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Family FunSpot March

Family FunSpot March

Ready? Set? Go! From edibles to artwork, our mission in March is to provide a fun-filled month for your family!

 

Monster Spray

Monster Spray

3/22/19

Do you have a child transitioning from their crib to a “big boy or big girl” bed, or to their own room? Sometimes the idea of change or being on their own at night is scary for kids. For those who worry about monsters in the dark, we give you…Monster Spray! Just a spritz or two will make the room smell nice and keep those big, scary guys away.  Best of all, mixing up a batch is easy, and a fun activity for your kids.

You will need:

  • Squirt bottle with a spray nozzle
  • Water
  • Essential oil—lavender is relaxing
  • Peel and stick monster stickers
  • Food coloring

Instructions:

Fill the spray bottle with water.

Add 2-3 drops of essential oil and then a drop of food coloring and shake well.

Dry the outside of the bottle if necessary, and apply the stickers.

Practice this little rhyme to say before spritzing:

“Monster, monster stay away,

I need to sleep, I cannot play!”

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

 


 

Potato Print Animals

 

Potato Print Animals

3/15/19

This one is so easy and so, so fun. The surface of the potato creates lovely texture with every stamp of the hand. This activity also builds great small muscle skills, like gripping and lifting.

You will need:

  • Potatoes
  • Knife to cut the potatoes
  • Tempera paint
  • ¾” wide paint brush
  • Paper plates
  • Paper towels
  • Construction paper
  • Craft eyes
  • Elmer’s glue

Instructions:

Slice the potatoes in half and use a paper towel to wipe any excess juice from the surface of the potato. This helps the paint adhere to the potato better.

Squirt about a half cup of tempera paint on one of the paper plates. Use a paintbrush to coat the flat exposed surface of the potato.

Have your child pick up the rounded end of the potato and press the painted side down firmly onto a piece of construction paper, or paper plate if you wish. You could also pre-paint a background on the paper for added appeal.

Let the paint print dry thoroughly.

Once dry, you can layer prints of other sizes over the base shape. The potatoes are easily carved to make other body parts, like ears tails and muzzles—just be sure that an adult always has control of the knife for safety. Once dry, you can add the craft eyes and beaks, noses or ears made from the construction paper. The penguins pictured are just one version of many animals you can make.

Brown paint? Bear cubs!

Yellow paint? Baby chicks!

Orange paint? Tigers!

Blue paint? Blue Birds!

Purple paint? Monsters!

The possibilities are endless. Good luck, and happy printing!

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

 


 

Homemade Pet Treats

 

Homemade Pet Treats

3/8/19

Our pets are family members and baking for them is a wonderful activity for moms, dads and kiddos to enjoy together! Here are a few recipes to make your doggies drool and your cat’s meow!

Tail-Waggin’ Peanut Butter Dog Treats

You will need:

  • 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions:

Preheat oven 350 degrees.

Combine all ingredients and knead into a dough.

Dust a flat surface with flour and roll into a ball, roll out with a rolling pin to about a ½ inch thickness.

Use a cookie cutter, place cutout shapes on a lightly greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, or until golden brown.

Cool and serve to your furry best friend!

Purrrrfectly Yummy Cat Treats

You will need:

  • 6 ounces undrained tuna
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup of water

Instructions:

Preheat oven 350.

Place all ingredients in a bowl and create a dough.

Lightly dust a flat surface with flour.

Roll out the dough until it’s about ¼ inch thick.

Use a cookie cutter and place pieces onto a lightly greased cookie sheet.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Cool and share them with your kitty!

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

 


 

Zoo Cookies

Make and Munch Zoo Animal Treats

3/1/19

How much fun are these snacks? The kids get to choose their animals and then build a tasty edible zoo!

You will need:

  • Unfrosted animal crackers
  • Graham crackers
  • Licorice whips—like Twizzlers Pull and Peel
  • Canned or scratch frosting
  • Plastic knives for spreading the frosting and cutting the licorice

Instructions:

Pull a ¼ or ½ graham cracker from the package and spread it with frosting.

Choose a zoo animal cracker or two and press it onto the graham cracker.

Pull and peel the licorice into single strands.

Trim the licorice to fit the graham and place vertically over the animal cracker and anchor the ends down into the frosting.

Enjoy!

Other ideas:

Use colorful sprinkles for extra pizzazz.

Have the kids create a circus or zoo train with their creations!

Instead of frosting, substitute peanut butter or cream cheese for a low calorie, high protein option.

We would like to thank our FunSpot friends at ready-set-read.com for sharing this activity with our team
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