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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.

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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Looks like we have another hot day in store for us.

Today, why not try keeping cool with an old favorite game of Balloon Toss. Gather the neighborhood kids plus any willing brave adults and cool off without a pool. Pair off  into teams of two and line up facing one another about 3ft apart. Give each team a water balloon filled as full as it will go. Each team begins to toss the water balloon back and forth, taking a step back after each successful toss, widening the distance between them. The team that can toss the balloon the farthest without dropping or exploding the water balloon wins. Good luck trying to keep an orderly game! Can you say splash?

Well now, if that was not a wet enough trick, give Water Limbo a shot. Crank up some calypso  music. Next have and adult, not the neighborhood prankster use a hose nozzle to spray a jet of water horizontally and get the kids to take it in turns to limbo underneath the water. Lower the jet after each successful limbo and surely cool everyone off. How low can you go? How wet will you get?

Have you ever played a game of Sponge Tag – Sure, we all know how to play tag, but just changing the rules of the game slightly and adding the element of getting wet can really shake things up. The best sponges are those enormous sponges used for washing cars.  So take that wet sponge and toss it at one another. If you get hit with a sponge, you’re out! We have kicked it up notch when we’re at the lake and dipped the sponges in cherry Kool-aid, putting it in the messy fun department. There’s definitely no question who got hit by the sponge.

Watermelon is a great way to hydrate and you can’t let summer pass you by without dazzling (or frightening) the fam this shark. Rachael over at Sun Scholars shows you how to make this amazing  Watermelon Shark.

Gotta make this for my brother who didn’t take bath for months after seeing Jaws. Lucky for us we did have a shower.

Staying hydrated during this heat wave can be a challenge. Evenflo offers 5 tips on how to defeat the heat:

Tip # 1: Either mostly or completely cut out soda from your child’s diet. There is no nutritional value in it, and all it does is dehydrate their body even more than it already is. If your child is going to miss the soda, try giving them water with some fruit slices that will naturally add some flavor and sweetness.

Tip #2: Provide your children with snacks that will not only fill them up, but hydrate them. For example, cucumbers are almost completely made up of water, which makes them a light, refreshing snack. Other good choices are watermelon, citrus fruits, grape tomatoes, and colorful bell peppers. If your child gets turned off by the veggies, try cutting them into fun shapes or providing a healthy dip like yogurt or hummus, which also gives them a protein punch.

Tip #3: This one helps when you have kids who are too “busy” playing to stop to munch a snack, is to make it fun. My daughter almost always comes running when I make fruit caterpillars for her. All you need are toothpicks and fruit (just be careful if you give these to small children). Kids can even help make these, which can be a fun learning activity as well. Your child can make patterns with the fruit alternating grapes, blueberries, strawberries, or kiwi pieces. You can also make veggie caterpillars, which when you add some small pieces of cheese, adds some protein as well. The munching possibilities are endless!


Tip #4: Here’s a simple one, if you know you’re heading outside to be in the sun, try to get your kids to drink some extra liquids before you leave, so you won’t have to worry quite as much once you get to your sunny destination.

Tip #5: When your kids have their hydrating snacks and drinks, make sure you join them! It’s just as important that mommies take care of themselves as well. You set the example for your kids, so if they see you taking care of yourself, chances are they’ll follow!

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Want to know when a Watermelon is ripe?

There’s an app for that! http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/melon-meter/id450015952?mt=8

The Melon Meter claims to help you choose a ripe watermelon using the microphone on your iPhone!

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Teaching Kids About Solar Power

Where does all energy come from? Do your kids know that you can harness electricity and heat from the sun.

No batteries required – these quirky little fellows are powered naturally by the sun!
Watch them come alive and walk around in an amusing, mechanized fashion.  Kids will have hours of outdoor fun as they learn about the powers of the sun.

This is an excellent way of witnessing an effective demonstration of how the power of the sun can be harnessed by the solar panel and converted into electrical energy.

This robot is designed to be suitable as a first time science project to help teach children about alternative forms of energy.

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Science Saturday Solar Energy Experiments                                                                    from Renewable Energy World.

You can teach kids how darker surfaces are more absorbent of heat with this experiment. Here are the materials you will need:

6 colored papers (black, white, red, blue, yellow, green)

6 ice cubes, same size

This solar energy for kids experiment will show how fast the ice cubes will melt on darker shades. Put one ice cube on each colored paper. Make sure that they are equally exposed to sunlight.  Wait for a couple of minutes. The results would show that the ice cube on the black colored paper melts the fastest. While the one on the white colored paper, will melt the slowest. This is because white reflects or lets heat bounces back. Darker shades, on the other hand, absorb heat.

The power of solar energy can also be shown in the following experiment. What you would need are:

Large magnifying glass

Pencil

Flat wood

Bucket of water

Note that you can only do this experiment with kids who are old enough. Be the one to hold the magnifying glass. Draw a pattern on the flat wood with a pencil. Put the wood on full sunlight exposure. Next, hold the magnifying glass on top of the wood. Concentrate the reflection of the light on a particular spot. Have the bucket of water ready. Stay in that position for several minutes and you will see that the wood would start to burn. Explain to the kids how this happens. You could also cite particular instances such as forest fires. This way, kids would know what’s going on with the environment.

A well-chosen phrase, quote or saying  can be worth a thousand pictures when applied to your walls.

Vinyl lettering is also a great way to personalize and decorate your child’s walls.

Vinyl letters will stick on to any dirt free, flat, non porous surface.

Planet Wall found at Etsy, offers many options in both vinyl lettering for your walls as well as images.

Tis the season for jelly beans and we know a lot of beans (in bags) here at Totally Kids, but would never have believed it if not seen with our own eyes. (on the internet) Yes, it is a Kate Middleton Jelly Bean.

It totally looks like Kate. Is it a sign from God? Does it shed tears?

With the Royal Wedding just weeks away, add this to the frenzy:  Kate Middleton is now right up there in the supernatural world with the Virgin Mary whose likeness miraculously appeared on a grilled cheese sandwich.  Then there was Jesus’ face on a pancake and Elvis Presley on a potato chip (crisp in London speak). Now it is Kate Middleton’s likeness recently spotted on a jelly bean.

According to London’s Daily Telegraph, a couple from Somerset, England discovered the yellow and red speckled mango-flavored bean in jar from a place called The Jelly Bean Factory.

The lucky man who unknowingly bought this magical jelly bean for his girlfriend shared his story with the Telegraph:

Mr Hosie said: “As Jessica opened the jar, I saw her immediately. She was literally lying there staring back at me.

“Given that the royal wedding is only a few weeks away, we hope to make a few pounds out of it by selling it on the internet to a collector.”

Now, Mr. Hosie hopes to profit from his find and plans to auction the royal-resembling mango flavored bean for at least $800. When you see the Kate Middleton jelly bean on Ebay, please let us know.

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If you are searching for a perfect bed for your little princess, look no farther.

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A mix and match puzzle sure to delight young princesses.

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What do you think of these Murphy style bunk beds? Now you see them, now you don’t. They are not intended for children, but can you see a use for them? Please offer your opinion.

The doors butterfly open, mattresses are included and there is a sturdy metal ladder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking of magic……

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