Easter Rice Krispie Treats Dessert

Easter Rice Krispie Treats Main Photo

Super Simple Easter Treat!

If you love rice Krispie treats, you are going to love this dessert recipe to make around the Easter holiday. It requires minimal supplies, and the children can help you as you go along. I know most kids love to help with whatever they can when it comes to baking. The recipe is similar to that of the regular Rice Krispie treats but with a slight twist adding m&ms to add just a little speck of the pretty pastels colors we love to see during the Easter holiday.

Easter is such a fun time filled with so many different things you can do together as a family aside from baking cookies and delicious treats. We love to dye easter eggs, organize an egg hunt, and bingo is yet another favorite to do with the kids to keep them entertained as spring approaches. I know in my household, the new activity is decorating cookies together in the shape of eggs or even crafts that are similar in style. Easter is such a fun time to celebrate before summer starts creeping up on all of us!

Rice Krispie Treats Supplies

Supplies:

Pastel M&M’s

5 Cups of Rice Krispie Cereal

10 oz Bag of Marshmallows

3 Tbsp Butter

Rice Krispie Treats Process

Directions:

  1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat.
  2. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted.
  3. Slowly add Rice Krispies to marshmallow & mix well.
  4. Using a spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into a non-stick pan coated with cooking spray or silicone pan.
  5. Press M&M’s onto the sticky top of the treats.
  6. Cool.
  7. Cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day.

 

Add Rice Krispies

 

Rice Krispie Treats Cooling

 

Final Process Photo

This recipe is relatively simple and is perfect for so many different things during the spring months. All the awesome parties get together, and so forth, this recipe can sure come in handy. Another big tip I use for my treats to use even more marshmallows then is called for in the recipe. It can add more gooey yumminess to the already delicious recipe if you are up for the excitement! If you give this recipe a try, make sure to drop me a comment below and let me know what you think.

 

Rice Krispie Pinterest Image

 

 

At Home Challenge Chart For Kids

Playing playdoh

 

We are all looking for unique ideas to keep our children happy and entertained while we all abide by the stay at home order. I not only have my kids at home right now but also a few others, so their “essential” parents can work during this time. One of the suggestions I use here is making a little chart for the month and follow each activity. The kids can get excited for each day and what they are doing next and so forth. I provided one below that you can follow and print off.

Make this time unique for the kids.

The ‘At Home Challenge’ can be used for daily activities or like a bingo sheet. There are so many different options to do. You can even use different days of the week to give out prizes if they complete a specific day. The challenge will allow them to try out new unique things and help keep them busy for at least a small part of the day. Click the link below and print this sheet off so you can hang it up on the fridge – I would love to hear how it goes for everyone!

 

At Home Challenge

A couple of suggestions if you get stuck on some of these – change them around to fit your household, use youtube.com as much as you can if you need more ideas to complete a box, and Pinterest to print off some of the printable tasks ( like example – word search ). There is plenty of books on Amazon you can purchase, or if you have a kindle, they will be free! We like to use our Amazon Echo to read books to the children while waiting to make lunch, or some of the challenge activities can be used during quiet time at home.

 

At Home Challenge For Kids Pinterest image

 

DIY No Sew Face Masks

Do It Yourself Masks At Home

The world is on lockdown during this time, but the talk of masks for the general public is becoming more and more relevant to keep each person safe. I don’t know how to sew, so this type of cover is perfect for everyone in my household. It is simple to put together with extra fabric, a bandana, or even a scarf of some sort. We had additional material in my craft cabinet to use to take pictures, and it worked perfectly. At this time, you just need to resourceful with whatever you have at home at the moment.

 

DIY Face Mask
Supplies needed to make your face mask.

Supplies:

  • Fabric – we used extra fabric from the store
  • Hair ties – Goody hair ties will work
  • Scissors – optional if you need to do any cutting

Directions:

  1. The material needs to be in the shape of a rectangle – the piece used in the photo was 22 x 9 inches.
  2. Fold it in half lengthwise.
  3. Take two hair ties and place them around on each side of the fabric.
  4. Take the extra and fold it over towards in the inside of the mask.
  5. Take each side of the hair ties and place them over your ears.

Face Mask Process Photo

Face Mask Process Photo

Face Mask DIY Photo

Face Mask Picture

** You will need to adjust the fabric based on your head size. You may need to fold it more or less, so it fits on your mouth/nose correctly.

Stay Safe and Practice Social Distancing

These aren’t going to be perfect, but they will keep you protected if you need to run for essentials for your household. You can cut the material to be smaller so you can use them on children too. My husband made one for himself and needed to cut the material bigger so it would fit him better. You want it to be snug but also be able to breathe freely. It did take a little bit of playing around with before leaving the house, but once we got it on, it stayed put. The best thing at the moment is to stay home, but everyone doesn’t have that ability. I hope for even essential workers; this will help them be protected along with others to flatten the curve.

Stay safe out there and thanks for reading!

Here are some links on Amazon for items that may work if you don’t have any of these at home!

Coffee Filter Shamrock Art Project

Shamrock Project

St. Patricks Day has come and gone around here without any type of hesitation it seems. We didn’t get to celebrate it in full force, so I am going to continue to post a few crafts we can do next year around this time since we seem to be in quarantine right now anyways! This is one of my favorite projects to do with all the different age groups. The coffee filter crafts are a great way to keep kids entertained, and you can do a variety of things with them. If you haven’t tried it out yet, definitely do soon.

On the flat coffee filter, spend some time adding colors to it however you like. Scribbling comes in handy for the best results. We stuck with the shades of black, yellow, and green – we tried to match colors for the upcoming holiday. You could even do rainbow colors since it goes along with the theme as well. This part is your decision, but I do recommend picking one or the other. You need to be careful; you can end up with a lot of mixed colors and the overall tone of brown.

Shamrock Supplies

Supplies:

Coffee Filter

Markers – we used black, orange and green only

Squirt Bottle

Scissors

 

Shamrock Project Process

Directions:

1. Decorate one coffee filter with whatever colors you choose for the craft.

2. Lay the finished coffee filter on a flat surface that can get wet – paper plates work well!

3. Moisten the filter with a spray bottle until colors start to smear over the filter – around 5 squirts.

4. Let dry completely before cutting out into the shape of a shamrock.

 

Shamrock Process Photos

These coffee filters can be cut into whatever shape you would like for the upcoming event, party, or holiday. The kids love doing arts and crafts with the filters, and you can buy them at such a cheap cost. I know I was a little late to the party this year with posting some of my favorite crafts and projects, but with the world chaos and virus going around – I had no choice. I hope you find this in good spirit and follow along this month with all the cool ideas I have to get up on the blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heart Sorting Valentine’s Day Activity

Conversation hearts

Valentine’s Day is next week, so I wanted to share a few activities, games, and crafts to get you in the spirit.  I’d love to inspire you to create a fun-filled week as the holiday approaches with your kiddos. Anything holiday-related that we can turn into an activity to keep them busy and learning at the same time is a winner in my book! The game is a simple activity, and the kids can help you along the way, depending on their ages. If you have kids that are on the smaller side, you will need to help with the coloring and guide them with the sorting.

 

Conversation Hearts

Supplies:

Cardstock white paper

Crayons

Bag of conversation hearts

 

Printable

Directions:

  1. Draw out hearts on the card stock with a sharpie or black markers.
  2. Color in the cardstock hearts with crayons or markers. Making sure to match the colors to the bag of candy. There are so many variations of the hearts now!
  3. Make a pile of hearts for them to sort out after the cardstock is colored and ready to go!
  4. After they complete the sorting process – let them eat the candy of course!

 

Conversation Hearts Activity

 

This excellent sorting activity is so much fun for little ones, just starting to learn sorting and numbers. If you have a group of kids working on this project together, you can have them share with the group which heart has the most/least amount of candy, so they start to get the concept of values. Feel free to use the candy for the older ones for addition and subtraction as well! Games like these can help kids engage with each other, answer questions, and learn as they go. I would love to hear from you all about this activity and other learning games you do around this time of year. Be on the lookout for even more awesome Valentine’s Day ideas coming up this week!

 

 

Butterfly Coffee Filter Craft For Kids

 

Children absolutely love learning about butterflies and their life cycle from a caterpillar to a beautiful butterfly. This summer we took the time to buy one of the kits on amazon to have this experience ourselves and it was simply amazing! Not only did we watch videos, do crafts, but we took the time to watch them grow, change and mature before we let them go together. These are one of the crafts we did together during this time and I will be posting a few others here soon so you can turn your weekly theme into butterfly week too!

 

Watching the live caterpillar/butterfly kit is worth every penny to watch them go through the life cycle right before your very eyes. Here is the link to the kit we purchased on Amazon – Butterfly Kit with Live Caterpillars. I hope here soon to experience the tadpole kit that is very similar in style but with frogs. I literally can’t wait for fall break to come already and see this one come to life with the kids. Now that we got sidetracked chatting about live butterfly kits – let’s get back to our butterfly crafts that went along with the theme for the week. Keep a look out for the butterfly splat craft and caterpillar paper plate craft posted here soon! Lets get to it.

Butterfly craft

Craft Supplies:

Directions:

  1. Layout two coffee filters on top of each other on paper plate and color with washable markers on the top one only.
  2. Spray the coffee filter with the spray bottle filled with water until both filters get damp and colors start to smear. You want the top one to look like the bottom one with the coloring.
  3. Let the coffee filters completely dry – while waiting for it to dry color the clothespin which will represent the butterfly body. Make sure to dry on eyes.
  4. When the filters are dry take apart and fold each one accordion style.
  5. Pinch the middle of the filter and add clothespin over where it is pinched. You will need to adjust wings after this step so they look like butterflies.

 

Butterfly Craft

Butterfly Craft

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Some other blog crafts you will love:

Glow In The Dark Slime Recipe

Popsicle Craft For Kids Of All Ages!

Lets Make Some Floam – Crunchy Slime Recipe!

Butterfly Pinterest Image

 

Top 10 Backpacks For Back To School This Year!

Back To School Guide For Backpacks

Its that time of year again – BACK TO SCHOOL. We parents are sitting there patiently waiting for the schools to release the supply list so we can hurry off to the store so you are not that last-minute parent. Am I right? We all know who I am talking about here and trying to avoid being   “that mom”. The back to school shopping season is such a highlight to children, but in all honesty, I dread it. There is just so much to take care of it can be quite overwhelming at times. So, this back to school guide will help you find a perfect backpack for your children without even leaving the house. Now, that is a MOM SCORE in my book.

These top 10 backpacks are high quality, durable, and functional for both boys and girls of all ages. Whether you are looking for younger children that may be attending preschool or a middle schooler one of these bags should fit your needs. Each backpack has plenty of space along with comfort that children expect as they are growing throughout the year. No more wasting money on a cheap bag and getting a quality bag at a great price!

Top 10 Back Packs For The Upcoming School Year

1 – Sweetheart Pattern Backpack
This is an adorable backpack for girls ages 6-12 years old. It has adjustable contoured shoulder straps and a great back system for ultra comfort. It also sports mesh pockets, front pockets and one large main compartment.

2 – Mayzero’s  Waterproof Backpacks
Great backpack for boys or girls (other colors available) in elementary school. Waterproof material, high grade metal zipper and large capacity makes this backpack durable and practical.

3 – JanSport Cool Student Backpack
Backed by their lifetime warranty, JanSport is an icon in the backpack arena. This classic silhouette features two large main compartments, pleated front stash pocket, a front utility pocket with organizer, and side water bottle pocket. Can also house a 15’’ laptop. Wide range of color and design from which to choose.

4 – Sundance Rolling Backpack
Wear it or roll it with this water resistant backpack that’s great for students who have lots of books or devices to tote around every day. It has a padded laptop sleeve that can hold a 15” laptop. Padded shoulder straps allow this to be worn comfortably or to use the 3-stage aluminum locking handle and roll it. Multiple compartments keep all your small and large items organized for ease of use.

5 – Leaper Floral Backpack
If your teen girl likes a vintage floral look, consider this medium-sized backpack made from canvas. Lightweight and comfortable, it can accommodate a 14″ computer. Also has two inner open pockets, two side pockets for a water bottle or umbrella and one front zipper pocket. Cute and stylish!

6 – Vancropak Student Backpack
This backpack comes with convenient USB charger ports. It’s made of water resistant canvas, has multiple organizational pockets and can hold a 15” laptop. Its solid canvas design comes in many colors making this an understated and practical choice.

7 – Dinosaur Backpack with Safety Harness

This bag, perfect for toddlers, is available in several sizes to best fit your child. Great for pre-school, this backpack is roomy with a main compartment to put toys, diapers, books, and snacks. Comes in other animal-themed designs, as well.

8 – Reversible Sequins Backpack
For the girl who needs her bling, consider this reversible sequins backpack. Brush your hand against the sequins to change the color and create designs. It includes a front zipper pocket, two side pockets, and a large main compartment. Also features a  zipper cover with waterproof and anti-theft function. Fun, functional and sparkly!

9 – Marvel Comics Classic Comic Book Backpack
This colorful Marvel comics backpack is a fun way to take the Avengers to school. Large backpack sports a front medium sized zip pocket, adjustable padded backpack straps and a locker loop.

10  – Camo Backpack
The guys will like this camo-inspired backpack that’s roomy enough to hold all the books and devices that are needed to get through the school day and beyond. Comfy straps make it easy to wear and slip on and off.

Patriotic Star Slime For Kids

 

Patriotic Star Slime For Kids

We are ready for the 4th of July to be here and this slime recipe is the perfect idea to kick off the long weekend with the kids! Who doesn’t love to play with slime and make a mess in the kitchen? Lucky for you this slime recipe is fairly easy and takes a small amount of time to make. If you are a slime guru like me you already have these supplies on hand. I definitely love grabbing confetti on clearance every time I see it so I can throw it into every single type of slime we make. It sure makes holidays more fun around here!

 

 

This patriotic slime recipe just takes a bottle of clear glue, Sta Flo solution, and water! We found these awesome stars at the craft store and sprinkled them into the slime to give it that American 4th of July feel for this week. You can use any type of confetti or whatever in your slime but the stars are super cute. I love to do these types of projects with my daycare kids because they absolutely love it including the bigger kids. I feel like just about everyone loves to play with slime.

 

Directions:

Add entire bottle of clear glue to your bowl.

Measure 1/4 cup of water and add to the clear glue – stir until it is mixed completely.

Put in the confetti stars and stir again – make sure everything is stirred together before the next step.

Add 1/4 cup of Sta – Flo to the mix and stir quickly. The slime will now form so keep stirring to get the slime consistency.

Take out the slime out of the bowl and play with it for about a minute to get it completely mixed together.

Looking for some more crafts to do for the upcoming holiday? Make sure to check out the menu tab on the blog with all things 4th of July related. The blog should be full of cool ideas to do with the kids for the holiday – so keep your eyes peeled! If you haven’t already check this round-up of crafts out for the 4th of July: DIY Craft Projects. If you need help with the supplies to this specific recipe, check the links below. You can order them on Amazon and it only takes a small amount of each to make slime so it lasts a long time. We absolutely love that part!

 

Decoration Ideas For The 4th of July – Stars & Stripes!

American Flag Picture

10 Star Spangled 4th of July Decor Essentials

Metal Star Wall Decor Set
These metal stars will add a rustic touch to your Independence Day celebrations. Pre-drilled holes let you hang them on a wall, ribbon or even a yard stake hanger.

Patriotic Paper Fan Set
This set of 12 paper fans in varying sizes can really help set the tone for your event. There are so many ways to use these festive fans for your holiday decor. They can be hung from the ceiling by a string or stuck to walls with tape. You can also use them as hand fans, which could come in handy (!) in hot weather.

Tea Stained American Flag Bunting
Show your patriotism with this American Flag banner bunting. If you don’t have a flag pole to display a flag, this bunting is a great alternative, and even more versatile for decor. Purchase more than one so you can create a full banner effect! Gorgeous tea-staining gives it an antique look.

Stars Throw
This 100 % cotton blanket is covered in stars to help lend a celebratory tone to your home decor. If it gets chilly while you’re watching the fireworks, grab this star-studded blanket to keep warm.

Star-Shaped Red, White Blue String Decor Lights
These small star-shaped string lights will lend a festive touch to your table decorations. Try stringing or draping them along a wall or ceiling for a patriotic effect. Battery operated.

Stars And Stripes Table Runner
This beautiful and understated flag-inspired table runner will add just the right touch to your 4th of July decorations. It would look stunning over a white tablecloth, or try using it on a mantle, sideboard or coffee table.

Twinkle Stars Metallic Confetti
Keep the star spangled theme going with this shiny metallic table scatter confetti. Or use it as filler for decorative glass jars. However you use it, it will surely make a glittery statement!

4th of July Paper Straws
These adorable paper straws keep the party going with their star-inspired motif. They can also be cut in half and used as cupcake picks; just attach the shaped cut out for a patriotic topper effect.

Striped Star Decorative Pillow
Choose from several patriotic design with these beautiful patriotic throw pillows. Perfect for sofa or bed, they’ll lend a festive touch to your indoor decor.

Patriotic Balloon Set
These star-studded balloons will add a colorful red, white and blue touch to your 4th of July party. Group them as a backdrop or line tables with them. Trying grouping them together for a stunning centerpiece. Comes with solid colors, too, for more design options.

15 Patriotic DIY Decor and Craft Projects For Your Home

4th of Julyl Decor & Crafts

15 Patriotic DIY Decor And Craft Projects For Your Home

Looking for some awesome craft projects to do yourself over the summer break to decorate your house for the 4th of July holiday? This is the perfect round up for you to have all those fun activities in one place! There are tons of options below, that one of them will suit your needs. I would love for you to leave a comment below if you try one out or if you have more links to share with the readers! I can’t wait to try these out myself! Be on the lookout for new crafts for the kiddos here soon too!

DIY Patriotic Wreath by Blooming Homestead
Patriotic Pallet Wood Sign with Rolled Paper Flowers by The Craft Patch
Tissue Paper Firecracker Treat Boxes by Lia Griffith
Pledge Of Allegiance Patriotic Sign by Infarrantly Creative
Denim And Burlap Lighted Garland by Create Craft Love
Patriotic Mason Jar Luminaries by Keep Calm And Decorate
DIY Patriotic Denim Banner by A Pumpkin And A Princess
DIY Wooden Firecrackers by Hoosier Homemade
How To Make A Bandana Quilt by Scattered Thoughts Of A Crafty Mom
4th Of July Mason Jar Candles by This Grandma Is Fun
Happy Flag Day Patriotic Wreath by The Project Corner
No Sew Burlap Flag Pillow by Old Salt Farm
Paper Star Lights Garland by Lia Griffith
American Flag Mason Jars by Maison de Pax
Patriotic DIY Drink Umbrellas by Landee See Landee Do