During the winter months when the snow is falling outside and after the snow angels are made and the hot chocolate warms them up, check out this fantastic site for creative and unique crafts for the little folks.
Scissors Craft for Children
Some of the fun & neat activites are:
- African Art
- Fold Art
- Much More
So get those scissors, markers, crayons and paper out for those cold days!
County Fairs are so much fun! Delicious food, fantastic exhibits, fun animals and a comforting ambiance. I am going to enter some items into the Nowata County Fair this year. I want to encourage everyone to enter some items in their county fair. The more exhibits in the Fair, the better the Fair. I will be sharing a series of my 2009 county fair exhibits.
My exhibit into Open Class Photography/Adult Division
Oklahoma Prairie Wildflowers
Showy Evening Primrose
Prairie Field of Golden Coreopsis
The Nowata County Free Fair has a Stick Horse Rodeo and a Pedal Tractor Pull, doesn’t that sound like alot of fun for young and old alike! County Fairs are an integral part of our American heritage. Most county fairs are held at the local fairgrounds and the office may have the fair books or will know where to obtain the books. The booklets provide all the information about the sections, divisions and classes for exhibits. Share some news about your county fair!
Alex & Ruby cooling off on the 108 degree heat index day this summer. This activity can last for hours and then they invade the kitchen for jell-o, popsicles, mandarin oranges, cheese sticks, etc. This weekend Ruby had already ate two popsicles and wanted a third, to which I replied “No, we need to eat something different.” I watched her little face and could tell the wheels were turning, she said “Can I have a different popsicle?” My reply was “Good try, Rub!”
We had a Hawaiian Culture Day with grass skirts, leis, hula, pineapple tidbits! I bought the outfits at the dollar store. We read about Hawaiian culture, ate pineapple and looked at Pineapple Plants. We watch Lilo & Stitch (a good movie for their age).
Hawaiian Culture Day
We have had to replace the pool because Alex decided that she needed to drive her bicycle into the pool; poked a few holes. She learned a lesson. After a talk about inflatable pools and sharp objects, a new pool was purchased on sale and will be inflated today. I developed a method of keeping the pool relatively clean this summer, which I will share with you.
Pool Cleaning Process:
- they step in and out of the pool in a plastic wash pan to lessen grass, etc.
- once a week I pour about 5 cups of bleach into the water (a day when the pool will not be used)
- the next day I top off the pool with fresh water
- about every 3 weeks I empty water out and clean and fill with completely new water
- I use the old water for my flowers and garden ( be careful about the bleach amount)
We have lots of cool fun filled hours with a $10 pool! They have a canvas folding chair to lay their towels on for drying off and lots of pool toys.
This weekend I covered one set of my iron patio chairs while I watched the girls swimming, so I was able to multi-task. I will share the process and finished product this week. I hope you and yours have had some fun enjoying the great outdoors this summer.
I chanced upon an estate sale a few weeks ago, of course, my van took over and drove down the street to the sale. I have been looking for a small table for my grandbabies, so they could eat or craft or color at their level. All the table sets that I have seen either are too cheaply built or just not appealing or too pricey for my pocketbook. However, I found several pieces of furniture for the grandbabies at this sale!
A very sturdy red round table, which I added the three vintage metal child size folding chairs I had already purchase at a yard sale last year. $8.00
A 60s vintage wooden doll highchair. $5.00
A 60s vintage white doll cradle. $5.00
A 60’s vintage green mod chair. $2.00
A vintage woven basket with lid. $1.00
Wee Folk Furniture
Vintage Doll Cradle
Recently purchased a scrap of pink quilted material (.25 cents) which I will use to make a doll quilt for the cradle. I plan on making a tie-quilt mattress and a pillow, maybe using pink flannel.
Pink Quilted Scrap
I purchased 4 $1.00 coloring books and a plastic pencil case for crayons and markers to put into the woven basket.
Coloring Book & Crayons Storage Basket
$21.00 bought quite a few treasures for the grandbabies! Compared to the price and quality of new children’s furniture that I could have purchased, these things were fantastic bargains. I know that many of you have thrifted pieces of child’s furniture, etc. and fashioned children’s play space so leave a comment with a link to the great ideas.
1960s Mod Chair
Blue Bird Eggs
Both of my granddaughters go to a church sponsored Mother’s Day Out Program to give their mamas and nanny a break to do errands, work, clean, etc. However, both programs are in a town 20 miles away, which can be a problem, depending on who is doing what, going where and can be a day spent in town trying to find something to do until 3:00 o’clock. We have decided not to enroll the girls in the Summer Program but still give everyone a break. One girl will go to her aunt’s house to spend the day with her cousin and one day both will come to nanny’s house.
So I have made some plans for both girls on the days they are at my house and I thought I would share the plans with my friends.
- Mix all ingredients in a medium saucepan.
- Cook over medium heat until a dough forms a ball. Stirring constantly.
- Remove from heat and put on wax paper and knead until smooth.
- Will keep for a long time in a plastic container.
- Make several different colors.
Find cookie cutters, small wooden rolling pin and other items to have fun with the playdough. I have bought both girls a themed (I let them choose the theme; their choice; no fussing, etc.) plastic placemat for rolling out the playdough. Here is another recipe for playdough which would be fun to eat (only when fresh!)
Peanut Butter Playdough
Mix all ingredients.
Add enough powdered milk to make playdough dry enough to handle.
Shape into balls.
Use chocolate chips, raisins, dry cranberries, seasonal sprinkles for decorating.
Easter: Stir in chow main noodles for bird’s nest and use small jelly beans for the eggs.
Using the small refrigerated biscuits.
- 1 can Refrigerated Biscuits
- 1 jar Pizza Sauce
- Pepperoni Slices
- Mozzarella Cheese
- Flatten biscuits, either by hand or a small rolling pin.
- Spread sauce on top.
- Put a layer of pepperoni.
- Cover with the cheese.
- Bake at 425 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.
Pigs in a Blanket
- 1 10-count refrigerated biscuits
- 5 hot dogs
- 5 slices of cheese
- Flatten out biscuits.
- Cut hot dogs and cheese in half.
- Cut a slit in the hod dog and insert a piece of cheese.
- Place the hot dog in the middle of the biscuit and then wrap the biscuit around it.
- Bake at 350 degrees until biscuits are browned.
- Must haves: ketchup and honey mustard for dipping.
Peanut Butter n’ Jelly Hot Pockets
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Flatten biscuits into a round circle.
On the center place 1 tbsp of peanut butter and 1 tsp jelly.
Fold the biscuit over and use a fork to crimp the edges.
Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for about 15 minutes or until browned.
Let biscuits cool slightly (8to 10 minutes) before eating, we do not want any burned tongues!
Fruit Juice Popsicles
- Buy a set of freezer popsicles forms; these can usually be found in the “summer” section of the discount stores or $1 shops.
- Pour fruit juice into the forms and put in freezer until frozen. Great for a hot afternoon outside, less mess.
- 1 can of halved pears
- red hot candies
- slivered almonds
- cottage cheese
- On a small plate put one of the pear halves upside down.
- Make very small slits for a red hot candy for a nose, raisins for eyes and almonds for ears.
- Put a small dip of cottage cheese at the large end of the pear for the bunny’s tail.
Just a few of the plans for a fun and active summer for two little girls. I will keep you updated on the exciting home-grown Mother’s Day Out that will be starting in late May! I hope the weather is warmer! It is a cold and sunny April day!
Sweet Baby Bird