messyplayforeveryday

A collection of fun activities for little hands!

Cinna-Bunnies

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Easter is right around the corner (so strange in March, but oh well!) and we are pulling out our fun Easter activities.  For snack today my kiddos wanted cinnamon buns, so to usher us into the Easter holiday I turned them into Cinna-Bunnies.  Very easy and yummy!  All you need is

Roll of Cinnamon Buns (I prefer Pillsbury)

Non stick spray

Cookie Sheet

Pop open your tube of cinnamon buns and separate them into rolls.  Instead of then placing them in the pan as a roll, unroll each one into a rope.  Take your rope and first break off a small piece at one of the ends and roll it into a ball (this will be the bunny’s tail), then take the rest of the rope and make a figure eight, leaving a bit of each end sticking out of the top of it.  At the ends squeeze the loose pieces into a point for the bunny ears.  Place the ball of dough in the bottom circle of the figure eight (this is the bunny’s butt).  Place them on the cookie sheet you’ve sprayed with the non stick spray and bake according to the package.  My kids really liked these and had fun using the frosting to create bunny fur on their bun.  Have fun and eat up!

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Cat in the Hat Parfait

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Tomorrow, March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’ birthday!!  Every year at my house we celebrate this event with a salute to this wonderful author!  Usually we make a batch of Oobleck (the recipe is here under Sensory Activities), but this year I decided to add a Cat in the Hat inspired treat to the day as well.  Here’s what you’ll need

Sliced Strawberries

Vanilla Yogurt

A tall clear glass ( I used  a mason jar)

Spoon

With your spoon simply layer the strawberries and yogurt to create the Cat’s hat for your little ones to snack on.  If you prefer a sweeter snack substitute the strawberries with red jello and the yogurt with Cool Whip.  I will tell you, you’ll need a steady hand to not get it all over the inside of the glass, but really could an activity get any simpler?!  Hope you enjoy Dr. Seuss’ birthday and read lots of his great works on March 2nd!!

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Shake, Rattle, Butter!

When I was a teacher (many moons ago!) a Thanksgiving activity I would always do with the kids in my class was making our own butter.  (This was of course after weeks of talking about the holiday and the Pilgrims who had to make all of their food by themselves.)  I decided to try it out with my own kids this year and it was just as big a hit!  It’s easy and fun and requires few supplies.  You need

a glass jar with a tight cover

Heavy Cream

One crazy, jumping around child!

Wash and dry the glass jar and cover really well (baby food jars work great, we used an old pickle jar).  Now fill the jar about 1/2 full with the heavy cream and tightly cover.  Put some music on and have your kids jump, bounce, dance and shake with their jar in their hands.  The more vigorous the shaking the quicker the process will be.  For us it was about 20 minutes before we had yummy soft set butter.  My kids were totally amazed when we opened the jar and even more amazed when we spread it on a fresh roll and they got to taste what their hard work had created.  Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Message Toast


Some times breakfast gets boring, especially when “Toast and Butter” are the answer to,”What would you like to eat?” every morning. This is a very quick and easy way to make it a little more interesting. All you need is

Bread

A few Tbl. of milk

Food Coloring

A Paint Brush

Toaster

In a small bowl mix a few tablespoons of milk with a few drops of food coloring of your choice. Use the paint brush (I usually use a small size brush like you’d find in watercolors) to paint a design or message on the bread. Toast it as usual and then butter the back of the toast so your design is clearly visible. Super cute and easy and your children will think you’re amazing!! Have fun and enjoy!

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S’mores In A Bag

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Sometimes it’s nice to have an easy, yummy dessert idea for the kids.  This one is super simple and the kids will really enjoy it.  All you need are

Mini Marshmallows

Milk Chocolate Chips

Graham Sticks (I used the graham bugs from Keebler)

Baggies

My kids really enjoy eating this, but they also like to help put it together as well.  Give each child a 1/2 cup measuring cup and let them place a scoop of each of the ingredients into the baggie.  Tahdah, all done!  Give a bag to each kiddo for dessert and they will be very happy campers!  The trick is trying to not eat it yourself before allowing the kids to have some!  Enjoy!

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Red, White and Blue in a Glass

Happy Memorial Day everyone!  This is a simple drink that your little ones can enjoy and celebrate Memorial Day at the same time!  All you need are

Clear cup filled with ice

Cranberry juice

Blue Gatorade

Carbonated water

I let my kids help with this, but if you want the layers really distinct you can do it yourself.  First have your child pour in the cranberry juice, then very carefully and making sure it’s being poured onto an ice-cube the Gatorade and finally the carbonated water.  Done, a flag in a glass, enjoy!

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Rainbow Pasta

My kids and niece love pasta, which is great, but after a while I get bored with it, they don’t, but I do!  An easy way to spice it up a little is to create rainbow pasta.  Super simple and the kids will think it’s awesome!  All you need are:

Food Coloring

Pasta

Pots of Water

Add a few drops of food coloring to the pots of water and bring them to a boil.  Throw in your pasta of choice and cook it according to the package directions.  When they’re done cooking you’ll have colored noodles for your kids to giggle over!  I like to mix all of the colored noodles together to create a rainbow in their bowls.  It’s a little more clean up for you, but so worth it when you see their faces!  Enjoy!

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Dirt Cups

Since we completed our planting this week, we have to end the week with Dirt Cups for dessert!  Dirt Cups are a yummy chocolatey treat that the kids will think are really fun and just as delicious!  All you need are:

Chocolate pudding cups

Crushed Oreo cookies

Gummy worms, cut in half

Open the pudding cups and let your kids sprinkle on some Oreo cookie crumbs.  When they think they have enough, let them stick some gummy worms into the cookie crumb/pudding mixture.  It will look like worms crawling out of the dirt, but is such a delicious treat!

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Peanut Butter Butterflies

I’m always looking for creative ways to present foods to my children.  This is a fun, easy and healthy snack that takes no time to prepare but will be met with giggles and smiles!  All you need are

Celery Sticks

Peanut Butter

Crackers

Pretzel Thins

Let your kids slather each celery stick with peanut butter.  When they’re done they can stick the crackers into the peanut butter to create wings and break the pretzel thins in half before pushing those into the peanut butter as well.  They look great and taste just as good!  Yum!

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Bird’s Nest Cookies

If you need a quick and easy Easter snack idea these are it!  They taste yummy and the kids will love helping you make them.  You need:

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1 cup peanut butter

2 cups chow mein noodles

jelly beans

wax paper lined cookie sheet

In a microwave safe bowl have your kids help you measure the chocolate chips and peanut butter.  Place it in the microwave for 1 minute at 50% power and then stir.  Repeat this until the chips are completely melted.  Have your kids help you measure the noodles and dump those in the melted chocolate mixture and stir until they are well coated.  Now drop them on the wax paper lined cookie sheet by the tablespoon full, creating a little birds nest.  Let the kids press a few jelly beans into each nest and then pop them in the fridge for an hour or so until they set up.  Super yummy and peanut buttery!

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