Kids


Baked Donuts

Baked donuts are a fun thing to do in the kitchen with the kids. No hot oil is involved so it is safe!

Baked Donuts

Hi! I’m Leigh Anne from Your Homebased Mom and I’m excited to be here today as part of the Crafting Chicks. I hope you will stop by for a visit over at my blog and check out all the pretty and delicious I am sharing over there.

I love spending time in the kitchen with kids. They are always so excited and eager to try something new. Because none of my children live at home any longer I have to borrow people’s children to play with in the kitchen. They don’t seem to mind.

This summer I asked three of my favorite sisters what they wanted to learn how to make in the kitchen and donuts were at the top of their list. I decided baked donuts were the way to go rather than fried donuts. It was also a hot summer day and baking seemed a better choice than frying. Whenever I am cooking with kids I like to have all the ingredients lined up for them out on the table.

Baked Donuts Ingredients

Kids love to measure ingredients and cracking eggs is always a popular activity.

Baked Donuts

We made a sour cream donut. The sour cream helps make them nice and moist.

Baked Donuts

After the donut batter is mixed up we filled the donut pan. This recipe made about a dozen donuts, may depend a little on how full they fill the pan. We placed the batter into a large zippered plastic bag to make the filling process easier.

Baked Donut Batter

Close up the bag and clip off a corner of the bag and let the kids fill the donut pan. No worries if they aren’t filled perfectly even – they will have fun doing it and when you are cooking with kids that is the first and most important rule – have fun!!

Filling the donut pan

The pan should be about 2/3 full of batter. They will puff up as they bake.

Baked Donuts

Let them cool on a cooling rack before icing. While they are cooling mix up your glaze. You want it just the right consistency so it stays on the donuts but is nice and smooth.

Dipping Baked Donuts into glaze

Have all your toppings ready to go so you can add them as soon as you have glazed your donut. Glazed Baked DOnut

We had rainbow sprinkles, chocolate sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, mini M & M’s.

Baked Donut toppings.

I think decorating the donuts was the most fun for the kids!

Sprinkles on Baked DOnuts

It was fun to see the kid’s personalities reflected in their topping choices. Some them just added one topping and others added them all to one donut!

Sprinkled, Glazed Baked Donuts

The girls little brother was also there patiently watching and waiting for a turn to decorate a donut! I think he actually had more fun eating handfuls of the toppings!!
Baked Donuts Of course the best part of any cooking project is the eating!

Baked Donuts

Have fun with the kids in the kitchen this summer and make Baked Donuts!

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Serves: 9 donuts.

Ingredients
  • 1 C sour cream
  • 2 egg
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ C canola oil
  • 1 C sugar
  • 2 C flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
Glaze
  • 1½ C powdered sugar
  • 3-4 Tbsp milk, enough to make nice dipping consistency
  • ½ tsp vanilla or other flavoring of choice
Toppings
  • sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, mini M & M's
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease donut pan.
  2. Mix together sour cream, egg, vanilla, oil and sugar in a bowl.
  3. Add in flour, baking soda and salt and stir until combined.
  4. Place batter into a large zippered plastic bag. Close and snip off corner.
  5. Squeeze batter into donut pan.
  6. Fill pan with batter (about ⅔ full) and bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown and top springs back when touched.
  7. Remove from pan and allow to cool on wire rack.
Glaze
  1. Mix together powdered sugar, vanilla and milk. Add enough milk to make a nice dipping consistency.
  2. Dip donuts and then sprinkle with desired toppings.
  3. Eat!
 

 

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Girls’ Night In

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I have two little girls and when the boys are off and we are in…we love to have a Girls’ Night in.

I’m rounding up some fun ideas of items you will need to make the best girls’ night in!

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Here’s what’s on our Girls’ Night In List:

1.  A Game… My kids love playing games…how cute is the Pink Monopoly game above.  We also love card games or even drawing games.  So many to choose from.  I often let each of us pick one of our favorites to play for our girls’ night.

2.  Nail Polish…it’s so fun painting our nails and toenails during our girls’ night.  You can even make it into a mini spa treatment night.

3.  A craft kit…my girls love making a craft together.  I love a kit that has everything included.   The one pictured above is for decorating a mini tote.  Other great craft kits:  bracelet makers, mini scrapbooks, paper or fabric flowers, etc.

4.  A mini Chick Flick.  We love to watch a romantic comedy during our girls’ night in.  There are so many great ones in the pre-teen category that my little girls love.

5.  Lotion…We love to rub some lavender lotion on to help us relax and de-stress.  This helps to make the night even more relaxing!

6.  A TREAT!  The best part.  We love Magnum Bars from Target.  Our favorites are the peanut butter and double caramel.  It’s like an extra fancy treat…perfect for a girls’ night!
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How would you plan a girls’ night in?  We would love to hear.

Target has a great deal on Magnum Bars this week only.  You can access the Magnum 5% off special via Cartwheel.  (I love Cartwheel).

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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!

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I’m Going There Someday Foil Temple Print

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I'm Going There Someday Foil Temple Print

I’m Going There Someday Foil Temple Print

I’ve been playing around with the Heidi Swapp™ Minc™ machine and I’m in love with it! It is so much fun! My girls watched in amazement as I would place a piece of paper covered in foil in the sleeve, run it through the machine and voila! A beautiful foiled picture would emerge! Too fun!

I decided to make a temple print for my daughter’s rooms so they can see it everyday.

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I found a clipart silhouette of the Salt Lake City, Utah Temple. I then added the “I’m going there someday,” to the bottom in a script and also a fun block font.

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It was tricky to decide on the foil color so I did a few different ones and ended up loving them all but the silver with the turquoise stole my heart.

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Block Font Script Font

 

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Mini Felt Pizzas

Hi friends – Keri from Shaken Together here!  Well, here we are … smack dab in the middle of Summer and the Chicks’ super fun Mother Hen’s Summer Survival Series!  Are you getting the “I’m bored”s or the “What can we do?”s from your kiddos yet? Well, if so, I’ve got a fun craft that will get your kids in the kitchen with no mess and no oven required … Mini Felt Pizzas!!

Gather the kids around the kitchen table to craft adorable mini Felt Pizzas! Let them add sauce, cheese and their favorite toppings - no oven required!

Aren’t they cute?  We’re pretty obsessed with pizza in our house – it’s my Friday don’t feel like cooking stand-by and we love to make our own pizza, too.  This mini felt version is even faster than take out and tons more fun!  These mini felt pizza pies would be cute magnets for the fridge or a fun ‘quiet activity’ for church, meetings or appointments.

Supplies:

  • Felt (beige, red, cream, white, green, brown, pink)
  • Scissors
  • Pinking Shears
  • Craft Glue (optional)
  • Magnets (optional)

There is a little bit of prep work to do before your little ‘bakers’ can make their pizzas.  Depending on the age of your kiddos, they may be able to help cut the circles for the crust, sauce and cheese, snip the green felt for peppers and the pink felt for ham, etc.  Some of the smaller details (small circles for pepperoni, onion rings and mini mushrooms) may be better left to an adult or older children.

Here is what I cut for the felt pizzas:

  • Crust – beige felt circle
  • Sauce – red felt circle with uneven edges
  • Cheese – cream felt circle cut with pinking shears
  • Pepperoni – red felt circles
  • Ham – pink felt squares
  • Sausage/Ground Beef – brown felt circles with uneven edges
  • Green Peppers – green felt slivers
  • Mushrooms – brown felt
  • Onion rings – white felt circles with the center cut out to leave the outer ring

Gather the kids around the kitchen table to craft adorable mini Felt Pizzas! Let them add sauce, cheese and their favorite toppings - no oven required!

Feel free to get creative and make other felt toppings:

  • Pineapple – yellow felt triangles
  • Bacon – wavy red/pink strips
  • Jalapenos – green felt rings
  • Cheddar cheese – orange circle cut with pinking shears
  • White sauce – white circle with uneven edges
  • Olives – black felt rings

Assembly is easy!  If you plan to make magnets, use craft glue to adhere pizza together.  If you want to let your bakers make pizzas over and over, you don’t need to use glue.  Felt will “stick” to itself and allow your littles to make tons of pizza combinations!

Gather the kids around the kitchen table to craft adorable mini Felt Pizzas! Let them add sauce, cheese and their favorite toppings - no oven required!

Need some ideas to go along with these super cute mini felt pizzas??

  • Open an afternoon pizza parlor! Kids can take orders, prepare pizzas, serve customers and make change!
  • Talk about shapes while discussing the circles, rectangles and crazy shapes that make up your pizza toppings!
  • Talk about colors while discussing pizza assembly and build colorful pizzas!
  • Brainstorm creative names for your pizza topping creations!
  • Talk about the food groups and which ingredients are each in food group as pizzas are assembled.
  • Make blindfolded pizzas and laugh at the crazy assembly!

Gather the kids around the kitchen table to craft adorable mini Felt Pizzas! Let them add sauce, cheese and their favorite toppings - no oven required!

Hope you and your family have a great time making these cute little mini felt pizzas!  Speaking of pizza, here are a few of my favorite pizza posts from Shaken Together!

Pizza Garden Series at Shaken Together

Plant a Pizza Garden Series

Deep Dish German Chocolate Cookie Pizza at Shaken Together

Deep Dish German Chocolate Cookie Pizza

Pressed Pizza Paninis from Shaken Together

Pressed Pizza Paninis


Plan Your Plate Game

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Plan Your Plate Game

Have you seen these cute sectioned plates for kids? I am in LOVE with them. I got them from Super Healthy Kids a little while ago and when we opened them my girls began to place food in the correct section.  I should mention we had just gotten home from vacation so we were lacking on fresh fruit so my daughter improvised with what she could find.

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I got a kick out of it at least.

I discovered that they loved playing with these plates and discovering where foods fit on the plate.  So I got some fun printables together and made this game to keep them busy while I cook dinner. They do end up pulling it out a lot more often though.

Start by downloading the printables.

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If you don’t have the cute section plates from Super Healthy Kids, I’ve got a printable version for you below.

Healthy Plate Download

Then you’ll need some fruit and dairy prints below.

Fruit and Dairy Download

Veggies and Grains

Veggies and Grains Download

and finally Meat and Nuts

Meat and nuts Download

Once you’ve got them downloaded start cutting away! I even recruited my girls to help cut.

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Now you’re ready to play.

Pile all the food in the center of the players. They can start building the plate that they want.

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My girls were building so fast that it was hard to get pictures without movement.

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They will plan their plate and then place all items back in the center and race to do it again.

I love that they get to learn as they are playing. And I can be close by but don’t have to supervise too closely! Win-Win!

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Cooking & In the Kitchen Books for Kids

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Cooking & In the Kitchen Books for Kids

Cooking & In the Kitchen Books for Kids

Cooking-in-the-Kitchen books for kids

I’m excited to kick off In The Kitchen Week with all these fun books for kids. This might be one of my favorite weeks because I love to be in the kitchen cooking with my kids. I love to teach them skills that come with cooking. It’s also a great time to have fun chats here and there about life and what’s going on with them.

Snag these books online or grab them at the library and get ready to have fun in the kitchen.

Cook-A-Doodle-Doo!

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Good Enough To Eat

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On Top of Spaghetti

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Peanut Butter and Jelly

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Pizza at Sally’s

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The Doorbell Rang

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The Food Parade

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The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza)

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Cooking with the Cat

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Betty Crocker Kids Cook!

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Better Homes and Gardens New Junior CookBook

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The Children’s Step-by-Step CookBook

cooking children's step by step cook book Do you have any books to add to our list? Leave a comment and let us know what your favorites are.


In the Kitchen with Kids – Recipes & Printables

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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!

In the Kitchen with Kids

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sushi from It Is a Keeper

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

Kitchen Skills by Age from Thirty Handmade Days

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

Frozen Fruit Kabobs from Sugar Aunts

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

5 Second Pizza Crust from True Aim

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

Fruit Necklaces from Artful Parent

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

Grocery Store Scavenger Hunt from Empowered by Them

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Knots from I Heart Eating

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

Plastic Bag Ice Cream from Teach Mama

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

Bread in a Bag from Skip to my Lou

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

Cheese Puffs from Childhood 101

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

Cheese & Veg Muffins from Learn with Play at Home

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

Easy Dirt Cup Treats from B-Inspired Mama

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

Kid Made Butter from Life with Moore Babies

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

Kids Recipe Book from Thirty Handmade Days

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

Oreo Chocolate Pudding Popsicles from The Crafting Chicks

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

Cooking Utensils Matching Activity from Nourish Interactive

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

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.


Short Maxi Skirt with Pocket for Girls

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We are so happy to be a part of Skirting the Issue today with Simple Simon and Company. We adore these ladies and this mission to make skirts to donate to local Foster Care centers. If you are needing a fun sewing project look no further!

Today I am sharing a fun twist on the maxi skirt. A Short Maxi Skirt with Pocket for Girls! (I think the pocket makes it.) It’s a quick sew (about 30 mins) and easy enough for beginners.

Short Maxi Skirt with Pocket for Girls

I got my cute fabric from Riley Blake. We are so happy to be on the Riley Blake Fabrics Design Team.  They have some amazing fabric and I was excited to sew with the knit for the first time.

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I followed a Brooke’s Tutorial for the Knit Maxi Skirt. But cropped the length, added a little more fullness and added in the pocket.

knit-skirt I think all little girls should have a pocket or a place for treasures.  My girls are always trying to put their lipgloss somewhere. This ended up being the perfect spot.

What You’ll Need to Sew a Short Maxi Skirt with Pocket

  • 1 yard jersey knit fabric–depending on the size you could make a couple skirts out of 1 yard. I made this as a 4T and I could have made at least 3 more out of the yard.
  • Sewing Machine
  • Coordinating Thread (I used white)
  • Scissors
  • Cutting mat
  • Rotary cutter
  • Tape measure/ruler
  • Pins (I used ball point pins specifically to use with knits)
  • Ball point sewing machine needle–this is also specific for sewing with knits

Pre-wash fabric and tumble dry on low.

Set your sewing machine to either a stretch stitch setting or a narrow zigzag to allow for stretch. The tension is set at 4. You could also use a “walking foot” to help guide the knit through easier. For this project I used my regular foot.

To determine size of skirt, take all your measurements beforehand.

Measure:

  • Waist
  • Length from waist to knee (or however long you want the skirt to be)

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I followed the directions to the Girl’s Knit Maxi.

Once you have your skirt sewn together you are ready for the pocket.  I wanted my pocket to be 4″ square.  I cut out a 4.5″ x 4.5″ piece of coordinating knit and gave each side a nice 1/2″ hem. I liked adding this fun detail of a thick boarder. Then I attached the pocket with a stitch on my machine, making sure to reinforce the tops.

I think it would be fun to add another side pocket, but my little one was too excited to even let me hem this skirt.  She wanted to wear it and loves the curl of the bottom.  She thinks it makes it twirl better.

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Please join us in Skirting the Issue! We’d love to see what skirts you can sew up.

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Forest Animal Shadow Puppets

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.

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flashlight shadow supplies Cut out the silhouettes and tape them to skewers.

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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.

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

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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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