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Cube Minecraft Party Invitations

These super simple invitations are great for your child’s Minecraft party!  Everything in the Minecraft world is squares or cubes, so why not make the party invitations the same way?

If you have a Minecraft fan, and haven’t seen this website, you need to go check it out!  There is so many blocks, characters and awesome stuff to check out.  I am thinking this is a great activity this summer to print them out and let the kids assemble them!

For these invitations you will need:

White card stock

printer

scissors

glue stick

First, pick your block from the above website.  Open it up in your computer program (I used my Silhouette program, but you could open it in Picasa, or word even.) and edit it by adding your party information to each section of the soon to be cube.  You may want to include the child’s name and age, address of the party, rsvp information, and any other pertinent information.

Once you have your cube with all of the details on it, you will want to print it and cut it out.  Be sure to cut around the white tabs, you will need those on there.

The greatest part of using my Silhouette program was that I was able to trace it, create it and then cut it with the machine instead of having to cut each one out with scissors.  It is really awesome!

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Before you start gluing you want to fold all of your sides.  Fold all of the white tabs in and then fold where the sides of the blocks will be.

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Now that you have it cut out you need to glue it.  Put glue stick on all of the white tabs and then begin assembling your block by folding and pressing the white tabs on the inside of the cube.

Now you just need to deliver your invitations!  If you need to mail these, you could mail them flat and then let the child assemble them when they get it.

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Groundhog Day Pudding Cup Snacks

Groundhog day is February 2nd, which will be here before you know it!  I don’t know about you, but I am really hoping we don’t end up with that extra six weeks of winter he always predicts this year!   Groundhog day falls on a Sunday this year, so wouldn’t these cute little pudding cups be perfect for a Sunday night dessert?

What you will need:

Instant chocolate pudding

Milk (to mix the pudding)

plastic cups (the ones I used were 20 oz)

Nutter butter cookies

Mini chocolate chips

Chocolate graham crackers

Icing (to stick on the chocolate chips)

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Begin by preparing your pudding so it can set.  I used a large box and got 5 cups 2/3 full out of it.  Let that set in the fridge.

Crush some chocolate graham crackers in a baggie so they are finely crushed.  Set aside.

With your icing (I bought a tiny tube of white for this but somehow it didn’t make it home with me so I had to use what I had on hand which was red.) put 2 small dots on top of the nutter butter for the ears and 2 on the front for the eyes.  Place a mini chocolate chip on each of those spots.

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Now your pudding should be set up.  Scoop it into your clear cups.  Leave room at the top for the “dirt” (or graham cracker crumbs).  If you drip any or get it on the side, just wipe it up with a napkin to make it look nice.  Now sprinkle with a good helping of crackers for your dirt.

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Its time to place your groundhog in the ground.  Push him down so just his head is peeking up above the ground.

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That’s it!  So, did he see his shadow?  I don’t think he had time to at our house before the poor little guy got eaten up!  This was a great dessert for the kids to help make also and was a fun project for all of us!

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Free Printable Valentines, Just Add Hair Ties!

Valentine’s day is just around the corner, and what could be easier than free printable Valentines?!  All you have to do is add hair ties that you can either buy, or make on your own!  There are so many cute elastic ribbon selections out there!  This set right here is a great deal!

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Ok, there are your printable valentines.  To use them, you will want to right click on the above images and save them to your computer.  That is it!

Once you have saved them you will want to go into another program to print them.  So,open up a program (I used Microsoft Publisher).  Open them, resize because right now they are a little large, and print!  I would recommend you shrink them to 4 to a page.  In fact, I think that you will want to leave them a little smaller than that, but not a lot.  So just leave a good space between the two.  I would give measurements,but Microsoft Publisher doesn’t have them so it isn’t much help!  If you don’t like that idea, or would like to just order them and save your ink, send them to a local store in a wallet size.  May be a little on the small size,but would still be a great option!

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Print them off on card stock, cut them out and you are ready to attach your hair tie.  For one of my styles I just wrapped it around and for the other I taped it to the side.

There you have it,a super simple yet adorable idea for your child’s valentines!

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Cupid Arrow Valentines, Quick, Easy, Great For Class Parties!

It is that time of year again, time to get those Valentine’s ready for your child’s class.  These are a great option, with very little work and inexpensive as can be!

You will need:

Skewers

Heart candy ( I used Palmer’s chocolate ones)

Paper

Hot glue

Begin by poking your skewer in the top of the heart candy.  Doesn’t have to go in very far, just enough to secure it.  After you have done that begin warming your hot glue gun.

Cut the paper into diamond shape like so.

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Once you have cut the paper into diamonds, you will want to cut the outer edge to give it a fringe.  Just like the top of an arrow.

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I realize that on the one I took photos of I messed up and cut the one side upside down.  Oops!  Oh well, it still looks cute, and the kids will probably not even notice!

Now you want to hot glue that on to your skewer.  Use a thin line of glue to prevent it from showing and squeezing out the sides.

That is it!  This would be great to tie a tag with a saying around the middle to personalize for each child.  Or keep it simple like I did and make them generic so that your child can hand them out to whomever!  I love that these are cute, and more fun then a boxed card, yet still inexpensive and easy to throw together.

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Human Body Diecast, toys that promote learning in a hands on fun way, gift idea for kids who love scienceMy nine year old daughter LOVES to learn, she adores anything to do with science.  So I should not have been surprised when her favorite toy this year for Christmas was from SmartLab.   She got the brain and body set and it was the first toy she opened, and wanted to play with all day. It has all the organs, bones and muscles ( and a brain too) and you get to put them together like a 3D puzzle.  They are soft and SQUISHY, which is kind of gross but she thought it was so cool.  These are a great way for your kids to learn hands on and have fun doing it too.
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