Thursday, March 16, 2017

Fun Rainbow Color Activities for Kids!

I love these wonderful color activities from Toddler Approved. 
Pair them with reading Color Wonder Hooray for Spring!
for a playful and interactive storytime.

Make it a craft and coloring day too.  Check out some Color Wonder
spring craft activities, perfect for the older kids.

Younger kids will enjoy coloring, and making stick puppet
characters from Color Wonder Hooray for Spring!

Have fun!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Color Wonder: Hooray for Spring! Book Launch Party

It may have been a cold and gray winter day, 
but the book launch celebration for Color Wonder: Hooray for Spring!
was certainly a bright and cheerful one.

I was impressed with the children’s knowledge of their colors; many knew
the color combinations needed to turn the color-mixing wheels 
in the book.
They loved 
mixing and matching the colors to the spring flowers.

A garden party with refreshments was enjoyed by all.
I'm blessed to have the support of my wonderful family and friends
who put together this lovely spread.  The Joy of Cupcakes
generously treated the guests to these festive and amazingly tasty cupcakes.

And what good is a spring party without the spring crafts?

The super fun FunFit joined in, making craft projects with the children.

And a book about colors certainly needs some coloring activities.
Children made puppets and colored bug characters from Hooray for Spring!
Click here to download the Color Wonder printables and incorporate
fun activities with your story time.

The lollipop flowers were sweet and easy to make.
Use a heart shape craft-puncher for the petals and a circle
craft-puncher for the leaf.  Fold green paper in half and punch out
a leaf shape by using the top arch of the circle craft-puncher.

Fold the heart-shape petals in half, punch small holes on the bottom
of all the paper pieces, and thread them onto the lollipop stick.  

Adhere clear tape around the base of the lollipop wrapper.
Be sure the tape is also touching the leaf, to serve as a stopper.

The younger children enjoyed coloring
big butterflies, or perhaps it was the Smarties® they liked?

This little caterpillar critter was made by threading a handful of beads

onto a pipe cleaner that was folded in half for strength.

The older kids twisted and shaped colorful spring buggies.

To make the butterfly, you'll need two pipe cleaners, 
 three .75 pompoms, wiggly eyes, and glue dots.
Shape the pipe cleaners as shown above and assemble all the pieces.

To make the bee, you'll need 1/2 of a white pipe cleaner,  1/4 of a green one,
1 inch yellow pompom, .5 black pompom, wiggly eyes, and glue dots.
Shape the pipe cleaners as shown above and assemble all the pieces.

Hooray!  Cheers to a warm and colorful spring season to come.
I hope your kids enjoy Color Wonder: Hooray for Spring!,
and have fun coloring their favorite spring bug characters.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Color Wonder Hooray for Spring!

Hooray!  Color Wonder makes its debut with the first book
in the color-mixing novelty series - Color Wonder Hooray for Spring!
I’m a big fan of fun-learning and interactive books.
That in mind, I designed a unique format to compliment
playful reading, and provide some fun story time for the children.

Join the romp with lively bug characters as they frolic through colorful
spring flowers
.  Kids will enjoy reading, experimenting, and turning the
layered wheels to mix and match primary colors (red, blue, yellow), 
and blend them to make secondary ones (orange, green, purple).

I hope you and the children enjoy Color Wonder Hooray for Spring!
Be on the look out for Color Wonder: Winter is Here!,
coming this October, 2017!

Available in fine stores everywhere, including Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!

Have a safe and spooktacular Halloween!

The ghost and web toppers are made from piping melted white chocolate
and semisweet chocolate. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

A Back-to-School Celebration!

Wishing you all a safe and successful school year,
full of wonderful fun-learning experiences!

The candy legos are made from melted white chocolate,
a variety of food colorings, and silicone lego molds. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Christmas in July?

Paperless Post®, an online card and invitation company, specializing
in Christmas cards, reached out to me with an interesting question.

How would I celebrate Christmas in July?

Well, it’s summer.  I’m thinking about fresh lemonade,
cold watermelon, popsicles, and swimming with my kids.
And many of us are thinking about the beach.

Ahh, of course!  I’ll team up with my favorite beach buddy characters.
Dive in with me into the creative realm, and let’s plan
a splashing Christmas party.

For starters, my friend Crab will take care of the decorations.

Mrs. Octopus will bake her most festive treats.

Puffer fish will plan the party crafts and games.

Mr. Whale will round up some festive holiday music.
Can you guess his favorite song?  Frosty the ......

Starfish will bake his famous gingerbread star cookies.

Turtle will bring dreidels and chocolate gelt,
and share some Chanukah love too.

And you can trust that I will handle the invitations.
Thanks for joining me with this fun post.  Will I see you at the party?

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Harry Potter Party

My girls, though years apart, are big Harry Potter fans.
We had a lot fun recreating Hogswarts and Diagon Alley in our home.
Enjoy the party photos, and hopefully you'll find some
inspiration for your Harry Potter party! 

Mandrakes!  How fun are these?
To make them, you'll need Goetz Caramel Creams.
Work on the Mandrakes one at a time.  Roll and blend two pieces of candies
together.  H
eat the blended caramel in the microwave for about 5-8 seconds.
Shape the warm caramel to form the Mandrakes.  I used a skewer to
create the eyes and mouth.  
Top the Mandrakes with faux plastic leaves. 

For the base, bake chocolate cupcakes in 
Wilton Pot Shaped Silicone Baking Cups.  Once they are cool,
frost them with chocolate frosting, 
and add the Mandrakes.
Garnish the frosting with crushed 
Oreo Cookies for the dirt.

The kids loved being sorted into houses!
The house ties are made from felt and yarn.

What's a Harry Potter party without wands and Hedwig?  
I purchased the wands and stone backdrop (below) from Oriental Trading.

The witches and wizards enjoyed stopping by Gringotts bank for coins,
which they used to purchase robes, wands, and candy from Honeydukes.
The signs you see in this post are printables from Printyca.

The Honeydukes' candy station was a big hit.
I found the candy printatables from Printed Instinct on Etsy.

The cockroach clusters are made with crushed pretzels
and melted semi-sweet chocolates.

The house banners set the tone for the dinner table, with a flying snitch.
The Hogwart crest is by Geijvon Taen.
The house banners are printables from  TheDesignDarling.

The Potion Class was hands down the highlight of the party.
The experiment used dry ice.  I was very careful to prevent kids from direct
contact with the ice.  There are many tutorials online for this experiment.


A happy group of Hogwarts graduates!