We just bought our first house, so the moving has been HECTIC (read: living on more junk food than usual and without a refrigerator). Luckily, these are an exciting snack/dessert for the kids to break up the monotony!
- tortillas, ripped into chip pieces (I used corn for me, flour for kids)
- caramel syrup
- sprinkles (optional, I skipped for me)
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Tear tortillas into chip size pieces. Spread out evenly on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
- Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar evenly across tortillas.
- Bake 10-15 minutes, until tortillas start to crisp, bubble, and brown. That’s the good stuff!
- Remove and let cool.
- Add caramel sauce and sprinkles and enjoy!
I wrote an instructable for paper flower bouquet last week. This project creates my preferred paper to use in those bouquets–bubble painted paper. I used to do this even before I had the kids just because it’s so much fun.
This is, however, my first attempt with the girls. I’m sure it’s going to be a bit messy. Heck, my kids are always messy, so it doesn’t matter much. Just be prepared for the cleanup. On the bright side, it’s soap! Cleanup is always better when what you’re cleaning up is soap.
Let’s do this!
white paper (8 1/2 x 11 printer paper is what we used)
Cups or bowls
soap and water or bubble solution
1. Pour soap and water or bubble solution into bowls. Add a few drops of food coloring (adjust according to how bold you would like your colors to be). Give the cups or bowls a little swirl to distribute the color.
2. Distribute straws, bubble mix, and paper among all involved adults and kids. I had a 2 1/2 year old and an 18 month old participating. I quickly found out that the bubble mixture was inappropriate for my younger daughter, who tried to drink it. We then substituted her solution for colored almond milk, which she painted with and drank happily.
3. Blow bubbles onto your paper. They should cascade across your paper, clinging to it, creating fun marbling effects, and splattering color everywhere! It’s delightful.
4. Set aside to dry.
Once dry, these papers make lovely origami bases. I do suggest trying out a Paper Tulip Bouquet, which is fun and beautiful. Next week maybe we’ll do another related project!
Boy, it’s hot! The girls seem irritated that I’m so concerned with keeping them from getting sunburn and heatstroke and bored with sitting in the air conditioning, so I thought this back patio activity might help alleviate the boredom.
1. Fill trays with water.
2. Mix food coloring in your ice cube tray to desired colors. I only had gel food coloring, so I put a small amount on the toothpick and mixed it.
3. Freeze and save for a hot day.
Fresh or dried flowers
1. Fill tray with water.
2. Press flower heads into the water, submerging completely. Make sure these flowers are non-toxic, just in case.
3. Freeze. These will be fun for your little one to play with later! Obviously you don’t have to use flowers, I just used what we had from Mother’s day.