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It has been said that if you’re lucky enough to catch a leprechaun, he not only grants wishes, but surrenders his pot of gold.  Holy Leap’n Leprechauns Batman! Did you ever think that you could really catch one?

The Suburban Mom will show you how you can, and if you want to catch a leprechaun, there’s no time to be a wasting.

Can you keep a little secret?  Good, then this is just between us. Jen, the creator of this terrific trap reveals, “of course, you can’t actually catch a leprechaun (they are too quick)”.  She says: “if you are lucky, he will leave behind a few gold coins (AKA shinny pennies, gold chocolate coins, etc) as evidence of his quick escape”.

Hurry on over to her blog for the leprechaun trap building plans that will thrill your kiddos and maybe start a new tradition at your house.

A Little Leprechaun History for Kids

We all know that leprechauns have played a central role in modern St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Leprechauns first appeared in medieval texts, and are a type of fairy native to Ireland. His small stature helps in evading capture; by the time humans realize something is amiss, he’s out the door! At some point in time, this little symbol of Ireland became a secular mascot for St, Patrick’s Day. Also, this legendary little green man has no connection to the Catholic saint.

Now that you know how to catch a Leprechaun, may the luck of the Irish be with you finding a leprechaun or not! A wish that every day for you will be happy from the start and may you always have good luck and a song in your heart. May good fortune be yours, may your joys never end.

Remember to SPRING AHEAD!

This time of year always reminds me of clocks.

Ever hear the expression “ask him what time it is and he’ll tell you how to build the clock?” Will mention no names here, Dave.  Tick tock you really can build your own clock. Here is an educational clock project for the entire family.

Rembember that Sunday March 12th we need to set our clocks ahead one hour marking the beginning of Daylight Saving Time (DST) at 2A.M.

You can also use this as an ideal opportunity for teaching time.

The ability to tell time is a significant milestone in a child’s educational development and does not have to be a difficult nor frustrating experience. Choosing the right educational time teaching tools can lessen the stress. Fun time teaching toys can also help motivate little ones learning how to tell time.

Build a potato clock for a science lesson with potato power. Who would think tasty spuds can also do double-duty as an undercover battery.

Tempus Fugit,  hurry up and make a clock  cupcake.

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An old favorite is making your own paper plate clock.

With all of these clocks there is noexcuse to forget to set your clocks and best of all there is “Spring” and warmer weather ahead of us. This Minnesota cold will hopefully become a memory as soon as possible.

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Pancake lovers this is your day!  To get a stack this high you might have to start flipping pancakes early in the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fat Tuesday is the day immediately preceding Ash Wednesday which is the first day of the Christian season of Lent.  Fat Tuesday is celebrated in many countries by consuming pancakes. In others, especially those where it is called Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday) which is a carnival day, and also the last day of “fat eating” or “gorging” before the fasting period

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Good Old Fashioned Pancakes
Source: Dakota Kelly one from her favorite family recipes.
Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions

  • In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.
  • Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.       

Tall stack or short stack cook them up on this pretend stove.

Happy FAT Tuesday whether you are a pancake lover or not.

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It’s Our Annual Lucky Shamrocks Party!

Save the Date

Saturday, March 18th

1PM to 4PM

Bring the kiddos in for a Lucky Shamrocks Search Game.

There will be Lucky Shamrocks hidden all around the store

for *50% OFF a toy or game of choice.

Face Painting, Fun Games, and Refreshments.

Bring all your friends. We hope to see you!

FREE prizes for all kids wearing green.

Totally Kids fun furniture & toys

7876 Portland Avenue South
one mile west of the Mall of America
shoptotallykids.com
952-881-2425

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This time of year in Minnesota folks know all too well about cabin fever.

It sounds like the last few days brought families out to enjoy the balmy almost 50 degree weather.

Cabin fever takes on a whole new meaning when the kiddos can start their pretend camping in this wooden cabin that can be used indoors or outdoors. (temperatures permitting)

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Another cabin that we are working on stocking offers the Adirondack style porch. We are hoping that it will be ready for Spring delivery.

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With President’s Day just around the corner, this easy to build log cabin is a great teaching tool that you have the option of eating. How about a cherry pie for the pres that never told a lie and a pretzel cabin for honest Abe?

 

 

Materials Needed:

  • Small empty milk carton
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Chocolate frosting or peanut butter
  • 1 Rolo or other tubular shaped candy
  • 1 square cracker
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue or tape (or frosting depending on if you want it edible or not)

Instructions:

  1. Cut the top flap of the milk carton off and tape or hot glue it closed to form the roof.
  2. Spread chocolate frosting or peanut butter on one side of milk carton then cover with pretzels. Repeat this step all over the milk carton until log cabin is complete. You may need to break the tips off of some of the pretzels to make then fit up the sides.
  3. Break a square cracker in half, then break one of the halves in half. Spread some frosting or peanut butter on the back of the first half. “Glue” it to the front of the cabin as the door. Repeat this step with a smaller broken piece for the window.
  4. Spread some frosting or peanut butter to the bottom of Rolo and stick to the roof.

Flowers have always been a big part of Valentines Day, but this year try a little “flour” instead. There are not many years here in Minnesota that we can Heart Attack our neighbor’s lawn with white hearts but looks like this may be  the year since we are lacking the other white stuff. If somehow there is a  normal snowfall for the day of romance, we will use our red snow paint instead of the flour.

Set your alarm for just before dawn and have some fun with this way to give your neighborhood a heart attack.

The House That Lars Built  shares this really easy  flourfull idea.

Materials: flour, sifter, bowl, large paper, scissors, pencil

Step 1: Draw a large heart onto a piece of large paper (over 11×17″). I found that the bigger the heart the better it turned out. Smaller hearts don’t show up very well.

Step 2: Cut out heart.

Step 3: Pour a large amount of flour into the sifter over heart shape. Start with the edge of the heart and work towards the center.

So, go ahead and give your neighbors a heart attack this Valentines Day!

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Hurray for National Pizza Day 2017! Besides eating a tasty pizza,  you can play with them and sleep in a slice if you wish.

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Cook up a pretend pizza with the toppings of your choice. There is even a pizza cutter to divide (velcro) into pieces after your pizza is out of the oven and ready to serve.

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After you have eaten all of your pizza, grab another slice, turn off your phone, put away your laptop, dim the lights and snuggle in. Sweet dreams of pepperoni and mushrooms (skip the anchovies) to you on this National Pizza Day 2017.

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Snow, snow, and more snow is forecast tomorrow for the East Coast of the United States. Here are a few fun snow day ideas for our friends in the snow zone. By the way, the snow zone used to belong to us here in Minnesota back in the olden days.

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How about a good old fashioned snowball fight? Our snowball makers will get you off to a good start.

According to Wikipedia: A snowball fight is a physical game in which balls of snow are thrown with the intention of hitting somebody else. The game is similar to dodgeball in its major factors, though typically less organized. This activity is primarily played during months when there is sufficient snowfall. Anybody have enough of the white stuff today? Just wait until tomorrow then!

We suggest starting your game off with a few rules.

  • Have a “safety word” that anyone can call out to stop the game just in case someone is in any trouble.
  • Snowballs must be made only with snow. No adding anything else to the snowballs. That is dangerous.
  • Set clear boundaries.
  • Set a reasonable time limit.
  • Make sure your teams are fair.

There are plenty of activities involving snow, but nothing quite like a snowball fight.

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Take advantage of the snow and learn how to build and igloo.

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Boy’s Life offers a great DIY if you wish to start one on tomorrow’s snow day.

The best-known snow shelter is the igloo. It is a brilliant use engineering and resources, this simple dome made out of snow blocks and is both strong and versatile.

According to Boy’s Life, Arctic cultures such as the Eskimo and the Inuit developed it, and over time they came up with a hundred tricks to make the shelter more comfortable and sturdy, including making the entrance small (to help keep heat in) and melting the inside of the dome and letting it refreeze (for increased strength). Turn this into a learning adventure for your family.

The snow brick maker will speed your construction process along!

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Snow Stompers, sort of a snowshoe for kids, have always been a favorite here at Totally Kids fun furniture & toys. (when we have snow that is) These colorful Sno-Stompers strap over your kids’ boots.  You will have the neighbors wondering what strange creatures have wandered by.

Playing outside in the snow is a magical part of childhood. Bundle up and enjoy the future snow day memories that you will make.

 

 

 

Are you ready for some football?

If you are hosting a Super Bowl party, or just gathering around the TV with your family, you’ll definitely want to get your kiddos in on some of the fun. Here are a few winning games and activities for little ones both before and during the game.

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Let’s skip the chips and dips for a while and move right to the desserts. One of our all time faves is the Super Bowl Ice Cream Sandwich. Not only is it tasty, but has high scores for its easy peasy and cuteness factor. Most definitely a great pregame make together activity for even the youngest fans. Charge on over to Kim Byers The Celebration Shoppe and you will surely agree this one will become a guaranteed win at your house.

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Get your cheering squad Pom Pom ready.  Pick up some crepe paper in your team colors. You’ll find the perfect coach for this activity over at the Inspired Treehouse. Lean to the left!  Lean to the Right!  Stand up, sit down. Fight! Fight! Fight! Go team! Fight! Fight! Fight!

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What’s game day without chips? Another pregame activity for your entire team is ready for you to put into action. Only necessary is a roll of white tape (to make football laces) and some small brown kraft paper bags. This activity requires no practice, plus you will be quickly ready for kick off. Load up the bags with your favorite snacks or treats. Hostess with the Mostess was our inspiration. Don’t you dare fumble with this one –  let Jenn punt some of her other clever gridiron ideas to you too.

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Not that a Super Bowl game would ever drag out or bore your kids. Just in case, Wall Football could be a “safety”. It is sort of a pin the tail on the donkey for football called pin the football on the field goal. Do not stay blindfolded for long, because you will want to see this and many other great plays over at Rust and Sunshine.

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In our opinion Kelly at Studio DIY  is the ideal draft pick, not just for football get togethers, but party planning all together. You will find the Super Bowl BINGO free printables at her DIY Studio. This game is ideal for both young and old to play  together. Do not be a loser and forget prizes for your BINGO winners. We like presenting an additional challenge to the game by using M&M’s (in your team’s colors of course) for marking the calls. Go ahead. Try not to eat your markers.

We are always looking for more suggestions of how to tackle the Super Bowl with kids. Please share your ideas.

We’ve run out the clock. Hope that this helps you make it into the end zone for your Super Bowl XLVIII.

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