• Bugs in the Grass Sensory Play Bin
  • Lemon Cream Cake
  • 2015 Handprint Calendar Printable
  • 4th of July Sparkle Bottles
  • Strawberry Salad
  • 10 Things I've Learned
  • 4th of July Sparkler Wands
  • Lemonade Activities
  • Sponges in the water table
    Sponges in the Water Table
  • Our Water Wall
  • 4th of July Handprint Flag
  • Rainbow Ice Cube Painting

Try Summertime Creations™ at Cold Stone Creamery

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Ahh! Summer! It’s been a long time coming in Wisconsin, but we’ve had some beautiful days. July 20th is next week and it’s National Ice Cream Day. Now that is a day to celebrate! What better way than at Cold Stone Creamery with one of their Summertime Creations™!

For more than 25 years Cold Stone has served the finest, freshest ice cream, cakes, smoothies and shakes. Made with the finest ingredients and their signature process of preparing your custom ice cream Creation™ on a frozen granite stone, you’re sure to love your treat!

Just in time for National Ice Cream Day, Cold Stone has some delicious Summertime Creations™ for you to try including:

  • Surrender to Strawberry: Strawberry Ice Cream mixed with Yellow Cake, Strawberries and Whipped Topping.
  • Cake Batter Batter Batter™: Cake Batter Ice Cream mixed with Brownie and Cookie Dough.
  • Banana Caramel Crunch®: French Vanilla Ice Cream mixed with caramel, Roasted Almonds and fresh banana.
  • OREO® Double Chocolate: Chocolate Ice Cream mixed with OREO®, Fudge and Whipped Topping.
  • Butterfinger Caramel Crunch®: Sweet Cream Ice Cream mixed with Caramel, Butterfinger® and Whipped Topping.

We were lucky to get some coupons to go to our local Cold Stone Creamery (which is dangerously close to home!) and try one of the Summertime Creations™. It was a real treat too – our son was gone visiting family for the week, so it was like a date. A real sweet one!  We’re not so great at this selfie thing but here we are, at Cold Stone.

My husband tried the Cake Batter Batter Batter™ (pictured at the top) and I tried the the Butterfinger Carmel Crunch®. Yum! We both liked ours and both said we probably couldn’t finish them, but guess what? Yep, we did!

Here is my Summertime Creation™ being made. All the ingredients are mixed together on the frozen granite stone. All the ice cream is made fresh daily in each location too.

You can receive offers and deals when you sign up for My Cold Stone Club.  Simply join the My Cold Stone Club today and get a BOGO copuon right away!  Follow Cold Stone on Twitter too.

Which of the Summertime Creations™ are you excited to try on National Ice Cream Day?

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Back to School Shopping is a Breeze at Dollar General

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Back to school supplies at Dollar General

Love the bright colored folders!

Lots of basics to choose from:

Check out the fun accessories – great for lockers, study spaces or college.

It’s still summer but I’ve learned that once school supplies are out, it’s best to get them early. Last year we were looking for this and that at the last minute and places were sold out. It’s a breeze back to school with Dollar General!

The products we found at Dollar General at great prices include:

  • (6) notebooks – I like that they have plastic covers for durability
  • (5) folders – again, we bought plastic folders because they hold up well
  • (5) designer folders – because school supplies should be fun! We found a baseball, football and a music folder
  • Wide & super tip Crayola marker sets
  • large box of crayons – I always wanted those as a kid. *sigh* Don’t think I ever had a big box.
  • pack of sticky notes – three different colors
  • Bic highlighters
  • Bic mechanical pencils
  • Expo dry erase markers
  • 4 colors-in-one-pen
  • Black & bright pens
  • Bic Round Stic colored pens – fun!
  • pocket calculator

I haven’t seen the teacher’s supply list yet, but I’m guessing we have most of what we need. For $35! Personally I love the bright colored plastic folders and matching notebooks. Brett favorited the designer folders that fit his interests and personality. What’s really great is we have most of his school supplies already and we got them at a great price. I found brands I know and enjoy using for less. Look for trendy items to make going back to school even more fun and classroom supplies as well, if you’re a teacher.

Now’s the time to check out the wide selection for a FUN back to school with Dollar General!

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Make a Perler Bead Basket

perler bead basket

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Making a fabulous perler bead basket is super easy and fast! A very rewarding project! Originally I admired this post from Meaningfulmama.com and decided this might be a good Visual Arts 4-H project for Brett. It’s unique, easy to do with great results within a 1/2 hour or less!

Perler Bead Basket

Our baskets measure 7 1/2″ and 8 3/4″

Make a Perler Bead Basket

Needed:

  • Oven safe bowl, Pyrex or stoneware will work well
  • Cooking spray
  • Perler Beads, we used 3 bags, in three shades of blue, which made two baskets

Perler Bead Basket

Making a Perler Bead Basket

perler bead basket

Directions:

Heat oven to 375*

  1. Spray bowl with cooking spray
  2. Pour in beads and spread with your hands to make one layer.
  3. Put in oven for 12-14 minutes until melted. Times may vary so check yours!
  4. Allow the beads to cool and it will pop out of the bowl. I used a butter knife to loosen it in places but overall it did not stick.
  5. Wash in warm soapy water to remove cooking oil if needed.

Hints for filling your bowl with beads:

  • It helps to tilt the bowl and let them roll into place and stick to the spray.
  • Pour extras into a container and start again until all areas are covered.
  • Pressing and smoothing out the beads will cause them to slide into place and go up the edges of the bowl.
  • Smooth out the edges around the bowl so they are even.

bead bowl 4 Perler Bead Basket

It’s really that simple! I think they turned out spectacular! Blue ribbon is likely for these beauties!

We found our beads at Michael’s but they can also be purchased on Amazon. With this brand of beads we did not experience any strong odor.

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Teddy Bear Picnic Preschool Activities

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One of our summer weekly themes for June was “Teddy Bear Picnic”.  There are so many Teddy Bear Picnic Preschool Activities and not enough time for all the great ideas I found, but I’ll show you what we did.

Cinnamon Paint Teddy Bears:

Simply adding cinnamon to brown tempera paint gives these teddy bears texture and a great scent! I cut the edge with a pinking shears but the kids can certainly cut out their own if they are able.

Needed:

teddy bear picnic art

Picnic Table Cloth Painting with “Ketchup & Mustard”

Using a plastic sink mat from the dollar store, we used red and yellow paint to make a checked pattern on cardstock, resembling a table cloth pattern.

Needed:

  • plastic dollar store sink mat
  • paint brush
  • tempera paint
  • cardstock

teddy bear picnic painting

Picnic Table Cloth Pattern Painting

teddy bear picnic tablecloth art

Teddy Bear Sensory Sorting

Using teddy bear counters and colored foam shapes in the table, spoons and scoops were used to to catch bears or shapes and sort them into the baskets.

Needed:

teddy bear picnic sensory play

Teddy Bear Snack

We used a piece of french toast but you can use regular toast as well to make a cute bear face snack. Slice bananas for the ears and nose, adding raisins or chocolate chips for the eyes and tip of the nose. So cute!

teddy bear picnic snack

Ants in the Pants Fingerprint Art

You can expect ants at a picnic!  Cut a simple pants shape from blue construction paper. Kids can use their fingers to make ant bodies – head, thorax and abdomen, and then draw lines for legs.

teddy bear picnic art ants in the pants

Oatmeal Play Dough

Oatmeal play dough has a unique texture and a more natural look. {recipe here>>} “Porridge Oats” from Imagination Tree was my inspiration for this fitting in to our Teddy Bear Picnic theme, you know like in the story Goldilocks and the 3 Bears? Ours was more crumbly since I used some steel cut oats in with the regular oats, which is what I had at the time.

oatmeal play dough o2

Picnic Lunch

It rained the day (whole week) we were doing our teddy bear picnic activities so our picnic was held indoors. No one minded! We used our picnic table cloth and I served our regular lunch menu, which this day was: bean & cheese quesadillas, carrot sticks and cherry tomatoes, strawberries and milk. I don’t always serve lunch family style because  our room set up is limiting and it’s difficult to have everyone sit together like this so this was extra special. The kids did bring their bears or stuffed animals but put them next to their chair during lunch.

In the past I’ve put out a sign out sheet and parents sign up to bring in foods for our picnic like string cheese, grapes, crackers or cookies.

kids picnic

More Teddy Bear Picnic Activities:

  • Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear Turn Around music & movement (see CD listed below)
  • Read Jamberry
  • Make Jam with Kids
  • Make berry basket art - we painted red and blue berries with pom poms clipped to clothespins – I guess I didn’t get pictures!

See my Teddy Bear Picnic Activities Pinterest Board for more fun ideas!
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Happy picnicking!

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4th of July Sparkler Wands

4th of July Sparkler Wands While shopping at Michael’s, I spotted red, white and blue mesh tube ribbon. I’ve never used tube ribbon before and wondered what I could come up with. It was 50% off so I had to do something with it! We ended up using it several ways, including  a piece cut for the cat to play with.

Cut pieces of ribbon looked amazing in our 4th of July Sparkle bottles. 4th of July sparkle bottles 1

I also put a length of mesh tube ribbon in the sensory bin for a cutting activity and the kids cut it into pieces.  It provided an opportunity to explore a new material and a challenge for snipping something different. They discovered the ribbon could be cut length wise and some tried cutting 2 or 3 pieces in half at a time. A great 4th of July sensory bin/activity!

mesh tube ribbon sensory bin cutting activity 1

Someone else was very interested in this activity as well! He now has a piece of his own to play with and carries it around in his mouth and chases it on the floor.

mesh tube ribbon sensory bin cutting activity

In the end, I wanted to create a sparkler that my preschoolers could safely play with. They could also be used a decorations in pots, in the garden or as a centerpiece.

4th of July Sparkler Wands

To make the sparkler wands, you will need:

Directions:

  1. Cut ribbon into pieces, about 6-8″ long
  2. lay 5 together and tie with another one, creating a star shape
  3. Hot glue to top of craft stick.
  4. Repeat for other side.

4th of July sparkler wands

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