Thursday, February 28, 2013

Healthy Snacking with Green Giant

I know I'm not the only one who struggles with getting my kids to eat a healthy snack. If they had their choice, they'd be snacking on candy, cookies, and chips. Unfortunately for them, those are not daily options. When I was given the opportunity to try a new product from Green Giant, I jumped at the chance.  Let's see, chips that I could feel good about feeding my daughters... bring it on!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Color Wheel Painting

A simple and effective way to learn the basics of a color wheel is to make your own. The girls and I recently did an easy art project while learning about primary and secondary colors.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Color Mixing Lab

What do you get when you combine science and art? A color mixing lab! We continued our study of color by performing some experiments to find out what happens when you mix color.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Story Time: Great Books About Color

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Let's learn about colors through books! You've probably read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, but there are so many more to choose from. Here are some more fun books about color. Some you may have heard of and others may be new to you. But, hopefully, you'll find one that your kids will love.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

A COLORful Scavenger Hunt

There are so many fun and playful ways to learn about colors. We've done several versions of a color scavenger hunt in the past, but I think our latest version is one of my favorites.

I chose several sheets of construction paper: red, yellow, green, and blue. You can use as many colors as you want. Then I sent the girls on their quest. They needed the find items of these colors and the items must be small enough to fit on a piece of paper. It turns out our house is full of small items in primary colors! Who knew?

The girls found puzzle pieces, Duplos, crayons, card games, craft supplies, game pieces, play food, and more. It was so much fun to see what they came up with. 

This was a simple game that got the girls thinking and moving. It was perfect for some indoor fun on a cold winter's day!

Do you kids like to go on scavenger hunts? It's a favorite game at our house!

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Thing 1 and Thing 2 Puppets

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Since Dr. Seuss's birthday is coming up soon (March 2), I thought it would be fun to celebrate with a few crafts and activities. The Cat in the Hat is one of our favorites. I can't even begin to tell you how many times we've read that book! So, using that book as our inspiration, we made these fun Thing 1 and Thing 2 craft stick puppets.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A "New" Newsletter: The Weekly Wrap-up

Thank you to all my newsletter subscribers who've been sticking with me even though you haven't seen a newsletter in your email inbox for quite awhile. I didn't feel that my original newsletter was beneficial to either me or you. So I've been working on a new format and have created the Creative Family Fun Weekly Wrap-up. 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Let's Pretend: Red Store

Playing store is not only fun, it's a great way to learn. We learned about math, taking turns, and even colors when we opened up our Red Store. It's perfect for Valentine's Day or any other day!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Collage Heart Valentines

Valentine's Day always brings out the crafters in us. We love to get out the red and pink paper, scissors, glue, doilies, stickers, and every odd and end imaginable. Sometimes the result is just a lot of fun time creating. And, sometimes the result is a pretty Valentine's Day card we can send to family and friends. 

For this craft, we used our scrap bits and pieces to make some amazing collages, which we then transformed into simple cards. When we got done, we had created these pretty Collage Heart Valentines.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Hockey Science

Can you combine hockey with science? Of course you can! 

We don't have any hockey players in our family, but we definitely have hockey fans. Hockey is a hugely popular sport here in Minnesota for both girls and boys. We thought we'd have a little fun with it and created this fun winter science project: Hockey Science.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Dip-Dyed Valentine Banner

What do you do when you have a supply of pretty lace doily hearts? Why, you learn to dip-dye of course! This project was a little bit messy and a whole lot of fun. I love the subtle Valentine loveliness that came about as a result.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Around the World in 12 Dishes: Austria

Ah Austria, such a beautiful country! The mountains, the history, the music...  I may have taken more liberties with this project than usual, for one very important reason. My all-time favorite movie was set in Austria, The Sound of Music. The Sound of Music was filmed on location in Austria, mainly Salzburg, and features many beautiful sequences of scenery. The hills were alive with beauty and we watched several clips from the movie to see views of the Alps as well as Salzburg.