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Family FunSpot February

Family FunSpot February

Spot on! This month we begin our weekly series of cool crafts, delicious recipes, trendy décor ideas and awesome information to make family life more fun! Check back weekly for a new activity.

 

Snowstorm in a Jar

Snowstorm in a Jar

2/25/19

With the winter wind blowing outside, we decided to bring a little of the weather inside for fun. Snowstorm in a Jar is an easy and quick experiment and gives you the opportunity to talk about science and weather. Best of all, it’s likely you already have most of the ingredients needed to make it in your house! We used the Walmart generic version of some ingredients to save money. Up and Up form Target also offers its private label brand as well.

You will need:

  • A clean, 21 oz jar glass jar*
  • Equate baby oil
  • White paint
  • Water
  • 2 Equate seltzer tablets
  • Glitter (optional)

*As always, when using glass in an experiment, be sure that you are supervising the activity. The use of baby oil adds a slippery texture to the mix!

Instructions:

Mix warm water and white paint together in a separate bowl and stir into a thick and saturated texture, a bit like cake batter.

Pour the white water into your jar—about 1/3 of the way full.

Gently fill the jar with baby oil, creating a nice layer on top of the white mixture.

If you are using glitter for some sparkle, add it next for another layer.

Last, break your seltzer tablets into pieces and add them to your jar.

Wait and watch as the white paint begins to rise and swirl like a snowstorm!

We would like to thank our FunSpot friends at growingajeweledrose.com for sharing this activity with our team

 


 

Salt Dough Suncatcher

 

Salt Dough Suncatcher

2/18/19

Sometimes you need a dose of color to make February skies a little bit happier! Salt Dough Suncatchers do just that, they take a smidgen of winter light and make it magical!

You will need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • ¾ cup water
  • Mixing bowl
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie cutters
  • Parchment paper
  • Cookie sheet or jelly roll pan
  • Drinking straw
  • Suction cup hanger
  • Plastic craft beads—pony beads
  • Preheated oven to 375 degrees

Instructions:

Let’s make the dough!

Begin by mixing the flour and salt (dry ingredients) first and then slowly add your water to form a dough. Knead the dough on a floured surface and divide into 2 balls—one for each child. Obviously, if you need dough for 4, simply double the recipe…and so on.

If the dough seems sticky add flour—and if it’s too dry add water.

Let’s get rolling!

Lightly flour a smooth surface and begin rolling our ball of dough into a flat sheet that is about a ¼ inch thick—just like you would with sugar cookie dough. Rolling the ball of dough into a circle shape.

Oh! Cut it out!

Use a cookie cutter to carve out your desired shape. You can also have your child place their hand on the sheet of dough and you can lightly track around it to preserve their handprint. Once they lift their hand, use a table knife to cut around your tracing.

Be sure to do this!

Next, line your baking sheet or jelly roll pan with parchment paper—you can’t skip this step—so be sure it’s done. The parchment paper keeps the melted plastic beads from sticking to your baking sheet.

Let’s get baking!

Lay the piece of dough with the cut-out on the parchment paper. You can also bake the “cut-outs” if you wish. Take the drinking straw and use it to make a hole for hanging the suncatcher. Make sure it’s not too close to the edge or it may break when hung.

Next, take the plastic pony beads and place them inside the area left by the cut-out. They will look like cheerios sitting next to one another. You can arrange the colors in any way you choose. Last, place the cookie sheet in the oven, and bake the sun catchers for about 90 minutes to 2 hours. The dough will turn slightly brown, but you need enough time in the oven for the beads to melt into one another and create the stained-glass effect.

Cool off!

Let the sun catchers cool thoroughly before adding paint or glitter to cover the baked frame around the melted beads. Let everything dry before threading a ribbon through the hole and hanging them from a suction cup you adhere to the window.

We would like to thank our FunSpot friends at realitydaydream.com for sharing this activity with our team

 


 

Valentines Day Candy Bark

Valentines Day Candy Bark

2/11/19

Create some sweet Valentine’s day treats with this simple recipe!

You will need:

  • Candy melts in Valentines colors—Wilton makes great ones and they can be found at Michael’s
  • M&Ms in Valentines colors
  • Heart-shaped or multi-color candy sprinkles
  • Chopped pretzels, cookie bits (Oreo red velvet cookies would be delicious!)
  • Bowls for candies
  • Parchment paper
  • Cookie sheet or jelly roll pan
  • Double boiler or access to a microwave

Instructions:

Crush or chop your bark ingredients if necessary and place them in separate bowls.

Line a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan with a sheet of parchment paper.

Melt the candy pieces in a double boiler on low heat, or by using short, I minute microwave session that you stir in between.

Pour the melted candy onto the jelly roll pan and let the colors meld into one another.

Drop the pieces of pretzel, cookie chunks and candies you have chosen to include on top of the bark.

Next, while the mixture is still soft, take a fork and gently move it through the candy to make a marbled effect.

Last, add the sprinkles of your choice!

Chill and break into pieces! We like placing this treat inside a red paper bag and tying it off with a ribbon for a sweet Valentines treat! Yum!

We would like to thank our FunSpot friends at heyletsmakestuff.com for sharing this activity with our team

 


 

 

Silly Face Grass Cups

 

 

Silly Face Grass Cups

2/4/19

Everyone enjoys a bit of green during the winter months. Make February happier with these Silly Face Grass Cups. This is kid-friendly indoor gardening—and it’s very fun and easy!

You will need:

  • Color copy head shots of your children
  • Potting soil (Found at any garden store)
  • Grass Seed
  • Plastic cups
  • Scissors
  • Clear tape

Instructions:

Have a photo shoot and challenge your kids to make some seriously goofy faces while you snap away with your phone

Let them choose the photos they like best, and then print them out on a color printer and size them to fit the cups you have chosen. They should fill the front and wrap slightly half way around the circumference of the cup. (see photo)

Cut out the face image and tape it to the side of the cups

Have you kids carefully fill their cups with potting soil

Next sprinkle in the grass seed across the top of the soil and mix lightly with a fork and given them a little drink of water

Sit them in a sunny place, like a window sill and wait for the grass to grow!

We would like to thank our FunSpot friends at houseofhepworths.com for sharing this activity with our team
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