Easter & Spring


Hi there! I am Laura from Inspiration for Moms and I’m thrilled to be visiting you today! I have the perfect snack for our Bug themed week. My Back Yard Bug Snacks have a little something for every bug lover. Your kids will totally enjoy creating these easy eatable butterflies, caterpillars and ladybugs.

Back Yard Bug Snacks

 

Let’s start with those nutty Butterflies. Slice a few celery sticks, fill with peanut butter and top with some pretzels. Finish it off with a few candy eyes to make these flying bugs complete.

Butterfly Bug Snack

Who doesn’t love a sweet caterpillar? This crawling bug is simply made with a wood skewer, some grapes, two candy eyes and a little icing gel. Love that smile! 😉

Caterpillar Bug Snack

And of course, every back yard has a ladybug or two. A cracker topped with provolone cheese holds a cherry tomato with a black olive and a few candy eyes. I speckled the tomatoes with icing gel. Tip: If you don’t think the sweetness would compliment this snack you could always use an edible black marker instead.

Ladybug Snack

I have to confess that out of all the Back Yard Bug snacks, the ladybugs are my favorite. They’re so cute!

All are great for “sneaking” more fruits and vegetables into your little ones diet. (Your kids will never know.) They’ll just be thinking about how their mom is so cool because she lets them eat bugs! 😉

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Happy Bug Snacking everyone!

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Back Yard Bug Snacks

Prep Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients:

For Butterflies

  • celery stalks
  • peanut butter
  • mini pretzels
  • candy eyes

For Caterpillar

  • grape
  • wooden skews
  • candy eyes
  • icing gel or edible black marker

For Ladybug

  • crackers
  • cheese
  • grape tomatoes
  • black olives
  • candy eyes
  • icing gel or edible black marker

Directions:

For Butterfly

Rinse and cut your celery into 3-4 inch slices. Apply peanut butter into the middle and insert two mini pretzels. Then add two candy eyes.

For Caterpillar

Rinse and dry about 20 grapes. Carefully skew the grapes. Using the icing gel, draw a smile. Then add two candy eyes.

For Ladybug

Use your cracker as a guide to size your cheese. Place the cheese on top of the cracker. Cut grape tomato almost in half, leaving a tiny connection at one end. Open and lay flat on the cheese. Cut a black olive in half and place upside down at top of the tomato. Place the eyes in side the black olive and add the spots with icing gel.

 

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Be sure to check out the other bug projects from this week!

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Hi- I’m Valerie from Occasionally Crafty, and I’m thrilled to be here today for Rainforest Week!
Your kids will love the art activity I’m sharing today: Rainforest Animals with Chalk Pastel Drawings.
Rainforest Animals with Chalk Pastel Drawings
I’m all about finding fun and inexpensive ideas to keep my kids entertained in the summer.  When they learn something along the way, it’s even better.

You will need the following:

  • Chalk Pastels (buy on Amazon or at an arts/craft store)
  • Black oil pastel (optional)
  • Construction paper- school/heavy grade
  • Pictures for inspiration
  • Newspaper to cover your surface
  • Soap and water for cleanup :)

Older children may be able to create their own by looking at pictures of animals or using their imagination.  For younger children, you will probably want to draw the animal for them to color.

 

1.  Set out newspaper to cover your work surface.  Begin by very lightly using a black chalk pastel to sketch your animal.  You can fix lines and shapes as you go until you’re sure of the design you want.

2.  Trace over your design with a black oil pastel if you have one, or using the black chalk pastel more darkly if you don’t.

3.  Color your design as desired.  With chalk pastels you don’t need to color in the lines completely- just get a good amount of color in each area, in preparation for the next step.

4. Once you have your design colored, smear it with your fingers.  Rub firmly to smear and spread the chalk to fill in all the space between your black lines.  Use a different finger  for each color.

5.  When you’re happy with your picture, finish by retracing your design with your black oil/chalk pastel to make it pop!

My boys all wanted to do snakes, but you could do a jaguar, toucan, monkey, tapir, fish, etc.  There are many animals to choose from!

Chalk pastels clean easily with soap and water.  Your kids will love seeing their animals come to life in art!   And of course, you can use this same technique with anything, not just rainforest animals!


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Combining activities and food with our kids favorite stories, is a great way to experience them together.   At Super Healthy Kids, our focus is on making fruits and vegetables simple, fun and delicious, so we decided to create an activity and snack based on the fairy tale, Jack and the Beanstalk! What a great way to make green beans come to life for kids.

Jack and the Beanstalk

Step 1) Read the story

The story of Jack and the Beanstalk starts off with a hungry family whose cow stopped giving them milk. When Jack went to sell the cow, he was offered some magic beans instead of money. He accepted the trade, and brought the beans home. The mother was mad, and threw the beans onto the ground and Jack went to bed.   That night, the beanstalk grew up into the sky.

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Step 2) Plant your own green beans

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What a marvelous lesson this is about planting seeds or beans. Seeds truly are magical. Although when planted, they don’t grow overnight, they do get so much bigger and taller than their original size.

You can start this in a pot in the window sill, or if it is spring or summer, use and outdoor spot for your beans.

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Observe the seeds with your kids. Notice the hard shell. Set some aside so the kids can compare the seeds to the plant after it’s sprouted.

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Push the seeds just below the surface of the soil, and keep it watered.

Step 3) Eat the harvest

Another reason beans are magical is because they also grow children! We call veggies in our house, our “growing food”. Green beans in particular are a good source of calcium, vitamin B1 , potassium, and even protein.

One way we like to eat green beans is like French Fries. Add a little breading to the green beans and bake them. This way we can eat them with our fingers.

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Green Bean Sticks

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 lb of green beans

Mix the buttermilk with the egg, and soaked the green beans in the mixture for about 10 minutes in the fridge (hoping for a little extra sticking power).   Arrange the green beans on a pan, lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray (foil not necessary). Sprinkle the beans with salt and panko crumbs. Place in oven at 400 degrees for about 10-15 minutes, or until panko starts to get golden brown.

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What a fun way to make this story come to life!

For more ideas on making fruits and vegetables fun, simple, and delicious for kids, visit Super Healthy Kids!

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Princess Hat DIY

Princess Hat DIY

If you have a little girl, these are perfect for a Fairytale theme birthday or just dress ups! Try making these fun dollar store princess hats in three easy steps.

Girls Princess Hat Supplies:

  • Dollar Store party hats
  • gold spray paint
  • variety of ribbons
  • tape

I grabbed these party hats from the dollar store and sprayed them gold. I then headed inside to gather up the ribbons.

Dollar Store party hat I then bundled my ribbon into four different strands and tied a knot on top.

variety of ribbons Once the hats were dry, I opened them up using the tabs. I used some packing tape I had on hand but any tape works great, just make sure it’s sturdy. I taped the ribbons to the inside, closed the hat and then taped it again to make sure I didn’t have any previous design showing.

Make a Princess Hat

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30 Heavenly Strawberry Recipes

Strawberries!!  Oh the heavenly recipes you can make with strawberries!  We thought you’d enjoy a few of our favorites all in one place.

30 Heavenly Strawberry Recipes

Lemon Pound Cake with Macerated Strawberries from The Casual Craftlete

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No Yeast Strawberries and Cream Cinnamon Rolls from Café Delites

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Triple Berry Trifle from Life, Love & Sugar

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Cilantro Lime Chicken with Strawberry Salsa from Jo Cooks

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Strawberry Scones from Sandy Toes & Popsicles

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No Bake Strawberry Chocolate Tart from Home Cooking Adventure

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Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips from Spend with Pennies

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Slow Cooker Strawberry Applesauce from The Magical Slow Cooker

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Strawberry Mango Salsa from Damn Delicious

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Skinny Crunchy Stuffed French Toast from Savory Nothing

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Strawberry Hand Pies from Inspired by Charm

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Whipped Strawberry Butter from Spend with Pennies

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Fresh Strawberry Water from Savvy Naturalista

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Strawberry Lemonade Popsicle from Tastefully Frugal

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5-minute Healthy Frozen Yogurt from Just a Taste

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Red, White and Blue Berry Quinoa Salad from Lemon Tree Dwelling

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Strawberry Poppyseed Salad from Pizzazzerie

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Lemon Basil Berry Salad from Lemon Tree Dwelling

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Strawberry Dole Whip from Chocolate-Covered Katie

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Spinach Salad from Cooking with Ruthie

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Tropical Kiwi Strawberry Spring Rolls from How Sweet It Is

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Strawberry Limeade from Little Dairy on the Prairie

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Strawberry Lemon Poppy Seed Bagel from The Girl Who Ate Everything

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Fried Strawberry Shortcakes from Oh, Sweet Basil

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Triple Strawberry Cupcakes from Shaken Together

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Strawberry Pretzel Popsicles from Or So She Says

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Strawberry Cheesecake Dip from Spoonful of Flavor

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No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake from Classy Clutter

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Strawberry Pancakes with Strawberry Orange Sauce from Shaken Together

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Strawberry Colada Macaroons from Taste and Tell

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Encircled in the Arms of My Love Inspiring Printable

 

You know that we love to share an inspiring printable with you the first Sunday of each month and I’m so happy it’s my turn so I can wish you Happy Easter Sunday!    I sure hope that your Easter has been wonderful so far.  Mine has been spent with family and friends being reminded of the amazing gift our Savior gave to us.

I found this quote:

“At this Easter season we are reminded of why we love Him and of the promise He makes to His faithful disciples to become His beloved friends. The Savior made that promise and told us how, in our service to Him, He comes to us. … ‘Be faithful and diligent in keeping the commandments of God, and I will encircle thee in the arms of my love’ (D&C 6:20). I experienced the joy of coming closer to the Savior and of His coming closer to me most often through simple acts of obedience to the commandments.”

—Henry B. Eyring, ““Come unto Me”

I loved the scripture quoted and wanted to have it to remind me that I can be encircled in the arms of His love.  That thought is so beautiful to me.  I hope you enjoy it too and have made the printable available below.

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All printables are property of The Crafting Chicks, LLP.  For personal noncommercial use only.

Here are some other prints that will help inspire you.

General Conference Cash from Somewhat Simple for all those participating in LDS General Conference.

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The Most Important Work printable from Lil Luna

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True Happiness Printable from Jamie

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Spring Time Scattergories *Free Printable

Spring Time Scattergories *Free Printable

We’ve shared these fun Printable Scattergories games throughout this year and we are excited to share our Spring Time Version!  A great game for those Class or Family Parties or just Family Home Evening. Thinking about SPRING TIME…from A to Z is always tons of fun!

Rules:

To play Spring Time Scattergories, set a timer and work as fast as you can to list a Spring Time related word for each letter before the time runs out. When scoring, you get 1 point for every word that no one else chose for that letter. Highest score wins!

(Personal Use Only Please-Download property of Crafting Chicks LLP)

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Spring Time Don't Eat Pete!  "Don't Eat My Bunny"

“Don’t Eat Pete” is a favorite game at our house!  We love playing it for family night.  I made a “Spring Time Don’t Eat Pete” version to play this week!…Don’t Eat My Bunny!

Sharing a free printable for you!  Print (8×11.5).

Directions:

Place one Easter candy (m & m’s, & skittles are good ideas for candy) in each square of the “Don’t Eat My Bunny” Sheet. Send a child away from the room and have the remaining children choose which Bunny will be “Pete”.  Have the first child come back and begin eating the candy on each bunny, one at a time. As soon as the child tries to pick up the candy that is on the “Pete” Bunny, everyone yells, “Don’t eat my Bunny!!!!” Let each child have a turn and refill the game board with treats.  Repeat this again and again!
This is also a great game for class parties, family parties, or Family night!  We love it!

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I saw these Easter Peep Houses on Yesterfood.  So stinkin’ cute!  Every year at Christmas time my kids look forward to decorating gingerbread houses…it is one of their favorite traditions…so I knew they would love make these Peep houses.  They were so easy to prepare for…only a few items were needed, and the kids had so much fun adding their own creativity to their Peep House.

I love how our Easter Peep Houses turned out.  They are so cute to display through the month.  Or to use as a centerpiece.  I love seeing their little creations around my house.  Add the Easter Peep Houses to a cake stand…and place on your counter.

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What you will need to make Easter Peep Houses:

-Graham Crackers (5 halves per house-look at picture below)

-Paper plates (I like colored ones…green or yellow…or pink)

-Peeps  (We used bunnies and chicks)

-Edible Easter grass (Found near the Easter candy in the grocery store…just learned of edible grass this year!- The possibilities are endless with it!)

-Jelly Beans

-Larger Easter Egg Candy

-Any other candy you would like

-Hot GLUE!!!  The SECRET WEAPON!

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Secret weapon…Hot Glue!  Before the kids decorate…I glue the houses together.  You can see in the photo above how I constructed each house using hot glue.  This does the trick!

Then the kids can add the frosting, jellybeans, edible grass, and Peeps!  Such a fun, adorable Easter and Spring Craft!

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Check out some other fun Easter treats from the Chicks:

Peep Chick Nests

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Peep Bouquet

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Easter Bunny Tags

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Easter Basket Cupcakes

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Sharing adorable Easter Basket Cupcakes today!  These were simple to make and turned out so cute.  A fun treat to add to your Easter celebrations.

These Easter Basket Cupcakes are also fun to make with your kids!  They really took minutes to make after the cupcakes were ready and frosted.  Place them on a cake platter for an adorable centerpiece.  Or take them on a pretty tray to an Easter celebration.

Grab some edible easter grass (I just learned of this!), mini egg treats, fancy cupcake wrappers…and you can make these sweet Easter Basket Cupcakes.

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What you will Need to make Easter Basket Cupcakes:

-Cupcakes frosted (You don’t have to frost them fancy…you will be adding grass & eggs)

-Edible Grass in pink and green (I found this in the grocery store by the Easter candy)

-Cadbury Mini Eggs

-Fancy Cupcake Wrappers (I found pink and white ones at Michaels)

-1/2 in x 8 1/3 in strips of paper in white and pink (one strip for each cupcake)

-Thin ribbon to tie on the Easter basket handle

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Cut the edible grass in little strips.  Add a few pinches to the top of your cupcake and press down gently.  Add 3 eggs on top.

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Next, Place the cupcake inside the cupcake wrapper.

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Then take your strips and tuck each end down into the cupcake wrapper on both sides…to make the handle.  You can staple or glue the strips in if you would like.  I found that the strips stayed without using any adhesive.

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And last, add the pretty thin ribbon bow on top!  Your guests will love these Easter Basket Cupcakes!

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Check out some other fun Easter treats from the Chicks:

Peep Chick Nests

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Peep Bouquet

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Easter Bunny Tags

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