Thursday, October 1, 2015

Foam Dragon Feet



Every little boy I have ever met loves dragons.  Let's face it, dragons are cool.  My son wanted a dragon-themed birthday party this year, so I thought I'd make some dragon feet for him to stomp around the house in.  These foam dragon feet are SUPER easy to make.



You Will Need:

  • 2 same-colored sheets of craft foam 
  • 1 sheet of white craft foam
  • Scissors
  • A pencil
  • A glue gun & glue
  • A cup or something round to trace
How to Make Your Dragon Feet:
  1. Using your pencil, draw a dragon foot shape on your colored foam.
  2. Cut out your foot and trace around it on your other sheet of colored foam.
  3. Trace around the bottom of the cup where the dragon's foot would meet its leg and cut the circle out.
  4. Cut out 6 triangles out of the white foam (these will be the claws).
  5. Using a glue gun, glue the claws to the foot.  
  6. Put the feet on around the ankles and have fun.  (You might need to tape the foam foot to the child's actual feet so that they don't spin around.)

Bud had a blast running around the house like a big, scary dragon.  

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Dragon Birthday Cake



I always ask my kids what they would like me to make for their birthday cake.  Bud said he wanted a green cake.  Easy enough.  He chose to have a dragon-themed party, so I couldn't resist making a dragon birthday cake for him.

Thank goodness for Pinterest, because I wouldn't have known where to even begin to make a dragon shaped cake.  I found this dragon cake tutorial to make my little green dragon.  The only thing I did differently from the tutorial is that I used 2 mini doughnuts for the snout of the dragon.

One thing I learned while making this cake: spice cake is really hard to work with.  Bud picked out the spice cake himself, so I had to use it.  Even after being in the refrigerator it was super moist and crumbly.  I would suggest putting it in the freezer before trying to cut and frost a spice cake.

I used my vanilla butter frosting recipe (you can find it at the bottom of THIS post).  I seriously use this recipe for EVERY cake.


Once the frosting was on it was time to decorate!  I used a large marshmallow cut in half and brown M&M's for the eyes.  I then used banana runts for the eyebrows and claws.  Making the wings, horns, and scales was the trickiest part.  I followed these directions for candy melt wings and they worked out perfectly.  Make sure to make a few extra wings because one will inevitably break.  To make the scales I dipped Vanilla Wafers in the extra candy melt and let them harden on wax paper.


The final touch on this cake was the fire coming from his mouth.  Using Starbursts, I followed the directions HERE and it worked perfectly.


All done!


Bud absolutely LOVED his green dragon cake.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Dragon Birthday Party Decorations



My kiddos are growing up WAY too fast.  Bud is now officially 3!  I asked him what kind of birthday he wanted and he did not hesitate, "DRAGONS!"

I must admit I was super excited about this theme.  Castles, dragons, and knights are some of my favorite things to read about, watch movies about, and basically geek out about.  As usual, I went overboard on the decorations for his birthday, but I just can't help myself.  Decorating is my creative outlet.

I am going to walk you through all of the decorations I put up in the house and let you know how you can make your own.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Fall Leaf Printing


IT'S AUTUMN!  My favorite season is finally here!  The sweaters, the crisp air, the leaves changing colors, the pumpkin-flavored everything.

*Sigh!*

To celebrate, I talked about Autumn with my kids.  We talked about the days getting colder, apples and pumpkins getting ripe, and leaves changing colors.  After our little lesson, we created some Fall leaf prints.  This craft is super easy, somewhat messy, and your kids will love it.

You Will Need:

  • Leaves (pick some that are not old and won't break when pressure is applied)
  • Paint in various Fall colors (red, yellow, orange, brown)
  • Paint brushes or foam brushes (we used foam)
  • Pieces of paper
  • A paper plate
  • Water (to clean off the brushes)
  • Aprons/paint shirts

Give each person participating a piece of paper, a couple of leaves, a brush, a paper plate with paint on it, and an apron or a paint shirt.  

Using the brush, paint the leaves different colors.  Press the leaves to the paper and then lift.  Wash of your brush and try another color.  Your kids will want to do this over and over and over and over...again.  Trust me.  

They will love, not only their Fall leaf prints, but turning the leaves different colors with their paint as well.  

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Dinosaur Stomp File Folder Game




When school is out for the summer the kids think that their learning is done until school starts again.  But I find ways to secretly teach new concepts.  Usually, I do this through games.  This summer I decided to make some file folder games for my kids to play to help them keep learning.

Bud needs to work on the knowing his left from his right.  I created the dinosaur stomp game to teach him this concept.


I made these little dinosaur feet, some with an L and some with and R on it (representing left and right of course).  After cutting them out and laminating them, I threw them all over the living room.  I turned on some good stomping music.  Then, I would call out either left or right and Bud would try to step on a foot with the correct letter on it.  Goofy played along as well.


These are the little dinosaur footprints.  Feel free to save the picture to your computer and make your own dinosaur stomp file folder game.


Here is the cover I created for the file folder.  Now, if I make more dinosaur games I have a place to keep them.  (Again, feel free to save your own copy.)

Do you have any favorite summertime learning activities?

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Friday, July 3, 2015

4th of July Waffles




Start off your 4th of July right with this patriotic breakfast.  My kids loves waffles - who am I kidding?  I love waffles!  


Use your favorite waffle mix or recipe.  After you have made the batter, divide it into two separate bowls.  Dye one bowl of batter red and the other blue.


Pour one of the colors into the center of the waffle maker, then pour the other over the top of the first color.  In the pictures above I poured red first and blue second.



Once the waffles are baked spread on some butter, pour some syrup, and top with some festive sprinkles.  Isn't that a fork-full of yum?!

How do you like to celebrate the 4th of July?

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Strawberry Float



Root beer floats are a 4th of July staple in our house.  My hubby can't get enough of them!  I thought it might be fun to shake up the usual routine by making strawberry floats.

I bought some strawberry kiwi Shasta and strawberry revel ice cream.  We loaded it up just like a root beer float - ice cream on the bottom, pour the drink over the top.  Princess loved that the ice cream looked pink.

We all thought it was a tasty little drink (although Hubby, always the purist, said real root beer floats are better).

Think of all of the different flavors you could try - orange, grape, lime, etc.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Red, White, and Blue Paper Swirls




4th of July is right around the corner.  That means it's time to DECORATE!  My kids always enjoy being part of the decorating process.  Last year we made paper chains for the windows.  This year I thought we'd make some paper swirls to spin in our entryway.


All you'll need is some colored cardstock, scissors, a pencil, a bowl/plate, tape, yarn/string, and stickers/glitter glue (optional).


Pick your favorite color of cardstock.  Trace around the bowl/plate to get a nice circle.  *Tip: don't use one that's too big.  I tried a plate that filled the whole 12 x 12 cardstock and my swirl didn't spin as well as the others.


Draw a swirl ending in the middle of the circle.  Cut out the circle and then cut along the line until you get to the middle.  This was wonderful scissor practice for Goofy.


Tape a piece of yarn to the middle of the circle.  After that it's time to decorate the swirl.


The stickers were fun, but my girls especially liked squirting glitter glue all over their swirls.


We love sparkly swirls!


This craft also helps children work on their fine motor skills.  Bud was very meticulous about putting his stickers exactly where he wanted them.


Here are a couple of our completed swirls.


Another look at the swirls.  Can you see all of the pretty glitter?


Bud couldn't wait to hold them up and watch them spin.


Here they are in our doorway.  The kids sat and watched them spin and spin!


What are some of your favorite 4th of July crafts?

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