Donuts often have more calories than a cheeseburger!I may not be able to wrap text around this donut, but that doesn't take away from it's soft dough, creamy frosting, and sugary rainbow sprinkles. And NOTHING WILL! When was the last time you allowed yourself to indulge in a tasty treat? They may be about 300 calories, but sometimes a girl's gotta live. Why not give in to your sweet tooth and go get a donut. And a coffee to dunk it in. Or better yet, a cup of hot chocolate! Yum.
photo credit: getty imagesI love gardening but have always faced a serious challenge: I lack a green thumb. Every plant that becomes part of our backyard must be hardy. Based on my track record, delicate flowers don't last long.
When it comes to gardening with my children, plant choice is critical. Lucky for me, I know all about finding plants that are easy enough for kids to grow.
If you're looking for a gardening project with your little ones, the best plants are those your kids will look forward to seeing when they bloom. Edible flowers, fruits and vegetables are always a good choice and if you lack space, you can always plant in containers. In fact, I prefer having my kids use containers for gardening because my kids feel a sense of ownership. Also? It's easier for the kids to figure out a watering schedule; containers always have to be watered more frequently.
Five plants that are ideal for your young kid gardeners include:
- Strawberries. Instead of growing berries from seed, find a starter pack at
photo credit: getty imagesWhen the ball's full of water, every hit makes a splash.Read More »from Water-Balloon Baseball
What You Need
• Water balloons; make a lot before the game begins so there's not a break in the action
• Baseball bat or whiffle-ball bat
• Enough outdoor space for setting up the playing field
1. Divide players into two teams and take turns batting and fielding as usual. Rather than calling strikes, you may want to change batters after a certain number of swings, and switch places whenever all the players on the at-bat team have had a turn at the plate.
2. Give each team a point for every balloon they break.
3. The outfielders won't have much to field, but they can try to tag the runners before they get to base.
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photo credit: getty imagesSpark your child's interest in science with our easy herb garden.Read More »from Easy Herb Garden
By Jean Gorman
Your child can learn a wide variety of lessons and derive enjoyment from watching something grow by working on a planting project with you.
"Through gardening, kids will begin to learn how to observe and document -- two essential skills related to scientific inquiry," says Sara Wilford, director of the Early Childhood Center at Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, NY. "Tending to the herbs also encourages nurturing qualities and patience as your child waters, fertilizes, and trims the plants."
Before planting, learn what each herb needs to thrive, then help your child select a spot with the appropriate amount of sunlight, and agree on a watering schedule. Older children can boost the learning experience by keeping a journal. Encourage your child to measure and draw what he sees as the plants grow.
"Payoff time comes when your herbs are mature enough for you and your child to pick and use in a dish
Prep Time: 10 min. | Makes: 1 serving.Read More »from Fruit 'n Cheese Snack Mix
What You Need
1 oz. KRAFT Cheddar Cheese, cut into bite-size pieces
1/4 cup whole strawberries, stemmed, quartered
1/4 cup seedless red or green grapes, halved
PLACE cheese in 1 side of resealable sandwich-size plastic bag; loosely tie pie cleaner or twist tie around middle of bag. Place fruit in other end of bag; seal bag, then twist pipe cleaner tightly to separate cheese from fruit.
CURL ends of pipe cleaner to resemble antennae of a butterfly.
REFRIGERATE until ready to serve. Untwist pipe cleaner, leaving bag sealed. Gently shake bag to mix fruit and cheese. Open bag and enjoy!
Size-Wise: This eye-catching snack is easy to make and a fun way to get your kids to eat a 1/2 cup of fruit.
Best of Season: Add fresh blueberries when they are in season.
While the wind was blowing the other day, The Great Wave Off Kanagawa from Katsushika Hokusai's Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji came to mind. I felt like I was caught in the middle of one of those humongous waves riding out the storm. So, I figured while the weather outside wasn't offering up any fun-in-the-sun, the wee tot and I could create something pretty cool.
Japanese woodprint artists would traditionally sign their names using carved stamps along the side of their finished works. Hokusai was known as a master of creating detailed but yet soft prints of everyday life, otherwise known as Ukiyo-e. During the early 1800's he meticulously created thirty-six wood blocks of Mount Fuji, which were enthusiastically appreciated by the western world and collected by famous artists, such as Claude Monet and Edward Degas. And, people of all ages still find his artworks stunning today.
Well, my wee tot is a bit young to get out the wood carving tools - heck, I've done a numberRead More »from Fine Art for Kids: Stamps with Hokusai
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Snacktastic – Tue, May 31, 2011 6:59 AM EDT
photo credit: getty imagesWhile Major League Baseball is just getting into a groove, millions of kids playing Little League Baseball are approaching the end of their season. (Yes, millions! According to Little League, more than 2.5 million children played ball in the 2010 season.)Read More »from Play Ball: 5 things kids learn from Little League baseball
As a parent, I'm always shocked at how quickly the season goes by. Just when my kid's team has started to really look like a cohesive bunch, we're already looking at playoff schedules and the boys and girls are deciding which coaches to dunk in the dunk tank at Player Appreciation Day.
If you have a little one who's eager to get on the field next spring, it's a good time to pay attention to what's been happening throughout the Little League season in your town. You'll see a range of teams, with players who have big league dreams to kids who, in the third inning, are already thinking about what candy they're going to buy at the Snack Shack.
What do kids learn from playing Little League baseball? Well, it all depends on the coaching
Make these cute bug friends to embellish your flowerpots and mark garden rows.Read More »from Kids' garden plant markers
What You'll Need:
• Tracing paper
• 9 1/4x12-inch sheets of lightweight copper
• Crafts foam: orange and yellow
• Sparkling modeling wire mesh
• 3/16-inch hole punch
• Copper wire: 16- and 24-gauge
• Wire cutters
• Golf tees
• Two green pony beads
• Two orange pony beads
• Two green chenille stems
1. Trace patterns onto tracing paper (see link below). Cut them out.
2. Trace patterns onto copper sheets, crafts foam, and wire mesh and cut out as follows: from copper, two grasshopper wings and one ladybug wings; from yellow crafts foam, one dragonfly wings, one firefly body; from orange crafts foam, one ladybug body; from wire mesh, firefly wings; from pink crafts foam, one butterfly body.Punch 3/16-inch holes in cutout pieces as indicated on the patterns, folding wings and bodies in half to reach inaccessible areas.
3. Cut a long piece of 16-gauge
Easily create and personalize this colorful plaque to hang on your garden gate.
What You Need:
- Old newspapers
- 11-5/8x9-1/4x2-1/2-inch foil pan
- Quick-setting cement
- Small pebbles
- Drill and a drill bit (large enough to accommodate the rope)
- Acrylic paints: white and assorted bright colors, such as orange, yellow, pink, and green
- Water-base nontoxic gloss exterior varnish
- Sponge brush
- Yellow twisted synthetic rope
1. Spread a layer of newspaper on the floor for protection. Set pan on newspapers.
2. With an adult's help, mix cement according to the manufacturer's directions, adding water until it's the consistency of cream. Pour the cement mixture into the foil pan.
3. Press hands into the cement to make imprints. Push pebbles into the cement around the edges. Let the cement dry. Carefully remove the dried plaque from the pan.
4. Ask an adult to drill two holes at the top corners of the plaque. Paint the plaque Read More »from DIY Kid's handprint garden plaque
Prep Time: 10 min. | Makes: 1 serving.
What You Need4 TRISCUIT Crackers
1 KRAFT Singles
1 baby carrot
SPREAD crackers onto small plate.
USE 1-inch and 3-inch round cookie cutters to cut 1 each small and large circle from Singles. Place on crackers, with circles slightly overlapping, for the chick's body and head.
CUT 2 wings from trimmings with small oval cookie cutter; use paring knife to cut points in each wing to resemble feather tips. Place next to chick's body.
CUT 3 thin rounds from carrot. Cut a triangular beak from 1 round, and a pair of three-toed chick feet from remaining carrot rounds. Place at bottom of chick.
USE tip of toothpick to poke 2 holes in Singles for the chick's eyes; press raisin into each hole.
Family Fun: Take out the camera to snap a few pictures of you and your kids cooking together. Capture all those great memories you're making in the kitchen!Read More »from KRAFT Singles Cheese Chick
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