Kid’s Project: Egg Carton Color Nature Walk

After being stuck inside while it rained, we saw the sun was out today and the rain was coming again this weekend, we thought……..”better get out and get moving, asap!”

I ran across this idea a few months ago and I really wish that I could remember the blogger so I could give her credit, but I cannot. So….needless to say, this was not my idea, but I think it is great and we had a fantastic time creating it.

EGG CARTON COLOR NATURE WALK:

First you will need an egg carton.  I cut the top off so it would be easier to carry, but that’s up to you.

Next, I had my daughter use her crayons and color each of the “egg holes” a different color.

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After that, we headed outside for our nature walk and filled the egg carton with all of the different colors of nature……Blue was the hardest to find by the way!!!

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We were lucky to find some really good finds, but I did have to get on her about  grabbing out of people’s flower pots.

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At the end of the day, it was a fun project and a great way to talk about flowers, nature and colors while getting a little exercise and mommy time.

 

 

Happy Coloring!

 

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Easter Fun with the Little One…

I’m always searching for interesting things to do with my two year old that are fun for her, but not incredibly hard or messy for me…..is there such a thing as “no mess fun” with a 2+ year old…..if you find, please let me know.

Since Easter is right around the corner, we decided that we will make Easter Bunny Cupcakes and Decorations so off to Pinterest I go to see what kind of great ideas are out there…why reinvent to wheel, right.  As I was looking for Easter bunny cupcakes, I also stumbled upon some really cute ideas for cupcakes for other times of the year so I’m going to share them now instead of putting it away for later…..mostly because I will probably forget about it.

Some of the really great cupcake toppers that I found are below:

I absolutely adore these shabby chic style bunny rabbits.  You can’t go wrong with Peter Cottontail at Easter.  Find these at Unify on Etsy….adorable!

Easter Cupcake Toppers, Baby Shower Cupcake Toppers, Cupcake Toppers, Sandwich Picks, Bunny, Peter Cotton Tail, Set of 12

Another great option for toppers from SoCuteParties:

24 Vintage Chocolate  Easter Cupcake Toppers in Pink Yellow Light Blue and Purple
Vintage Chocolate Easter Cupcake Toppers

Love these toppers for a Mother’s Day Brunch…..You can find these at CatchSomeRaes.

24 Party Picks, Cupcake Toppers, Shabby Chic, Butterflies
Butterfly Party Picks

Let’s say you don’t want to use paper and want an ALL edible cupcake…here are some great fondant options.  Mustache and Ties from Parker’s Flour Patch:

Fondant Mustache, Tie and Bow Tie Onesie Toppers for Birthday or Baby Shower Cupcakes, Cookies or Mini-Cakes
Mustaches and Ties…

…..jungle theme. Here you go!  These incredibly cute little animals are at the Cupcake Stylist.

Set of 5 Edible Fondant Safari Animal Cake and Cupcake Toppers
Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

I’ve spent so much time looking for cute toppers and just haven’t found exactly what I was looking for, so we are going to try and come up with something on our own based on all of the great ideas we’ve found.  This should be fun, interesting and extremely messy!!!!  Stay Tuned…….

Happy Baking,

~the little chick~

I found this really great stool…..now what do I do with it??

I found this really great old stool in my father-in-law’s barn and I felt like it was the perfect piece for my kitchen since my daughter is old enough to love watching me cook and “helping” as well.  This piece definitely needed a little TLC, but I didn’t want it to look completely brand new either.  I love this finished project and wanted to share!

Before
Chair After

At first, I wasn’t really sure the best way to go about restoring this stool.  The nuts and bolts holding it together were so rusted, I wasn’t sure we would be able to get them off.  It took both my husband and I to turn them, but once we got them off……we chunked them an decided to get all new.

Parts and Pieces

Once I got the entire stool apart….the next item on the list was cleaning and sanding…..lots and lots of sanding.  I used a sanding block with a sandpaper specific for removing dust.  I even used a wire bristle brush around the screw holes to get out all of the dirt and rust.

After the sanding was done (worst part) came the fun part.  Painting!!!

I taped up all the red areas that I didn’t want white on first.  Some parts were painted red with Rust-Oleum’s Painter’s Touch in Colonial Red Gloss, but you could use whatever you like.

My paint choice
Backside
Back and Sides

Painting Complete!  After the Red dried, I used a small paint brush on the parts that could not be sprayed.  I sprayed a small amount of spray in a cup and used it that way.

The tread on the steps could be replaced if need be, but I wanted to keep it so I cleaned it with mineral spirits and fortunately it looked great.

My daughter loves the stool and it is perfect for her to drag around the kitchen and jump up wherever she needs it…….which is not always a good thing.

After
After

Happy Designing!!

~the little chick~