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Will your family be watching fireworks from afar or creating your own mini-pyrotechnic displays in your backyard with legal fireworks?

Last year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported nearly 10,000 injuries and 11 deaths related to fireworks. Nearly 50 percent of those injured each year are kids under age 15.

Some easy tips to keep your July 4th celebrations fun and safe Kidshealth.org :

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is at a professional display. Some people light sparklers at home or even set off their own fireworks, but this is dangerous. Some of the people hurt each year aren’t the ones setting off the fireworks, but people who are nearby

It’s best to stay away from areas where nonprofessionals are setting off fireworks. Fireworks can cause serious eye injuries, including blindness if the eye tissue gets damaged or torn. Other common injuries from fireworks include burns to the hands and face, which can leave scars. Someone could even lose one or more fingers if fireworks go off the wrong way. Fireworks can also start fires, which can hurt even more people.

If you know someone who plans to set off fireworks at home, here are some safety tips to share:

  • Only adults should light fireworks.
  • Never use fireworks indoors.
  • Be prepared to put out a fire by having a hose or water nearby.
  • Light fireworks one at a time.
  • Stay away from a firework that has not gone off and never try to relight it.

Sparklers may seem less dangerous than fireworks, but they get extremely hot — as hot as 1,800° Fahrenheit (982° Celsius). Sparklers can light clothes on fire and can cause kids to get badly burned. That would take the fun out of a great holiday!

The Blast Pad pictured above is a safe way to send a rocket into the air minus the red glare of course. You can now launch missiles high into the sky from the Blast Pad by simply stomping onto the launch pad. Your jump forces air through the launch tube and sends a missile flying. The flex launch tube of the Blast Pad extends almost 3 feet, points safely away from children, and only launches in the vertical position. Start blasting away with this one-of-a-kind Blast Pad. It’s safe for indoor play (properly adjusted), but blasts excitingly enough for outdoor satisfaction. It’s indestructible. The telescoping launch tubes allow this system to be carried like a briefcase, the rockets even pop into little rocket-holding brackets! Built-in vents allow “maximum stomp” without “maximum launch power” for indoor launching. It’s just the best stomp powered rocket kit ever made.

Rocket Dogs are an EZ cook together with kids. Wrap some up, give them a try.

Instructions
  1. Simply wrap up the hot dogs in prepared breadstick dough (like Pillsbury brand) and insert a skewer, letting it protrude at the top.
  2. Bake the dogs according to the dough package’s instructions. Add a triangle of cheese for a topper, tie on a tail made from ribbon or aluminum foil, and squirt on stripes of ketchup and mustard.
  3. This hot Recipe for Fun is from Family Fun.

And they did just that: Room to Inspire inspired our red licorice presentation. More for the red, white and blue.4th

welcome Summer Watermelon

For those of us in the northern hemisphere, today is the summer solstice, which marks the longest daylight period of the year and the official start of summer.  Our summer solstice happens when the sun is shining directly overhead at midday at varying latitudes.

It is also the shortest night of the year!

 

Rice Krispie Waatermelon

Welcome summer with one of our favorite Recipes for Fun.

Watermelon that’s too cute to eat! Plus it’s a cool cook together for the entire family. We suggest making a double recipe so you and the kiddos can eat as you create.

All that you will need for this watermelon treat is Rice Krispies, marshmallows, raisins, and flavored Kool-Aid.

It would be perfect to bring to your next summer pool party or BBQ!

Dine and Dish has complete instructions for this simple kid-friendly recipe, hop on over to get the 411.

Have a happy Father’s Day with Pancake Pops for Pops! Surprise your Pops with these clever pancake pops.  We found this to be a true win win for pancake lov’n Dads and their kids. Melissa from Number-2 Pencil blog, will show you how to make these bite size pancakes from scratch using creamy Greek yogurt, cooked on a lollipop stick. We know Pops for Pops will be a favorite at our house, and not reserved just for Father’s Day breakfast.

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Thank you so much Melissa for sharing your fun recipe for Father’s Day.
Happy Father’s Day to all the great Dads out there.

Water bottles for teachersNo more teachers…..

For many families, it is already that time of year when school ends and summer vacation begins. Back here in Minnesota we still have a few weeks left. Actually, it is just as well since summer has not found us yet.


You know it is also that time of year for Teacher Appreciation Gifts.  The idea room has this simple, sweet, and inexpensive way to say thank you with water bottles plus shows you how you too can make them.

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What teacher would not smile when receiving this bouquet of flowers in an adorable pencil vase. Happy Clippings has the 411 if you would like to make one.

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Hats off to the grads with these chocolatey topped delicious looking cupcakes made by From Apples to Zucchini

Make your own PlayDough recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbs of oil
  • 1/2 cup of  salt
  • 2 tbs of vanilla
  • food coloring

First thing is to mix all dry ingredients together in a medium pot. Add the oil and water into the dry mixture. Cook over medium heat, and be sure to stir constantly. Keep stirring until you get a consistency close to that of mashed potatoes. Remove from heat and add vanilla. If you want the playdough to be all one color, then you can add the food coloring now, and knead it into the dough until it is all a consistent color. However, this recipe makes a lot of playdough and I find it fun to create a few different colors. So if you like a little variety then divide the playdough into separate balls and work in the food coloring of your choice into each different ball. Get creative and have fun with it. You can even let the kids join in on the fun, so they not only have a blast with the finished playdough but they have fun making it too!

Tips:

  • When adding food coloring it is definitely worth it to use some cheap disposable gloves so your hands do not get stained.
  • A little food coloring goes a long way! In fact a little trick is to dip a toothpick in the food coloring bottle and then puncture a hole in the playdough ball. You can repeat a few times throughout the ball until getting the desired color in it and then knead the color to consistency.
  • Store the playdough in a Ziploc baggy or a covered container and it should keep for a couple weeks. If you start to see a little sweat build up in the baggy or the container just add a little flour.

Hey Buddy! Could You Lend Me a Hand.

This handy Science Saturday’s experiment is from Preschool Bowl 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.

new-years-eve-countdown-bags

We love tradition at our house and so do the kids. Celebrating the last day of the year, and better yet, a special night that bedtime is delayed makes it a favorite tradition.

We like to start out the  New Years Eve Countdown with these clever party bags. The idea originated over at Organize Your Stuff Now. The kids look forward to them and they are a perfect way to keep the young ones entertained all night long! We like starting the countdown at 6 p.m. and then every hour on the hour.  There is a surprise in each bag. You can fill them with anything you like, ending with a special treat for the bewitching hour. You might include card games, bubbles, silly string, glow sticks or even some sparklers that the kids can take outside for some happy new year fun.

 

new-years-tree

Don’t take down your Christmas tree just yet. Look at how you can transform it into a great New Year’s tree with a few balloons and streamers. Step it up a notch and add some crazy hats and noisemakers.

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Mr. Kyle’s Kitchen Midnight Fantasy Fudge

If you want the best, the smoothest, no-fail fudge recipe for your party, try the original Fantasy Fudge.

This is the original Fantasy Fudge recipe from the back of the Kraft Marshmallow Creme jar.

3 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1 12-oz.  package semi-sweet chocolate chips (we prefer Ghirardelli)
1 7-oz.  jar Kraft Marshmallow creme
1 cup chopped nuts
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine sugar, margarine, and milk in a 2-1/2 quart saucepan; bring to full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Continue boiling 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring. Remove from heat, stir in chocolate till melted. Add marshmallow creme, nuts & vanilla beat till blended. Pour into greased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Don’t fight over who gets to lick the spoon! Let cool and cut into 1-inch squares.

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Gather the family and create a Family 2018 Time Capsule from an empty tennis ball container. Stuff the can with family photos, special mementos, drawings and written memories of the top ten moments of the year as well as comments about what is currently happening in the world and with your family. Find a spot in the backyard and bury your Family 2018 Time Capsule.

tennis-ball-can

Be sure to draw a treasure map if you choose to use this Tiffany & Co. sterling silver ($1500.00) tennis ball container. BTW it was designed for keeping  tennis balls at “their optimum playing temperature whilst on the court.”

 

New-Years-Resolution-Printable

Keep it simple. Go ahead and shortlist your New Year’s Resolutions on these printables from the best ideas for kids blog.

Our wish to you: May all of your troubles last as long as your new year’s resolutions.

Gotta love these vintage ads!

A Hoover or a Cadillac, which would have made you happier? As they say, “getting a Hoover for Christmas would really suck.” Right?

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You can sit at this Hit Parade retro diner set and ponder the question.

How about reviving this 1980’s Jello Jigglers Gingerbread Man retro recipe? “There’s always room for Jello “on any  Christmas Wish List.

4 packages (4-serving size) Jell-O Brand Gelatin or Sugar-Free Gelatin, any flavor

2 1/2 cups boiling water or fruit juice

Dissolve gelatin completely in boiling water in a bowl. Pour into 8- or 9-inch square pan. Chill until firm, about 4 hours. Cut with any cookie cutter. Garnish as desired. Cube remaining gelatin.

vegie-lodge

Ever thought about building a healthy Veggie Lodge?

Move over gingerbread, look what’s moving into our neighborhood.

Bring back your old Lincoln Log skills and you can easily build one too.

Materials List:
Six 8″- carrot logs -one for the front, five for back
Eight 5″- carrot logs – for the sides of the lodge
Eight 3″- carrot logs – for the front
Eight 1 1/4″ – short spacer logs – by the front door
Four 1 1/2″ – carrot logs – for creating a side window opening
Three 7″ -carrot log rafters – the foundation
Sixteen 6″ – 7″ long stalks of celery – for the roof
The foam core board gable ends measure 8″x 6″ x 6″
The foam core board floor/base measures 8″ x 5″ – plus an extra on the back for chimney if so desired
The window is made out of a slice of a turnip.
Toothpicks are recommended, in addition to cream cheese mortar to fasten cucumbers and celery.
Bamboo skewers will be handy for stacking the chimney (mushroom) stones.

Photo credit and inspiration: Green Giant.

Happy Holidays!

Catching Snowflakes

Currently, there are a few beautiful snowflakes floating through the air here in Minneapolis, again! This collage caught my eye and the title “Catching Snowflakes” was so fitting for today.  Just had to share. Isn’t this original art the cutest? The creative came from Aly Marcotte’s  3rd graders and posted on Artisan des Arts blog.  All that talent in one classroom!

Tortilla Snowflakes at Totally Kids

These Tortilla Snowflakes are today’s Recipe for Fun.  If your house is anything like ours, you’ll find this is a great cook together for the whole family.

Snowflake Tortillas for a snowy day.

  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Warm the tortillas (about 15 seconds) in the microwave.
  2. Individually fold the tortillas in half once and then in half again, so that you end up with a shape that resembles a wedge of pie (it will be thick). Using clean scissors, cut triangle, circles, or squares out of the edges as if you were making paper snowflakes. Unfold the tortillas.
  3. Lightly brush the tops of the snowflakes with canola or vegetable oil and place them on a cookie sheet slightly apart.
  4. Bake them until lightly browned and crisp (about 4 minutes). Sift confectioners’ sugar on the snowflakes while warm. For an extra sparkly effect, you can sprinkle on a bit of edible glitter. Makes 6.

Now, go ahead and catch some snowflakes at your house.