If you are looking for simple tips to get the kids out in the garden and growing fruit, vegetables, and flowers, then head over to Rusty and Rosy where I'm sharing some simple tips for gardening with kids.
Don't forget, it's Earth Day on Monday 22nd April.
I'm over at Rusty and Rosy sharing 10 Earth Day activities to get kids involved in celebrating our earth, recycling, and living a little greener.
Whilst in New York recently I was invited to an advance screening of The Odd Life of Timothy Green.
What a beautiful, heart-warming movie. My little ones are too young to really understand it, or sit through it, and it's not the type of movie my teenager would watch (unfortunately), but gosh I just loved it. If I'd not been invited, I would have had to see it with girlfriends. There are beautiful messages to children that they really should hear before heading back to school this fall, especially if you have a child who struggles with feeling different. I cried through the entire screening. Blubbering, make-up running down my face kind of crying. Pack tissues, you will need them.
In fact, make a few of these to take with you.
I wish I'd thought to make these before I went instead of cramming a handful of tissues at the check-in desk into my bag as I walked in - although I'm extremely thankful they'd placed a box of tissues out for us.
All you need to make these is:
Cut a piece of felt approximately 6.5" x 6". This was the size I needed for a purse pack of Kleenex tissues. The best way to get your accurate measurements though is to place your pack of tissues on a piece of paper, fold so that the ends meet on top of tissue packet and then cut to use as a template.
Once you've cut your felt, fold the longest sides in toward the middle, then sew the ends (see below).
I didn't like that the opening was so large so using a piece of embroidery thread that matched the felt I hand-sewed a few stitches about 1cm in from each side.
Using some of the excess felt, cut out a leaf in a different color. Hand-stitch it to the back side of the tissue holder using embroidery thread, then using a dark brown add the detail for the leaf.
I just love these crafts on Spoonful too.
The Odd Life of Timothy Green will be in theaters on August 15th. That gives you plenty of time to whip up a few of these fun crafts to take with you.
You will love the movie!
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I am the last stop on the Get Creative With The Lorax Blog Tour, so please stay a while and enjoy some treats because it's party time! We are not only going to be celebrating Dr Seuss' The Lorax which is being released on March 2nd, but also celebrating Dr. Seuss Birthday, which is the same day.
There is a wonderful environmental message behind The Lorax, so I wanted to incorporate some tips for greening up your Dr. Seuss party plans.
Even when it comes to baking delicious cupcakes, you can be kinder to the environment by using cupcake liners that are biodegradable. I just love my silicone baking cups too, they are easy to clean, and can be re-used over and over again.
Note: The cupcake toppers were made by printing The Lorax Reflection Activity Sheet, cutting out the discs and attaching them to toothpicks.
Instead of serving juice boxes (with plastic straws), or soda to the kids, fill a beverage dispenser and leave out glass bottles of water. Serve beverages in re-useable glass bottles or jars.
My party tip: If you are using jars instead of bottles to serve beverages, turn your straws into truffula trees that tickle your nose when you are drinking. Kids will love it.
Note: The Lorax face on the beverage dispenser was made by printing the pumpkin carving template available on The Lorax Movie site, under downloads.
Glass vases, hurricane candle holders, bowls, and canning jars are another great way to present your party treats. Finn and Gil's jelly pond treats were made by pouring the jelly into canning jars and refrigerating until set. The lids help protect your treats from bugs, and little fingers, plus you can pop these jars into a shallow ice bucket to keep the jelly cold.
Another thing I love to use for parties is fabric, bed sheets, or tablecloths for both back drops, and to cover tables rather than plastic table covers.
When planning your party food, get to know what your characters like. Do you know what the characters of The Lorax love to eat?
Finn and Gil: Marshmallows
Bill: Truffula Fruit
The Lorax: Truffula Berry Pancakes
Pip: Mini Marshmallows
These should give you some great ideas for your Dr. Seuss' The Lorax party.
I made some delicious blueberry pancakes for our party table. I used my standard pancake recipe, then added in about 1/3 of a tub of fresh chopped blueberries. Then I used circular metal rings in the pan to make the perfect little round pancakes pictured. Note: Make sure to spray the rings before using so the pancakes don't stick to them. Once you flip the pancakes, carefully remove the metal rings (not with your fingers silly), and set them aside to cool for a few moments before making your next batch.
Now a party doesn't just begin or end with food. The other ladies on The Lorax Blog Tour have lined up some fabulous things to do that would be a great addition to your Dr. Seuss' The Lorax party.
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Disclosure: This post was written as part of the Get Creative With The Lorax Blog Tour in support of Universal Pictures’ DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX that is in theaters on March 2. I was compensated.
We have been studying the life cycle of butterflies over summer vacation. I like to have activities that are not only fun for the kids, but also educational. This one was fabulous.
We started by observing our caterpillars as they grew larger over just a few days. On day 5, we noticed that they were beginning to make their way to the top of the container and had attached themselves upside down to the lid. The next day they had changed into smaller hard chrysalides.
Once all 5 caterpillars had transformed into chrysalides, I carefully removed the lid from the container, peeled back the paper they were hanging from and gently attached them to the inside of the mesh habitat, where after 7 days I woke one morning to find a single butterfly. Then the next day 4 more butterflies.
And don't worry, that is not blood. That is called meconium. From the Insect Lore site: "It’s the left-over color and unneeded tissues from the butterfly’s wing and body formation."
We went outside to the garden and collected some flowers to put into the bottom of the habitat. Then we mixed up 1 cup of water with 3 teaspoons of sugar and used the dropper that was included in the kit to add dew drops to the flowers and leaves. This is what the butterflies drink. I thought that we should observe them for another day before releasing them, but Marisol was insistent that we release them that same afternoon. So we planned a little butterfly party for our friends to see them off on their journey.
There was Butterfly Fairy Bread. Tip: Spread a small amount of butter down the center and dip bread in chocolate sprinkles. Then spread butter on the wings and dip those individually in rainbow sprinkles.
There were Butterfly Cheese Crackers - 2 butterfly crackers with cheese in the center. I used a sharp knife and the butterfly cracker as a template to cut the cheese.
And Butterfly Brownies for dessert. I cut small strips off colored Twizzlers and sliced through those strips to make the antenna. Then using a little icing attached those to the brownies with two jelly beans for wings.
For beverages, we enjoyed some orange juice. We used a cookie cutter to cut out fun butterfly shapes from scraps of paper, punched a couple of holes in them and threaded them over a bendy straw.
After our celebration we took our butterflies out by our water fountain and released them. It was such a wonderful experience to watch them one by one flying off into the sky.
For the rest of the afternoon we celebrated our butterfly friends and did some fun activities together to learn more about them.
We made butterfly shadows.
And put together a project board (sponsored by Elmer's) all about metamorphosis.
And then we ended our fun butterfly day by reading stories outside on a picnic blanket under the flowers so we could look for more butterfly friends.
Disclosure: This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Elmer's by Collective Bias #gluenglitter #xtremeschoolglue