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Monday, January 19, 2015

A Positive Attitude - FHE Lesson

My children are going through a whiny phase.  (Please, tell me I'm not the only one!)  Hubby and I decided to teach a lesson on having a positive attitude to improve the mood in our home.

I started the lesson by telling my children the story of Lehi leaving his home and journeying into the wilderness.  We talked about how his family had to leave everything they had, their home, their friends, their money.  You can watch a short scripture video about this journey HERE.  I focused on the different reactions of his children (Laman & Lemuel, and Nephi).  We discussed how Laman and Lemuel whined and complained while Nephi chose to follow in faith.  I also told the story of how Nephi got the brass plates from Laban.  Again, Laman and Lemuel complained the whole time.  Watch the video HERE.

I asked my kids, "Would you rather take a journey with Laman and Lemuel or Nephi?"  Of course, they responded with Nephi.  I continued by asking, "Why?  What was better about traveling with Nephi?"  They told me that he was happy and didn't complain.  I explained to the children that it's the same in our home.  If we whine, fight, and complain we will not have the Lord's spirit in our home.

Then, I told the children that one thing we can do to keep a positive attitude is to think about the things we love and are grateful for.  I gave each child a different colored packet of Post-it notes.  I let them write down anything they loved on a note.

I put up a sign that says "Things We Love" (you can get your own sign for free at the bottom of this post).  Underneath, I told the kids that all month until Valentine's Day we would decorate the wall with things we love.  Whenever we felt unhappy, we could go to the wall and remember all of the things the lord has blessed us with.

Princess had a blast decorating the wall.  I love her little pictures.

Goofy pretends to write.  She told me what each note "said" before she put it up on the wall.

Apparently, Bud loves his hands.  He asked me to draw sticky note after sticky note of his hands.  Silly boy!

Here is your "Things We Love" banner.  Just save the picture to your computer, print it out, and make your banner.  You could make your wall all cute with little hearts instead of Post-it notes.  Oh, the possibilities!

Our wall is looking great.  I can't wait to see how full it gets by Valentine's Day!

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Purple People Eater Mix

"It was a one-eye, one-horn flying, purple people eater!"  I remember loving this song as kid.  (Who am I kidding?  I love it even now.)  After listening to it on Pandora, I had a sudden urge to make a purple people eater-themed treat (as if there isn't way too much junk food around during Halloween).
I used a the basic recipe for Christmas Crack.  It is caramel-y goodness in your mouth!  Basically, I used things that I already had around the house and it worked out beautifully.

I put some in a cup for Bud.

Bud approves!

Purple People Eater Mix
6-8 c Honey Nut Cheerios
1 1/2 c butter
2 c sugar
2 c corn syrup
neon purple food coloring (or mix red and blue; I just happened to have neon purple)
2 c marshmallows
1 bag chocolate chips
black and orange sprinkles

Measure out your Honey Nut Cheerios and put them onto a lightly sprayed cookie sheet.  In a large sauce pan cook butter, sugar, and corn syrup to soft ball stage (about 230 degrees on a candy thermometer).  Add food coloring to your desired color.  Pour over the cereal.  If the mix is too sticky add more Honey Nut Cheerios.  Mix with a wooden spoon until all of the Cheerios are covered.  Let cool.  When completely cooled, add marshmallows, chocolate chips, and sprinkles.  Enjoy!

My hubby thought that it was going to be fruit-flavored due to the purple coloring.  Have fun throwing people off!

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Grab the Ghost

When I was little my mom would make ghost suckers for my siblings and me.  They were a favorite Halloween treat.  Naturally, I wanted to carry on the tradition with my kids.

I let each of my kids cover the sucker with a tissue and tied it off with yarn.  Then, they used a Sharpie marker to add the eyes and mouth.  Easy enough!

Before they could have their sucker we played a couple rounds of grab the ghost.

How to Play:
Tie a long string to the sucker and gave each child a paper cup.
Place the sucker on the floor while holding onto the other end of the string.
Drag it all over the house while the kids try to catch it with their cup.  If they trap it they can eat it.

We haven't had that much giggling and sliding around on the floor in a long time.  Who knew something so simple could be so much fun?!

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Masking Tape Mummies

While browsing on Pinterest I came across these masking tape mummies.  I thought they were pretty cute, but I wanted to personalize them a little more for my kids.

I printed off black and white pictures of my kids.  You could print them directly onto cardstock.  I glued mine to some cardstock and then cut them out.  Give each child their own little picture.  Let them put masking tape all over.

They will love having their own, personalized mummy.

My kids decided they wanted their mummies to have scary eyes.  I let them use markers to add the finishing touches on their mummies.  These little guys followed my kids everywhere they went that day.

Do you have a favorite Halloween craft?  Leave a comment or a link to your craft below!

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Halloween Treat Bag Q-Tip Painting

I remember decorating a pillowcase to hold all of my Halloween candy when I was younger.  My kids are little and don't need a whole pillow case, but I thought they would enjoy decorating their own  treat bags.

All you'll need is some paint, tape, a paper plate, Q-tips, Halloween silhouettes (I made mine on PicMonkey), and treat bags.  I found bags at the dollar store that were exactly what I was looking for.

I cut out the silhouettes and let the kids tape them wherever they wanted on their bags.  Squirt the paint onto a plate, give your kids Q-tips, and let them go to town.

Two-year-old's love this activity!  Bud loves getting dirty.

Let them dry, take off the silhouettes, and you're all done!  We used glow-in-the-dark paint too.  The kids loved seeing their designs shining in the black light.

What do your kids put their candy in?

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Slime Creatures

My kids have a strong aversion to slimy, dirty, squirmy things.  Halloween is a fun time to try something new and somewhat gross.  I like my children to learn about different textures, so I decided to make slime creatures with them.

I used THIS recipe from Lolly Jane (mostly because their slime is Maleficent-themed; anyone who knows me knows that Maleficent is my favorite Disney villain).  I used enough Borax to make our slime thick and moldable.

I was surprised by how much fun my kids had squishing the slime.

After they had their fill of squishing, they rolled the slime into little balls and added eyes to their creatures.

Each creature was given a name and lovingly played with.  When it came time to put them away MANY tears were shed.

There are so many different slime recipes to try.  Here are a few that are on my list:

  1. Glow in the Dark Slime - A Pumpkin and a Princess
  2. Sparkly Slime - Learn, Play, Imagine
  3. Winter Snowflake Slime - Little Bins for Little Hands
  4. Chocolate Stretchy Slime - Fun at Home with Kids
  5. Borax Free Galaxy Slime - Twodaloo
Do you have a favorite slime recipe?  Share in the comments!

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Ghosts in the Graveyard

I like to take advantage of warm weather in October as long as it will last.  My kids love to hide things all around the house for each other to find.  I decided to run with the idea.

First, I found 30 white balloons (10 per kid), filled them with prizes, and blew them up.  Once I tied them off I drew a ghost face on the balloon and put different colored ribbon at the bottom.  They looked like little bow ties!  Each child was assigned a different color.

I put the ghosts all over the yard.

They were in obvious places for Goofy and Bud.  When Princess got home from school I hid hers in harder spots.

I told the kids that ghosts had invaded our yard.  It was their job to find them and get rid of them.

When they found a ghost with the right colored ribbon, they would bring it to me.  I would help them pop the balloon with a push pin.

Pop!  Pop!  What's inside?


And a toy car!

Goofy was always so proud when she found a ghost.

Bud showing me his loot.

Once all of the ghosts were found and we had cleaned up their remains (a.k.a. picked up the popped balloons) we went inside and the kids enjoyed their prizes.

Too fun!

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