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St Patricks Day Crafts For kids, Easy to make DIY Pot of golf rocks. Perfect for preschool and older, school craftSt Patricks Day Crafts For Kids ~ Easy to make DIY Leprechaun Gold

Everyone dreams of finding a pot of gold, well dreams really do come true with this easy to make DIY St Patricks Day craft for kids.  Most the supplies you will already have on hand, some of them you can even pick up for FREE in your drive way. Or go for a nature walk to find the rocks them turn them into something extra special.

To make this you will need:

St Patricks Day Crafts For kids, Easy to make DIY Pot of gold rocks. Perfect for preschool and older, school craft projectDirections:

1. Cover your work surface with newspaper. This step assists with an easy clean up once you are finished.

2. Using your foam brush paint a thin layer of mod Podge onto a rock or stone.

3. While the Mod Podge is still tacky, lightly sprinkle some of the gold glitter over the area where the Mod Podge is applied.

4. Gently tap the rocks to remove excess glitter and avoid clumps.

5. Allow the area to dry.

6. Once the first area is dry you can work on other sections of the rock until the entire rock is covered in glitter. (I started with the top then worked on the sides then flipped over to do the bottom).

7. Once your rocks are completely dry you can coat the entire rock with a thin layer of Mod Podge (it dries clear) to seal the glitter. This will keep glitter from rubbing off onto other surfaces.

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Easy DIY Card ideas, Polk-a-dot heart Card, perfect for Valentines Day, Mothers day ideas, Kids Craft Ideas, Handmade CardsDo your kids like to leave notes on your pillow? Mine do, and I think it is adorable.  They often leave me “Polka Dot” cards. These are easy to make, low cost and fun for kids of all ages.  Today my 4 year old spent a few hours makeing Polka Dot Heart Cards, he plans to give them as Valentines but these work well for other occasions as well. Like Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Get Well Cards, Thinking of you Cards…. the list goes on and on.

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To make these first you will need:

Easy DIY Card ideas, Polk-a-dot heart Card, perfect for Valentines Day, Mothers day ideas, Kids Craft Ideas, Handmade CardsFirst cut out the image you want to be in the middle. In this card we picked a heart.  I used an old Christmas card ( I like to use thicker paper or cards so the paint or ink does not bleed through).  I then tape the heart to the middle of the white cardstock. Pour some paint out on a plate and use the pencil eraser to make dots around the heart.  It does not mater where you put them.  My son LOVES to make the dots it keeps him busy for a very long time often over an hour. He often sings “Dip, dot, dip Dot” as he makes his card, which I think is adorable.

Easy DIY Card ideas, Polk-a-dot heart Card, perfect for Valentines Day, Mothers day ideas, Kids Craft Ideas, Handmade CardsOnce you are done making the dots, carefully peel the heart off the middle of the page. Careful not to smear the dots. Allow to dry, then use glue to make a card out of your new image. My kids often write a message in the middle of the card too.

Another idea, you can do this same project with a pillow case, or t-shirt. Just make sure you use fabric paint and heat set it before you wash it.

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Updated: 12 ideas to make Valentines Day Fun for the Whole Family, Family game ideas, Family reunion ideas, Family Valentines tradidtions

One of the most important characteristics of a happy family is the ability to play together.  Any holiday is a good excuse for a party, but Valentines Day is an especially appropriate time to put a little effort into making your family feel special.  Sometime in February, have a fun party for the whole family.  Here are some ideas for a super-thrifty Valentines Day Celebration!

Food

You don’t have to spend any more money on a Valentines Day meal, just think pink and heart-shaped.

Breakfast: Make a pink strawberry smoothie, French Toast cut with a heart cookie cutter, or heart-shaped biscuits.

Lunch: Cut out sandwiches with heart cookie cutters.  If you have different sizes, cut the bread with a large heart, ham or turkey with a medium heart, and cheese with a small heart.  Stack them together for a fun, open-face sandwich.

Dinner:  Try your favorite meatloaf recipe on a cookie sheet, shaped like a heart.  Or, make a homemade pizza with heart-shaped dough.  Even a dinner of canned tomato soup can be dressed up with homemade or store-bought breadstick dough shaped like a heart.

Dessert:  Anything looks fancy layered in tall glasses!  Try alternating layers of brownie bits, French Vanilla pudding, and cherry pie filling; yogurt, granola, and strawberries; or angel food cake, real whipped cream, and raspberries.

Put on a tablecloth, sprinkle conversation hearts around the table, and light some candles.  I love how little eyes sparkle in candlelight!

Games

(For younger kids)

Heart Attack: Cut out paper hearts from colorful Valentines paper or cardstock, then cut them in half with zigzags, curvy lines, etc.  Mix up all the halves and let them put the heart puzzles together.

Love Bag:  Glue or decoupage small pictures of family members on cardboard, foam board, or heavy paper.  Laminate them if you have access to a machine.  Put them in a bag and take turns picking a picture.  Tell something you love about each person as their picture is drawn.

Make Pink Butter: Before dinner, put 1 cup of cream and a couple drops of red food coloring in a pint jar.  Screw the lid on tight.  Then take turns shaking it.  After several minutes, solid butter will form, surrounded by liquid.  Discard the liquid and empty the butter into a dish.  Salt lightly and enjoy on your heart-shaped biscuits or breadsticks.  This is a great way to keep little hands busy while you cook!

(For older kids)

Girl’s Name, Boy’s Name: Each person is given a paper.  On the top of the page, write the name of any girl (it works best if the people playing all know who she is).  Fold the paper down so the name is covered.  Pass the paper to the left.  Without peeking under the first fold of your new paper, write any boy’s name below the first fold.  Fold over the boy’s name and pass the paper. Repeat for these categories: Where they were, What they were doing, What she said, What he said, How it all ended.

After everyone writes each answer, pass one more time, then take turns unfolding the papers and reading the crazy stories.  (As the paper gets passed around, you just may end up with Vanna White and Justin Bieber at Yellowstone National Park, knitting.  “How much are snow cones?” she asks.  “I think I’ll cut my toenails tomorrow, ” he replies.  They end up buying a pig farm and become amateur photographers.)  We loved to play this when we were little!

Poor Kitty: This quick game is a favorite around our house when we need a good laugh.  Sit in a circle, one person in the middle.  He is the Kitty.  The Kitty goes up to one person in the circle and mews, three times, and tries to make the person laugh.  After each mew, the person has to pat Kitty on the head and say, “Poor Kitty” without laughing.  The others in the circle are the judges.  If the person laughs, they are the Kitty.  If they don’t laugh, the Kitty chooses another person to mew to.  Here are some of the Kitty faces some of my kids (and a couple cousins) came up with the last time we played.  (Warning: Objects in this picture are much cuter than they appear!)

Poor Kitties, Indeed!

Hopefully this will help jump-start your plans for a wonderfully thrifty Valentines Party for your whole family!  Add your comments below and share your plans to make Valentines Day fun!

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Keeping Track of Your Child’s Medicine Doses~ Good Advice During the Winter Season

I love pretty much everything about Fall and Winter.  I think I can count on one hand the things I dislike about the cold months; heating bills, icy roads, and kids getting sick every time you turn around.  Honestly, with multiple kids it sometimes feels like someone in our home is sick constantly the whole season!  Don’t get me wrong, I feel blessed that they are small illnesses.  Colds, ear infections and sinus infections mostly.  But with our hectic life, and sometimes multiple children on medicine at the same time, it is easy to lose track of whether or not someone got their dose that morning/evening.  And then if you add 2 parents in there, what if one of us gives the medicine not realizing that the other one already gave it to them?

Here is the solution: Use a sharpie, or put a small label on the bottle of the medicine.  I tried the Sharpie, but with the red bottle, I didn’t feel like my oldish sharpie was dark enough. My son is taking his medicine for 10 days 2 times a day starting on the 12th.  I made 2 columns, one for am and one for pm and listed the dates down the side.  Now my husband and I can keep track of  when we gave him his medicine to make sure neither of us are double dosing him and that the child is actually getting all of the doses of the medicine so it can be most effective.

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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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