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Paint splattered Denim shorts ~ great kids craft

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Easy Boy Birthday Cake Ideas, Boys Birthday cake dumptruck theme #Cake, #BoysBirthday,My 4 year old had his birthday recently.  He wanted a chocolate ice cream cake, with  dump truck on top of it.  At first I was like, AHHH MAN how am I going to make a dump truck out of frosting.  Then I came up with the idea to put a REAL truck on top, and have it dumping REAL candy. So easy and he thought it was the best cake ever!  I have to admit it turned out kind of cute, and i love how simple it was.

 

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How to make your own ball pit, Turn an old hot tub into your very own BALL PIT for kids #Kids, #Play, #BallPit,Four years ago we bought an older home, we have been in the remodel process ever since tackling one room at a time.  Our home came with a “Hot Tub Room”.  Most the room is glass and brick and has a huge blue hot tub….. cool right?  Well not really, the hot tub is really old and does not work and has cracks in it. The room was built around the hot tub so there is not really a good way to get it out, or get a new one in.

How to make your own ball pit, Turn an old hot tub into your very own BALL PIT for kids #Kids, #Play, #BallPit ,We were going to take a saw to it and rip it out in pieces, but then we would be left with a huge dirt hole….. THEN one day I had an idea.  What if we filled the hot tub with BALLS and turned it into a ball pit for the kids to play in.  The kids LOVE IT, their friends love it even more, and I was just happy to see this be a usable space in our home.

SO if you happen to have an old hot tub at your house…. think about turning it into a ball pit for your kids :).

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Color Collage with ads from the paper
DIY Chime Set ~ Music Fun For Kids
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Horse made out of a pop bottle
Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids ~ Paper Turkeys
Easy Kid Games ~ Turn Easter Eggs Into Reading Games for Kids
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How to make butterIt’s Matt. I made Butter in a Jar back when I was a kid as a youth activity. It was very easy and just took some time. So the other day at the store I grabbed some Heavy Whipping Cream and planned a night with the kids to make butter. It is really easy and will provide some tasty and easily home made butter!

home made butter in jar

Ingredients:

  • Heavy Whipping Cream – any amount 6 cups makes about 1 pound of butter
  • Salt – 1/2 teaspoon per pound of butter- optional, used for preserving butter
  • Jar – with lid, any size, baby food jars are great for kids to make it with

home made butter heavy whipping creamDirections:

Pour Heavy Whipping Cream into jars no more then 3/4 the way full. It is best to leave room for the shaking and turning action. Next begin shaking! And Shake and Shake. Some music to shake too makes it fun for the kids and helps pass time. Something with a fun and quick beat. The best way I figured to shake the jar was to hold it length wise in my hands with the lid in my palms and the base of the jar wedge in my forearms.

It takes about 5 minutes before you notice a thickening forming in the jar. This heaviness is the beginning of the fat changing and sticking together. At this point you really just have a thick whip cream in the jar. Keep shaking. At this point the jar edges will look like:
home made butter foam

 

As another 5-10 minutes pass you will notice the jar filling with the foamy cream.  It feels as if there is no room in the jar as the thick Heavy Cream is aerated even more with the shaking, but keep shaking. It will look like this:

home made butter cream

Keep shaking and don’t stop you are almost done when it gets thick. I have heard some add a large marble to the thick foam. But I don’t think it really matters. Just the pressure of the shaking will continue the fat to congeal together. Don’t worry if you don’t think the foam is “churning” or rotating in the jar, gravity and pressure is still working to form the butter.
Before you know it you will see the foam separate and a thin liquid forms in the jar. That thin liquid is buttermilk! The butter is in the last few moments of shaking. Keep shaking until the butter or mass inside is a consistent size.
home made butter buttermilk
At this point you can separate the buttermilk out and save it for biscuits or pancakes and other fun recipes. Then you can add the 1/2 teaspoon salt which is optional. Some say the taste is different, but the main reason is to preserve the butter. Now with the remaining butter you can place it in a small container for refrigeration and easy of using it. So congrats you just made you own butter!  Enjoy your work!
home made butter bowl
As the butter sets you may see drips of buttermilk on the butter. Just let it drip off and drain.
home made butter
If you enjoyed making your own butter, then you will enjoy making your own cheese!
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DIY Paint Splattered Denim Shorts, Great Kids Craft!

Looking for a fun summertime craft for the kids?  Do you have  an old pair of jeans that have seen better days but that still fit? Let your kids personalize them with some fabric paint splatters in their favorite colors!  Now you have something they can wear to display their handi-work!

You will need:

Jeans or shorts

Fabric paint

Old tooth brush and/or paint brush

Scissors (for cutting your jeans into shorts)

Newspaper to lay the denim on during splattering

Paper plate for the paint

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Begin by cutting off your jeans if you are wanting to make shorts.  We left ours a little long so that they can be rolled up.

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Now lay on a section of newspaper and take it outside.  Make sure your child is wearing old clothing  just in case they get some on themselves!

Dip your brush into the paint.  If you are using the toothbrush, you can rub your finger along the bristles for small splatters.  If using a paint brush, simply flick your wrist holding the brush several inches above the denim.

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My daughter used pink, white, light blue and some yellow.  She just dried the brush off on the denim we cut off of the legs so that she wasn’t mixing colors in between.  That just went in the garbage so it was perfect!

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Be sure to give these plenty of time to dry without being played with!  Lay on a flat surface somewhere cool.  We used the kitchen table over night and it was perfect!  She  chose not to do the backside of hers, but if you want to do both sides, you will want to make sure they are completely dry before you do the second side.

Chances are you have some worn out pants that have been thrown aside for the hot summer months.  Why not cut them off and let your child add some personality to them?

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