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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.


cooking cook a doodle doo

Good Enough To Eat

cooking good enough to eat

On Top of Spaghetti

cooking on top of spaghetti

Peanut Butter and Jelly

cooking peanut butter and jelly

Pizza at Sally’s

cooking pizza at Sally's

The Doorbell Rang

cooking the doorbell rang

The Food Parade

cooking the food parade

The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza)

cooking the little red hen makes a pizza

Cooking with the Cat

cooking with the cat

Betty Crocker Kids Cook!

cooking kids cook

Better Homes and Gardens New Junior CookBook

cooking new junior cook book

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.

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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I Whale-y Love You Notebook

I Whale-y Love You Notebook

I think I’m in love! My daughter was wearing some whale pajamas this week and I kept saying, “I Whale-y Love you!” We both laughed and then I had to do something about that cute little saying. So here you go. My answer is this “I Whale-y love you!” notebook.

I used my Cricut to cut out the vinyl and it was so super easy. I’ll even share the Cricut file here for you so you can jump in your Cricut Design Space and make one too.


First off you’ll need to snag a cute notebook with a plan cover.  I found these cute craft paper ones at Michaels. They came in a 3 pack so you can make some for gifts.

Next, I used the Brights Sample pack of vinyl from Cricut. I loved the Teal and Pink together. Such fun bright colors.


Use the Cricut to cut it all out. Use some transfer tape to place the vinyl on the notebook in the way that you like. I would like to mention how much I LOVE my Cricut Tools especially the weeder tool. It’s my favorite.


And there you have it. A cute notebook dressed up with a little vinyl. Ready to write in or gift to a friend.

If you have been wanting a Cricut now is the time! Make some eggnog and hang some lights because it’s Christmas in July at Cricut! In addition to great sales on Cricut Explore machines and digital items, it’ll make you very merry to know that Cricut is also re-releasing retired cartridges in limited quantities, including: Songbird, Very Merry Tags, Christmas Cards, Dinosaur Tracks and 50 States.

They are also offering an  extra $10 off Cricut Explore Air Everything Set with code EVERYTHING10 and an extra 20% off any digital item with code 20DIGIT15.

Take advantage of this huge sale today and have all your crafting projects ready to go in time for the winter holidays! Plus, you’ll get free shipping with the code JULYSHIP!

Happy crafting!

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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!

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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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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
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

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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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Summer Slimdown Giveaway

Summer is here and that means it time to pay more attention to our health and fitness – and get our bodies in shape for those pretty bathing suits, shorts and fun summer dresses we love to wear!

To celebrate being healthy fit this summer, we joined forces with some of our favorite bloggers for a fabulous

Summer Slimdown Giveaway!

with some fun workout gear and a complete exercise and nutrition program to keep us healthy and in summer slimdown shape.

Summer Slimdown Giveaway


Prizes 1

3 piece workout outfit from Fabletics

(Winner chooses the size and color of their workout tank, capri, and headband!)

Sports bra from Victoria’s Secret

(Winner chooses the size and color of their sports bra!)

Nike Free training shoes

(Winner chooses the size and color of their shoes!)

Prizes 2

Fitbit Flex Wristband

Yoga Mat

(Winner chooses the color of their yoga mat!)

Contigo Water Bottle

(Winner chooses the color of their water bottle!)


(Winner chooses the color of their FlipBelt!)

Wireless Earphones


Prizes 3

21 Day Fix Challenge Pack

(Includes a 30 day supply of Shakeology, 6 30-minute workouts on 2 DVDs,

AND a 21-day portion control nutrition system- including 7 color-coded containers.)

That’s OVER a $500 value!


1. Click to follow each blogger on Pinterest…

The Dating Divas

Setting for Four

Lolly Jane

The Crafting Chicks

Lil Luna


The Idea Room

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Lauren’s Latest

2. Then enter using the widget below…

Summer Slimdown Giveaway

Good Luck!

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Back Yard Bug Snacks

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

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


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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Painted Pistachio Shell Bugs

painted pistachio shell bugs

Are your kiddos buggy about bugs!?! My boys are obsessed bugs! I’m Shelly from Dolen Diaries and today I’m sharing how to make Painted Pistachio Shell Bugs!

painted bug supplies


  • pistachio shells
  • craft paint {I used America paint in their fun new summer colors Sunny Day, Watermelon Slice, Peacock Teal, Purple Rain, and Grey Storm}
  • paint brush

painted pistachio shells

Make sure your pistachio shells are clean and dry. Paint them with a base coat color and let them dry.

pistachio shell bees

We made the yellow into bees by adding grey stripes little dots with eyes.

pistachio shell ladybug

Watermelon into ladybugs by adding a head and dots with grey.

pistachio shell beetles

The boys got creative and made their own beetles with the purple and the turquoise shells.

painted pistachio shell bugs Collage

The boys have had so much fun playing with their Painted Pistachio Shell Bugs and when they tire of them as toys we’ll use them in another art project! Looking for more creative fun with the ones you love!?! Pop on over to Dolen Diaries where you’ll find fabulous ideas for more kid’s crafts and activities; garage date nights with your honey, and fun crafts perfect for a little you time or a craft night with friends!


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Fingerprint Bugs

Fingerprint Bugs

Fingerprint Bugs!

I’m excited to kick off Bug Week here on our Little Red Hen Summer Survival Series. These Fingerprint Bugs are so simple and fun for the kiddos. I loved watching to see what my girls would come up with.  Here’s what you’ll need.


First off, download the fingerprint bug jar printable below. I printed these off onto some card stock so the stamps would not leak through the paper.  You could do regular copy weight if you’d like.
Download Grab some stamps or you could even use finger paints. I had a fun variety of stamps from Close to My Heart.

If you also have a nice fine tip black pen or maker they work well for adding finishing touches to the bugs.

Start by reading your favorite bug book. We read Bugs Galore

bugs galore

This book gave my girls some fun ideas on what bugs to add to their fingerprint bugs.


Then I gave them the paper and stamps and they were off.


Of course girls have to add flowers right?



I was so amazed at their ability to make these bugs come to life.  They made each jar a little cozy home for their bugs. The best part is it kept them busy for a solid 30 minutes. I’m sure I could print more sheets out and they would keep making bugs.


Stay tuned the rest of this week as we celebrate all things BUGS!


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Be sure to check out the other bug projects as part of our Bug Week!

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Bug Books for Kids

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