Posts Tagged: fun stuff to do with your kids

Paper Project: Unicorn Present!

Giving a gift? Make it a unicorn present!
Here’s how:

Supplies:
Unicorn template print-outs
page one and page two
Scissors
Glue stick
Tape
Wrapping paper (use whatever color you’d like!)
Box (with a present in it, we suspect!)

1. Cut out all the pieces on the unicorn print-outs (one &  two). Cut on the lines on the tail and mane pieces.

2. Wrap your present just as you would normally, but pay careful attention to the ends so they come together neatly.

3. Glue the nose parts on – both the triangle and the mouth.

4. Glue on the eyes.

5. Fold the white tab of the mane back and put the glue there. Attach to the top of the unicorn above the face. Fold it over a bit to make it look all cute!

6. Fold the white tabs on the ears back and put glue there. Attach to the unicorns head just behind the bangs.

7. Trim the bangs a bit if you want (I did)! 🙂

8. Put glue on the top part of the legs and attach to the bottom of the unicorn present at the corners.

9. Time for the horn! This is the trickiest bit. Fold on all the dashed lines, and fold on back all the white tabs.

10. Put glue on the middle tab first, then hold for a bit.

11, Glue the next tab, fold it in, and hold.

12, Glue the final tab and the two connector tables and hold them all together for a bit.

13. To keep it all in place, add a piece of tape. Cut it up the middle at the bottom and attach it to the present.

14. Fold the tab over on the tail, glue, and place on the back of the unicorn.

Now you’re done! You will make the recipient of your gift so happy even before they open it! Enjoy!

Winter Break Project Ideas

Winter Break! Woohoo! Looking for ways to keep your littles away from the television? We put together a little list of some of our favorites winter break project ideas. Give ‘em a try, and have fun!

Here goes (click project titles/links to get detailed instructions):

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Paper Christmas Tree

Still figuring out how to set the table at Christmas? These cute little trees might do the trick!

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Happy Lists

This is a wonderful time of year to think about all the things for which you’re grateful. These happy lists are a perfect activity for adults AND kids!

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Bows (or flowers)

Still wrapping presents? These little bows are super easy and fun for a gift. Also great for a message board, to decorate a wall, or on some sticks as a little bouquet! (Wouldn’t that be a sweet gift at Valentine’s Day too?!)

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Heart Garland

Speaking of Valentine’s Day…this sweet garland is so pretty! Great hanging above a threshold or even – if you’re not worried about snow or rain – decorating a space outside for a party!

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Adult Coloring Page

We just love Sonja Emily’s coloring pages (more options at this link), and we’re sure the rest of your family will too!

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Paper Stars

We love the idea of making a bunch of these and grouping them together to hang above a table or in a corner of a room.

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Play Dough

Making play dough yourself is actually pretty easy! We are still loving the batch of play dough we made for this project – the texture and colors are just great!

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Spring Bird

Putting a bird on it is so 2000s, but we still love this little guy. Super easy and fun to make!

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Lantern

Chinese New Year 2016 is Monday, February 8! But it doesn’t have to be an Asian themed party to have paper lanterns. Hang these with your Christmas lights strung throughout for a pretty and fun little scene.

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Fortune Teller

Check out this printable to find out your future! What will 2016 hold? We hope it’s filled with unicorns and magic and all the fun you can muster up. Happy, happy holidays, friends!

XOX,
Inspire(d)

Homemade Hot Cocoa

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Just DIY: Hot Cocoa (hot chocolate, whatever you wanna call it!)

This section was originally going to be called “Things That Aren’t Actually That Hard to Make Yourself.” But it didn’t quite have the same nice ring as DIY. So often, we find ourselves looking at some of the products we use or eat or drink and think – I don’t know how to pronounce that ingredient! There has to be something better!

So we ran some science experiments on homemade hot cocoa, play dough, and bubble bath. Our lab (kitchen) smelled real nice (although Roxie says the play dough doesn’t, so maybe next time we’ll add some essential oils)!

We took lots of pictures and have tons of details – spoiler alert: the play dough turned out perfectly, the hot cocoa (featured here) is quite good, but the bubble bath is a work-in-progress…(coming soon)!

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Hot cocoa is always something that sounds lovely to me, but once I pour a cup of it and take a little drink, the sugar goes straight to my head and makes me feel pretty much the opposite of lovely. So I set out to make a cup that made me feel cozy, not crazy.

I really wanted a hot cocoa that you could just make with added hot water…I didn’t want to mess with a pan of milk on the stove, because, you know – toddlers: Impatient and unpredictable!

So check this recipe out and let me know what you think! I’ll keep working on it too, and will update as it evolves. But this one here is pretty darn good, if I do say so myself (and apparently I do…). Enjoy!

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Homemade Hot Cocoa (print recipe here)

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup powdered milk
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, roughly chopped (I used chocolate chips, but nicer chocolate would surely make nicer hot cocoa)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt

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Combine all ingredients in a food processer and blend! It’s noisy, but I promise the chocolate chips or chunks will eventually break down into little tiny, delightful balls of chocolate. (Note: it’s also kind of dusty! Let it settle a bit before opening after blending.) The mixture will keep up to two months in an airtight container.

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To use: heat water to boiling in a kettle. Put two tablespoons of mixture in 8-10 ounce cup, and add hot water. Stir thoroughly, and add marshmallows if you wish! Enjoy!

(Note: I bet this would, of course, be AMAZING cooked on the stove with milk, so if you want to give it a try and don’t have an impatient toddler waiting for a cup, do it!)

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(Print recipe here)

Recipe inspired by this hot chocolate mix at Smitten Kitchen.