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Easter Baking and Creating

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There is something about Easter that inspires great baking and craft creations. I have been doing some mad pinning over the last few weeks, gathering ideas for things I could do to make the Easter season special. I though I would share with you some of my favourite finds. To see my full page, click on this link.

Firstly, food….

Easter Baking and Creating

I love any recipe that is easy to incorporate little people help. Pizzazzarie

Easter Baking and Creating

I love how cute these rainbow cakes look. A lovely pastel one would be perfect for Easter. The Gunny Sack

Easter Baking and Creating

I don’t know that I would have the patience to create these gorgeous biscuits from Somewhat Simple, but I can dream.

Easter Baking and Creating

The one thing that is always a hit when it is made, is a cheeseball. I might shape my favourite cheeseball recipe into a carrot like Jo and Sue.

And for creating……

Easter Baking and Creating

Easter garden from The Frugal Homemaker. We have already started on our own Easter garden. We have used wheatgrass instead of moss and have been watching it grow.

Easter Baking and Creating

If I have said it once, I have said it a hundred times – I LOVE bunting! Living Well, Spending Less

Easter Baking and Creating

We are certainly going to have a glow-in-the-dark Easter egg hunt. Lil Luna

Easter Baking and Creating

Creating one of these at the base of my parent’s massive tree has been a goal of just about every adult of the family at one time or another. It must be done! David Lowe Design

Easter Baking and Creating

I cannot tell you how much these little chicks are loved by my two boys. They will enjoy making this little project to hang in their rooms. Annaboo’s House

I will pop back soon and show you what we have created and baked. Have a great day!

 

Easter Decorating

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I can’t believe that Easter is just around the corner.  I love this time of the year. The kids especially enjoy a bit of Easter decorating, and I thought I would share what we have out with you.

Starting outside in the kids’ play area….

Easter Decorating - There Was a Crooked House

Easter Decorating - There Was a Crooked House

I picked up this cute chalkboard bunting from the local variety store the other day.  I love bunting, and the idea of being able to change the message on it to suit the occasion, is perfect. I added it to the grass bunting I have already slung in our outdoor play area.  The rabbit wall art I picked up at a local gardening store.

There are also lots of families of bunnies throughout the house. The boys hate the idea of anyone being lonely.

Easter Decorating - There Was a Crooked House

Easter Decorating - There Was a Crooked House

Easter Decorating - There Was a Crooked House

Easter Decorating - There Was a Crooked House

As well as looking pretty, these baskets of plastic eggs are used in some educational games with the kids.  You can see some of my Easter inspired educational games here.

Easter Decorating - There Was a Crooked House

Easter Decorating - There Was a Crooked House

Easter Decorating - There Was a Crooked House

So there you have our Easter decorations so far.  I say so far, because the boys will no doubt find something else we, “Just have to have.”

Do you decorate your house at Easter?

Festive Food: White Chocolate and Macadamia Rocky Road

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I am a sucker for white chocolate, so this festive rocky road is a must make at Christmas.  This always gets gobbled up at any party.

White Chocolate and Macadamia Rocky Road

Ingredients

250 grams marshmallows, halved

100 grams dried cranberries

100 grams macadamias, roughly chopped

60 grams pistachios (optional – but highly recommend)

35 grams desiccated coconut

360 grams good-quality white chocolate

 

Method

1. Line a 20 cm square cake pan with baking paper, allowing some overhang on the sides

2. Lightly toast the nuts in a pan on the stove

3. Combine the toasted nuts, marshmallows, coconut and cranberries in a bowl

4. Melt the white chocolate. You can do this over a water bath or in a medium-high microwave for 1-2 minutes, stopping every 30 seconds to stir.

5. Pour the chocolate over the marshmallow mixture and stir well.

6. Spoon the rocky road mix into your prepared tin and chill for 2 hours before cutting into squares with a warm knife.

White Chocolate and Macadamia Rocky Road

There are a few other things that I love to make at Christmas time. I hope to share these with your soon.

Have a great weekend.

 

The Softest Playdough and Printable Playdough Fun

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I started my Christmas holidays today and have been craving some Mummy and sons time, so I thought we would do some fun play.  As it is terribly overcast and humid here in Brisbane, we opted for some indoor fun in the air-conditioning.

'Just think...summer's coming, and  everyday will be like Saturday morning!'

Both my boys love playdough.  Recently I saw a recipe for the easiest, softest, most beautifully smelling playdough.  It only has 2 ingredients, one of which you would never guess, and takes only a few minutes to make. You must give it a go….

Soft Playdough

Mix 2 parts cornflour (corn starch) to 1 part hair conditioner.

Knead until it comes together in a soft dough. At this point you can colour it with food dye.

Play!

Soft Playdough Recipe and Playdough Printables

It really is that simple.  I picked up a cheap conditioner at the shops that had a lovely smell and pink colour, so I didn’t have to dye the dough myself. Obviously, this isn’t a playdough for little ones who might be tempted to taste their dough creations.

The boys have spent the morning playing with this as well as some free playdough printables I found on the net.  I printed and laminated them so they will survive the holiday season.

Soft Playdough Recipe and Playdough Printables

You can find these playdough mats at Tot Schooling .  Another place to look is Busy Little Bugs.

Soft Playdough Recipe and Playdough Printables

 

The Playdough puppets are found at the Nuture Store.

What a lovely, simple activity for us to start the Christmas holidays with.

 

 

More Kids’ Activity Packs

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Yesterday I showed you some of the activity packs I created for my two boys (see here). Today, I promised to reveal some of the other ones….

Colour Spelling. Match the paddle pop colour word to the correct coloured sleeve.

There Was a Crooked House - Kids' Activity Packs

Threading. Using large coloured buttons, pipe cleaners and thread. A great activity to get the little fingers working and to practice colour recognition.

There Was a Crooked House - Kids' Activity Packs

And my boys’ favourite – Fly Swat. I teamed a frog-shaped fly swat with collections of fly covered sight words, numbers and animal pictures. We have come up with lots of ways to play this game. My youngest has used the animal cards and as I called out the animal sounds, he hit the corresponding animal picture.  Last night, my eldest had me call out a number and he tried to hit it as fast as he could. There Was a Crooked House - Kids' Activity PacksSo there are 6 activity pack ideas for you.  Believe it or not, I have created more Easter themed ones which I will blog about soon. Can you believe it is that time of year again!?

Have a great day.

Kids’ Activity Packs

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Previously I have shared some of the activity packs I have made for my littlies (see here and here). They have been a Godsend as not only are they educational, they keep my monkeys entertained at times when I need it the most.

Last week I was out with a friend who showed me some ideas for some new activity bags. They got me so excited that I went out the next day to buy some supplies.  Once I started to rat around my local variety store, I was amazed at the inspiration I found sitting on the shelves. I went a little crazy – so unlike me. Ha!

Here are a few of the packs I have made up so far…..

Pattern matching – something Master O is doing a bit of now that he is in Prep. I raided the craft and sewing box to create this one. It is just some coloured wooden stars and velcro. I created some patterns in a Word document for boys to copy and laminated them to make them hardier.There Was a Crooked House Activity Packs

Matchstick Colour Match. A great fine motor and colour match activity for my 2-year-old, made with coloured toothpick containers and craft matchsticks.

There Was a Crooked House Activity Packs

But this was the one the boys got most excited over, a set of coloured keys turned into a fishing game. With the addition of numbers on one side and words on the other, I have made 4 skill games in one set – motor skill, coloured recognition, numeral recognition and sight word recall. After fashioning two magnetic fishing rods, both my boys can play the game that suits their ability level.There Was a Crooked House Activity Packs

Last night the boys didn’t even touch a toy or ask to watch their favourite afternoon show, all they wanted to do is give these a test drive.  Well worth the effort putting them together!

I have a few more packs on the go at the moment. I will share another 3 easy to create activity packs with you tomorrow.

Simple St Patrick’s Day Artwork

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Last week I showed you a picture of the canvas print I picked up in the clearance section of a local discount store.St Patrick's Day Art and CraftThe plan was to transform it into a simple St Patrick’s Day artwork with the kiddies.

After surfing the internet for a bit of inspiration, we came up with this….

The kids got right into the task with Master O helping to paint the letters and trace the shamrock. St Patrick's Day Art and Craft

Initially, the plan was to just paint the shamrock, but on drying we found that the paint was cracking. Not wanting to persist painting to have the same problem happen again, we chose to cover the shamrock in buttons. Master C loved picking out the green buttons from my button collection – I couldn’t have dreamt up a better fine motor skills activity!St Patrick's Day Art and CraftSo this piece is now out on show and we are planning on some St Patrick’s Day treats for tomorrow.  We have made some hideous green cupcakes for morning tea and have planned a leprechaun treasure hunt with a horde of gold covered chocolate coins. It should be a bit of fun.

Happy St Patrick’s Day.