Posts Tagged ‘For Kids’

The Letter A Coloring Sheet

August 24th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

The APPLES are getting ripe and the school children are having fun with their letters.

To get your own Letter A Coloring Sheet click the photo, save to file, and print. For the best size image allow your print scale to best fit the page.

Homemade Chicken Fingers

August 16th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

Somehow my children have caught this horrendous virus,  they now have – PICKY EATERS SYNDROME.

I swear I don’t know how it happened but suddenly they turn their noses up at everything.

Some days I have no idea what they actually eat!

I keep making GOOD HEALTHY food and they keep making those sweet and adorable snide remarks about how YUCKY everything is. You know, the remarks that make you want to move to Italy – BY YOURSELF!

It is an exercise in patience to try, try & try again. One of those small battles in parenthood to establish the fact that all kinds of food are exciting, delicious and GOOD! To establish that they must say Thank You for every meal!!!

This here though….

this dish is their absolute favorite. My sister taught me how to make it, she is a crazy good cook.

I wonder if it will be one of those foods they love all through their lives, when they are giant grown boys coming home from stints out in the world will they want this comfort food from childhood?

Will they always love these chicken fingers?


Picky Kid Chicken Fingers

3/4 Cup Bread Crumbs

1/2 Cup Flour

Pinch of Pepper and Salt

1 Egg

1/3 Cup of Milk

1  1/2 Pounds Chicken Breast

Light cooking Oil (Vegetable, or Canola)

Cut your chicken breasts lengthwise into 1″ strips. Set out three shallow bowls.

Whisk your egg and milk together in one bowl.

Put your flour another shallow bowl, add a pinch of salt and pepper, mix.

Pour your bread crumbs into the third bowl.

Set your three bowls in a row and dunk your chicken strips into each bowl. Douse in flour, then egg, then coat in bread crumbs. Repeat each step on all of your chicken strips. Set a large skillet on the stove under medium heat and add 1/4″ of oil till its sizzling hot. Add as many chicken pieces as you can without letting them touch one another. Fry on both sides until your strips are golden brown. Lay them out to drain on paper towels.  We usually have to do two rounds in the skillet and I prefer to add fresh oil for each batch. The kids eat them with catsup but I really like to whip up a little of my sisters Honey Dijon Sauce.

Special Sauce

1/4 Cup Mayonnaise

1/4 teaspoon Dijon Mustard

2 tsp Honey

Mix ingredients adding more mustard and honey to your liking.

We love them at our house and hope you do too!


Magnetic Fun

August 15th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

Rain has moved in this week and we are remembering what it’s like to play indoors most of the day!

I bought this magnetic mechanics tray and threw in some nuts, bolts & washers. The kids love building with it – stacking the parts up,  seeing how tall the towers of metal will get before they topple. I found it for just a few dollars at my local overstock store but they have them here too with the same basic design. Fun stuff, and it gives a new use for some of those piles of bolts that I got in my $1 tinkering box awhile back. The magnets are SUPER strong and really grab onto the metal, just feeling the force of the magnet pull is kind of cool!

I fantasize about painting some bolts and hex nuts all kind of rainbow colors.

But I kind doubt with all the piles of work I have to do that will REALLY happen!


Make Marker Cap Finger Puppets

August 13th, 2011 by zoe 8 Comments

Down at the bottom of the art bin we found some old dried up markers. I love creating craft projects and toys from garbage, packaging and containers that would normally go straight to the dump.

These little finger puppet people were made from old dried up marker caps, some yarn, masking tape and glue. Somehow those markers are always getting separated from their caps and drying out!  The boys really like to wiggle their fingers and get their hair flapping, making it pretty hard to photograph!

It’s also pretty fun to start with really long hair and give them hair dews and haircuts!

We used the colored masking tape that we used in this project awhile back but plain old masking tape is just as fun. Oh, and yes, I did hide that fancy pretty washi tape and now can NOT remember where I put it!

To print and save this project for later, click project sheet, save to file and print.

We are working on another variation of this that we cant wait to share next week!


Make a Cool Worm Shirt!

August 8th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

Awhile back I showed you the Baby Dinosaur shirt I stitched up for Oliver. I was supposed to have stitched TWO shirts that night but somehow it just didn’t happen.  It can be challenging to make two of everything!

Thankfully the boys are patient, and sometimes they even share with each other.

This shirt has a surprise, a little bird peeks around the back corner – little birds really do love worms!

This is an easy and fun stitching project, it takes just a few colors of felt & embroidery floss.

I have to say it makes me quite happy every time my boys wear them, I love to see them clad in their mama made wear!


Click the pattern, save to a file and print to make your very own worm shirt.

Make Kids Berry Baskets

August 6th, 2011 by zoe 2 Comments

As a child I always loved the story Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey. I fancied myself as Sal.

Out past the blue gate we have quite a large patch of wild blueberries, high bush and low bush berries grow all over the hillside. Some years the harvest is large and we can freeze enough to eat our very own berries through the winter. This year has been slim but the boys love to take a break from playing and pick a snack right out of the yard.

Yesterday as we headed out to the pasture I was looking for containers for my little guys to collect berries in and I got this quick idea.

It a hands free berry basket made from an orange juice container with a belt made from some braided strips of old t-shirts. Off we went berry picking. Kerplink, kerplunk, kerplop went the berries into their little baskets. Gobble gobble went those berries into their little mouths. And sure enough they clambered up to my basket and tried to scoop them all up. In fact every time I looked over at Oliver he was shoving piles into him mouth – yum!

Pretty simple, we cut the containers with a high back and used a hole punch to make holes to thread our braided rope through. We punched some holes and added a rubber band so we could fold the top over and secure it shut. The boys were pretty happy to be able to use both hands to pick and we spent A LOT more time out in the field because they were tickled by their “berry belts”. Luckily there were no bears to get all mixed up with!