Searchin’ for the Green!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Are you wearing green today? The color green is always popular on St. Patrick’s Day, so for a fun activity let’s go searching for things that are green! Depending on what the weather is like where you live, you can search for green things inside and outside. You can keep a tally of how many green items you find just to impress yourself with how observant you are. Can you find more green things than I did? Here’s some things I found at our house:

Celery

Romaine lettuce

Lime Jello

Spinach

Broccoli

Lime Juice

Green Beans

Avocadoes

A green plant inside the house – Aloe plant

Some green plants outside the house. These are daffodils just breaking through the ground this spring.

Grass

Pine tree

Irish Springs Body Wash

A green crocodile…which is Rusty’s dog toy.

Green UniKitty Lego

Green M&M’s candy

You can play “Searchin’ for the Green” in a couple of ways. You can just leisurely wander around with the family while everyone points out anything green that they see. OR you can give yourselves a set time…like maybe 5 minutes…and see how many green items you can find. OR you can give yourselves a set time and see if you can find a set number of green items before time runs out. Like trying to find 15 green items in 5 minutes. OR you can give each person a piece of paper and pencil and have them secretly write down each green item they see. When time is up, you can sit down together and see who found the same green things or who found a green item nobody else spotted. This is a great way to help reinforce the color green for the little ones and to help everyone be a little more observant of your surroundings. However you choose to play this game, I hope it will add some fun to your St. Patrick’s Day! 🙂

Taste Testing Tuesday #32 Shamrocks for Breakfast

It’s Tuesday again and here comes another round of taste testing! (Sorry to post so late, but it’s been one of those days!) Today’s taste test is a bit different. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow, the test today is to see if you like shamrocks for breakfast or not! 😉 You’ll need a slice of bread, an egg, some green food coloring, butter, some green sugar, cinnamon and a skillet and spatula for cooking.

First, cut the center out of the slice of bread in the shape of a shamrock. If you have a shamrock shaped cookie cutter, that’s a great help.

Keep both pieces of the bread. We’ll use both of them.

Butter the top side of both pieces of bread.

Lay the “outside frame” piece of bread in a skillet, buttered side down. Then spread some butter on the top side too.

Crack open the egg into a small bowl and beat the egg with a fork.

Add a small amount of green food coloring to the egg. Start with a very small amount of food coloring! You can always add more. 😉

Mix the food coloring into the egg.

Turn the skillet on to a medium heat. When the skillet is warmed up, add a little bit of butter into the opening of the shamrock shape.

Slowly pour the green egg mixture into the shamrock opening in the bread.

Turn the heat to low and cover the skillet with a lid. For best results, I would suggest you keep the egg & bread in this position while it cooks. I turned mine over to finish cooking it and the shamrock shape isn’t quite as clear as it might have been if I hadn’t turned it over.

When the egg is cooked through, remove it from the skillet to a plate to serve it. Now for the other piece of bread in the shape of a shamrock. I placed it in the skillet on a medium-low heat and toasted it on both sides.

I removed the shamrock from the skillet and with the butter side facing up, sprinkled it with some green sugar and a little bit of cinnamon.

And there you are! A breakfast fit for any leprechaun! 😉

I hope you’ll enjoy trying this out for St. Patrick’s Day! 🙂

Some St. Patrick’s Day Fun

Happy Monday, everyone! It’s only 2 days until St. Patrick’s Day! Do you celebrate at your house? If you’re looking for another fun activity to do, here’s one I posted last year that’s simple and yet brings a lot of fun to your kids. It’s all about searching for hidden shamrocks and getting a prize from the end of the rainbow. Here’s a link to the fun!

https://wordpress.com/post/thekidsniche.com/1573

Follow the link above to get all the details. I hope you’ll give it a try! 🙂

Leprechaun Binoculars!

St. Patrick’s Day is getting close! Have you noticed someone has been causing mischief around your house? This time of year they say there are leprechauns lurking about and they like to play tricks on people. They are so quick and small that they are hard to see. But here’s a trick for you – make some leprechaun binoculars to help you look for the leprechauns!

You’ll need 2 empty toilet paper rolls or 1 empty paper towel roll (cut in half), some construction paper scissors, glue, markers, a piece of string or yarn and whatever you want to decorate with like mini pom poms or stickers, etc. First cut a piece of construction paper the length of each empty toilet paper roll and long enough to wrap around it.

Glue one end of the piece of construction paper to the empty toilet paper roll, then wrap the paper around and glue the other end.

Hold it in place a little bit till the paper stays in place.

Do the same thing for the second roll.

Glue or use double sided tape to hold the 2 rolls together so they look like a pair of binoculars. Decorate them in ways that might be appealing to a leprechaun. They seem to like green, white, black and gold or the colors of the rainbow. Here I added some mini pom poms.

I added a rainbow and a shamrock to my leprechaun binoculars. What will you add to yours?

Poke a hole at the top of the binoculars on the two outside edges. Tie one end of a piece of string or yarn to each hole so that you can wear your binoculars around your neck.

And there you are! You’re ready to go looking for leprechauns! Happy Hunting!! 🙂

Cuteness Overload for St. Patrick’s Day

Well, I hurt my eye last night and it’s making it hard to craft or use the computer today, so I thought I would share someone else’s awesomeness today. St. Patrick’s Day is just a week from today! Wow, we are moving right along through March! I got an email from Bakerella yesterday about how she makes Mini Shamrock Shake Cakes and I just had to share these with you!

Shamrock Shake Mini Cake

How cute are those??! Wouldn’t they be fun for a little family St. Patrick’s Day celebration? Cupcakes and frosting and sprinkles, oh my! Here is a link to Bakerella’s website so you can find the recipe for making these cuties!

https://www.bakerella.com/mini-shamrock-shake-cakes/

Enjoy!! 🙂

Taste Testing Tuesday #31 – Juices

Here we go with Taste Testing Tuesday #31! (Can you believe we’ve done that many taste tests?!) Today we’re looking at JUICE! To make this a little more fun, I used little tiny cups. The package doesn’t say how big they are but I’m going to say they are 1-2 ounces. (They are actually little shot cups but we don’t use them for that.) I found them at our local Dollar Tree store.

I used 5 different kinds of juice for my taste test. You can use however many you like, of course. Using juices that are different colors makes it more appealing to the kiddos. I bought a couple of small bottles of juice to go with some juice I already had on hand. Pour a little sample of each kind of juice into tiny cups for each person doing the taste test.

These are the juices I used:

#1.) Raspberry Lemonade.

#2.) Apple Juice

#3.) Grape Juice

#4.) Cranberry Juice

#5.) Pineapple Orange Banana Juice

Now for a couple quick suggestions for some added fun. 🙂 Have a piece of paper handy and for each kind of juice, have the kids draw a face representing what they thought of the juice they tasted. They could draw a smiley face if they liked it, a face with a straight mouth for “It’s ok, but not amazing.” and a frowning face for “No, thank you!” A second fun suggestion is to mix some of the juices together and see what they think. For instance, grape and cranberry or grape and apple or cranberry and apple, etc.

Which juice is the absolute best tasting juice? I think grape juice or grape with cranberry was my favorite. I hope you’ll have loads of fun on this Taste Testing Tuesday! 🙂

Inexpensive Suncatcher Fun

It’s Monday Funday and I have a nice inexpensive craft to tell you about today. I found a cute unicorn suncatcher at Walmart the other day…only $0.97!! (My guess is that some other craft stores likely have them too.) That is the regular price, not a sale price. 🙂

One thing to note is the picture shows 4 colors on the unicorn while there are actually only 3 paints. But it looks cute anyways, so I didn’t find that to be a problem. I suggest laying out some newspaper or paper towels before letting the kiddos start painting. The paint is fairly thin but I think that is because this is a suncatcher and you want the light to be able to shine through.

There weren’t any instructions but here’s what I did: the suncatcher is smooth on one side and has ridges on the other. I painted on the side with ridges. I stirred each paint with a toothpick when I was ready to use it. I also used the toothpick to paint the really small areas. I started with the blue/teal paint.

You can paint the unicorn any way you like. I’m just showing you how I chose to do it. Next I painted with the purple paint.

And finally I used the pink paint.

Here it is against a better background.

And here it is with the light behind it.

I thought it was a rather fun project for kids for only $0.97! And there was some paint leftover. I’m pretty sure you can also buy the unpainted suncatchers at Walmart (not in a kit). So you might be able to make 2 suncatchers for $0.97! 😉

Make Super Simple Bookmarks

If you’re looking for a super easy craft for the kids to make, look no further! These bookmarks are very easy to make and the kids will love using them to mark their places in the books they are reading. All you need is some thin cardboard or cardstock, markers and stickers. I actually used the piece of cardboard that comes in a large box of tea bags and the cardboard from the back of a small notepad.

Cut the cardboard or cardstock to the size you want the bookmarks to be. I kept one of mine the size it was for a large bookmark and the other piece I cut in half for 2 smaller bookmarks.

Next grab the markers and stickers and turn the kids loose to decorate the bookmarks however they like.

I made one with Minion Pirate stickers. Ahoy, matey!

For the second bookmark I used some owl stickers, some bug stickers and added some dots using my markers.

Last, but not least, I made a bookmark with a few kitten stickers and 2 flower stickers.

This is a super simple craft project but the kids will enjoy it and maybe be encouraged to spend more time reading so they can use their new bookmarks. 🙂 Have fun!

A Rainbow From Donuts!

St. Patrick’s Day is coming! Will you be looking for gold at the end of the rainbow? Would your kids be happy to find a DONUT at the end of the rainbow? I found the cutest rainbow made from food that would be great for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration! Check this out!

Rainbow Cloud Donuts for St. Patrick's Day. These rainbow treats are perfect for a festive breakfast idea or a class party activity.

It’s just so cute I had to share! This came from Painted Confetti and here is the link to the great idea!

Thanks go to Brandy for this super cute idea! Have fun!

Clearance Items at Joann Fabric and Craft Stores

Are you looking for some small craft kits to add to your kids Easter baskets? If you are, head to your nearest Joann Fabric and Craft Store and check out their clearance items! They have a great assortment of little craft kits at some nice discounted prices. I’m guessing each store may have different things on clearance, but here are a few things on sale at my Joann Fabric and Craft Store.

Little Makers Wood Painting Kit. This cute little wooden kitty kit comes with a little paintbrush and 3 colors of paint. Clearance price is $1.97.

Little Makers Paint and Stitch Kit. This one is cute as it requires painting the heart but also has some string crafting to add a nice extra touch. Clearance price is $2.97.

Some items are take an additional 25% off the red sticker clearance price! There are plaster painting kits, shrink art kits, bead art kits, string art kits, pom pom kits, wooden ornaments to color with markers kits and suncatcher kits. Wow! Not all of each kind of kit was on sale.

Another section has canvas coloring kits and canvas painting kits, foam kits, foam mosaic kits, felt kits and toilet paper roll kits.

Also close by are more assorted craft kits, but be careful which ones you grab because not everything is on clearance. The clearance items will have a red clearance sticker on their hook.

One more nicely priced item for kids that I saw is the CraZArt Modelife modeling material. (Similar to Playdough) There was about 5 colors to choose from. These were on clearance for $2.97.

So there were lots of fun products at great prices! Grab them up before they are gone! 🙂 Happy shopping!