Make your own rainbows on a rainy day.

Sandpaper Printed T Shirts

Alphamom has instructions for this is a super simple sandpaper printing technique that will keep your kids busy while making a cool shirt! She buys all of the  supplies at the Dollar Store for only $2.00.

Supplies:

Good quality crayons, a t-shirt, iron and fine sand paper. The more coarse sandpaper will provide more texture. Get the 411 from alphamom. Can’t bring back the sunshine but there are rainbows waiting for you.

Sandpaper Rainbow T-shirt

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After a long day of indoor play, crawl into and rest your head in our Ferguson Bed. This is a combo bed with lots of storage and  pull-out trundle for your sleep over friends.

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Social media, are you addicted, affected or connected? The back fence at one time was the pipeline and lifeline for neighbors. Where are we today?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some old timers remember when good conversation took place around the dinner table. Can you believe it? There were homes that only had one telephone (land line) and it was not answered during dinner.

 

 

Check out the huge selection of retro diner table and chair sets.

Phone Booth

A telephone booth is a rare site for today’s eyes. You can however still get a nostalgic black pay phone for your home at Totally Kids fun furniture & toys.

1950's pay phone

Hello! Any one remember the party line?

Party Line

It was called a party line because many households all shared a single phone line that ran in and out of the neighborhood. Each home had a different phone number so they could be reached separately, but when anyone called out they had to wait until the line was free before making their call. Similarly, if someone was calling a home on our party line, they had to wait until the line was free to make the connection. It also provided entertainment and gossip potential as eavesdropping was a very common practice.

 

Can you find what’s wrong with this picture?

Absolutely Nothing!

Totally Kids fun furniture & toys has both doll furniture and kids furniture built to withstand the rigors of pre-school all the way to college.

Heirloom quality doll furniture that can be handed down from generation to generation is a great choice.

So, get that big man off of the doll’s bed and let the little girl play. There are many big & tall man beds available too.

Copying their parents and other people around them from an early age with pretend play helps children develop their expressive, imaginative, social and language skills.

Dolls are important to children at each stage of their development:

0–18 months +: As babies begin to investigate their new world of shapes and textures and develops essential skills, they need a snuggly security companion.

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18 months +: As babies transition to the toddler years they begin to imitate their parents and take care of the “baby” (doll) the way parents do.

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2/3 years +: At this age they begin to act out many real-life situations with their dolls. They may become big sister, big brother, father, mother or babysitter. Baby dolls encourage nurturing play and inspire memories to cherish forever.

 

By playing with dolls, both boys and girls will enhance their fine motor skills, as well as their cognitive ability. While creating new scenarios, children get more creative. Their imaginary boundaries will start to expand. The more they play, the more their cognitive faculties will begin to grow and blossom.

Kiss a frog and it will turn into your prince. I know a few women who need to give this a try.

If it does not work the first time, try try again. With Planet Frog you can grow some tadpoles into kissable frogs. Now you have a new science experiment. JK…..

Planet Frog is a place where you can watch live tadpoles magically transform into frogs. Watch a live tadpole morph into a frog. Watch as your frog swims in its own pond and explores the surrounding rain forest habitat. Learn why frogs play an important role in the environment and the world in which we live. Features a vented see-thru lid, rock hideaway that provides shelter, pond with underwater viewing area, built-in magnifier/feeding cap, and lush habitat surrounding. Includes a break resistant and escape proof design, an easy to clean pond, and guide to Planet Frog that has feeding and care instructions and fun facts about the fascinating world of frogs. Leopard frogs are indigenous to the North American continent.

Start the study of frogs at home with Planet Frog.

A group of fish is called a School of Fish.
A group of geese is called a Gaggle of Geese.
A group of sea gulls is called a Flock of Sea gulls.
A bunch of cows and bulls is called a Herd of Cattle.

But what do you call a group of frogs?

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.

Something’s a little fishie with this week’s recipe for fun. Now, start coloring!

Sal, our sales manager has a new car! Guess what color it is?

British researchers have determined that the color of your car tells others something about your personality.

What does the color of your car say about your personality? Check below to see if it matches.

Popular car colors and the personalities who drive them, according to Colormatters.com:

Black: Aggressive personality or someone who is an outsider or rebel. Of all car colors, this is the most likely to be involved in an accident.

Silver: Cool, calm and slightly aloof.

Green: Hysterical tendencies.

Yellow: Idealistic and novelty loving.

Blue: Introspective, reflective and cautious.

Gray: Calm, sober and dedicated to work.

Red: Full of zest, energy and drive; thinks, moves and talks quickly.

Pink: Gentle, loving and affectionate.

White: Status-seeking extroverts.

Cream: Self-contained and controlled. This color car is least likely to be involved in an accident.

We would like to get to get to know you a little better, what color is your car?

Schools out, it is summer vacation time, but why not add a fun academic “twist” in today for Science Saturday.

Build a candy double helix. All you will need is licorice, tooth picks and mini marshmallows.

The double helix is the most recognizable structure for deoxyribonucleic acid, also known as DNA. Double helix is the name for the structure formed by double-stranded molecules of nucleic acids. In short, it the the shape of the molecule where all the genetic information is stored for all organisms.

Inside every cell of each living thing, both plant or animal, there are sets of instructions called genes. The genes provide the instructions on what is the plant or animal, what it looks like, how it is to survive, and how it will interact with its surrounding environment. The genes are strung together in long stands of material called deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and these long strands are called chromosomes. Most living things have pairs of chromosomes (one from each parent), though they may have a different number of chromosomes from another living thing. For example, humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes and the fruit fly has 4 pairs.

Each gene is made up of long combinations of four different nucleotide bases. It is the various combinations of the nucleotide bases that determine everything about a living creature.

Bonus: This Science Saturday offers some tasty left over building material!

One potato, two, that’s all it takes to build a clock for you.

You may know potatoes as a good source of potassium, but did you know they can be used to power an alarm clock? Try this Science Saturday educational kit containing a digital clock and the instructions and everything you need (minus the spuds) to run it.

Little Grass House

Not sure if this should be called a science project or an art project?  Whichever, or maybe both, it is definitely a fun way to entertain the kids this summer. You too can make a little grass house using sponges and grass seed. The clever folks at the Spoonful will show you what you need and instructions of how to build one of your one.

What does your garden grow?  Try a Little Grass House for Science Saturday.

Your next question of course would be: how do you cut all of that grass? May we suggest a Rice Krispie’s lawn mower!  If this works for you, Cute Food for Kids will show you how to make a lawn mower. Good luck getting the kids to mow!

Rice Krispie Lawn Mowers

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It’s Memorial Day weekend, why not whip up some cookies that everyone will remember?

If you’re after the popular sweet and salty combo, you are bound to get hooked on these.

Memorial Day Cookies aka cookies to remember
Makes 24 cookies

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. of salt
  • 1/4 tsp. of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup of tightly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 cup broken up pretzel pieces
  •  Sea Salt

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a larger bowl, beat the butter and sugars together on medium speed until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). On low speed, slowly add the beaten egg and vanilla extract. Beat to combine, scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  3. Add the flour mixture and beat just until there are no more streaks of flour. Stir in the chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and pretzels. Cover and refrigerate for an hour.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop out well rounded tablespoonfuls of the dough, flatten slightly then sprinkle with sea salt. Leave about 2 inches between each cookie. Bake for 10 minutes. If you prefer crispier cookies increase the baking time by 1-2 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before removing.

This week’s Recipe for Fun as well as yummy eating is from Sugar Cooking.  You can find many other delicious and unusual recipes that you may like to try on her blog. She also tells us that if you have a favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe you could use it for the base instead.

Thanks Sarah for this memorable recipe.

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Have you ever experienced cookie failure? The dough is so good and definitely worth eating, but somehow when you pull the cookies out of the oven they are way spread out and flat.

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie blog has this helpful chart to help correct cookie flops. As the name implies, it is your go to source for you know what, everything chocolate chip cookies.

Problems

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Do any of these cookies look familiar? I have seen number 4 several times and now I know why! Silly me, I never knew the dough could be over mixed – hello number 5.

There are many variables in baking.  Pictured are cookies with various problems using the same dough (with flour adjustments in numbers 3 &4).
1.  This cookie is done just right. It is pictured to compare with the rest.
2.  This dough was not refrigerated.  It is still good but a little flatter than it should be.
3.  This dough contained too much flour and did not spread much at all. It is interesting to note that the dough looked identical to the correct dough, but was much stiffer and drier.
4.  This dough had too little flour.  It spread too much and didn’t bake evenly.
5.  This dough was over-mixed.  It had a poor color, baked flat and had a strange consistency.
6.  This dough was formed too small.  It was overcooked at eight minutes. It is fine to make smaller cookies, just bake them for less time.
7.  This dough was formed too large.  The outsides were done while the middle was too high and underdone.
8.  This dough was baked in an oven 25 degrees too hot.  The outside was overdone and the inside was slightly underdone.
9.  This dough was baked in an oven 25 degrees too cool.  It fell flat and became too crisp without much of an inside.
10.  This dough was frozen when baked.  It took longer to bake and didn’t cook as evenly.  To use frozen dough, set on cookie sheet at room temperature while oven is preheating, 15-20 minutes.  It takes the frost off and bakes perfectly.

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Totally Kids fun furniture & toys has many pretend kitchens for beginning bakers. Stop by or visit us online!