St. Patrick’s Day Getting Our Green On! Food, Projects, Coloring pages and Family Traditions.

 

The other day my son Corey said: “I love Saint Patricks Day, It’s better than Christmas.” My mind was slightly boggled and it left me wondering why? Mind you, Corey is an adult however, it is not the first time he has stated this. Maybe all the Corned Beef got to his head?

Then I thought about it a bit more.We do have some good traditions and the best thing is it brings us all together at the table. You know Family togetherness.¬†ūüėČ

For years I painstakingly drew around a cover stencil I had and copied off the coloring page that we had colored every single year since he was a pretty young child.

This year I created it digitally so I could share it will all of you.

FREE Shamrock Coloring Page printable St. Pattys Day www.simplymoms.net

 

 

Not your style? Here are some other really cute coloring pages as well from Crayola (Nope we are not being sponsored we just love their pages and their crayons!)

http://www.crayola.com/free-coloring-pages/holidays/st-patricks-day-coloring-pages/

A lil shout out to the colors your gonna need this St. Patrick’s Day.

Crayola Crayons Green St. Patrick's Day www.simplymoms.net

 

Little Miss Toddler and I worked on a Shamrock painting together. I will include our little photo session as a sperate post tomorrow but below is our finished project. It was messy but she had a great deal of fun.

St. Patrick's day Toddler Shamrock Hand Print Art Project Paint www.simplymoms.net

This was her extra little part… She loves to paint but ended up very GREEN!

 

Then there is the boiled corned beef dinner that I make in my huge 8-quart stock pots every year. My husband scopes out the largest flattest ones. I swear he puts more effort into corned beef shopping than he does any other kind of food shopping. He has even barred me from the picking process LOL.  I am in charge of the vegetables and I get to cook his very special corned beef.

New England Boiled Dinner www.simplymoms.net

 

The picture is not of my boiled dinner but I big thank you to Wiki for providing a photo of a meal that looks much like mine minus the parsnips. I am not even sure what a parsnip takes like. Maybe I am missing out? Any How below is the way I make a Corned Beef Dinner.

Traditional New England Boiled Dinner.

1 Large Flat Cut Corned beef

10 Medium Sized Red Potatoes scrubbed clean and cut into cubes or White Potatoes peeled and cut into fourths

7 Carrots scrapped and chopped into 1-inch chunks (I use more We like them)

1 Small Head Cabbage cut into wedges

1 Medium Turnip peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes (Optional)

1 Medium Onion peeled and cut into fourths (More if you like them)

1-3 Parsnips peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks (Optional we do not use them)

In a large stock pot, 8 quarts place your corned beef, all the juices and open the spice packet and sprinkle it in. Cover with water and put on low heat. Simmer covered adding water as needed to keep the meat covered. Plan to cook 50 minutes per pound give or take some cooking time. Cook until the meat is tender and just starting to fall apart. At this point add in the vegetables add more water to just cover everything, and simmer until they are tender as well. This serves our family of 6 large portions.

 

As for traditions some amount of the veggies will be served up in my Grammie’s old vintage Pyrex bowl. The only thing I have left of my¬†Grammie (My Moms Mother) Boiled dinners were her thing so we always add her bowl to the holiday table. ¬†Gosh, I really miss her <3

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

vintage Green Pyrex mixing bowl www.simplymoms.net

Love Jennifer

 

 

 

What are your St. Patrick’s Day traditions?

I am taking part in Mama Kat’s Writers Workshop this week.

Mama’s Losin’ It

Moon Sand Flour and Oil Version Taste Safe and Homemade

Homemade Moon Sand this is messy play at its finest.

I chose the flour and vegetable oil combination because Little Miss Toddler will not keep things like this out of her mouth. We did it on the kitchen floor.Clean up involved sweeping up and mopping really well (Think oil residue). Next time I would put an old sheep or newspaper down for easier cleanup or simply do it outside.

This homemade Moon Sand or as some call it Cloud Dough is soft, molds together well and it is wonderful sensory play for even a pretty young child. Little Miss Toddler enjoyed it.

Homemade Moon Sand finding the magic in the mess -www.simplymoms.net

What you need is simple and most everyone has it on hand. 

  • 8 Cups of Flour (All-Purpose)
  • 1 Cup of Vegetable Oil
  • A few drops food coloring if you like but not needed. (We skipped this)

In a large bin just mix it all together really well. Done and done.

We tossed in some kitchen scoops, spoons and the like. She had a blast.

 

Maybe Moon Sand is not what you intended to find or wish to make today? How about some play dough recipes?

 

Homemade Cloud Dough

Toddler Playing With Home made Moon Sand

Toddler sensory Play

Sensory Bin Flour and Oil

Messy Play

Toddler playing with cloud dough and scoops

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Love Jennifer

 

Muffin Tin Crayons – New Life for Old Broken Crayons

Crayons laying around that are broken? Try this quick project with your children and beat the winter boredom blues.

I have to tell you. Little Miss Toddler had the box of 120 Crayons. She liked to dump them and run. I was tired of picking them up and I saw a friend on Facebook doing this project with her kids and thought YES! that will be great!

removing crayon labels

The first thing I did was to soak the crayons in warm water. This way the papers were super easy to remove.  I peeled a few with out the soaking and it was a pain so this made quick of it. Just remember after peeled to dry the crayons off.

Break the crayons up into a muffin tin

I sorted the broken crayons up by color into the muffin tins and filled them with the broken crayons. Easy enough.

Melted crayons

Put the crayons in a 300-degree oven and watch for them to be melted about 5 -15 minutes. Depending on how large the tin you are using is. Mine was a standard tin and it took about 12 minutes. Let them cool completely. Once they are cool turn the tin upside down and tap the bottom of each round. They should pop right out. If they will not come out freeze for 20 minutes then tap them again they should fall out easily.

Miffin Tin Crayons

We had one minor casualty (One broken coming out) But look how cool it looks inside.

Melted Crayons

Here is a full disk. Giga’s¬†magic impressed Little Miss Toddler.

Crayon disk

I love the way the colors melted together.

Toddler coloring

Much better. She thinks they are cool and they are much easier to keep contained. They are also a nice chunky size for her small hands.

Have you ever made these? I think they would be neat to make in different shapes for holidays.

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Homemade Finger Paints

Little Miss Toddler loves anything messy. She loves anything artsy.¬† What I do not love is anything that is toxic or that I have no clue what it may contain. Yes, she is two and yes, she puts things in her mouth.¬† So I try to make sure her stuff is very safe. Lot’s of people add dish soap into the recipe. I just do not think that is wise and as long as you do not go over the top adding food coloring clean up should be a breeze. Just use the soap after to clean up if you like.

Homemade Finger PaintsHere is what you will need to make your finger paints

4 tablespoons sugar

1/2 cup corn starch

2 cups of cold water

Food colorings

Small containers

In a nonstick sauce pan add sugar and corn starch whisk together. Add cold water and stir. Turn the heat to medium and stir constantly until mixture thickens. Divide into containers add colors and stir then in well and be sure to cool them well.

Fingerpainting with homemade finger paintsAs you can see we have an easel . It is older and we were unconcerned about damage so we allowed her to paint directly on the white board. They do make finger paint paper and I am told you can use wax paper. I have even used white construction paper. As for the easel the finger paint just wiped right off and left no makes. However that was our experience it may not be yours.

Toddler finger paintingShe had so much fun. It was really nice because it was simple, cheap, safe and I had everything to make it on hand.

We work on mixing colors to make new ones, making shapes and pictures. It was a wonderful messy time, after all those are the best times.

Easy To Make Felt Breakfast Foods

I went to Wal-Mart tonight looking to see how much some play food for Bella’s beloved kitchen set would be. I was shocked by the price and what you were getting. A few plastic pieces and a bunch of cardboard food boxes. What child would get much play out of a cardboard toy? I know Bella would crush them all with in two minutes being the two year old she is. You know a normal child LOL. So no to that.

I went down to the craft area and bought some felt pieces for 23 cents each. With the plan to turn them into food. I just cut them out, hand stitched them together and ta-da! Foods that she recognizes for pennies and just a bit of time. I realized that on Pinterest there are HUNDREDS of neat ideas. So this is just the tip of the iceberg. While these may be a bit crudely made they are still a far site better than anything Wal-Mart offered.

Felt food breakfast

Homemade Play Dough Recipes

Make your own homemade play dough!

Edible Playdough

1/2 C peanut butter
1/2 C honey
1 C powdered milk

Just throw it all together and mush it up with your hands until it’s fairly smooth. The oils from the peanut butter will keep it from sticking to the table and the kids’ hands.

Green play dough

Play Dough

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water
Mix well until it forms a ball. Knead add food coloring if desired. If sticky add some flour and if too dry add a small amount of water.

Play dough 2

1 cup flour
1 cup warm water
2 teaspoons cream of tarter
1 teaspoon oil
1/4 cup salt
food coloring

Mix all ingredients (add food coloring last). Stir over medium heat until smooth. Remove from pan, let cool slightly, and knead until blended and smooth. Store in a plastic bag or airtight container when cooled.

Pink Glittery Play Dough

Kool-Aid Dough

Flour 3 cups
Salt 1 1/2 cups
Water 3 cups
Vegetable Oil 2 TB.
Cream of tartar 1 TB.
unsweetened “Kool-Aid” 1 pkg.

Mix ALL of the ingredients in a large saucepan.
Cook over medium-low heat, until the dough, comes away
from the edges of the pan and it becomes difficult to move the spoon. Remove from heat. Cool until it can be handled.
Place on counter or wax paper knead 3-4 times.
Store in an airtight container.

Fairy Play-Doh (glitter)

You Need
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup water
1/2 cup salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
Food coloring gel (this will make the colors more vibrant)
Glitter

Mix all ingredients with the exception of the glitter in a sauce pan well heat stirring the mix constantly until it forms a ball remove at once. Add the glitter and knead until smooth and uniform. Store in a tight sealing container. This mix stores at room temperature.

Rubber Dough

A silly fun texture

You will need
2 cups baking soda
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup cornstarch

Mix everything into a sauce pan. Boil over medium heat until the mix is thick. Plop onto a plate cool and play.

 

Keep it, Clay

This mixture dries VERY hard great for making jewelry like beads etc..

1 (1-pound) box baking soda
1 cup cornstarch
1 1/4 cups cold water
Food coloring (Gel is best or leave it plain and paint later)

Mix baking soda and cornstarch together then add water. Cook and stir over low heat until the consistency of mashed potatoes. Remove the dough from the heat and cover with damp towel until it is cool enough to handle. Use for play dough or jewelry shaping or roll it out and cut with a cookie cutter to make decorations.

Store in an airtight container
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Other types of dough and putty

Cinnamon Dough

1 Cup Applesauce
1 Cup Cinnamon
Mix well if sticky add more cinnamon if too dry add more applesauce …knead well. Cut with cookie cutters to make ornaments let air dry. These may be painted.

Flubber Fun

You will need two bowls
In bowl 1 mix
3/4 cup warm water
1 cup white glue
Food coloring

In bowl 2 mix
2 tsp borax
1/2 a cup warm water

Mix bowl 1 well, Mix bowl two well…Now let the magic begin! pour bowl 1 into bowl two…No need to mix just reach on in and grab your flubber..work it for 3 minutes.

Sawdust Clay

Great for making things and drying to paint

You will need.
Fine grit sand paper
A breezy warm spot
1 cup fine sawdust
1/2 cup flour
water

Mix sawdust and flour well then begin to add water a small amount at a time until the mix is of clay consistency. If it becomes too wet add more flour and if it becomes too crumbly add more water and a small amount of flour.
Shape into whatever you desire, dry for 24-48 hours sand and paint with acrylic or tempera paints (Tempera is best for young children but acrylic will cover the best)


Play Dough Ideas

-We use Christmas cookie cutters to cut shapes and then we use a straw to make a hole at the top. Let dry then string a ribbon through it and “voila” a Christmas tree ornament. For those of you with a sense of “pizzazz” glue on glitter beads or little fancy ribbons to add flair to your decorations. Have fun! Submitted by: Candace

-Roll into ropes and make the letters of the alphabet together, numbers too!

-Roll into a flat circle and let the child use cookie cutters to cut shapes.

-Make beads, string them on floss and let dry into a necklace.

-Make a collection of toy dishes.

-Make sculptures of your family.

-Make Noah’s ark and his animals

-Press your child’s hand into the dough and let dry forever to capture their small hand print.

-Have a play dough birthday party…set out tables with play dough and different play dough activities, hold contests such as the best play dough birthday cake ect…it is sure to keep the kids busy for a long time! This is great for a party with rainbow colors for a theme.

What do you do with your play dough? Send your ideas to gove1974@outlook.com

 

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