 22nd

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Offer not valid on prior purchases, with gift cards or other offers.

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stepping stones

Save your cereal boxes to up-cycle, and see how you can create stepping stones for your garden.

cereal box

Head over to Pink and Green Mama to learn how to craft your own garden stepping stones.

WANTED: GENTLY USED TOY DONATIONS
Calling all parents in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area!
Totally Kids in Bloomington, is accepting new or gently
used toys for local families economically challenged by
the affects of Autism. Aside from helping our friends
and neighbors, this is an excellent opportunity to clear
out your closets as well as keeping those unused toys
from ending up in a landfill for the next 100 years.
Please stop by and visit us.
Bring whatever you can, as even the smallest toy
will brighten one child’s day.

    For Earth Day 2012 teach your children about sharing and responsible recycling by donating toys.  All children donating toys on Earth Day April 22 will receive a FREE surprise toy from Totally Kids.

Can you even imagine how surprised your kids would be if they drew a picture that comes to life as an actual soft object to play with and cuddle?

This can really happen, just send your child’s picture to Sunny Little Studio and they will create a custom handmade soft toy they will come to treasure.

Orange ya glad you sent this picture in!

We really thought that the last of the well – actually very well hidden Easter Eggs had been found…but they magically keep appearing.

Rather than packing them away we are making Egg Pops, a “cool” idea from Kailo Chic using our plastic eggs and just plain fruit juice.

Eggsicles

Fruit juice
Plastic Easter eggs
Sucker sticks
A large nail and thumbtack
Small funnel or piping tip to fill the eggs

First tip the eggs upside down and poke three holes in the bottom. Two of these holes are for letting the air escape when filling the egg, the third one should be in the center of the bottom. Make this center hole bigger using the large nail. You will need it to be as big as the popsicle/sucker stick.

Once that is done, and you have your egg carton full of eggs, use the piping tip to fill each one until almost full.

Then poke in the popsicle stick and place in the freezer until firm.

We think this will be a refreshing Recipe for Fun for kids of all ages.

What do you do with your left over plastic Easter Eggs?

Not your second cousin twice removed’s wedding, but hip hip hooray let’s celebrate National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day! Who doesn’t enjoy a good old grilled cheese? There are many variations, and methods of grilling/cooking this comfort food.

My all time favorite is the Johnny Depp method. Wearing a ric rack trimmed apron in the1993 movie Benny and Joon, Sam cooks a stack of grilled cheese using a hot iron and ironing board. Have you, or do you even know anyone who has tried this method? Whenever I’m thinking  grilled cheese, there is never an iron and ironing board handy. Besides, it sort seems like a “only in the movies” thing anyway.

With peaked curiosity look what I found? Real life people cooking the Johnny Depp way. Grilled Cheese Social has a step by step pictorial for those wishing to perfect this method.

Jamie Oliver has his revolutionary unconventional tipped on it’s side toaster way. I see an I hate Jamie Oliver cheesy mess of a toaster here.

The cooking method is up to you. Totally Kids fun furniture & toys has the equipment for cooking up some super good pretend grilled cheese sandwiches.

We have the iron and ironing board.

We have the toaster, bread and butter. You add the cheese.

We have the traditional kitchen.

We even have a deluxe stainless steel frying pan.

Grab a can of tomato soup and have a Cheesy Celebration!