Thursday, November 29, 2012

Painting with cars

Painting with cars!

This was only one of his master pieces. The others are with red and yellow. The tracks worked best with a monster truck type vehicle that had wide tires. B+ because he reverted to finger painting (as you can see).

Monday, November 19, 2012

10 minute Cheddar Biscuits

Bisquick Cheddar Biscuits

Preheat oven to 450

2 cups of Bisquick baking mix
1/2 cup milk (I used whole)
1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon of Italian Seasoning

Mix in large bowl. Knead 10 times. Roll into meduim balls and place 1 inch apart on foil lined and cooking spray coated pan. Bake 8-10 minutes. Enjoy!

Makes 8

Christmas Tree Pinecone

I've seen this activity on Pinterest, so we tried it with the pinecones found in our front yard. Our pinecones are small, but you get the idea. The change I made from the Pin on Pinterest is that we didn't glue the pom-poms. This way he can keep redecorating over and over.  I give this activity a B+ because it's cute, cheap, and a way to go outside in the fall crisp weather. He had more fun throwing the balls around, however.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Play Time with Stuff Found Around the House

Pasta and Cheerio Stacking

 Yes he ate quite a few Cheerios!

Fuzzy Craft Balls and Tongs

Hmm what tongs work the best? Let me try them all.

Each activity held his attention for about 10 minutes. Cheap, easy, creative but don't expect the attention to be held longer than that. You can leave it out to see if your child returns...if you don't mind stuff all over the floor! B+ grade.

Potato Stamping and Making Play doh

Potato Stamping!

 I give this activity an A-. It was fun, easy, and safe. Of course as with all paint projects, clean up takes a bit.

Home made Play Doh

 I give this an A. It was so easy to make. Two weeks later and the dough is a bit sticky (think biscuit instead of dough). Was excellent for about a week! Tastes awful FYI.

Kool-Aid Playdough Materials
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 cups water
  • Saucepan
  • Food coloring, tempera powder, or Kool-Aid powder for color
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 2 tablespoons alum
  1. Combine salt and water in saucepan and boil until salt dissolves.
  2. Remove from heat and tint with food coloring, tempera powder, or Kool-Aid.
  3. Add oil, flour, and alum.
  4. Knead until smooth.
  5. This dough will last 2 months or longer.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Hand and foot prints



Color Your Own Wrapping Paper

Color your own wrapping paper! Pin: I found this pin AFTER I came up with this idea just to validate myself. Ha!
A+ idea. For Caden B because nothing seems to hold his attention for long!

Pipe Cleaner Fun

Pipe cleaner and colander (strainer) fun! Pin:
This kept him busy for all of ten minutes. B-.

Pipe cleaner with magnets and clear bottle fun:

He is way too young for this apparently. Maybe in a few more years. Idea A-. (And I need a stronger magnet.)

Button tree

Okay, so this one wasn't really done with Caden, but more like for him. Here are a couple of inspirational pins: and

I think older kids (8 and up) wold love this. A for effort. Mommy's gets a B-. Ha!

Inside Garden Box

Inside garden box: and

This is messy! Get ready for beans to be thrown everywhere. The original pin used black beans, but we just used pinto beans. As you can see from the picture quite a few of beans are now missing. This would be a great backyard activity while Mom and Dad are doing the real gardening. Grade of A-.

Photo Fun

This is a website that converts your photos into a coloring page. I think a savvy photoshoper could probably do the same without the webiste. Here's the pin:

I give this idea an A and the result a B because my kid still scribbles when coloring. Also, you have to save the picture on your computer from the preview or else it will prompt you for payment to "download."

Ziplock Finger Painting

Ziplock painting pin:

This kept Caden busy for about 20 minutes. It is supposed to be done with primary colors to see that mixing colors creates new ones. However, we didn't have any primary paint, so we used these. It created a tie-dye effect, still cool. Grade of B.

Christmas Felt Tree

Christmas felt tree. Pin:

This actually took me a couple of weeks and I made two. I still have plenty of felt left to make another one--at least the decorations for another one. He has played with this a few times even though it's October! I give the idea an A and the application or outcome a B+.

Baking Soda Fun

"A" Activity

Baking soda fun! Pin:

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Apple Stamping

"A" actvity. Pinterest Pin Inspiration

Caden's Art:

Apple picking in September

This is an A actvity for the whoel family.Older kids could bring a notebook to journal about and draw all of the plants and bugs they saw.