The Crafting Chicks http://thecraftingchicks.com Ideas and Inspiration to Create Your Life. Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:00:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.1 Owl Valentine Printable http://thecraftingchicks.com/owl-valentine-printable/ http://thecraftingchicks.com/owl-valentine-printable/#respond Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:00:14 +0000 http://thecraftingchicks.com/?p=39880 OWL VALENTINE PRINTABLE Sharing sweet inspiration for Owl Valentine today with a free printable. These plush Owls from Oriental Trading are so cute.  My first grade daughter can’t wait to share these with her friends at the Valentine’s Day exchange at school. I made a cute Free Printable Owl Valentine tag that says “OWL” Be […]

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Owl Valentine Printable OWL VALENTINE PRINTABLE

Sharing sweet inspiration for Owl Valentine today with a free printable.

These plush Owls from Oriental Trading are so cute.  My first grade daughter can’t wait to share these with her friends at the Valentine’s Day exchange at school.

I made a cute Free Printable Owl Valentine tag that says “OWL” Be Your Valentine.  Sharing it on Create Fun by Oriental Trading.Owl Valentine Printable It’s so fun to come up with clever non-candy valentine ideas.

Just attach the “Owl” Be Your Valentine tag around each Owl with pink and white baker’s twine.  Makes such a sweet valentine.

FREE OWL VALENTINE PRINTABLEOwl Valentine Printable

Check out other fun Non-Candy Valentine Prinables:

Race Car Valentines

These race car’s make for such a fun non-candy Valentine! Just add the clever race car printable.  

Foam Fan Finger Valentines
Grab those cute mini foam fingers and attach the #1 Fan printable for an awesome non-candy Valentine!

Lightsaber Bubble Want Valentines

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Kids, Toys and Playroom Organization http://thecraftingchicks.com/kids-toy-playroom-organization/ http://thecraftingchicks.com/kids-toy-playroom-organization/#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:00:40 +0000 http://thecraftingchicks.com/?p=39896 I don’t know about you, but January is the month to get my house organized.  Playroom organization is always last on my list.  (because I know it will only stay clean for 2.5 seconds)  But this year is different!  I’m going to start there!  I’ve gathered a little Kids, Toys and Playroom Organization inspiration for […]

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Kids, Toys and Playroom Organization - Storage ideas for kid's rooms, the art corner, legos, games, school papers, kids clothes, games and toys!

I don’t know about you, but January is the month to get my house organized.  Playroom organization is always last on my list.  (because I know it will only stay clean for 2.5 seconds)  But this year is different!  I’m going to start there!  I’ve gathered a little Kids, Toys and Playroom Organization inspiration for you (and me!).  With so many fun ideas, I can’t wait to get started!  What’s your favorite way to organize those kiddos?

Kids, Toys and Playroom Organization

Kids Coloring Storage Organization from the Crafting Chicks

Kids, Toys and Playroom Organization - Storage ideas for kid's rooms, the art corner, legos, games, school papers, kids clothes, games and toys!

Lego Organization from Joy in the Works

Kids, Toys and Playroom Organization - Storage ideas for kid's rooms, the art corner, legos, games, school papers, kids clothes, games and toys!

Storing Board Games from Infarrantly Creative

Kids, Toys and Playroom Organization - Storage ideas for kid's rooms, the art corner, legos, games, school papers, kids clothes, games and toys!

Magnetic Toy Storage from Creative Green Living

Kids, Toys and Playroom Organization - Storage ideas for kid's rooms, the art corner, legos, games, school papers, kids clothes, games and toys!

Coat Closet Makeover from The Crafting Chicks

Kids, Toys and Playroom Organization - Storage ideas for kid's rooms, the art corner, legos, games, school papers, kids clothes, games and toys!

School Paper Files from Somewhat Simple

Kids, Toys and Playroom Organization - Storage ideas for kid's rooms, the art corner, legos, games, school papers, kids clothes, games and toys!

Toy Organization in Small Spaces from The Kim Six Fix

Kids, Toys and Playroom Organization - Storage ideas for kid's rooms, the art corner, legos, games, school papers, kids clothes, games and toys!

Realistic Playroom Organization from Organizing Mom

Kids, Toys and Playroom Organization - Storage ideas for kid's rooms, the art corner, legos, games, school papers, kids clothes, games and toys!

Art Corner Organization from Thrifty NW Mom

Kids, Toys and Playroom Organization - Storage ideas for kid's rooms, the art corner, legos, games, school papers, kids clothes, games and toys!

Game Board Storage from Infarrantly Creative

Kids, Toys and Playroom Organization - Storage ideas for kid's rooms, the art corner, legos, games, school papers, kids clothes, games and toys!

Organizing Kids Clothing from Mom Spotted

Kids, Toys and Playroom Organization - Storage ideas for kid's rooms, the art corner, legos, games, school papers, kids clothes, games and toys!

Toy Storage with Baskets from The Country Chic Cottage

Kids, Toys and Playroom Organization - Storage ideas for kid's rooms, the art corner, legos, games, school papers, kids clothes, games and toys!

Playroom Organization Tips for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder from Mama in the Now

Kids, Toys and Playroom Organization - Storage ideas for kid's rooms, the art corner, legos, games, school papers, kids clothes, games and toys!

Toy Storage with Free Printables from Place of My Taste

Kids, Toys and Playroom Organization - Storage ideas for kid's rooms, the art corner, legos, games, school papers, kids clothes, games and toys!

Action Figure Storage from Organize and Decorate Everything

Kids, Toys and Playroom Organization - Storage ideas for kid's rooms, the art corner, legos, games, school papers, kids clothes, games and toys!

What’s your favorite way to get organized?

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Race Car Valentines http://thecraftingchicks.com/race-car-valentines/ http://thecraftingchicks.com/race-car-valentines/#comments Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:00:05 +0000 http://thecraftingchicks.com/?p=39859 RACE CAR VALENTINE I love sharing fun non-candy valentine ideas! I saw these adorable race cars at Oriental Trading and couldn’t wait to make a cute Race Car Valentine Printable. You can find all the details and free printable over at Create Fun by Oriental Trading. I came up with 3 cute sayings to go […]

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Race Car Valentines

RACE CAR VALENTINE


I love sharing fun non-candy valentine ideas!

I saw these adorable race cars at Oriental Trading and couldn’t wait to make a cute Race Car Valentine Printable.

You can find all the details and free printable over at Create Fun by Oriental Trading.
Race Car Valentines I came up with 3 cute sayings to go along with these fun race cards.

“I’m ‘Wheelie’ Glad We Are Friends!”

“You’re “WHEELIE” Cool!”

“Valentine…You Make MY Heart ‘Race’!

Love all of these cheesy fun lines to go along with the race cars!
Race Car Valentines

You just need toy race cars, some red and white baker’s twine and mini race car pick flags to make the cutest Race Car Valentine ever.

These friction race cars are so much fun for kids!  My kids love how fast they go…and love racing with them!

I love the bright neon, happy colors.  This would make a great boy or girl Valentine!

Kid’s will love giving or getting this fun non-candy race car valentine this year!
Race Car Valentines

Free Race Car Printable

Check out some other fun Valentine Printables!

Trick Valentines!

Kid’s will get a kick out of these “trick” valentines!  

Wild About You Valentines

These animal print slap bracelets make such a fun Valentine! Just add this “wild about you” printable Valentine!

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Sunday Roll Recipe http://thecraftingchicks.com/sunday-roll-recipe/ http://thecraftingchicks.com/sunday-roll-recipe/#respond Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:08:35 +0000 http://thecraftingchicks.com/?p=39847 This post contains affiliate links. Sunday Roll Recipe These rolls are a Sunday staple in our house. In fact they may be the only thing keeping my 11 year old alive. Well, these and the cases of Honey Nut Cheerios he goes through. He’s my picky eater, so I know when I’m planning our Sunday […]

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Sunday Rolls Recipe

Sunday Roll Recipe

These rolls are a Sunday staple in our house. In fact they may be the only thing keeping my 11 year old alive. Well, these and the cases of Honey Nut Cheerios he goes through. He’s my picky eater, so I know when I’m planning our Sunday dinner if rolls are on the menu he will not go hungry. We may not have any rolls left over, but he will not be hungry.

I’ve make them so often that I have the recipe memorized, and I can pretty much make them on auto pilot. I use this recipe for everything – I’ve shared it as Raspberry Twists and as the bun for our favorite BBQ Chicken Sandwiches, but I’ve gotten requests for the straight up roll recipe so here it goes.

Use your mixer of choice. I have a Kitchen Aid and a Bosch mixer and I honestly love them both. If you have a smaller Kitchen Aid, just don’t try substituting whole wheat flour and it should be able to handle this bread dough just fine.

Yeast Proofing

Proof the Yeast

In the bowl add the warm water, sugar and yeast. Mix and let the yeast proof, or wait until it gets foamy.

Mixing Roll Dough

Mix the Dough

Then add the shortening, flour and salt. Typically, I’ll add a cup or so of flour before adding in the salt, cause salt kills yeast and I don’t want dead yeast. But don’t put off adding the salt until the end because forgetting to add it will give you some bland rolls. And no one wants bland rolls. So add part of the flour, the salt and then the rest of the flour. This dough will still be sticky when you’ve added the correct amount of flour but will knead into a nice soft ball. If you don’t have enough flour the dough will be too sticky to form into balls and if you add too much flour the rolls will be stiff. The trickiest part is getting just the right amount and I’ve found the only way to figure that out is to practice.

To keep things a little healthier, I often substitute half or all of the flour for whole wheat flour. My kids don’t notice when I do half and half, but more than that and they start to complain. But hey, I’m the mom and if this is the only thing keeping them alive they better be getting some nutritional value from them.

Rising Roll Dough

Let Rise

Once the dough is mixed, remove the hook and cover. If you’re using a Kitchen Aid just cover the bowl with a towel. On the Bosch just go ahead and put the cover on. Roll Dough

Let sit 30 minutes or until the dough is double in size.

Making Roll Balls

Form into Balls

After the dough has risen, I pinch off golfball sized pieces of the dough and form them into little balls, tucking the ends underneath. My kids like to help and they prefer to roll and toss the dough around until they are round-ish balls. Either way works because things seem to even out when they raise. I can fit 24 rolls on a half baking sheet with a Silpat baking mat. If you aren’t using a baking mat you’ll want to spray your sheet with oil, if I’m using a mat I don’t bother with spraying.

Cover the pan with a towel and let raise for another 30 minutes. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.

Sunday Roll Recipe

When they come out of the oven we like to melt butter on top of the rolls. I just open up a stick of butter and run it over the tops. Enjoy!

Sunday Roll Recipe
 
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: bread
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 2 c. warm water
  • ½ c. sugar
  • 2 Tbs. yeast
  • ½ c. shortening
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 5-6 c. flour
Instructions
  1. Add in order till dough pulls from the side of the mixer. It will still be a little sticky.
  2. Cover.
  3. Let rise till double.
  4. Form into 24 balls and place on sprayed baking sheet.
  5. Cover.
  6. Let rise till double.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes at 350
  8. Top with butter

 

Sunday Rolls Recipe

 

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I Am Hog Wild About You Valentines & Printable Tags http://thecraftingchicks.com/i-am-hog-wild-about-you-valentines/ http://thecraftingchicks.com/i-am-hog-wild-about-you-valentines/#respond Mon, 09 Jan 2017 12:00:21 +0000 http://thecraftingchicks.com/?p=39752 Gummy pigs + printable tags make the cutest I Am Hog Wild About You Valentines! These easy, affordable Valentines are fun for classmates, friends & family!

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I Am Hog Wild About You Valentines - gummy pigs + printable tags = the cutest little Valentine gifts ever!

What better way to tell your valentine how you really feel than a bag full of sweet gummy pigs?! These I Am Hog Wild About You Valentines are super easy to make, especially with the printable tags!

I Am Hog Wild About You Valentines - gummy pigs + printable tags = the cutest little Valentine gifts ever!

It’s my favorite time of the year! If you have been around me at all – by the way, I’m Keri from Shaken Together – you know how much I love pun-y gifts. You may remember my mint themed teacher gift or last year’s Love You Beary Much mason jar gift. This year’s valentine craft is just as cheesy and 10x as cute!!

These valentines start with just a few basic supplies:

Make these I Am Hog Wild About You Valentines with just a few simple supplies!

I found these gummy pink piglets in a local bulk food store, but you can also order them online.

Sweet, pink, gummy pigs are the stars of these I Am Hog Wild About You Valentines!

If you don’t want to use candy, you could use any pig or bacon themed gift. Cute pig socks, a stuffed pig or a gift card to a BBQ restaurant are all fun ideas.

Simply fill the cello bags with gummy pigs and tie on a “I’m Hog Wild About You Valentine” tag. (You can right click and save the tag below – you may need to resize it – or just click here for a page with 6 tags on it.)

Free printable tags for I Am Hog Wild About You Valentines at thecraftingchicks.com

Aren’t they SO cute?!

I am HOG WILD about you Valentines + printable tags!!

You really can’t help but smile … and that is exactly the intent! Your valentine will feel the love from snout to tail 😉

I am HOG WILD about you Valentines are perfect for any pig or bacon themed Valentine gift!

Okay, so I have laid my pun-loving heart out on my sleeve with these I am HOG WILD About You Valentines … any one else a sucker for a good play on words?

I Am Hog Wild About You Valentines - gummy pigs + printable tags = the cutest little Valentine gifts ever!

If so, here are a few more of my favorite pun-y Valentine gifts at Shaken Together?!

Pucker Up, Valentine – Lemon Drop Valentine Gift

Valentine Candy Corn Mason Jar Gift

Orange Slice Valentines

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Party Plan Printable http://thecraftingchicks.com/party-plan-printable/ http://thecraftingchicks.com/party-plan-printable/#respond Thu, 05 Jan 2017 12:00:01 +0000 http://thecraftingchicks.com/?p=39827 Party Plan Printable Planning a party can be a lot of work!  It can also be a lot of fun!  Today I’m sharing a fun free party plan printable with you lovely readers…and some great party planning tips. This month we are focused on organization in our lives on The Crafting Chicks.  We also love […]

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Party Plan Printable Party Plan Printable

Planning a party can be a lot of work!  It can also be a lot of fun!  Today I’m sharing a fun free party plan printable with you lovely readers…and some great party planning tips.

This month we are focused on organization in our lives on The Crafting Chicks.  We also love to plan parties.  And Party Organization is a must for a good time…with less stress.  A little thinking ahead will let you enjoy your party so much more!

Just print this free party plan and fill out each square!

Party Plan Printable

Party Theme:

At the top of the party plan printable, begin by filling in the theme for your party.

Date and Time:

Nail down a date and time for your party.  But remember you can be flexible about a week up to the party.  Invitations should go out about 6-7 days before a party.

Guest List:

Add a list of your guests.  I love having the list written down.  It helps you to not forget those you would like to invite.  Check off each name as you address their invitation.

Invitations:

Write down what invitations you would like to send.  You can choose to DIY the invites and mail or hand deliver them, or send an invite online.  Add the date you would like invitations to go out as a good reminder.

Activities:

Brainstorm fun activities for your party.  Add them to this space.  Write down supplies you will need for each activity.  Keep in mind age appropriate activities for kid parties.

Food/Drinks:

What’s a party without food!  Add a list of what food/dessert items or drinks you would like to serve.  You can add a list of groceries you may need, and what items you can buy already made.


Decorations:

My favorite part.  But decorations can get tricky! and too much of a hassle.  Choose top items you would like to add to your party decor.  Favorite party decor items that we love are banners, balloons, cupcake toppers, paper fans, and lanterns, and colorful tablecloths.  Even just decorating one table is enough and will get all the guests excited!

Games and Prizes:

Add a list of party game ideas and some prize ideas for guests.  It’s always nice to have a game or two…or three!

Party Favors:

Write down some easy and inexpensive ideas for a cute party favor for your guests!  This can be simple with a “thank you for coming” note attached.

Miscellaneous:

In this section, you can add some extra ideas for your party.  This is also a good place to jot down a budget for your party, or ideas that you still aren’t sure about for your party.

We hope you enjoyed these easy party tips and this free party plan printable today.

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Broccoli Cheese Chowder http://thecraftingchicks.com/broccoli-cheese-chowder/ http://thecraftingchicks.com/broccoli-cheese-chowder/#respond Wed, 04 Jan 2017 12:00:41 +0000 http://thecraftingchicks.com/?p=39799 Broccoli Cheese Chowder Sharing a delicious soup recipe today…a family favorite.  Easy and yummy broccoli cheese chowder.  My kids gobble this up! I love this broccoli cheese chowder recipe on busy nights.  You only need a few ingredients and just 3o minutes! Serve with a yummy side of bread or fresh rolls. To make a […]

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Broccoli Cheese Chowder

Sharing a delicious soup recipe today…a family favorite.  Easy and yummy broccoli cheese chowder.  My kids gobble this up!Broccoli Cheese Chowder I love this broccoli cheese chowder recipe on busy nights.  You only need a few ingredients and just 3o minutes!

Serve with a yummy side of bread or fresh rolls.

To make a bigger meal we love to toss a side salad to serve with the soup.  You will love this soup recipe and want to add it to your list of go-to recipes!Broccoli Cheese Chowder

Broccoli Cheese Chowder
Ingredients:
1 pound fresh broccoli
1 small onion chopped
1 C. Chicken broth
1 1/2 tsp salt
2-3 C. grated cheddar Cheese
1/2 C. Flour
4 C. Cream or Milk
1 C. Butter

Broccoli Cheese Chowder

Broccoli Cheese Chowder Directions:
1. Cook broccoli until tender.  Cut into pieces and set aside.
2. Saute onion in 1/4 C. butter until tender.
3. In a soup pot, melt 3/4 C. butter over medium heat.  Stir in the flour until well blended.
4. Gradually stir in your milk or cream, chicken broth and salt.
5. Stir while bringing to a boil.  Cook 1 to 2 minutes until thick.
6. Add broccoli and onion.
7. Remove from heat and stir in cheese, either serve or keep at low heat.
Served 6-8.

Broccoli Cheese Chowder

Broccoli Cheese Chowder
 
Author:
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Soup
Ingredients
  • Broccoli Cheese Chowder
  • Ingredients:
  • 1 pound fresh broccoli
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 C. Chicken broth
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 2-3 C. grated cheddar Cheese
  • ½ C. Flour
  • 4 C. Cream or Milk
  • 1 C. Butter
Instructions
  1. Cook broccoli until tender. Cut into pieces and set aside.
  2. Saute onion in ¼ C. butter until tender.
  3. In a soup pot, melt ¾ C. butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour until well blended.
  4. Gradually stir in your milk or cream, chicken broth and salt.
  5. Stir while bringing to a boil. Cook 1 to 2 minutes until thick.
  6. Add broccoli and onion.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in cheese, either serve or keep at low heat.
  8. Served 6-8.

Check out these other delicious soup recipes:

Hamburger Harvest SoupFavorite One Pot Meals - pasta, vegetables, chicken, beef, chili, alfredo, lasagna, mac and cheese, lemon, spaghetti - So many great recipes!

30 Yummy Soup Recipes

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Ribbon Organization Cart http://thecraftingchicks.com/ribbon-organization-cart/ http://thecraftingchicks.com/ribbon-organization-cart/#respond Mon, 02 Jan 2017 16:00:52 +0000 http://thecraftingchicks.com/?p=39768 Ribbon Organization Cart I’m excited to share a fun way to organize your ribbons today on The Crafting Chicks! Every January I get the itch to organize and clean out each room in our house.  Of course I was thrilled to join Michaels Craft Stores in their January Organization Challenge for Michaels Makers. I am […]

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Ribbon Organization Cart

I’m excited to share a fun way to organize your ribbons today on The Crafting Chicks!Ribbon Organization Cart Every January I get the itch to organize and clean out each room in our house.  Of course I was thrilled to join Michaels Craft Stores in their January Organization Challenge for Michaels Makers.

I am in love with the bright, colorful organization Cre8ted Space Storage line at Michaels.  This month, I’m trying to focus on my craft/office space little by little.  I find it easier to take work on organizing one item/space at a time.  My ribbon collection was a hot mess…and I knew that was just the craft supply to start organizing!

I grabbed a mesh basket rolling cart in blue and a ton of mason jars for my ribbon organization project!  I love how it turned out and am excited to share the easy details today!

Ribbon Organization CartI love pretty colorful ribbon and twine and thought this would make the prettiest display in my creative space.  This ribbon organization cart was so simple to put together and now my ribbon is so easy to find for my next project.
What You’ll Need to Make the Ribbon Organization Cart:

-Cre8ted Space Mesh Basket Rolling Cart

-Mason Jars (I used 19 pint sized mason jars for this project)

-Pretty Bowls for twine, ric-rac and washi tape storage

To create a Ribbon Organization Cart:

  1. Sort your ribbon and trim by color.  I let my kids help with this and they loved it.
  2. Add a color of ribbon/trim to each jar.  Multi colored ribbon can be added to the same jar.

3) Add your ribbon jars to the cart.  You could fit up to 12 pint sized mason jars on each mesh basket of the cart.  I added 8 jars to each basket full of pretty colorful ribbon. 4) Add twine, ric-rac, and washi tape to the top basket of the cart.  Sort these in pretty bowl or in mason jars. 5) Place the ribbon organization cart near your creative space.   It’s so easy to pull and choose your ribbon or trim from the jar.Plus, it makes such a pretty display!  I love how easy it is to roll the cart around while working on projects.  And…the ribbon is a breeze to clean up and organize after the project is complete!
What organization project will you be working on this month?   Check out all the fun ways to use Michaels Cre8ted Spaces products for home/office organization!

Can’t wait to organize more of my creative space, and get ready for some fun projects in 2017!


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A Year of Printables http://thecraftingchicks.com/year-printables-2/ http://thecraftingchicks.com/year-printables-2/#comments Fri, 30 Dec 2016 12:00:21 +0000 http://thecraftingchicks.com/?p=39730 We’ve got all of our printables from 2016 gathered in one convenient post for you.  Holidays, class parties, Mother’s and Father’s Day gift ideas, lunchbox notes and so much more.  We’ve done all of the work for you.  Click print and get ready to enjoy every holiday or occasion that comes along for 2017. (You […]

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We’ve got all of our printables from 2016 gathered in one convenient post for you.  Holidays, class parties, Mother’s and Father’s Day gift ideas, lunchbox notes and so much more.  We’ve done all of the work for you.  Click print and get ready to enjoy every holiday or occasion that comes along for 2017. (You might want to order more printer ink for this one.)

A Year of Printables - New Year, Winter, Valentines, Easter, St. Patrick's Day, Spring, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Kids, Teacher Appreciation, School Lunch Notes, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas... printables for an entire year!

Printables

Snowman Gift Tag | Don’t Eat the Snowman | Helping Kids Set Goals Worksheet

Week At A Glance Calendar | Cleaning Checklist | Trick Valentines

A Year of Printables - Valentines, Easter, St. Patrick's Day, Mother's and Father's Day, Teacher Gift, Halloween, Christmas... printables for all year!

#1 Fan Valentine | Wild About You Valentine

#1 Fan Valentine Foam Fingers | Hi-Chew Fruit Candy Valentine

A Year of Printables - Valentines, Easter, St. Patrick's Day, Mother's and Father's Day, Teacher Gift, Halloween, Christmas... printables for all year!

Star Wars Lightsaber Bubble Wand Valentine | Puzzle Valentine | Rainbow Seeds Bag Topper

Easter Egg Dye Kit | Some Bunny Loves You Tag | Springtime Blooming Tree Kids Craft

A Year of Printables - Valentines, Easter, St. Patrick's Day, Mother's and Father's Day, Teacher Gift, Halloween, Christmas... printables for all year!

Popcorn Teacher Gift | Periodic Element Teacher Appreciation Gift | Teacher Restaurant Gift

Coloring Tablecloth | Mother’s Day Hand Print Flowers | Father’s Day Hand Print Tree

A Year of Printables - Valentines, Easter, St. Patrick's Day, Mother's and Father's Day, Teacher Gift, Halloween, Christmas... printables for all year!

Moving Checklist | Welcome Summer Banner

Summer Fun Chart | Farm Animal Family Game

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United States Bingo | Coloring Placemats | Days of the Week Clothing Tags

Back to School Notes | Harry Potter Fun Facts Lunchbox Notes | We’ve Been Boo’d Halloween Kit

A Year of Printables - Valentines, Easter, St. Patrick's Day, Mother's and Father's Day, Teacher Gift, Halloween, Christmas... printables for all year!

Halloween Art Printable | Happy Fall Tags

Give Thanks Feather Wreath Printable | Grateful Journal

A Year of Printables - Valentines, Easter, St. Patrick's Day, Mother's and Father's Day, Teacher Gift, Halloween, Christmas... printables for all year!

Mele Kalikimaka Christmas Gift | Gingerbread Gift Tag | DIY Photo Ornament

12 Days of Kindness | Scripture Reading Chart | 2017 Goals Printable

A Year of Printables - Valentines, Easter, St. Patrick's Day, Mother's and Father's Day, Teacher Gift, Halloween, Christmas... printables for all year!

Don’t forget about these fabulous Printable Party Packs available in the Crafting Chicks Shoppe:

Valentine Party Printable Pack

Valentine Printable Party Pack

St. Patrick’s Day Printables

St. Patrick's Day Printable Party Pack

Springtime Printable Pack

Springtime Printable Party Pack

Halloween Printables Mega Party Pack

Halloween Printable Party Pack

Christmas Printable Mega Pack

Christmas Printable Party Pack

A Year of Printables - Valentines, Easter, St. Patrick's Day, Mother's and Father's Day, Teacher Gift, Halloween, Christmas... printables for all year!

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Helping Kids Pick and Stick to a New Year’s Resolution http://thecraftingchicks.com/helping-kids-pick-stick-new-years-resolution/ http://thecraftingchicks.com/helping-kids-pick-stick-new-years-resolution/#respond Wed, 28 Dec 2016 12:00:49 +0000 http://thecraftingchicks.com/?p=39403 A New Year, A New You: Helping Kids Pick and Stick to a New Year’s Resolution What’s the secret to sticking to a New Year’s resolution? Besides just picking a resolution, coming up with a plan of how to put your resolution into place in your lifestyle can put you on track for resolution realization. […]

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A New Year, A New You: Helping Kids Pick and Stick to a New Year’s Resolution

What’s the secret to sticking to a New Year’s resolution? Besides just picking a resolution, coming up with a plan of how to put your resolution into place in your lifestyle can put you on track for resolution realization. The plan provides motivation, an attainable goal, and hopefully a bit of fun. For kids (and adults too), resolutions can bring about growth and change, as well as an opportunity for family bonding. If working towards the resolution is a positive and enjoyable journey, it can lead to long term change as well.

Helping Kids Pick and Stick to a New Year’s Resolution

For this year, an idea for a New Year’s resolution focused on kids as well as the whole family could be daily family physical activity. Besides just deciding on a resolution of daily family physical activity, having a plan of how to add daily family physical activity can make the resolution a success. One way to plan for success is through using a family physical fitness bingo. What would using a family physical activity bingo do for your kids (and the entire family)?

  • Motivation: Your family physical activity bingo can be placed in a common area in your house (such as on your refrigerator), so that it’s easy for all to see. Kids can have the job of crossing out activities as they are completed, which will motivate them to want to complete and cross off activities to make a bingo. Also, allowing the whole family to give input as to what activities are on the bingo makes each family member feel a part of the resolution, which is motivating as well. Finally, the reward you choose for completing a bingo provides motivation.
  • Attainable goal: Whether your family crosses off one square in a day or five, you’ll have participated in small bouts of physical activity together that can fit into almost any schedule. Scratching off the activities as they are done is a reinforcement that a goal for the day has been met.
  • Fun: Allowing kids to add their activity ideas provides plenty of fun. For example, having everyone repeat dance moves created by a seven year old boy pretending to be a t-rex is sure to bring belly laughs. Give your activities fun names, such as “monkey bar river crossing,” where everyone has to pretend that swinging from bar to bar is the only way to get across raging river rapids. Even if you use our suggestions for the bingo, you can make them your own. For instance, your nature walk around the neighborhood can turn into a make believe adventure as you pretend to hike through a jungle and imagine all of the animals you would see.

Make planning out your family physical fitness bingo a family affair where you all contribute activities to the bingo board. Having the whole family contribute and participate helps to make everyone feel invested in the resolution. Also, having the whole family work on this resolution together gives the kids positive role models to observe along your journey towards more physical fitness. Together, you can also determine the reward. Will you reward yourselves for completing five activities in a row, therefore making a bingo? Or will you make the challenge more difficult by rewarding yourself only once every activity is scratched off? Also, determine what your reward will be. For small children, putting a sticker on the bingo board itself once an activity is completed could be a reward. Maybe the accomplishment of completing the whole bingo board is reward enough. Or maybe the reward is getting out the popcorn maker and enjoying popcorn together or playing a board game as a family.

You can make as many bingo boards as you need for your family. Maybe your family completes all of the activities in one week. Then you can make a new one (or print one) each week. Your bingo activities may change from season to season, including activities such as ice skating and snow ball fighting for the winter time. You may reach a point where you no longer need the bingo because the habit of daily family physical activity becomes a part of your daily routine.

We wish you a happy and blessed New Year with oodles of family fun, togetherness, and physical activity, which are all reinforced by our family physical fitness bingo.

Can we have a bingo printable where the family is able to type in the activities then print it? Or would they have to print out a blank one and write the activities in? My thought is to have an bingo that could also be printed if desired AND a bingo that can be filled in with ideas that the family has then choose our ideas to fill in the remaining days (sort of like the SHK meal plan).

The activities could be…

  1. Play favorite songs and dance.
  2. Animal races. Waddle like a duck, hop like a frog, or speed like a cheetah to the finish line.
  3. Freeze dance. When the music stops, freeze in your pose until the music begins again.
  4. Exercise follow the leader. Each person does an exercise and everyone repeats it 10 times.
  5. Jump rope routine. Maybe hop on one foot for 10 jumps, both feet for 10 jumps, then the opposite foot for 10 jumps. Or jump rope 15 times, drop the rope and run to the fence, run back, and jump rope 15 more times. If the kids are too little for traditional jump rope, use the jump rope as a line on the ground to jump over or as a slithering snake to avoid.
  6. Family walk through the neighborhood.
  7. Relay races.
  8. Learn a line dance or make up your own.
  9. Family bike ride.
  10. Tickle tag. The parents are the taggers, and when they catch the kids, it’s tickle time.
  11. Yoga time. Do a Cosmic Kids Yoga together.
  12. “Not just a” play set game. If you have a play set in your backyard, think of ways (or ask the kids) of how to use it in a different way. Maybe the monkey bars take you across raging rapids, and the fireman’s pole lets you slide into the ocean. The slide is actually a portal to the jungle.
  13. Play sharks and minnows.
  14. Have a plank contest. Who can hold it the longest?
  15. Play catch. Play a game of catch for 10 minutes.
  16. Rake the leaves then play in them.
  17. Play hopscotch.
  18. Play red light, green light. Mix it up by dribbling a soccer ball, balancing a book on your head, or anything else your family can think of to add to the red light, green light fun.
  19. Play Simon says with exercises.
  20. Visit a local park. Enjoy the sites while walking/playing. Bring your scooters, RipStiks, et cetera to ride around the park sidewalks.
  21. Follow the leader. Have the leader lead throughout the house or yard. Everyone else will follow and mimic the leader. March, stomp, hop, crab walk, etc. your way to fun.
  22. Balloon fun. Throw the balloon in the air and keep it from touching the ground. Or play balloon volleyball.
  23. Beach ball volleyball.
  24. Hula hoop fun. Use it to hula hoop, then put it on the ground to jump in and out of, then come up with your own hula hoop fun.
  25. Blow and chase bubbles.
  26. Enjoy a seasonal activity. Whether it’s sledding, swimming, or a walk through an area with gorgeous leaves changing colors, enjoy a seasonal activity.
  27. Participate in a fun run.
  28. Play Frisbee.
  29. Play cross the stream. On your driveway, use chalk to draw a stream. Vary the distance between the two lines to have some narrower parts and some wider parts (but do not draw the lines more than 4 feet apart). Find different spots along the stream and challenge family members to jump across. Have family members “cross the stream” by jumping with two feet together first, then by leaping. You can even pretend to swim down the stream if you don’t make it across.
  30. Animal moves. Have each child and adult draw moves (like prowling like a tiger, flying like a hawk, stomping like an elephant, swinging like a monkey) on index cards then mix them up and put them face down on the floor. Each person gets a turn to flip a card and everyone acts it out. As new cards are turned over, all previous cards should be repeated before acting out the newest card. You’ll end up with an animal line dance.

Print your Bingo card here!

Fitness Bingo for Kids

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Helping Kids Pick and Stick to a New Year’s Resolution

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