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Showing posts with label gingerbread. Show all posts

Spring Candy Bird Houses

Have you entered my current giveaway? This is one you do not want to miss!!

We finally have spring weather in the Boston area and we definitely have a bit of spring fever at my house! The weather is too nice to stay inside all day. However we took time the other morning to make these adorable bird houses from graham crackers, Peeps and frosting. I saw the idea at Yesterfood. When I saw them, I knew Hazel would want to make them. She is after all obsessed with birdhouses and bird cages.

 
 We Had fun making them. Hazel remembered making gingerbread houses out of graham crackers and this reminded her of that. We used a tube of decorating frosting, but it took a few tries and some time to get them to stay together. 


We had two kinds of Peeps. The new birthday cake flavor (which Hazel thought was ok) and the original ones in pink (which Hazel does not like since she does not like marshmallow, but I love them). She made the house for the pink one and I did the blue one.





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Virtual Book Club for Kids: Mortimer's Christmas Manger

Have you entered my current giveaway?

Yes, I still have Christmas on my brain--way too early! This month's author for the Virtual Book Club for Kids is Karma Wilson. Now Karma Wilson has some amazing books. I think the most famous ones are the Bear series. Lately Hazel has been scared of books with bears, so I stayed away from them. We however fell in love with Mortimer. We read the two Mortimer books and since Christmas is coming sooner than when I'll plant a garden again, we went with Mortimer's Christmas Manger. We however also loved the Little Pip series too!


For those that do not know about the Virtual Book Club for Kids, we are a group of blogs that join together each month to present crafts and activities to go with a book by the author of the month. The amazing blogs that join me in the club are:

Toddler Approved- The Educators' Spin On It- Rainy Day Mum- 3 Dinosaurs- Learn~Play~Imagine - Crafty Moms Share - Reading Confetti- Inspiration Laboratories - Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas - Kids Yoga Stories - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom- Ready-Set-Read - Boy Mama Teacher Mama - PlayDrMom - Fantastic Fun and Learning - Growing Book by Book- Royal Baloo - The Outlaw Mom® Blog - Kitchen Counter Chronicles - Teach Preschool - Mama Smiles - Coffe Cups and Crayons - Juggling With Kids - Here Come the Girls


Now this wonderful book is about a little mouse named Mortimer. He lives in a small, cold, creepy little hole. Every day he adventures out into the house to find some food. One day he sees the Christmas tree and the creche set up and he cannot wait to check out the little house that is the perfect size for him. He climbs up the tree and is amazed by the little people and strange animals. Then he realizes they are not alive. He pulls them all out and takes the baby's bed. Every day when he goes out, the statues are set up again. Then on Christmas Eve the big people are gathered around the tree so he cannot go out and he hears the story about the first Christmas and realizes how important the baby is. He puts the baby back in his bed and leaves to return to his cold, dark hole. While climbing down he prayers to Jesus for a better home and then he sees the perfect new home for him and it does not have statues. It is a gingerbread house!


We had a lot of fun with this story. I went out to Michaels and bought a gingerbread house kit since I know Hazel loves to make them. I also found a foam kit to make nativity puppets.  I put the house together and actually waited between the steps. Then I let Hazel decorate it herself. She had so much fun! We also made a Mortimer out of pom poms and felt. Then we pulled out all of Hazel's nativity sets. I have made a few for her over the years--needle felted, story stones, sewn and then our toilet paper roll ones (from two different years). She set them all up on the coffee table and was doing the Christmas Story Show for Steve and me.


She loves to act out the Christmas story as well as the Easter story, so this has been played with for quite a few days.

I loved how the book put the importance of Jesus in the holiday season!! Now it is your turn, have you read any of the amazing books by Karma Wilson and done a craft, activity or snack? Feel free to add it here and also check out all the great ones shared by others!

A Post Christmas Gingerbread House

You may remember my post earlier this month about our gingerbread play date. Well before it I had picked up on clearance a gingerbread house kit. After talking to the other mother and realizing both children would want to keep the house, I decided to save it for just me and Hazel. Now this was the special Rudolph house kit so it came with a candy Santa, Rudolph and Abominable Snow Monster. We also used some of our extra lollipops as trees, though we had trouble getting them to stay up. Oh, and Hazel decided our gummy penguins are really elves.
I also pulled out some green frosting I bought on clearance post Christmas and all the extras we had from her party and play date for decorating. Hazel loves playing with the frosting and candy.
We put star sprinkles on the roof. We decided it was a magic star roof. I'm not sure what magic it can do, but we liked it.
So now we have a gingerbread house on display in our dining room and our kitchen. Hazel is very excited to show everyone our new gingerbread house. She did ask to keep it forever, but I think I explained well enough that it would not be good to do that. Hopefully it won't cause a tantrum when the time comes to throw both away.
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Last year we used candy hearts on our roof on our post Christmas gingerbread house. Now is the best time to get the kits for practically nothing and she still enjoys it so much. Do you do any Christmas things in non-Christmas time?



Gingerbread Play Date


Today we had a gingerbread play date with one of Hazel's best friends and his mother. To get started we had foam gingerbread men to decorate. I had bought them ages ago at the Dollar Tree I think. We had glitter glue, stickers, ribbon, googly eyes, beads and pom poms out to decorate them.
Hazel and I also read Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett (December's author of the month for the Virtual Book Club for Kids). Our friends were running late, so we did not have time to read it as a group, but Hazel and I enjoyed the story.
Gingerbread Baby

We had made some gingerbread cookie dough. I cheated and used a Betty Crocker mix I bought on sale post-Christmas. I had planned on making the dough from scratch, but didn't quite do it and then read my favorite recipe needed at least four hours in the refrigerator before rolling and cutting, and since they were due in just over an hour, I decided that wasn't going to happen. I had bought a white cookie icing for each of them and lots of candy and sprinkles to decorate.
We also made some gingerbread playdough. I combined the recipes from The Imagination Tree and Two Big and Two Little. I used all the spices in Two Big and Two Little's recipe, but the amounts and mix style of The Imagination Tree's recipe. We did not have a lot of time to play with it together, but sent some home with her friend and Hazel and one of her high school babysitters played with it more this afternoon. These pictures are a combination of both.

I know we were a little late for gingerbread, but we had fun anyway!