Tuesday, April 30, 2013

100 Days of Play - Making Mini Books

Mini Circle Book Project to MAke with Your Kids • Artchoo.com
Making Mini Books
Be sure to stop by Artchoo! for today's 100 Days of Play activity!



Welcome to the 100 Days of Play Blog Hop, hosted by SunScholars and Life at the Zoo.  Take our 100 Day Challenge!  For 100 days, commit to connecting with your children ~ in their world!  Commit to 100 Days of Play!  Let the housework sit untouched for 30 minutes, get away from the stress of the world, get on the floor and give the gift of your time to your children.  You commit and we will share!  100 blogs from around the world and across the web will be sharing 100 fun ways to play with your kids.  Nothing required that you wouldn't already have in your home.  Find ideas in the Blog Hop to inspire your play, or come up with your own.  The point is to connect and have fun.  This is not just a challenge, but a special gift for you AND your kids.  We'd love to have you follow along.

100 Days of Play Blog Hop
Sharing simple ideas on how to connect with your children through play!
New ideas shared each day from 4/1 - 7/20.  

Happy Playing!

Unicorn Poop Cookies


Never in my life did I think I would make poop cookies, let alone encourage my children to do so.  That, however, was before I came across THIS awesome idea on Pinterest several months ago...
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There is an AWESOME tutorial on how to make your own Unicorn Poop cookies by kristylynn84 at Instructables.com.  I couldn't wait to make these, and thought they would be a great project to do with my kids... which it was!  We had lots of fun baking together, and the results are quite impressive, even if they are just piles of poop!  Do check out the tutorial in the link above, as Kristy does a great job sharing her how-to.  I've got some personal notes to add on how we created our version below.




Unicorn Poop Cookies


Supplies Needed
  • Sugar Cookie Dough
  • Neon Food Coloring
  • Wilton Sparkle Gel
  • Candy Sprinkles
  • Paint Brush
  • Cookie Sheet, Oven, Pot Holder, Spatula... All that stuff you need to bake cookies!

Note: Original instructions included the primary food dyes as well as a rainbow disco dust and rainbow dragees.  I did not use these.  I loved the neon dyes on their own, and chose not to use any other colors.  As for the rainbow disco dust and the dragees, I am sure they add an extra boost of sparkle and glitz, but these weren't available to me.  I think the results were still pretty awesome without them.

Directions
1.  Section out your dough for each color you wish to use.  We divided into four and kneaded food coloring into each until we were happy with the colors.  Roll out into even lengths, wrap in plastic wrap or wax paper, and toss in the fridge for about an hour.

Unicorn Poop Cookies - SunScholars.com

2.  After our dough hardened up a bit in the fridge, I cut each colored roll into 4 pieces (because I had four kids making poop cookies).

Unicorn Poop Cookies - SunScholars.com

3.  I took one strip of each color and layed them together to form a multi-colored roll, gently pressing them together.  I gave each child their rainbow roll, and asked them to gently roll them out to about a 1/2" thickness to make our cookies.  Roll out onto a surface lightly dusted with flour.

Unicorn Poop Cookies - SunScholars.com

We found it helpful to cut the roll in half after it started to get too long to manage.  Also try to give the dough a little twist as you are working with it.  Once the children had rolled the dough to a nice thickness, we cut off what was needed to form each cookie.  

4.  Time to create your poops!  Here is one of our formed cookies... I love the rainbow colors on this one!

Unicorn Poop Cookies - SunScholars.com

Note:  I think we were a little conservative on how much we blended the colors together at first.  Those that we rolled a little more had some beautiful blended colors like the one shown above.  However, also know that the more you handle the cookie dough, the more your cookies will flatten once they are baked!

5.  Place your cookies on a baking sheet and cook according to your recipe directions.  If your cookies are larger, and/or thicker than a normal cookie would be, make sure to slightly lower the temperature and increase your baking time!

Unicorn Poop Cookies - SunScholars.com

Be careful not to over-bake!!  No one wants to eat brown poop cookies!

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My kids are thinking this is quite hysterical at this point!

6.  Once your cookies are cool, it is time to make them sparkle!  Cover your cookies with Sparkle Gel, and use a paint brush to smooth it out into a nice coating over each cookie.  See the images below...

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I followed the instructions and dropped a swirl of gel on top of each cookie, then my kids took the brushes to them.  This gel works so well!  As the tutorial had said, it fills in the little cracks in your cookies and gives them a beautiful, smooth finish!

7.  While the gel is still fresh, decorate your cookies with candy sprinkles.  These look best if you place each one individually, rather than dumping a sprinkling over the cookies and letting them stick where they fall.  I would have used stars like they did in the original if I had them... but flowers and hearts looked pretty good too.

And as another note, Kristy had mentioned that the gel doesn't dry completely... so your cookies will be a bit tacky.  So just be careful not to stack them!

Unicorn Poop Cookies - SunScholars.com
And there you have it,
your very own Unicorn Poop Cookies!
The prettiest poop you'll ever eat!

Happy Baking!

Monday, April 29, 2013

100 Days of Play - Themed Dens

Themed Dens
Be sure to stop by Mum Central for today's 100 Days of Play activity!



Welcome to the 100 Days of Play Blog Hop, hosted by SunScholars and Life at the Zoo.  Take our 100 Day Challenge!  For 100 days, commit to connecting with your children ~ in their world!  Commit to 100 Days of Play!  Let the housework sit untouched for 30 minutes, get away from the stress of the world, get on the floor and give the gift of your time to your children.  You commit and we will share!  100 blogs from around the world and across the web will be sharing 100 fun ways to play with your kids.  Nothing required that you wouldn't already have in your home.  Find ideas in the Blog Hop to inspire your play, or come up with your own.  The point is to connect and have fun.  This is not just a challenge, but a special gift for you AND your kids.  We'd love to have you follow along.

100 Days of Play Blog Hop
Sharing simple ideas on how to connect with your children through play!
New ideas shared each day from 4/1 - 7/20.  

Happy Playing!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

100 Days of Play - Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Sidewalk Chalk Paint
Be sure to stop by One Perfect Day for today's 100 Days of Play activity!



Welcome to the 100 Days of Play Blog Hop, hosted by SunScholars and Life at the Zoo.  Take our 100 Day Challenge!  For 100 days, commit to connecting with your children ~ in their world!  Commit to 100 Days of Play!  Let the housework sit untouched for 30 minutes, get away from the stress of the world, get on the floor and give the gift of your time to your children.  You commit and we will share!  100 blogs from around the world and across the web will be sharing 100 fun ways to play with your kids.  Nothing required that you wouldn't already have in your home.  Find ideas in the Blog Hop to inspire your play, or come up with your own.  The point is to connect and have fun.  This is not just a challenge, but a special gift for you AND your kids.  We'd love to have you follow along.

100 Days of Play Blog Hop
Sharing simple ideas on how to connect with your children through play!
New ideas shared each day from 4/1 - 7/20.  

Happy Playing!

Summer Learning - Learn Through Play

Sun Scholars - Create the Scene, Learn through Play

I am excited to share with you another activity from my 12 Week Summer Learning Program.  If you like this activity, and are interested in filling your child's summer with more fun learning activities like this one, you won't want to miss my program.  You can learn more about it HERE.

Who says book reports have to be written?  This activity is a fun way for your child to practice their reading comprehension skills and play outside of the book!  I love it, because it can be done with children of ALL ages.  So have your child grab a favorite book and let's learn through play!

Create the Scene

Subjects:  Art & Reading
Time:  30+ min.
Suggested Materials:
  • Book of Choice
  • Shoe Box or other Clean Recyclables
  • Various Art Supplies
  • Glue, Tape, Scissors, Markers
Directions
  1. Have your child select a book to read themselves or together (depending on their age).  Some stories will take place in a single scene, while others might involve more than one.  Can your child identify where the story takes place?  Are their pictures in the book to give the child an idea of what the surroundings in the story might look like?
  2. Once your child has identified the scenes within the story, have them decide what particular part of the story they found most interesting.  This is the part of the story they will be creating!  What are the important elements of that scene to the story?
  3. Ask your child to create this scene!  Using boxes and art supplies, have your child make a diorama of the story.  Did they make sure to include all of the important elements from the story?  What characters were involved?
  4. Once your child has created their scene, they can use it to retell the story!  How much of the story can they tell using their creation? 
In our image above, we chose to create the home of the Three Bears, from the story Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  It was a fun one to create and made for a perfect story retell!

Let your child have fun with this!  There is nothing better than learning through play!

From Week 8 ~ Fun With Fairytales of the 12 Week Summer Learning Program


Sun Scholars Summer Learning Program

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 Giveaway ends 5/5/13
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I'll have another fun idea for you from the Sun Scholars Summer Program next Sunday!
Have Fun Learning!

100 Days of Play - Personalized Wall Art

Personalized Wall Art
Be sure to stop by Craftulate for today's 100 Days of Play activity!



Welcome to the 100 Days of Play Blog Hop, hosted by SunScholars and Life at the Zoo.  Take our 100 Day Challenge!  For 100 days, commit to connecting with your children ~ in their world!  Commit to 100 Days of Play!  Let the housework sit untouched for 30 minutes, get away from the stress of the world, get on the floor and give the gift of your time to your children.  You commit and we will share!  100 blogs from around the world and across the web will be sharing 100 fun ways to play with your kids.  Nothing required that you wouldn't already have in your home.  Find ideas in the Blog Hop to inspire your play, or come up with your own.  The point is to connect and have fun.  This is not just a challenge, but a special gift for you AND your kids.  We'd love to have you follow along.

100 Days of Play Blog Hop
Sharing simple ideas on how to connect with your children through play!
New ideas shared each day from 4/1 - 7/20.  

Happy Playing!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

For the Kids Friday #112

It's Party Time Again!

And, I have a TREAT for you!  Stop to enter for your chance to win not one, but TWO copies of my 12 Week Summer Fun & Learning Program!  One copy just for you, and one will be sent to a friend of your choice.  You have until 5/5 to enter the giveaway, which you can find HERE.  Don't miss out!!

Summer Fun & Learning Program 

I appreciate you being here!! My THANK YOU for taking the time to share with us each week... All features are pinned to THE BEST OF... For the Kids Fridays board on Pinterest!  I also share your links on the SunScholars Facebook page HERE.

If you've been featured below
grab my A+ button and brag about it to your friends :)




Kid Art Rag Dolls
at Red Ted Art

very big and very small4 1000x1024 Outdoor Math Game for Preschoolers: Exploring Size (with printable action cards)
Big & Small Math Game
at The Measured Mom


(Quick-Grab) Breakfast Box
at Serenity You


Milking Cows
at Life with Moore Babies


No-Sew Tooth Fairy Pillow
at We Made That

Chalkboard Recycled Craft Toys for Earth Day at B-InspiredMama.com
Recycled Chalkboard Toys
at B-Inspired Mama

Day 4 - Toad Tadpoles
Toad Life Cycle
at Life at the Zoo

I can't wait to see what you have for us this week!



Grab my For the Kids Fridays Button and place it somewhere on your blog.  Be sure to link back to me!  Now go ahead and link up all of your kid-friendly fun!  Anything done with the kids, for the kids, or by the kids... show off what makes you a Super Mom!


100 Days of Play - Anzac Games for Children

Anzac Games for Children
Be sure to stop by My Little Bookcase for today's 100 Days of Play activity!



Welcome to the 100 Days of Play Blog Hop, hosted by SunScholars and Life at the Zoo.  Take our 100 Day Challenge!  For 100 days, commit to connecting with your children ~ in their world!  Commit to 100 Days of Play!  Let the housework sit untouched for 30 minutes, get away from the stress of the world, get on the floor and give the gift of your time to your children.  You commit and we will share!  100 blogs from around the world and across the web will be sharing 100 fun ways to play with your kids.  Nothing required that you wouldn't already have in your home.  Find ideas in the Blog Hop to inspire your play, or come up with your own.  The point is to connect and have fun.  This is not just a challenge, but a special gift for you AND your kids.  We'd love to have you follow along.

100 Days of Play Blog Hop
Sharing simple ideas on how to connect with your children through play!
New ideas shared each day from 4/1 - 7/20.  

Happy Playing!