Friday, May 8, 2015

Juicing Fun - May 8, 2015

I threw the leftover carrots (about 4-5 of them) into the juicer with about 4 valencia oranges and shared this drink with my 5 year old this morning.

Yummy! And so glad I got to use the carrots up before they went bad.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Juicing Fun, May 6, 2015

This one has the ugliest color yet but is rather light and refreshing.

3 small apples, 2 celery hearts, 1 cucumber, and lots of leftover romaine lettuce.

We also needed to use up the last of the strawberries, so I made an apple and strawberry juice for my little guy.

Strawberries don't juice well in my machine, so it came out thick, more like a smoothie.

He didn't drink it all, so I froze the rest of it into popsicle molds.


Monday, May 4, 2015

Juicing Fun -May 4, 2015

We recently got a juicer and are loving it. Even my picky 5 year old loves the recipes.

This one is 1 velencia juicing orange plus 1 carrot.  I doubled the recipe so I could share it with my little guy.

It was yummy!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Balloon Craft

Balloon Craft

So, we saw a craft on facebook, and the little guy wanted to try it.

First you squeeze some candy into a balloon.  We did this by hand, but if you have a pvc pipe handy, you can put the end on the balloon on the pipe, and fill the balloon by dropping candy down the pipe.

Once you have a few pieces of candy, fill the balloon like you'd normally do, and tie a knot.  Now the candy is inside the balloon.

You dip some string (we used a cotton twine) in a mixture of glue and water, and the then wrap the balloon with the string.  If possible, try to use one long continuous piece of string.  Our string wasn't long enough, so we cut up smaller pieces to put over the balloon afterwards, to fill in large gaps.

You can also try to dye the glue mixture with food coloring.  We didn't want the mess of food coloring, so we tried watercolors, but we didn't use enough, and the color didn't show on the string.  but it was still fun to stir the color into the glue mixture.  The process is half the fun!

So, instead, after all the string was on the balloon, I used the food color dropper to drop some color on the string.  It didn't look very good at first, so I didn't use much, but then after it started drying, the string started absorbing the food color, and the color spread nicely through all the string.  phew!

Let it dry overnight.

Once dry and hardened, pop the balloon with a pin and carefully remove the balloon pieces through one of the gaps in the string.

Decorate a party table, use as party favors, or just give it to the kids as a treat. 

Adding glue to water and watercolors.

Stirring the water/glue/color mixture.  The process is half the fun!

Adding string

Added food color drops to the balloon. Doesn't look like much now, but the string will absorb the colors nicely overnight.
Ready to pop and remove the balloon.
After drying all night, you can see the food coloring has spread through the string.

Popping the balloon.  The extra glue that dripped caused it to deflate slowly, and not pop as expected. 

Kissing the ball of candy, which looks like a nest here.

Admiring his work.

Enjoying the loot from inside the twine egg.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Alex's Lego Walk Movie

Alex's Mini Lego Movie

Alex wanted to create a lego movie.  So, we set up a lego house, and took still pictures of the lego guy. We moved the lego guy and took another picture, until we had "walked" him to the other end of his yard.

We put the pictures into the free MovieMaker program, and added some music we found for free online.


Here's the finished short. Enjoy!


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Toys We Love - Q-bitz


 Qbitz link to Amazon

My 5 year old has been asking for Q-bitz since he saw it on a tv show, and today, he finally got it.  He was very excited.

Every player chooses a color to play with.  They each get identical 16 cubes.

You pick a random pattern card then see who creates the pattern first.  Since Alex is only 5 years old, we don't race, we wait until everyone finishes, and then high-five each other, although I did finish before him most times (except the one time I let him finish first).

The box says ages 8 and up, but younger kids can enjoy it if they take their time.

The game Q-bitz is currently on sale here on Amazon.

We finished this fun, but tricky, pattern together.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Toys We Love - Pattern Play

Pattern Play

Alex with his Pattern Play set

For his 5th birthday, Alex got Pattern Play from Mindware.

There are 40 colorful wooden blocks, and 40 pattern cards.  

Sometimes he'd follow the cards.  Other times he would make his own pattern, that did not exist on any card.

This kept him busy for a few hours.  It comes with a nice tray so the pieces do not shift when creating a pattern. It's also a good place to store the pieces neatly. But you could definitely create patterns and shapes outside the box.

You can BUY IT HERE.

 Pattern Play on Amazon