How to Blow Out an Egg, plus 3 Easy Tricks

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Could you use some tips on how to blow out an egg and clean eggs for decorating? Hopefully, this will help you get started!   Today I'm excited to share three little tricks for simplifying blown-out eggs. Messy fun, right? If you're a traditionalist, you might want to stop reading here. Otherwise, read on... How to Blow out an Egg Trick #1: Hand Drill So, … [Read more...]

How to make Popcorn Cereal for Breakfast

How to make breakfast popcorn. via Tinkerlab

"The laziest man I ever met put popcorn in his pancakes so they would turn over by themselves." W.C. Fields What can get children excited to try something new? In my home it's always food and grand experiments, and this project includes both. My kids, ages 2 and 4, were enthralled from start to finish. Maybe it will be the same for you?! This project encourages … [Read more...]

Jellybean Matzo House

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 This article was first shared in April 2011. We had more than our fair share of Easter sweets this weekend, but I had a plan all along to purge our house of all that extra sugar by "gluing" it to some sort of base, like a paper plate, and calling it art. As I talked to my almost three-year old about the idea, we mused over what we could glue our candy to. Something … [Read more...]

Vegetable-Dyed Easter Eggs

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Have you ever thought about making vegetable dyed Easter eggs? I'm trying to make a move away from synthetic food dyes and wanted to use natural, homemade dyes this year. Not only are these colors absolutely healthy for human consumption, but the process of making them is a wonderful lesson in creating art materials from scratch and can help children think critically … [Read more...]

Snow Cream

Snow Cream with Eggnog. So easy and delicious.

Snow Cream! Have you heard of it? My friend Jen at Paint Cut Paste has been talking my ear off about her favorite wintery dessert, a combination of snow and sweetened condensed milk, and I've been eager to try it for ages. And then there's this gorgeous children's book, Maple Syrup Season, that has made eating syrup off the ground my 4-year old's winter-time fantasy. At … [Read more...]

DIY Pumpkin Pie Playdough

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Have you ever made your own play dough? Im a fan of store bought dough (it's so easy!), but making your own is a money saver and we can make TONS of it in minutes. And with the simple addition of a little pumpkin pie spice, our dough smells heavenly...just like pumpkin pie!   Inspired by The Artful Parent's Autumn Arts and Crafts book, The Artful Year: Autumn, we … [Read more...]

Baked Pumpkin Seeds

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While it still feels like summer here in California, pumpkins are showing up at our markets and the feeling of Autumn is in the air. How do you cook pumpkin seeds My older daughter asked about getting a pumpkin, so we picked up a small pie pumpkin the other day and then promptly turned it into an afternoon of hacking the pumpkin, digging out the seeds, and then roasting them … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Birthday Cake

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If you know a little bit about me and my parenting philosophy, you'll know that I welcome opportunities to get my children into DIY mode. The only way they're going to learn how to do something is by getting involved, so I may give them a few pointers and then I'll step back and let them take the lead. My youngest, R, who I sometimes refer to here as Baby Rainbow, is no … [Read more...]