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Marshmallow Fairy Wands

Marshmallow Fairy Wands – a fun cooking in the kitchen activity for the kids this summer.

Marshmallow Fairy Wands - a fun cooking the the kitchen activity

Hello there!  It’s Katie from The Casual Craftlete blog.  I am so super excited to be a part of The Crafting Chicks’ Summer Series!  I love seeing all the fun crafts, activities and recipes for the kids to do.  Today I am combining both an activity and recipe in one.  These Marshmallow Fairy Wands are a fun way to get the kids in the kitchen by making an adorable edible craft.

Easy to make Marshmallow Fairy Wands is a great kitchen activity for the kids this summer

My daughter just turned four and she is definitely into princess and fairies.  She just loves dressing up and playing pretend.  Her and I had such a fun time making and eating these marshmallow fairy wands.  I mean, what is better than a marshmallow covered in sprinkles on a stick?!

First, I started by making a homemade marshmallow recipe that does not require a candy thermometer.

Homemade marshmallow recipe without using a candy thermometer

Marshmallow Fairy Wands
Ingredients
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 3 (1/4 ounce) packages unflavored gelatin
  • ½ cup + ¼ cup cold water, divided
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ⅔ cup light corn syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Confectioner's sugar, sifted, for coating
  • sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Lightly spray a 9 x 9 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Line prepared dish with plastic wrap, leaving a 2 inch overhang on all sides and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, sprinkle gelatin over cold water and let stand for 10 minutes. In the meantime, combine granulated sugar, corn syrup, and ¼ cup water in a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat. Bring mixture to a rolling boil and boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Turn the mixer on high and slowly pour the syrup mixture into the mixing bowl with the gelatin mixture. Add salt and continue mixing on high for 12 minutes.
  3. Add vanilla extract and mix until well combined. Spray a rubber spatula with nonstick cooking spray. Remove the marshmallow mixture with the prepared spatula into the dish and spread evenly. Coat the top of the marshmallow mixture with sprinkles and gently press the sprinkles into the mixture. Let stand for 2 hours.
  4. After the marshmallow mixture has set, coat a working surface with confectioner's sugar. Carefully remove the marshmallow mixture onto prepared work space, sprinkled side up. Cut marshmallow into stars using a cooking cutter coated with cooking spray. Insert a paper straw into each star.

How to make Marshmallow Fairy Wands

After I made the marshmallow mixture and let it cool, it was time for the fun part for my daughter.  She cut out star shapes using a cookie cutter sprayed with nonstick cooking spray and inserted a paper straw in each star.  These marshmallow are super thick and extra fluffy.

Have fun with the kids this summer by making Marshmallow Fairy Wands

My daughter pretended with the marshmallow fairy wands while also taking nibbles here and there.  Her and I had so much fun making and playing with these wands.  We will definitely be making some more wands in the future.  I hope you and your kiddos have a good summer and can take a try at making some marshmallow fairy wands!


Frozen Cherry Yogurt Pops

During the summer months, I’m always up for a cold treat. When I’m ready for my mid-day snack I always end up wanting something sweet which doesn’t always equate to being healthy. Its like, I go to the store for some organic vegetables and I always come home with regular ice-cream. Weird. So, when my boys and I went cherry picking in my neighbors orchard, (no, we aren’t creepers…they invited us,) it was the perfect chance to make something healthy AND yummy! Frozen Cherry Yogurt Pops!

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When I was growing up my mom always made these yogurt pops and I thought I would give them a little twist using the cherries.

INGREDIENTS:

-Fresh cherries, preferably ones from your friendly neighbor

-About 2 cups vanilla yogurt

-1 small tub of Cool Whip

Start by pitting all your cherries and throwing them in your food processor. Get them nice and chopped up.

cherries

Next, throw your cherries and all your other ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Stir until mixed.

mix

Then spoon it into your popsicle molds. I like to use those little mini shot-glass sized plastic cups because…they’re cuter. :) Plus these tend to melt faster than regular popsicles so having them in smaller portions helps with mess control.

frozen

Keep them in the freezer for a few hours until completely frozen and serve!

cherry yogurt pops And try to keep little hands away until you are done taking pictures. 😉 My kids were so anxious to try one of these they were like vultures circling my shoot!

little hands

Enjoy! Do you remember the Frozen Pink Lemonade Pie I shared last year? That was one of my very first posts for the chicks. Ah…the good ole days. :)

Come on by Dream Crafter for more summer fun!

Ali

 

 

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Forest Animal Shadow Puppets

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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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Camping Adventure Photo Bunting

quick and easy family camping adventure bunting - an easy way to preserve fun family memories

My family spends a lot of time outside camping, hiking and just exploring and I’ve been trying to think of a way to bring some of those adventures and memories home without doing a traditional framed gallery wall and really letting my kids be a part of the process. This Camping Adventure Photo Bunting was the perfect solution.  We went camping at our favorite secret spot last weekend and while we were there I had my kids pick some of their favorite plants and flowers. It was fun to see my son really be fascinated by leaves with texture while my daughters were, of course, obsessed with the flowers. I saved them in a baggie and when we got home I got busy.

flowers and foliiage

The first Thing you need to do is lay all your goodies out on a piece of wax paper (make sure it is shiny side up). Lay them out so that they overlap a little bit and that there isn’t too much empty space between them. Then you are going to lay another piece of wax paper on top (shiny side down) and iron the heck out of them. I originally tried doing this with a thin towel on top, but it wasn’t working so I ironed directly on the wax paper. If you do this, be careful and use common sense!

flowers and foliage for bunting

ironing flowers and foliage in between wax paper

Once the two layers of wax paper were sealed shut, and cooled off I got out my scissors and started cutting. I cut my wax paper into 4″x4″ squares to match the insta prints I had from our trip. Read about how to print super, duper, easily HERE.

pieces to a nature inspired bunting

Then it’s a matter of stringing some twine or jute or yarn or string or whatever you like and/or have already in your house and then taping your squares to it! I absolutely love how it turned out, my kids love pointing out which plants they picked and it is a fun and different way to capture those camping memories!

create an easy family camping bunting

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Camping Activities and Printables

Camping Activities and Printables - So many summer activities for the kids!  Love these!

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

Camping

Natural Paintbrushes from Learn Create Love

Camping Activities and Printables - So many summer activities for the kids!  Love these!

Camping Themed Story Stones from Playdough to Plato

Camping Activities and Printables - So many summer activities for the kids!  Love these!

Dramatic Play from Pre K-Pages

Camping Activities and Printables - So many summer activities for the kids!  Love these!

Pinecone Owls from Crafts By Amanda

Camping Activities and Printables - So many summer activities for the kids!  Love these!

DIY Solar Oven from I Can Teach My Child

Camping Activities and Printables - So many summer activities for the kids!  Love these!

Walking Sticks from The Crafting Chicks

Camping Activities and Printables - So many summer activities for the kids!  Love these!

Glow in the Dark Jars from A Girl and A Glue Gun

Camping Activities and Printables - So many summer activities for the kids!  Love these!

Tabletop S’mores from The Crafting Chicks

Camping Activities and Printables - So many summer activities for the kids!  Love these!

Camping Scavenger Hunt from The Creative Homemakers

Camping Activities and Printables - So many summer activities for the kids!  Love these!

Leaf Rubbing Collages from Mama Papa Bubba

Camping Activities and Printables - So many summer activities for the kids!  Love these!

Silly Stories from Classy Clutter

Camping Activities and Printables - So many summer activities for the kids!  Love these!

Camping Preschool Unit from A Teaching Mommy

Camping Activities and Printables - So many summer activities for the kids!  Love these!

Camping Pack from Homeschool Creations

Camping Activities and Printables - So many summer activities for the kids!  Love these!

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.


Solar System Craft


solar system craft space there's no place like space

This solar system craft is so fun for the kids.  It helps teach them the order of the planets from the sun and reinforces coloring, & cutting skills.  Before we did this craft together, we read one of my favorite Space books…”There’s No Place Like Space!” by Tish Rabe.  I love the rhymes and how it teaches about space and the planets.

To make these Solar System Crafts, you will need:

-Black paper…I glued two 12 x 6 inch strips together to make a long strip

-Star Stickers

-Copy of the planets (This coloring sheet is perfect)

-Scissors

-Yellow paper for the sun

sm space coloring page

Let your kids color and cut out the planets.  Using a half yellow circle, glue on the left end.  Let your child glue the planets in order from the sun (left) to the right.
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Then add stars all over the black universe. sm space 2 copy

A fun tip:  we loved looking at real pictures of the planets online.  We talked about the colors of each planets.  This was such a fun project…and my little boy proudly displayed his “space” picture on his wall!

sm space 4 copy sm mother hen space

 

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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DIY Sunglasses and Accessories Bag

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!!!


DIY Moon Rocks

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!

sm mother hen space

 

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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Crayon Resist Space Art

We Love Steph from Crafting in the Rain.  Today she is here sharing a fun art project for Space week.

I knew right away what I wanted to do for my post in Space Week here on Crafting Chicks. This crayon resist space craft is great for all ages. You’ll want to join right in with your kids!

You just need a few supplies:
Crayons (name brand works best)
White cardstock
Paintbrush
Black water color or watered down craft paint
Paper towels

Start by coloring a space scene on the cardstock. Stars, planets, shooting stars, rockets, aliens, etc. Color them in completely with the crayons.


Brush over the whole paper with the black water color. The waxy crayon won’t absorb the paint and it beads up a little.  


Pat with a paper towel to clean off paint that beads up on the crayon.


Let dry, and display your beautiful space picture. 


This is how Asher’s turned out! Notice how he used a white crayon to make the moon?

Thanks for having me and I hope you’ll have fun with this space craft! And you might also like this bright and colorful planet mobile I made a while ago.

Image Map


sm mother hen space

 

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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