All of the Irish and those who are only Irish for one day love to celebrate with great Saint Patrick’s day desserts.Shamrock shakes and floats are popular all over town for the whole month of March.
Rather than just something green like green iced cupcakes or lime sherbet, why not make something really cute that honors the luck of the Irish and packs a little nutrition too.
This adorable Saint Patrick Day cake is topped with kiwi, blueberries, diced peaches and raspberries.
Lucky Leprechauns and Rainbows
The little leprechauns are tiny little elfin shoemakers who have a pot of gold hidden at the end of rainbows. Legend has it that if you can spot a rainbow and catch a leprechaun at the same time, you will win the pots of gold. But leprechauns are hard to catch. They live deep in the forest and are very sly and very fast.
How to Make a Lucky Leprechaun Fruity Rainbow Saint Patrick’s Day Cake
Step 1. Follow directions for making a cake from a confetti cake mix. Or make your own favorite yellow cake from scratch and add rainbow sprinklesto the mix.
Step 2. Cool the cake.
Step 3. While the cake cools, prepare therainbow fruit topping. Slice and dice kiwis. Use diced canned peaches, blueberries, raspberries, and pink and green mini marshmallows.
Step 4: Ice the cake. I like using Duncan Hines starter icing in blue cotton candy. The flavor compliments the confetti cake.
Step 5. Starting from each end and working to the top, begin the fruity rainbow starting halfway up the cake.
Step 6. Attach 3 regular-sized marshmallows to toothpicks to form “clouds”.
Step 7. Add gold foil-covered chocolate coins at the end of each rainbow.
LAST STEP: ENJOY THE SAINT PATRICKS DAY LUCKY LEPRECHAUN FRUITY RAINBOW CAKE!
Imagine getting an old-fashioned homemade valentine from your significant other. Just like every other holiday, Valentine’s Day has become highly commercialized. Back in the old days, valentines were made by hand of paper and cloth. Later on, they were made of old photos, real lace, and ribbons. There were no factories to mass produce die-cut valentine cards.
As valentine card making advanced, the real lace and ribbons turned into lace and red, pink and white paper. Purple paper grew popular as a “valentines color” too. Then, in the early 1800’s, Valentine cards began being mass produced and assembled in factories. Gone was the innocence of a sweetly-made Valentine card. Now a girl is lucky to get a Valentine other than an eCard. It is hard sometimes to beat technology. Don’t let the valentine card become a thing of the past.
Wouldn’t it be romantic to begin an old tradition anew? Here are six cute homemade valentine card ideas to get started with. Copy them as is, or alter them to use watever you have on hand. Or, maybe these will spark a new idea for your own design.
Materials needed for cute homemade Valentines besides red, white, pink and purple paper can include ribbon, lace, fuzzy pompoms, yarn, fabric, stickers, scrap-booking material and imagination. It is good to have a hot glue gun on hand for gluing on heavier objects like poms or buttons. Otherwise, some very pretty Valentines can be created with only paper,scissors, glue, markers or crayons. Just be sure to use paper thick enough that the markers you use don’t bleed through. I hope the following ideas inspire someone to make homemade Valentine cards this year.
Butterfly Homemade Valentine Card
This valentine butterfly is made of two red paper heart cut-outs. Cut the inside of each one out to leave a heart outline. Glue a square of pink tissue paper (or color of choice) inside and then trim. Glue in a butterfly shape onto the front of the card. Paint on spots with white acrylic paint. The butterfly’s body and antenna are formed from black chenille stems .
The inside is reserved for a personal message.
A dab of hot glue from a glue gun will hold heavier materials like pipe cleaners and googly eyes better.
The Birds and the Bee
The birds and the bees have long been the subject of love. This cute card is made with red paper. A bee of yellow paper has black marker stripes. It has white heart-shaped wings, tiny googly eyes, pom pom stinger and a red smile cut from felt.
Write a personal message inside.
My Love Grows and Grows
A growing flower with pink and purple heart-shaped petals grows taller and taller as the card unfolds. Do this by folding the paper in thirds. Put the parts on each section as shown. The flowers center is a little yellow pom pom, but you could use a wad of yellow tissue or simply a yellow paper circle.
Berry Much Love
This cute card is a strawberry shaped like a valentine with little green leaf valentines on the stem. This is all done with paper and marker. Outlining in rick rack adds a nice effect.
Squeaking Heart Mouse
This squeaky mouse is a half of a heart cut from white paper. His ears are a little pink valentine. His curly tail is gift-wrapping ribbon. He has a hot pink pom pom nose, a googly eye and drawn-on whiskers. Add stickers or cut hearts from paper to embellish the card.
Write a message inside.
A heart-shaped kite is being flown on a red ribbon string. It is soaring high towards the blue marker clouds. Tiny pink tissue paper ruffles give it some bling. Make the ruffles by inserting a pencil point inside the tissue square. Twist, remove and glue in place. This is a bit tedious, but the rest of the card is really simple.
Valentine’s Day isn’t just for sweethearts, engagements, and marriages. The whole family can have fun getting involved in honoring the Saint of Love. There are cards designed for all family members from grandmothers to aunts. School kids have either made or bought and traded valentines for generations. Remember that tissue covered and decorated shoe box in grade school? And who doesn’t just love a heart-shaped box of chocolates?
Cupcakes are popular Valentine’s Day treats. Pretty red, white and pink decorated cupcakes make any Valentine’s Day celebration better. They can also make a great homemade gift.
There are lots of fun ways to decorate Valentine’s Day cupcakes: red, white and pink sprinkles, candy hearts, white or pink frosting. Don’t ignore chocolate frosting and decor either. After all, chocolate is the elixir of love.
Teddy Bear Sweetheart Cupcakes
Best Valentine Cupcakes
This year, out do all the other Valentine cupcakes with sweetheart teddy bear cupcakes. Almost too cute to eat, they are sure to be a hit with everyone. They aren’t just adorable, they taste divine. These sweetheart teddy bear cupcakes are made with a moist red velvet cake mix.
A moist red velvet cake mix is perfect for sweetheart teddy bear cupcakes.
Fill the cupcake liners a just little bit fuller than normal. This gives the cupcakes a nice round shape that will be cuter for the teddy bear sweetheart cupcakes. Don’t overfill though, or you will end up with something that resembles a nuclear explosion mushroom cloud!
Decorating Sweetheart Teddy Bear Cupcakes
The cream cheese frosting for these cute valentine cupcakes is lightly tinted pink. The cupcakes are then sprinkled with finely shredded coconut. This gives the teddy bear cupcakes a fuzzy, cuddly look.
Sweetheart Teddy Bears Muzzle and Nose
Kraft now markets Strawberry-mallows. These pale pink strawberry flavored marshmallows are available in a regular marshmallow shape and in valentine shapes. They are perfect for creating the sweetheart teddy bear’s muzzle and ears.
Sweetheart Teddy Bear Cupcake’s Flavors
Add the flavor of a Maraschino cherry nose and semi-sweet chocolate chip eyes for a sensational tasting cupcake. The tastes of coconut and cream cheese frosting complete this delectable treat. Yum!
For delectable, delicious and really cute Valentine cupcakes give sweetheart teddy bear cupcakes a try!
Coastal dwellers love anything with a ‘beachy’ look. At Christmastime, you are likely to find beach-themed Christmas ornaments and other nautical decorations in their homes.
However, these days you don’t have to live by the sea to enjoy beach-themed decor. Even folks in Kansas can incorporate a nautical theme thanks to online ordering. These beachy ornaments will help you achieve a nautical look for your holiday decor.
If you live near the beach or take vacations there, be sure to comb the beach and the shops for shells to make ornaments next Christmas.
Santa From the Sea
Starfish are generally hard to find on most beaches, and if you do find one that is still alive, tossing it back to sea is a good thing to do. They can be found in souvenir shops at the beach and ordered on line.
The star fish Santa is painted with red and white acrylic paints. His belt and boots are black. He has a foil belt buckle. Paint his face pink after the beard and hat have dried. Then,when the face has dried, attach tiny wiggly eyes and a red pom pom nose with hot glue. Add a white pom pom to Santa’s hat.
Oyster Shell Ornaments
Finding Oyster Shells
Oyster shells are harder to find for the in-lander. Islanders can find them scattered abundantly on the beach. One place you can find them is at restaurants that serve oysters. However, the green thing to do these days is to send the shells back to oyster farms where they are used to grow new crops of oysters. The ones lying sun-bleached on the beach are best to use. Otherwise, they must be soaked for a while in a solution of bleach and water.
Oyster Shell Santa
There is something about the shape of an oyster shell that lets us paint a Santa face. Paint the bottom white for a beard . Red paint and a pom pom completes Santa’s hat. Glue on small wiggly eyes, red pom pom nose and a white Santa hat pom pom.
Golden Oyster Shell Ornament
The golden oyster shell ornament is a breeze to make and looks very elegant. Larger oyster shells have differing, interesting shapes.Simply spray some with gold spray paint. Then just attach a fancy bow with hot glue and add an ornament hanger. How easy is that!
Sand Dollar Ornaments
Finding Sand Dollars
Sand dollars are my favorite find in beach combing. They are harder to find that oyster shells but easier than star fish. On the beach, they are usually buried underneath the sand just at the shore line. They will need to be bleached for ornament making. Sand dollars can be bought by the dozens in seaside souvenir shops and on-line. They are very inexpensive.
Sand dollars have a natural imprint on them that resembles a flower with five petals. Turn this into a poinsettia, or Christmas flower with acrylic paint. A rim of glitter adds some bling. Spraying them with clear Krylon will give them a glossy look and help protect from breakage.
Clear Fill-able Ornaments
Clear fill-able ornaments can be purchased at craft shops or ordered on-line.These can be used to make pretty ornaments with things found on the beach. Believe it or not, beach sand can actually be ordered, but it has to be bought in bulk. The lowest amount is 25 pounds. You will want to get white craft sand from a craft supply store. Better yet, the next time you get to visit the beach, get a little sand in your shell-collecting bucket along with some tiny shells. Then you will have what you need to make a pretty beach–scape ornament.
Sea Glass Ornament
Sea glass is old broken glass that has been tossed and churned about for many years. It is smooth and has a frosty look. Some sea glass is rare, and its rarity is determined by color. Green, white and brown are the most common. Red, blue, amber, orange and some shades of green are rare.
Sea glass is a hobby for some people, and it is much sought after. Authentic sea glass can be ordered, but it is rather pricey. Fortunately for me, I have my own collection of sea glass that I have collected over time.
Sea glass can also be made artificially by a special tumbling process that gives it the frosty look of real sea glass. Craft grade sea glass is available on-line and in craft supply stores. Fill a clear ornament with some sea glass, authentic or manufactured. Tie it on the tree with a pretty green ribbon.
Simple Nautical Wreath
All it takes is two natural grapevine wreaths, shells, starfish and some Christmas ribbons to make these simple yet nautical wreaths. Or just make one! Just hot glue your beach finds to the wreaths. Add long, long ribbons. Or just make one!
Rudolph the Red-nosed Palm Bark
Spray a piece of palm bark with clear acrylic for a little shine. Then just glue on huge googly eyes and a big red pom pom.
Homemade Ornaments, Gifts and Party Favors to Make For Christmas
Celebrate the Season of Joy! Make pretty Christmas crafts with these homemade Christmas craft ideas.Use these ideas for ornaments, give them out for party favors, or use them as special homemade gifts.
Ideas are included for younger and older children. Even adult crafters will enjoy some of these Christmas craft ideas. They don’t require a lot or preparation,and the materials used are easy to obtain and inexpensive. So get out the craft box and add some homemade fun to the holiday.
Christmas Crafts for Younger Kids
Craft Stick Christmas Ornaments
Craft sticks can be used to make really cute ornaments. Craft sticks are merely Popsicle sticks or tongue depressors. You don’t have to save them up. They can be bought by the box in the crafts department. Turn them into refrigerator magnets by gluing magnets on the back. These inexpensive magnets can be purchased in the craft section of department stores. Moms and grandmothers will cherish these ornaments and magnets year after year.
There is no cutting involved with craft stick ornaments. Little kids can do a lot on their own. They get a sense of self accomplishment and the ornaments look quite impressive.
How to Make a Rudolph Craft Stick Ornament
There are different versions to this craft. Use the narrow Popsicle size for one and the wider, tongue depressor size for another. Paint sticks brown or leave natural. Twigs can be antlers or antlers can be the tips of the craft sticks
You will need:
craft sticks, either size
ribbon or hanger
small red pompoms
How to make:
paint sticks if preferred, or leave natural
let dry and glue into a triangle shape
leave some of the two side craft sticks over-lapping the top to form antlers. (or glue without the over-lap and glue on twig antlers.
add ribbon, yarn or cold cord for a hanger.
How to Make a Snowflake Ornament
You will need:
Popsicle-size craft stick
white poster or acrylic paint and paint brushes
clear plastic crystal beads
yarn or silver cord for a hanger
How to make:
paint the six craft sticks white
allow to dry
glue on clear beads with white clear-drying glue
add a hanger
How to Make a Sweet Gum Ball Ornament
Very safe for young children to make, older crafters will enjoy this project as well. Sweet gum ball homemade Christmas ornaments will add a touch of nature to the tree. Sweet gum balls are plentiful in late fall and early winter. Just search the ground underneath the sweet gum trees.
You will need:
sweet gum balls
wooden tooth picks
How to make:
stick a toothpick in each hole around the sweet gum ball. use a dab of glue to help anchor it.
paint sweet gum ball and toothpicks white
shake on silver glitter while the paint is still wet
Dry and glue on a piece of ribbon or yarn for a hanger
How to Make a Reindeer Hand Print Keepsake
You will need:
brown craft foam (construction paper may also be used)
brown finger paint
large-size wiggly eyes
medium to large red pom pom
How to make:
cut a large triangle from the craft foam or paper
child makes hand prints with paint on white paper
cut out hand prints and glue on for antlers
add a fringe of brown paper to the forehead
glue on eyes and nose
Christmas Crafts for Older Kids to Make
Older kids and adults like to make ornaments and party favors. They look for ornament ideas that will make good gifts for friends’ Christmas trees. They can also help younger kids make things. For example, the candy cane reindeer are great for kids to pass out at school. They can also be hung on the tree or put in stockings. Older kids and adults can help with the gluing.
How to Make Candy Cane Reindeer Party Favors
What you need:
wrapped candy canes
small pom poms
small wiggly eyes
brown chenille stems
How to make:
hot glue eyes and nose on candy cane
cut chenille stem in half
bend stem to form an antler
glue on two antlers
How to Make a Recycled Light Bulb Santa Ornament
You Will Need:
burned out light bulb
small wiggly eyes
yarn or ribbon for the hanger
small red pompom
medium-size white pompom
How to Make:
paint the top part of the light bulb red
glue on the wiggly eyes
add a red pom pom nose
paint on rosy pink cheeks and red mouth
glue cotton on the bottom part of the bulb for a beard
form eyebrows and moustache from cotton and glue in position
glue on ribbon for a hanger
How to Make a Fan Ornament
The secret to making this pretty fan ornament lies in the measuring, folding, trimming and gluing techniques. Use these colors or others. Gold, pink and white would look pretty.
What you need:
metallic gift wrap
colored tissue gift wrap (in two colors)
card stock (an old file folder works)
How to make:
begin by cutting three 4″ x 5″ inch pieces of metallic wrap
fold each piece accordion (fan) style
trim the ends so that each pleat will be even
open up and put a dab of hot glue between each pleat at the bottom only
lay aside. repeat process for two pieces of tissue the same size.
use white glue, not hot glue for gluing the tissue wrap pleats
cut one longer rectangle in the second color, 4″ x 7″.
fold and glue in the same fashion
next, it is time to glue the fan pieces together
then cut a card stock strip only as long and wide as the fan
glue the fan to the strip with hot glue. trim as needed
add lace, bows and a bead with hot glue
important: use hot glue when gluing tissue to metallic wrap sparingly. use white glue for gluing tissue wrap to tissue wrap
How to Make a Pot of Pinwheel Poinsettias
The poinsettia flower has been used in Christmas decorating for a long time. These poinsettias won’t shed or need special care. They are made of paper using a basic pinwheel cut-an-fold as illustrated. These can be left plain if preferred, but I like to use glitter on mine to add some bling. Try other colors like pink and white. Pinwheel poinsettias can be placed on mantels, table tops or shelves or “planted” in a planter. Coordinate the tissue wrap with the poinsettia colors.
What you need:
red and green construction paper
red and green tissue wrap
three wooden dowels
green acrylic paint
light green and yellow tissue
gold, red and green glitter
small plastic planting pot
How to make:
paint the wooden dowels green
set aside to dry
cut half of a sheet of 9″ x 11″ of red and green paper for each poinsettia
“square off” the paper by folding and cutting as shown(you should have a perfect square that is 5 and 7/8th inches on each side
Fold in marked corners to the middle and glue to secure
Make a red and green pinwheel for each flower
Attach together with the red pinwheel on top and turned at an angle so the green pinwheel shows
glue wads of light green and yellow tissue in the center
make a “wash” with part white glue to part water
using a paint brush apply the wash to petals and the flower’s center
quickly sprinkle red glitter on red petals and green glitter on green petals
sprinkle gold glitter to the flowers center
If making into a planter, hot glue the poinsettias to the wooden dowel.
Place in planter with floral foam and cover planter with red, pink or white tissue wrap
Cute Christmas cupcakes mean so much to kids during the holidays. Mothers bake and decorate them to send to school, church bazaars, kid”s parties or just to have them at home.
The possibilities for cupcake decorating ideas for kids are limited only by the imagination and what decorating items you can find. Fortunately, at this time of year, grocery and department stores are well stocked with things to help with your Christmas cupcakes.
Past Christmas Cupcake Decorating
I was a little disappointed when I couldn’t find some of the things I have used in the past for Christmas cupcake recipes. Those strands of little candy canes in cellophane seem to not exist anymore. I have yet to find any ‘reindeer corn.’ Reindeer corn, which is green,red and white candy corn makes cute Christmas cupcakes. Just ice the cupcake and form a flower with it in the center. Tiny candy canes and red and green sprinkles used to be a tradition for my Christmas cupcake decorating.
New Items for Creative New Cupcakes
There are newer candies available that save the day for kid’s Christmas cupcakes. We used Rips, which are squares of red and green licorice candy, mini M&Ms, decorating gels and colorful sprinkles.
The kids are out of school for a long break. Schedule an afternoon of fun by decorating Christmas cupcakes with them. It is a good way to help them develop their creativity. Bake and ice the cupcakes, then set out some of these sprinkles, gels and other colorful candies. The kids will enjoy decorating, eating and sharing their creations.
Here are some inspirations to get you started.
Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer Cupcake
Ice cooled cupcakes with your favorite chocolate frosting. Form the muzzle with a vanilla wafer and add a red M&M nose. The eyes are blue mini M&Ms. The antlers are added with mini pretzels. Use chocolate piping to outline a mouth and add pupils to the eyes .
tip: Just put some frosting in a plastic baggie and cut a small slit at the tip on the bottom. Then squeeze on the piping.
Santa’s Hat Cupcake
For the Santa’s hat, use red icing that is bought in tubes. It is impossible to tint white frosting red with food dye. It will just turn pink. Frost the cupcake first and then carefully frost a small ice cream cone. Invert the cone on the cupcake. Add mini-marshmallow fur and a pom pom at the tip.
The red and green licorice squares have a shimmery sugar coating that makes a lovely poinsettia. Use kitchen shears to trim the petals from the pieces. Use a yellow mini M&M for the flower’s center.
Abstract Design Tree Cupcake
The abstract Christmas tree design is easy to achieve with a tube of green cake decorating gel. Add round dot sprinkles to represent the ornaments.
Have fun with Christmas cupcake decorating ideas for kids. You will create memories for a lifetime that they will in turn pass on.
Thanksgiving is such a great holiday for teaching Early American History to kids.They love learning about the First Thanksgiving and all about Pilgrims and Indians.
There are plays, skits, crafts and Thanksgiving dinners for school and daycare groups. Thanksgiving activities are a big part of American culture.Parents look forward to what the kids made at school or daycare for Thanksgiving. These Thanksgiving activities for kids are easy to do. The materials are minimal and easy to get.This is what makes them so good for last minute crafts and snacks for school, daycare or at home.
Thanksgiving Craft and Snack Ideas
Not only are these last minute snack and craft ideas for Thanksgiving easy to prepare for, they are also multi-leveled. Use them for preschool Thanksgiving crafts. Older children can create these Thanksgiving crafts with minimal help from adults.
Last minute snack and craft ideas for Thanksgiving are great for home schooling, busy Moms, daycare and busy teachers of younger kids.
Thankful Turkey Feathers
This thankful turkey is made by painting two Styrofoam balls with brown acrylic paint. One (the head) is smaller than the other (the body). This turkey has googly eyes and a snood and wattle made of a red chenille pipe cleaner. Form an orange beak triangle. Attach the Styrofoam balls together with hot glue and add features. Attach him to a set of craft foam or heavy cardboard feet.
Child or teacher can cut paper feathers. They can color Popsicle sticks with markers for the feathers to be glued on. The feathers can then be easily stuck into the turkey’s Styrofoam body.
This Thanksgiving craft for kids can be used in different ways.
For Younger Kids:
Thankful turkey feathers make a great literacy lesson for little ones. The early childhood teacher will create the turkey craft. She will provide ‘feathers’ for individual kids on which to write things they are thankful for .
For Older Kids:
Older kids can be more involved in the creation of the turkey that holds the ‘thankful feathers.’
This is a great craft for kids to take home. Parents will love to use it for a Thanksgiving decoration. Kids will be so proud!
It is also a good group activity for the early childhood classroom. Use it as a table centerpiece for a parent-child Thanksgiving luncheon.
Thanksgiving Snack ForKids
Kids of all ages will like this healthy turkey snack. It is made with the following:
A pear sliced vertically
Red and yellow apple slices
Raisins and craisins
Cheddar cheese triangles
Slice a pear vertically and place on a plate. Add grape halves and red and yellow apple slices as shown for feathers. This turkey has a craisin snood, raisin eyes and an apple slice wattle. They are attached with tooth pick halves. Take care when serving young children to remove the tooth picks.
Cheesy beak and feet make this nutritious snack complete.
This is a great snack for those day care programs that are open almost to the last minute for the holiday.
Indian Corn Napkin Rings
Indian corn napkin rings are a great last minute project that will impress parents. Use empty toilet tissue holders and tissue paper in Indian corn colors. They make very nice napkin holders that will really add to the Thanksgiving dinner table.
For Younger Kids:
Use tissue ‘squares’ that are about 3″x 3″. This is a good activity for fine muscle development. Let the kids ball the squares with their fingers. Help them glue to a half of a toilet tissue roll. They can even practice patterning as a math skill. See how the one roll has a color pattern started. Patterning is an important math skill for young children.
For Older Kids:
Older children have greater fine motor skills and a longer attention span. They can also be directed to cut tissue ‘squares’. Use smaller squares for them.
Harvest Fruit Sun Catchers
Parents really love it when kids bring home things for holidays. It is the perfect time to brag. Many times holiday craft projects are kept as memorabilia for many years. This can be difficult for teachers of really young kids with limited skills. Harvest fruit sun catchers involve little ones for a nice looking Thanksgiving craft to send home. Skills for this project vary from easy to harder. Tissue shapes are glued to wax paper fruit cut-outs inside fruit frames of black construction paper. Use a white crayon for tracing fruit shapes.
For Younger Kids:
Prepare materials. Let them glue pre-cut tissue pieces to fruit shapes.
For Older Kids:
Older children can cut and trace their own fruit shapes from patterns. They can also cut the tissue shapes.
Harvest Fruit From Paper Strips
These apples and pumpkins can fill a basket for a table centerpiece for the day care Thanksgiving dinner. Toss them into a basket with mini pumpkins and gourds. Parents are sure to be impressed.
For Younger Kids
These students can practice cutting skills using safety scissors. Help them adjoin four strips with paper fasteners. Assist with cutting and attaching stems.
For Older Kids
Older kids can follow directions and complete this activity with minimal assistance.
Don’t send the kids home for Thanksgiving this year without a cute Thanksgiving craft that they made in school or daycare !
Fruit kabobs are a fun way for kids to eat fruit. Fruit is an extremely important part of anyone’s diet but especially for kids’ diets. Fruit kabobs make it more likely that kids will eat fruit. Anything that is fun is better!
Do you need a centerpiece idea for your Thanksgiving table? This clever rainbow fruit kabob that looks like a turkey is sure to be a winner. It is a fun project to do with the kids for Thanksgiving. Getting them involved in preparing a holiday meal is lots of fun and a good way to spend quality time together.
It’s never too soon to help kids become aware of the health benefits of fruit and other healthy foods. Getting them into the habit of eating healthy foods now is a benefit that will pay off for them later in life. Even young children can become aware of how each food helps certain parts of the body.
Use the information after the post for a quick reference. While making rainbow fruit kabob turkeys, discuss with the kids how each fruit helps us stay healthy.
An Edible Centerpiece
Guests will love this fruit kabob edible centerpiece. An easy-to-make, delicious chocolate fruit dip in a bowl is the turkey’s body. Dip in some “fruity feathers” for a tasty appetizer. The turkey’s head is a crunchy pear. His beady eyes are blueberries skewered into mini marshmallows with toothpicks. His beak is an orange wedge, his snood is the pointy end of strawberries and his wattle is a slice of crispy red apple. Attach these parts to the pear with halves of toothpicks. Give the turkey two carrot strip legs and orange wedge feet. He will be almost too cute to eat!
How To Make A Rainbow Fruit Kabob Turkey
Materials And Ingredients:
assorted fruit (grapes, kiwi, strawberries, pineapple, cantaloupe)
two mini marshmallows
endive (optional, for grass)
small glass bowl
chocolate dip (easy recipe below)
Assembling The Fruit Kabob Turkey
Skewer three grapes and push to about one inch from the end.
Add pineapple chunks, kiwi and strawberry slices, and cantaloupe chunks.
Top with three grapes in a smaller size for the “feather tips”.
(10-12 skewers of fruit will make a turkey with a full spread of feathers.)
Attach the turkey’s features to the pear with toothpicks. Now attach the turkey’s head to the bottom of a skewer of fruit near the middle.
Easy Chocolate Fruit Dip Recipe
This easy recipe uses only three ingredients!
Melt 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate morsels. Mix with a package of softened cream cheese and two cups Cool Whip.
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Finger plays are an important part of the early childhood classroom. The flow and rhyme of the words help develop important language skills such as reading and writing. They are useful for introducing certain concepts like counting and ordinal numbers to children.
Five Little Pumpkins has been a favorite October finger play for generations. Delight preschoolers, kindergartners and first graders with teacher-made pumpkin puppets to use with Five Little Pumpkins.
They are easily made from real miniature pumpkins. Slits cut in the bottom for inserting a craft stick is the trick to turning these mini pumpkins into puppets!
Using Pumpkin Puppets
Use the pumpkin puppets at circle time as a reward for five children to hold as the group recites the rhyme. Pumpkin puppets are a great addition to the creative dramatics center during the month of October. They also make a cute table decoration at home!
Materials Needed For Pumpkin Puppets
5 miniature pumpkins
3 green chenille stems
5 craft sticks
2 sheets of 11/2 x 9 green construction paper
Directions For Making Pumpkin Puppets
Draw a jack-o-lantern face on each mini pumpkin with a black permanent marker
Cut a slit in the bottom large enough to insert a craft stick. (Use the wide craft sticks.)
Draw and cut out 5 leaves and stems.
Cut a one-inch wide strip from a sheet of the green construction paper. Cut this in half to use for the pumpkin stem.
Score one side of the strip to form tabs. Roll into a tube and glue ends together. (see picture below)
Add a little green glitter to the edges of the leaves for a frosty look.
Attach stems, leaves and vines with a hot glue gun and glue sticks.
Coil half of a chenille stem around your finger to form a vine.
Now place these near a chart size copy of Five Little Pumpkins for lots of learning fun!
Have you ever noticed how spooky a dead tree looks? A walk through the woods or a country neighborhood will likely let you find at least one dead tree. For some reason, probably disease or insects, these poor trees kicked the bucket. Maybe, like humans, trees grow old and die. Old dead apple and pear trees are common, their gnarled branches knotted up like an old witch’s extremities.
With some imagination, these spooky looking branches could turn into some really cool Halloween decor. Spray paint the branch with black spray paint.Tuck them into vases or incorporate them in Halloween-themed floral arrangements. The twists and curves of the gnarled branches would add interest and dimension to so many different arrangements.
This old dead branch is anchored in a plastic jack-o-lantern with rocks. This is the least expensive and most sustainable way to do this. Covering the opening with floral moss, Spanish moss or even dried leaves will hide the rocks.
Simply twist strands of purple and orange mini-lights among the branches of the old dead tree. The kids can decorate this Halloween tree further with paper cut-outs of bats and ghosts.
Use your imagination and create variations on the Halloween tree!