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Hi! My name is Emily and I blog all the things (but mostly food…and mostly desserts) over at Is This Really My Life. I absolutely love when Crafting Chicks put together an awesome series like this summer’s Mother Hen’s Summer Survival Guide. And then I love it even more when they ask if I’d like to participate.

Heck to the yes!

Don’t tell, but I pretend the Crafting Chicks have adopted me. All the time.

I was super excited to come up with a recipe to go with a garden theme. I was pretty sure it would be cupcakes because my daughter’s birthday is in August and she’s all about the cupcakes. But what kind of garden-y cupcakes would an 8-year-old love? Butterfly cupcakes, of course!

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Butterfly Cupcakes - unbelievably easy to make and so much fun to eat!
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You know what I love most about these butterfly cupcakes? They’re crazy easy even if you make the cupcakes and frosting from scratch. For this batch I used a boxed mix because my homemade cupcakes tend to sink (I have yet to get them right) and no one was the wiser. I paired them with my favorite homemade vanilla frosting, which I colored a light blue for the sky.

The pretzel wings (white fudge Flipz + colored sugar) took only a couple minutes to make and are seriously tasty— I highly recommend making a few extra so you can snack on them while assembling the cupcakes. Or you can take the extras and dip them in the leftover frosting. I won’t judge.

To make the wings, simply lay out your sets of pretzels and lightly mist with water. Gently sprinkle colored sugar over the pretzels covering them as best you can. Let dry before placing on cupcakes.

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Butterfly Cupcakes - how to easily make glittery wings.
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For the butterfly body, I found these super cute colored pearls at my local grocery store. They are Celebration by SweetWorks and were packaged individually. But you can use any pearls or mini candy or fancy frosting tip if you’d like.

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Butterfly Cupcakes - unbelievably easy to make and so much fun to eat!
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I was hoping I could prop up the wings a bit but the pretzels were too heavy and the frosting too fluffy, but I think they still turned out adorable. Livi was super happy with them, and that’s all that really matters.

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Butterfly Cupcakes - unbelievably easy to make and so much fun to eat!
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Butterfly Cupcakes
Makes approx. 2 dozen.

Ingredients

  • 1 box rainbow chip (aka funfetti) cake mix plus ingredients to make cupcakes OR your favorite homemade recipe
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 T milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3 to 4 drops blue food coloring
  • 48 white chocolate-dipped pretzels (I used white fudge Flipz)
  • Colored sugar
  • Colored pearls
  • Black or brown frosting for the antennae

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Directions

  1. For cupcakes, mix and bake cake mix according to package directions. Cool cupcakes completely before frosting.
  2. While cupcakes are baking and cooling, prepare your sparkly wings. Lay the pretzels flat side down on paper towels (see photo above) and lightly mist with water. Sprinkle colored sugar on the pretzels covering them as best you can. Let dry before placing on cupcakes.
  3. For frosting, beat the butter on medium speed for about 2 minutes until creamy. Add powdered sugar, milk, vanilla, salt and food coloring and beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Add more sugar if frosting is too thin, more milk if too thick. Frost cooled cupcakes.
  4. To assemble butterflies, place colored pearls in a line down center of cupcakes. Attach a set of wings as shown and finish them off by piping antennae on the top.

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If you love cupcakes as much as I do, I’ve shared quite a few cupcake recipes on my site including these seasonal peach cobbler cupcakes. Mmm…

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Peach cobbler cupcakes - a hint of peach flavor in the cupcakes and peach preserves in the center.
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Hi! I’m Kimbo from a girl and a glue gun and I’m super excited to be here! I’ve got a super fun craft for you today–Kid painted garden markers…made from paint sticks! Kid Painted Garden Markers squash I did not steal these. I’m just a hoarder….(and it’s not limited to paint sticks.) So slowly and surely I’ve saved these….but I’m sure Home Depot would let you have some. Our store has the nicest workers! paint stick

I gave each a coat of spray paint to cover up the designs. (kids could do this with regular paint!) painted paint sticks

Then it was time for them to decorate! Here’s the things with letting your kids paint. They love it…and they start out decorating and making designs and then it slowly becomes covered with all the paint mixed together.

And that’s fine. I don’t like to micro manage–I want the kids to be able to create without me over their shoulder!

But I do have a little secret.–I don’t let them use any dark colors. One drop of brown or black and no matter what colors you have it’s going to look like poop (the color)

I try to use bright fun colors. And white is a great color! You could use any color and white and get many different shades!

Here is the color palette we used: paint colors

I have three kids so each one got to decorate 2 sticks. kid painting

After they get them all decorated…and those clumps of paint dried…I added some Expressions vinyl! Cut it out of Permanent outdoor vinyl with my Silhouette — supplies Added some transfer tape-

garden vegetable vinyl

Cut eat vegetable apart and peel up transfer tape with vinyl attached. peel up transfer tape Lay on project and rub to get a great stick.

rub vinyl with applicator tool

Then peel up the transfer tape and your vinyl will be on your paint sticks!

peel up expressions vinyl

(you can also have your kids write it with a sharpie!)
garden markers from paint sticks

They turned out so fun and colorful! I want to have them paint big canvas’s now! fun kids craft idea with paint fun fact: I had to ask on facebook if any of my neighbors had a garden that I could take pictures in…cause I don’t have one! ha! Thanks to my friend Jillian for letting me tromp through her yard! tomato garden maker corn plant marker diy

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In the Garden with Kids - Activities and Printables - So many ideas!  Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer!

To kick off our In the Garden with Kids Themed Week, we’ve got a great round up for you!  Printables, activities, games and more!

In the Garden with Kids

 

5 cool plants for kids from The Typical Mom

In the Garden with Kids - Activities and Printables - So many ideas!  Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer!

Bean Teepee from Joyful Toddlers

In the Garden with Kids - Activities and Printables - So many ideas!  Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer!

Seeds Mini-Book from Spell Out Loud

In the Garden with Kids - Activities and Printables - So many ideas!  Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer!

Garden Hobbit House from Imagine Childhood

In the Garden with Kids - Activities and Printables - So many ideas!  Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer!

Quick and colorful kids’ garden from K.I.S.S.

In the Garden with Kids - Activities and Printables - So many ideas!  Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer!

Fairy garden from See Jamie Blog

In the Garden with Kids - Activities and Printables - So many ideas!  Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer!

Soda bottle watering can from Mess for Less

In the Garden with Kids - Activities and Printables - So many ideas!  Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer!

Easy plants to grow with children from Nurture Store

In the Garden with Kids - Activities and Printables - So many ideas!  Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer!

Imaginative play garden from Frugal Fun for Boys

In the Garden with Kids - Activities and Printables - So many ideas!  Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer!

Checklists and Printables from Lemon Lime Adventures

In the Garden with Kids - Activities and Printables - So many ideas!  Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer!

Growing sunflowers from The Golden Gleam

In the Garden with Kids - Activities and Printables - So many ideas!  Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer!

DIY Watering Can from One Creative Mommy

In the Garden with Kids - Activities and Printables - So many ideas!  Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer!

Don’t miss the rest of our Mother Hen’s Summer Survival Guides!  Please join us for this summer of fun & learning!  We will give you all of the ideas, supply lists, book ideas and more to make this a smooth summer program to enjoy at home.  Sign up for our newsletter HERE.  Each Friday we will be sending links to the weekly theme and posts so that you can get started!

Mondays: We will be sharing the best learning ideas, crafts and more from our favorite sites that tie into our weekly theme.

Tuesday:  We will be sharing the best Children’s Books!  And a literature activity that coincides with both the Chicks’ Pick book and weekly theme.

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday:  We will be sharing posts from our favorite bloggers!  They have the best ideas and are excited to be a part of this series!  All of these posts will tie into the theme:)

Fridays: Make sure you join each Friday to see what activities, supplies & other things you will need to plan your themed week at home.  We also will be having really cool giveaways each and every Friday of this series.


Hi crafting friends! I’m delighted to share a fun WEATHER snack today about rainbows and clouds! It’s a fun treat that kids can assemble themselves in under 2 minutes!

Rainbow Kids Snack

But first, let me introduce myself…I’m Kristen Duke, and I share the ideas in my head over at Capturing Joy. If you need photo tips, want to see my favorite family recipes, travel adventures, or check out our home tour, I’d love to have you! I live in Austin Texas and have 4 fabulous children and a handy husband that helps me with the projects in my head.
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Now, back to the rainbow snack. I altered an idea I saw from a kindergarten site, and got my girls involved in the process.

Here is what you need:

  1. graham crackers
  2. blue frosting
  3. marshmallows
  4. rainbow airhead

graham crackers and marshmallows for rainbow snack

I made them first, to make sure it all went as I thought it would in my head. I used 2 sizes of marshmallows for fun, you can just use one if you’d like.

rainbow weather snack

In order for the rainbow airhead to stand up, it helps to have a thicker layer of frosting, and putting the marshmallow clouds down first to “book end” the rainbow and hold it in place. I also trimmed down the rainbow just a touch so it wasn’t too long.

frosting rainbows

My 6 year old daughter was able to whip hers together, easy, and she thought it was so fun!

marshmallow snack

She loved the 2 sizes of marshmallows

weather snack for kids

She also really loved eating her creation!

eating rainbow snack

If you’re talking about weather, or just want to make a fun snack with your kids, try out the Graham Cracker Rainbow Snack!

graham cracker rainbow snack

Thanks for having me, Crafting Chicks!

I’d love you all to come on over and visit Capturing Joy, or find me on your favorite social media, I love Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook!

Here are a few posts that I’ve shared that you may also like:

Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke

Kids Lunch Jokes and Brain Teasers // Blueberry Yogurt Protein Bites // Say NO to Auto Beginner Photography // What to Wear in family pictures by COLOR

 

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Hey! It’s liZ, one of the two Elizabeth’s, from over at Simple Simon and Company and we are happy to be here at the Crafting Chicks today!!!
Today we get to share a project that I’ve done about 2.8 billion times with students in my art classes and with my kids at home. It’s a favorite because it’s fun, they always turn out interesting, and this project lends it self nicely to so many different teaching topics….from the weather, to types of clouds, to color resist, to mixing colors, to making water color washes, etc. etc. Plus it’s easy enough for a preschooler but is still interesting enough for a junior high student to work on….I’ve done it with students of all ages and have consistently gotten terrific results.
This is a project that you can do inside or outside. All you need is access to see the clouds in the sky. (Since this after all is going to be a painting of the clouds.)
So, once you’ve found your cloud viewing location gather your supplies:
Now look at the clouds very carefully. Are they long and thin or fat and fluffy? Are there many clouds or just a few?
Next start to draw what you can see. Use a white crayon to draw the clouds on your white paper.
(It might be a little tricky—and silly if you’re 4—not to see the crayon on the paper but you can do it!)
When drawing press hard…and remember not to just draw the outline of the clouds, color them in all white to!
After you have your clouds just the way you want them paint over the top of the entire page with the blue sky color of your choice.
(Just use regular, plain, old water colors…the kind you can get at the store for like $2.)
As you paint you will see something magic start to happen. The blue paint will cover you paper but won’t stick to your clouds…and within minutes all the clouds that you drew with your white crayon will magically appear!
And if you are 11, like my son is, you will be more interested in why the wax of the crayon will repel the water and that will lead to further experimentation. (Which will be fun to.)
And, of course, you will be more interested in drawing all the different types of clouds (see the cumulus cloud below drawn by my 7 year old) instead of what you actually observe in the sky. (Which is ok to—there is no “right way” in art…especially if you are a “scientist” and not an “artist”.)
However, if you are 4 you won’t care about any of that.
You will do your best to draw the clouds how you see them and then just be amazed when you paint the sky on top of them.
It’s fun. It’s easy. It’s entertaining. And it’s almost educational!
Who could ask for anything more?
(And…in a few months when the snow is falling you can do it all over again…just change the clouds to be snowflakes or snowmen and you’ve got a brand new project to keep everyone happy on a stormy day!)
Thanks for inviting us over to play today ladies! We just love stuff like this!
(And if you want to see a few simple science projects that kids love just head over to Simple Simon and Company to see what we’ve got going on today.)
***Or if you need another really easy art project you can find one here: Tape Trees, A Tutorial ***
Thanks again!
-liZ
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To kick off our In the Kitchen with Kids Themed Week, we’ve got a great round up for you!  Printables, activities, games and more!

To kick off our Weather Themed Week, we’ve got a great round up for you!  Printables, activities, games and more!

Weather

 

Weather Chart Printable from Rowdy in Room 300

Weather - Activities and Printables - Crafts, experiments and more!  These will be so fun for the kids!

How Clouds Make Rain from The Happy Housewife

Weather - Activities and Printables - Crafts, experiments and more!  These will be so fun for the kids!

How to Make a Weather Station from Nurture Store

Weather - Activities and Printables - Crafts, experiments and more!  These will be so fun for the kids!

Rain Painting from Tot School

Weather - Activities and Printables - Crafts, experiments and more!  These will be so fun for the kids!

Make Your Own Snowflakes from Blissfully Domestic

Weather - Activities and Printables - Crafts, experiments and more!  These will be so fun for the kids!

Spring Windsock from The Crafting Chicks

Weather - Activities and Printables - Crafts, experiments and more!  These will be so fun for the kids!

Rain Sticks from Happy Hooligans

Weather - Activities and Printables - Crafts, experiments and more!  These will be so fun for the kids!

Water Cycle in a Bag from Pladough to Plato

Weather - Activities and Printables - Crafts, experiments and more!  These will be so fun for the kids!

My Pet Cloud from Rook No. 17

Weather - Activities and Printables - Crafts, experiments and more!  These will be so fun for the kids!

My Weather Station Printables from Mr. Printables

Weather - Activities and Printables - Crafts, experiments and more!  These will be so fun for the kids!

Tornado Experiment from Little Bins for Little Hands

Weather - Activities and Printables - Crafts, experiments and more!  These will be so fun for the kids!

Don’t miss the rest of our Mother Hen’s Summer Survival Guides!  Please join us for this summer of fun & learning!  We will give you all of the ideas, supply lists, book ideas and more to make this a smooth summer program to enjoy at home.  Sign up for our newsletter HERE.  Each Friday we will be sending links to the weekly theme and posts so that you can get started!

Mondays: We will be sharing the best learning ideas, crafts and more from our favorite sites that tie into our weekly theme.

Tuesday:  We will be sharing the best Children’s Books!  And a literature activity that coincides with both the Chicks’ Pick book and weekly theme.

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday:  We will be sharing posts from our favorite bloggers!  They have the best ideas and are excited to be a part of this series!  All of these posts will tie into the theme:)

Fridays: Make sure you join each Friday to see what activities, supplies & other things you will need to plan your themed week at home.  We also will be having really cool giveaways each and every Friday of this series.


Hi everyone! My name is Cindy and you can find me over at Skip to my Lou. I blog about kids crafts, easy sewing projects, handmade gift ideas and recipes. I hope you will come visit me if you are looking for more fun crafts and activities.
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Shadow puppets can be the perfect camping activity. Can you imagine flashing these animals on the side of your tent?

animal shadow puppets for flashlights

These shadow puppets are super simple to make. Download the animal silhouettes. Print on cardstock. Gather some skewers, tape, scissors and a flashlight.

{Animal Silhouettes}
flashlight shadow supplies Cut out the silhouettes and tape them to skewers.

animal silhouettes for shadows

Once it is dark take the flashlight and shine it on the paper silhouette. You will see the silhouette displayed on the wall. The further away the bigger it gets.

shadow puppets

A fun way to keep kids entertained once the sun goes down!

animal shadow puppets

It is easy to keep these simple supplies on hand so they could be made at any time. What a perfect sleepover activity too! You might like to browse this list of 50 Boredom busters crafts and activities to also keep kids busy and engaged.

 

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DIY Sunglasses and Accessories Bag – personalized pre-made (or you can sew your own) muslin bag with fun bright paint colors.  It’s the perfect bag to store your sunglasses and girly accessories.

DIY Sunglasses and Accessories Bag - great for on the go or in the car

Hello there!  It’s Katie from The Casual Craflete blog.  I am excited to share how to make your own DIY Sunglasses and Accessories bag.  These bags are super fun and easy to make.  I have a tendency to throw my sunglasses in my purse or in the car and they always end up getting scratched.  The worst is whenever you put your sunglasses on and there’s a big ol scratch right in the middle of your vision.  Also, my accessories are always at the bottom of my purse and I can never find what I am looking for.  So, I made a cute solution to my problems using a pre-made muslin bag, fun paint colors, paint brushes and Q-tips.  These DIY sunglasses and accessories bags are the perfect bag to keep in the car or in your purse.

Use supplies around the house to make a fun bag for your sunglasses and accessories

Here are the supplies I used:

  • Pre-made 3 x 5 muslin bags (I buy mine here) or you can sew your own
  • Scrap cardstock
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Q-tips

Here is how I made the bags:

Personalize a small bag with fun pops of color - perfect for storing your sunglasses and girly accessories

 First, I started by placing a piece of scrap cardstock inside the bag.  The paint will bleed through and you want to make sure to protect the other side of the bag when painting.  Next, I made a cross design and an arrow design using fun acrylic paints and a paint brush.  I just free-handed the designs.  These bags are supposed to look hand painted and fun, so perfection is not required.  HAVE FUN!

Add a painted confetti look to a muslin bag using paint and Q-tips

Another technique I wanted to show you, is what a call confetti.  You simply dab Q-tips into the paints, then dab the bag where you want.  This is a fun and random way to make the bag look like it is covered in confetti.

DIY hand painted sunglasses and accessories bags

Here is the final look of the bags.  I choose some bright summery colors, but you can use whatever colors you like or have on hand.  I think they turned out super cute!

DIY Hand Painted Sunglasses and Accessories Bag

 Put your girly accessories in the bags to keep from getting lost in your purse and car.

DIY Sunglasses Pouch

Now your favorite pair of sunnies will be protected with a super cute bag.  I painted a geometric wood bead and tied it to the strings on the bag.  This just added another fun pop of color and texture to the already adorable bag.

I hope I have inspired you to create your own DIY Sunglasses and Accessories Bag!  Have fun this summer!!!

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As a child, I always wanted to see a Moon Rock. There’s just something fascinating about the moon and outer space. So when my son started asking questions about that big ol’ rock in the sky, I decided to make our own version with these DIY Moon Rocks.

This easy play recipe takes some Moon Sand and adds a bit more moisture to make it moldable to form into rocks. We made them black with some shiny glitter to simulate the sun reflecting off the surface of the moon.

DIY Moon Rocks

DIY Moon Rocks

What you need to make DIY Moon Rocks:

  • 4 cups baking soda
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Gold and Silver glitter
  • Black food coloring

In a large plastic bin, mix together the baking soda and water. Add lots of glitter and some food coloring and stir together.

You can let your kids explore this easy Moon Sand for a bit (warning: their hands will get messy because of the food coloring!), or you can go right to making your rocks.

Mold the sand with your hand to shape it into rocks. We pressed our fingers into it to form craters on the surface.

Allow to dry overnight.

DIY Moon Rocks 3 copy DIY Moon Rocks 2 copy

The rocks will be brittle, but kids will love examining them!

They’re much prettier than the Moon Rocks retrieved by astronauts aboard the six landing Apollo missions. Those rocks are stored at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

My son loved learning about the rocks, and how they have to be kept in Nitrogen so that they won’t get moisture. We talked about how adding moisture to the Moon Rocks would change their composition and cause them to fall apart. We even tried adding some water to our own DIY Moon Rocks!

Now that you’ve made Moon Rocks, share photos with us on our Facebook page. Then, head over to our blog for even more space activities for kids!

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Check out all of our fun Space themed activities:

Solar System Craft

Space Activities and Printables

Space Books for Kids

Constellations Kid Craft

Crayon Resist Space Art

DIY Moon Rocks

Rocket Skewers

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