Easy & Inexpensive Summer Activities For Kids, part 3

 

 

Could you get much more fun than slime, glow-in-the-dark no less?

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Two weeks ago when my nieces were over, we put this together and had lots of fun doing it!  Such a cool, inexpensive idea and  –  the best part is… they loved it!  I had been looking at this project for a little while and after having made glow-in-the-dark jellyfish the previous week, I decided to use some leftover paint from that to make the slime. At first I was a bit apprehensive as to whether or not this project would be easy, but once you have everything together you really couldn’t get much easier.

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Here are the supplies that are needed:

Borax

Water

 Glue

• Glow-in-the-dark paint

• Neon Food Coloring 

• Popsicle sticks

• Mixing bowls

Bottle for mixing borax/water solution

Those are the supplies that were originally called for, but I didn’t have some of them (like clear glue or neon food coloring), so here is what I used:

 Borax

•Water 

• Regular craft glue

2 different colors of glow-in-the-dark paint

Paper straws (for stirring)

• Spray bottle (for the water/borax solution)

• Candy cups (for mixing bowls)

Using these as opposed to the original supplies worked out just fine and if you have colored glow-in-the-dark paint like I did, then you can eliminate the food coloring!

Making this was so easy and fun, not to mention taking it into a dark room and watching it glow…

Enjoy!

Glow-in-the-dark slime tutorial

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Sorry I don’t have any pictures of the actual slime – couldn’t get a good one! 

Easy & Inexpensive Summer Activities For Kids, Part 2

Okay, so I am really beginning to wonder where all of these cool crafts were when I was younger, especially ones like this weeks craft: glow in the dark jellyfish!

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As a kid (and I must confess that this has not changed…) I was enthralled with octopus, squid, jellyfish, and just about any sea creature in general. I mean, one of my biggest dreams was to see a live octopus… or bigger yet, a giant squid! so you can imagine that even though these are not octopus or squid, how excited I would have been to put together a craft like this. Anyway…

This craft is super fun, super cute, super easy, and CHEAP. As I have mentioned before, please visit the website for a step-by-step tutorial, but just to give you an idea these are all the materials that are needed (and again, there is a good chance that you probably already have some of them):

~ heavy-weight paper bowls
~ white yarn
~ glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint (under $3 for a 2 oz bottle of Folkart paint)
~ paint brushes and painting supplies
~ scissors
~ zipper sandwich bags
~ skewer or sharp pencil

We got three different colors of paint: pink, yellow, and green. While my nieces were doing something else, I set everything out, cut the yarn and divided it between different bags (each girl got three bags, one for every color). Then when they were ready, I put some paint in each bag and let them “squish” away! Then, while I went to hang the yarn outside to dry, I let them paint their bowls.

The great thing about this Texas sun and heat is that when you hang something wet outside, it’s dry in a flash!

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To get to the point and not bore you with details of what exactly we did, this craft is really a great one for kids of many ages (my nieces ages span from 6 to 3) and is not too time consuming. Plus, I think they would be great to hang up in a bedroom or playroom!

Glow In The Dark Jellyfish Tutorial

Enjoy!

Aunties secret: mommies make homemade juice popscicles, aunties BUY juice (um, natural of course… 🙂 ) and stick it in the popsicle molds.Voila! No muss, no fuss, and the kids are just as happy! 😛

A Super Easy (and very tasty) Ice cream Recipe

Well I’m glad I enjoyed the extra months of no miserable heat this year, because it sure is hot and miserable now…

IMG_0800 (1)Do you ever get really excited over certain recipes? I did on Tuesday when I made this ice cream that came from an old magazine dating back to 1984. Look at that picture, doesn’t it just look old? Come to find out my mom acquired this recipe after a friend brought the ice cream to a church potluck – apparently it was raved about for days afterwards. I had seen this before while browsing through our dessert recipe collection, but never thought much about making it. I guess I have not really been interested in making ice cream that wasn’t made in a machine (yes, I’m one of those people… but I’m learning to branch out and try more simple recipes). So when looking through the recipe collection recently, I decided to give it a try. It looked good enough and then what really clenched it for me was coming across this blog, and seeing what the blogger had to say about a very similar recipe.

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My mom was right, the blogger was right: this is so good! I am now very much in love with this ice cream and its simplicity – I can’t get over it! 5 ingredients (more or less depending on what combinations you try), that’s it! And seriously, this tastes about as good as anything that I have gotten out of the ice cream maker, and bonus! it’s so much EASIER. I have already been thinking about the different combination possibilities…

But don’t listen to me, go try it for yourself and I bet you will be just as in love as I am!

Also, if you like gelato, then you have an added incentive for trying it, as that is what my sister said this tasted like to her.

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The lowdown:
I made two different combinations, both with a chocolate base and Oreos, but two different flavors. Both were equally good. By the way, let me tell you that I am privileged to have five happy (and sometimes probably not so happy..) taste testers around, it can really come in handy! Anyway, to get back on subject, one combination was a double chocolate Oreo, and one a chocolate mint Oreo. The double chocolate consists of chocolate ice cream with double chocolate stuffed Oreos mixed in. The mint chocolate has chocolate ice cream with mint Oreos mixed in and a little mint extract for more even more mint flavor.
Also, if you would like some extra chocolatey goodness on top, let me then recommend some ganache. I used Alton Brown’s recipe.

Cottura felice!

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Easy Double Chocolate Oreo Ice cream
(makes about 1 1/2 quarts)

Ingredients
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 C. unsweetened cocoa powder
4 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup coarsely (or big chunks, however you like it) crushed chocolate creme filled Oreos (or any other brand of sandwich cookies
2 cups (1 pint) whipping cream, whipped (do not use whipped topping)

Directions
In a large bowl, stir together sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder, and vanilla. Stir until well combined.

Fold in cookies and whipped cream.

Pour into a 2 quart container (a loaf pan would also work well). Cover and freeze for six hours or until firm.

If desired, serve with ganache (highly recommended) or hot fudge topping.

Chocolate Mint Oreo Ice Cream

Ingredients
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 C. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/4 tsp. (about 1/4 tsp. more if you like a very minty flavor) pure mint extract
1 C. coarsely crushed Mint Creme Filled Oreos (or any other brand of sandwich cookie)
2 C. (1 pint) whipping cream, whipped (do not use whipped topping)

Directions
In a large bowl, stir together sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder, mint extract and vanilla. Stir until well combined.

Fold in cookies and whipped cream.

Pour into a 2 quart container (a loaf pan would also work well). Cover and freeze for six hours or until firm.

Easy & Inexpensive Summer Activities For Kids, Part 1

Everybody needs things to do with kids, especially in the summer, right? And I’m not even necessarily talking about things just for mommies; I’m also talking grandparents, aunts, uncles, or any person spending some time with kids and in need of some fun and (big bonus!) cheap things to do. I am an aunt who currently babysits her three nieces every week, so you can imagine my interest in finding some fun, easy, and inexpensive things that they will enjoy doing with minimal stress on the adult party!

During my searches, I have been very happy to find activities that have fit into these categories, so each week that I (or my Mom, sister, or brothers for that matter!) do a new activity with my nieces, I will try to post it along with a link. Please don’t expect any good pictures however, as most likely any pictures will be taken in the moment with a phone/iPad. 🙂

I hope you find these crafts/activities just as helpful as my family has – some of them can be quite fun – where were these things when I was a kid??

The craft I want to share with you this week is rather genius and I was wondering who came up with this idea (whoever you are, thank you!). It is simple, quick, and inexpensive as you most likely already have most (if not all) of the supplies needed. The craft I am referring to is sandpaper art t-shirts. This activity is great for kids of all ages and is especially good if the child loves to draw. All it involves is white t-shirts, crayons, sandpaper, paper towels, and an iron.

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Don’t you just love it when you are reading a tutorial for a craft for kids on a mommy/crafting blog and they always look so perfect? Well don’t be fooled, this right here is the real deal! Hey, that actually looks like a child’s drawing on that t-shirt…

Basically, (these are not the detailed instructions, so please visit the website for a step by step tutorial) what you are going to do is, have the kids draw on a piece of sandpaper and then (you the adult) iron it on to the white t-shirt. How simple is that?

Sandpaper art t-shirt tutorial.

Here is also another (tasty!) activity that is inexpensive and so easy for kids – check it out! Although, be sure to explain it better than I did – my nieces ended up eating the pretzels fondue style: dip, eat, repeat…

Enjoy!

What are some fun, easy, and inexpensive crafts/activities you like to do with kids? I would love some new ideas!