Kids Craft Bags

This year I went back to work after being a SAHM for four years.  As a result, I hired a nanny to watch the kids after school.  My kids love doing crafts so I came up with the idea to put together ready-made craft bags which include all the materials.  In this case, the nanny, or whoever wants to do the crafts with the kids, just has to open the bag and lay out the materials and they are good to go! You can also prepare for a playdate by prearranging these bags for each of the kids before the playdate.

Here are some examples of crafts which I prearranged:

Foam Story Board
I bought one piece of foam paper and a package of foam sticky shapes. Draw a picture or scene on the board and let the child use the stickers to tell a story.

Make Bracelets and Beaded Shapes
I bought a package of pipe cleaners and a bag of beads and placed a few together in the craft bag with instructions. The kids can make bracelets and shapes.

Printable Pages
I printed free printable pages from the internet. I paired them with a set of paints from a different craft which had already been used. You can also use markers or crayons of course.

Pom Pom Caterpillar
This idea came from my son’s school. Put some small and large pom poms in the kit along with glue and a pre-cut page in the shape of a leaf.

Feather Bird
This idea also came from my son’s school. Put a handful of colorful feathers in a bag with glue and a page cut in the shape of a bird.

Letter Jumble
I put a foam sheet along with a handful of foam letter stickers for a word jumble activity.

Sticker Dinosaur
For the next few examples, I wonder the isles of the craft store and select some cheap craft packs. This is one is a sticker pack to create a dinosaur.

Cars Craft
A prepacked craft to color Lightening McQueen car.

Mini Picture Frame
This is a prepacked craft to decorate a mini picture frame with a magnate for the refrigerator.

Homemade Cherry Turnovers

I love fresh cherries!  I got a bag of cherries and decided to try to make my own turnovers.  There are several ways to do it, and I chose the easy way!  I did not make my own crust for these, but they were still delicious.

Start by removing the stems and pits from the cherries.  This was the most time consuming part of the process.

Next put all the ingredients for the filling into the pot and cook.

I used crescent rolls for the crust.  I stretched each roll just a bit and filled it with about 1 Tablespoon of filling and then rolled it over.

Bake

And then I made a little bit of icing for the top.

Homemade Cherry Turnovers
2          cups cherries—fresh, pitted
1/2      cup sugar
1/3      cup water
1 1/2   tablespoons cornstarch
1/2      teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Package of Crescent Rolls or homemade crusts
Put all the ingredients in a pot and simmer until thickened, about 5-10 minutes.  Heat the oven to 375.  Fill each turnover with about 1 Tablespoon of filling and then flip over the top of the dough and seal the sides.  Bake until golden brown.

Cherry Turnover Icing
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
Mix the ingredients in a bowl.  If the icing is too thin, add more sugar.

First Birthday Mini Cake

For my daughter’s first birthday I chose the theme “Ballerina Ball”. The post for the entire party is here:

Ballerina Birthday

I made a mini-replica of her birthday cake for her to eat herself at the party.

Photo courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX

Photo Courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX

To make the cake, I baked one cupcake (bottom layer) and one smaller cake baked in a mini tart pan (top layer).  I covered it in fondant, quilted the bottom and added French Dragees and added the petals from hydrangea to match the full sized cake.  To see the full sized cake click this post here:

Peony Princess Cake

Before she ate the cake, I removed the Hydrangeas and Dragees and let her have at it!

Photo Courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX

Photo Courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX

Photo Courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX

Photo Courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX

Photo Courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX

Peony Princess Cake

For my daughter’s first birthday I chose the theme “Ballerina Ball”. The post for the entire party is here:

Ballerina Birthday

This post is to highlight the cake I made for her party.

Picture Courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX

Since the cake was the last thing to make for Brie’s party, I was in quite a hurry and trying to get this done at the last minute, so I did not take the step-by-step pictures that I usually do.

The materials I used for the cake were a quilting tool, a stencil tool, French Dragees, a real fresh peony and a real fresh hydrangea broken into petal clusters.

I baked two 8 inch and two 6 inch cakes to make the two double layers.  I covered both with white marshmallow fondant.  I used the quilting tool to quilt the bottom layer and attached the dragees in the quilted points with a dot of icing.  I used a stencil tool to make a design on the second layer.  But unfortunately, I determined the layers were not thick enough to have a design and the hydrangeas  together so that both could be clearly seen, so if you try to recreate this cake, I suggest you make two tiers made with three cake layers each, or just forget about the stencil.  I put the fresh peony on top and circled both it and the first tier with the petal clusters from the hydrangea.

Photo courtesy of CnC Moments Photography in Dallas, TX

I also made a mini-version of this cake that can be found at:

Mini Cake

I’m in Trouble Now

While at the toy store, I saw the cutest little purse for Brie my 14 month old daughter.  I picked up the purse and handed it to her…and wouldn’t you know it, she knew exactly what to do with it…

A purse? Oh, let me slip this on my shoulder…

and let’s go shopping…I think I need a cozy coupe.

I’ll take this one. Let’s load it up and I’ll pay.

Sigh.  I’m so in trouble.