Posts Tagged ‘For Kids’

Make a Hen Lacing Toy

July 31st, 2011 by zoe 4 Comments

Summer is whizzing by and our new chicks have grown up fast! We are lucky to have a separate spot in the hen-house for baby chicks.

Chicken wire separates the two areas so the big birds and little birds can slowly get to know each other.  When they grow big enough to venture into the territory of the Big Bossy Hens we put a “small chick” sized door in the chicken wire. The little hens can come out into the main coop but they can also run back into the nursery and hide from the squawking hens.

Watching them figure it out can be quite comical, but that’s life, the young girls and the old girls just gotta learn to work it out!

Maybe one of those big hens will take the little chicks under her wing!

To make your own Hen Lacing Toy click the photo, save to file, then print.

For best results allow your computer to size the image to best fit the page.

Sweet Sesame Tofu Marinade

July 28th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

My boys have loved this simple and quick tofu recipe since they were little ( I am sure it has nothing to do with that fact that it has SUGAR in it). They have always called it Special Tofu.

It’s great for a super quick meal or when its so darn hot you can’t possibly turn on the stove! The marinade keeps well but only “sauce toss” the amount of tofu you can eat, it doesn’t hold it’s texture too well overnight.

If you aren’t all that familiar with tofu this might be a good first recipe to try – the tangy sweetness really packs a big flavor into the otherwise bland soy curd.  Tofu keeps for quite a long time if left in its packaging, is high in protein, low in fat and an excellent source of calcium.

Sweet Sesame Tofu Marinade

2 Tablespoon Sweet White Miso

4 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar

3 Tablespoon Toasted Sesame Oil

2 Teaspoons Brown Sugar

16 oz. Package of Extra Firm Tofu

Drain and cut tofu into 1” cubes and set aside.

Mix remaining ingredients together, add tofu and lightly toss.

Ready to eat immediately, serve cold.

Prep to table in less than 5 minutes!


Make a Paper Nesting Toy

July 20th, 2011 by zoe 6 Comments

We are having a lot of fun playing with this stacking toy we made. The boys have come up with some theories about the story.

Emmett thinks it might not have been Goldilocks fault that baby bears chair broke, “it was probably an antique”. Ha Ha! Oliver thinks the three bears would have shared but Goldilocks forgot to say please and ask nicely. Love it!

To make your own stacking toy click the photo’s, save to file, and print. To get the best size image allow your computer to scale to best fit the page.


T-shirt redo & Logo Busting

July 15th, 2011 by zoe 1 Comment

We get lot’s of hand-me-downs, in fact, most of my children’s clothing has been preloved.  I love that – especially because it removes me from having to shop and spend money, or worry about them getting dirty. Not to mention they go through them so fast – just last week I brought a car load of clothes to the Goodwill!  They love to choose their outfits and dress themselves and I have zero interest in getting involved  (perhaps this is somewhat obvious in noticing their mismatched socks and multi patterned ensembles). In truth, I have cherry picked from those wonderful hand-me-down bags carefully selecting the contents of their dresser. You see, I have gotten sick of all the logo’s and team sports, all the drab colors. I guess I just wish little boy clothes were funkier – rather than miniature versions of the latest men’s fashions. There is plenty of time for them to wear the uniform of manhood – um.. hunter green, navy blue, and heathered gray!  At four, I want their clothes to be bright and fun, imaginative and funky. Just like them!

After sorting through a gifted bag of second-hand clothes last night there was a giant stack of really nice shirts all sporting lots of ink and graphics. I got an idea for logo busting.


Note here – a perfectly good shirt sporting a nonexistent varsity football team.

Quick as can be it is now an ultra funky and bright custom star shirt!

It’s pretty darn simple – just cut shapes from old t-shirts and hand stitch them over logo’s, stains or images you just don’t care to broadcast across your children’s chest. I used colorful embroidery floss and stitched it somewhat wildly adding bits of ornamental stitching along the way.

Now how sweet and cute is that, there is plenty of time for them to play varsity football, no?

Bug Party Coloring Sheet

July 12th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

Click coloring sheet, save to file, and print.

I wonder what kind of cake that is!

Woodworking With Kids

July 11th, 2011 by zoe 1 Comment

Kids love doing wood working projects. They don’t have to be complicated or sophisticated to give children a sense of pride and accomplishment.  Just the opportunity to use real tools always gets my children very focused and engaged – I love that!

We have been having a lot of fun with peg people lately. They are great for imaginative play and are the perfect size to fit into most of the toys we already own! Wooden peg dolls can be found at most craft stores (look for them in the unpainted wood section). This shop  Clickity Clack carries a quite a large variety and an impressive assortment of other neat unpainted natural toys.

With some scraps of wood and a few nails we made floating motorboats for our little friends.  I will share the pattern but you could use most any shape of wood and have lots of fun. Any cast off chunk of wood with holes drilled into it could turn into something fun for peg people – a car, plane, or submarine perhaps!

We traced our boat pattern on two 1″ thick pieces of wood scrap. Next we cut out two boat shapes – we used a chop saw but many tools could accomplish this job. I then drilled 1″ holes that would fit my peg dolls completely through only ONE of the boat shapes. We used roofing nails to hammer the two pieces together because their big flat heads make an easy target for young children. I give my boys a ball peen hammer to finish the nailing job because it’s a bit lighter and easier for them to handle. We got out some acrylic paints and decorated them with color. Next we trooped off to the stream and set them afloat. And float they did, our peg people are quite the boaters. Next time we will have to try adding a mast and sewn sails.

Click photo, save to file and print.