June 29, 2016

Fourth of July treat (Red, White, and Blue finger Jell-O)

a.      Ingredients
                                                              i.      2 (3-ounce) boxes strawberry Jello
                                                            ii.      2 (3-ounce) boxes berry blue Jello

                                                          iii.      1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

                                                           iv.      4 (0.25-ounce) envelopes unflavored gelatin (i.e. Knox)

                                                             v.      Boiling water
b.      Directions
                                                              i.      Spray an 8-inch or 9-inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
                                                            ii.       In a small bowl, stir together 1 box of the strawberry Jello, ½ an envelope of the Knox gelatin and 1 cup of the boiling water, ensuring everything has dissolved. Pour into the prepared pan and place in the refrigerator to set, about 15 minutes.
                                                          iii.      Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir together the sweetened condensed milk and 1 cup boiling water. In a separate small bowl, sprinkle 2 envelopes of the unflavored gelatin over ½ cup cold water. Allow to sit for 5 minutes. Add ½ cup boiling water to the unflavored gelatin mixture and stir to dissolve. Pour into the sweetened condensed milk mixture and stir to combine.
                                                           iv.      Once the red layer is set, pour 1 cup of the milk mixture over the red layer. Place in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes.
                                                             v.      Repeat the layers, alternating the red and blue between the white layers, with blue being your last layer. Ensure that the colored Jello mixtures cool to room temperature before pouring over the previous set layer.
                                                           vi.      Once all of the layers have been poured, refrigerate for at least 4 hours. When ready to serve, run a thin knife around the edges of the pan and turn the Jello out onto a cutting board. Cut into squares and serve, refrigerating any leftovers.

June 22, 2016

Summer fun!

Summer is here and the kids are out of school! Instead of the kids watching tv or playing video games all day, let’s get them out and about! There are so many great activities that you can do as a family that the kids will enjoy!

                   i.      Making cookies for ice cream sandwiches
1.      It’s starting to get really hot out there and what sounds better than a yummy ice cream sandwich!?  Make some cookies, put some ice cream between two cookies, and you’ve got yourself a perfect summer treat! This works with both store bought and homemade cookie dough.
                   ii.      Visit a museum you have never been to
1.      Museums can be a fun way for kids to continue learning even when they are out of school! Find a local museum that sounds fun and interesting for the whole family. It’ll be fun learning new things together!
                   iii.      Have a water balloon fight
1.      This is something that the kids will especially love and it is a perfect way to keep cool during the hot summer! Make teams and let the fun, competitive side in all of you come out!


June 17, 2016

Kwik Stix Ice Cream Cone

Kwik Stix Ice Cream Cones & Sundaes
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What you need:
ü  Kwik Stix  (assorted colors)
ü  5 sheets of blank white paper
ü  3 white paper plates


How to:

1.    Use Kwik Stix to paint a crisscross pattern on both sides of a paper plate.
2.    Roll the paper plate into a cone or cup and fasten it with scotch tape.
3.    For your ice cream with sprinkles, paint a white piece of paper with dots of color. Once you are done, crumple these pieces of paper into a ball.
4.    Attach the scoops of ice cream to the cone or cup.

5.    Add ribbon and a red circle for whipped cream and a cherry. (optional)

June 16, 2016

Father's Day Bookmark

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What you need:

ü Kwik Stix  (assorted colors)
ü 1 White sheet of paper
ü Ribbon in color(s) of your choice
ü 1 Paper plate


How to:
1.   Use Kwik Stix to paint a coloring page for your bookmark.
2.   When you are finished painting, cut the image.
3.   Attach it to the paper plate and cut around the image. This will make a sturdier bookmark.
4.   Attach three ribbons to the bottom of the bookmark.

June 15, 2016

Father's Day Cards

 Father’s Day Cards
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What you need:

ü Kwik Stix  (assorted colors)
ü 2 White sheets of paper
ü Paper plate

How to:

1.    Use Kwik Stix to paint a coloring page with a Father’s Day theme.
2.    When you are finished painting, cut the words out. This is the front of your card.
3.    Fold a blank sheet of paper so that it is the same width of your cut out words. Trim paper to the width of the front of the card.
4.    Write a message on the inside of the card.
5.    Attach the front of the card to the back.

Tip: To create a sturdier card, use a paper plate or light cardboard as backing to the front and back of your card.

How to:

1.    With a blank sheet of white paper, fold each side so that they meet in the middle. (Landscape orientation)
2.    Next, fold the top of the touching corners to create the collar of the shirt
3.    Use Kwik Stix to paint the shirt. Add details your own details!

4.    Write your message on the inside of the card.

Make Dad A Homemade Paperweight For Father’s Day

What dad wouldn’t love a paperweight created by his kids? This is the perfect craft for any businessman to have in his office as a daily reminder of how his kids feel about him. You could even make two of these crafts. You could make one rock say Dad and the other one say Rocks. You’d have a set of paperweights instead of just one.

a.      What you need for this craft
                                                              i.      1 rock heavy enough to weigh down paper, about a palm size
                                                            ii.      Acrylic paint or Kwik Stix which dry even faster! (use whatever color is your dad’s favorite color)
                                                          iii.      Gold glitter glue
                                                           iv.      Paintbrush
                                                             v.      Acrylic sealer spray
                                                           vi.      Black marker
                                                         vii.      Soap and Water
                                                       viii.      Towel
                                                           ix.      Gift Bag

b.      How to make this Father’s Day craft with your kids
                                                              i.      Choose a rock that is heavy enough to hold papers down without getting blown away.
                                                            ii.      Wash rock and be sure you get all of the cracks and crevices.
                                                          iii.      Wipe the water off with a towel.
                                                           iv.      Allow rock to air dry.
                                                             v.      When rock is thoroughly dry, paint with acrylic paint.
                                                           vi.      Once the paint is dry add a second coat.
                                                         vii.      Once this coat is dry, add a thin layer of the glitter glue.
                                                       viii.      Once your layer of glitter glue is dry, write the words “Dad rocks” on the rock
                                                           ix.      Allow to dry overnight.
                                                             x.      Get an adult to spray the whole surface of the rock with the acrylic sealer.

                                                          xi.      Put in a decorative bag to give to Dad on Father’s day.