Favorite Color Day – “Blue”

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I do summer camps with my grandkids. If that sounds like more work than you can do, plan a special Favorite Color Day with your grandchild. A favorite color day can be done any time of year.

My sister asked her granddaughter if she had a favorite color. “Blue” was the answer. So, for her special day, she planned a “Blue” Day of fun!  My sister called me to brainstorm some ideas so I became an adopted grandmother and helped plan this special day.

One of the ideas was to learn about the Bluebird. We have Bluebirds that always nest on our property. It happened to be past their nesting time, but I had made a book about my bluebird story that told interesting facts about the bluebird. We walked to one of the bluebird houses and learned about the best place to put one and why www.allaboutbirds.org.  She is very much a nature lover so learning about them was really fun.

More “blue” ideas we did….

A Blue Lunch:

Yes! You can have a blue lunch. The menu included peanut butter and blue jelly sandwiches, blue chips, blueberry fruit salad, and blue raspberry juice. The table was set with blue placemats, blue flowered china, and blue centerpiece.

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Blue Craft:

This craft can be any color, but of course it had to be blue for this day. Complete directions for this craft are on Easy Notebook Cover.

I had bluebird stickers and other items for her to choose to use. I think she made a beautiful notebook cover out of the various items along with permanent markers.

 

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Other ideas for Favorite Color Day – “Blue” or any other color

  • Make blue cookies
  • Tell about a time when you felt “blue” (sad)
  • Describe the blue sky
  • Blue Raspberry popsicle
  • Mix Blue with other colors. What do you get?
  • Blue Sundae or shake
  • Why do lakes look blue?  Swim in a lake.
  • Find as many objects as you can that have that color (scavenger hunt?)

“Special Days” don’t have to be the color blue. Plan it around any color and adjust your activities to a child’s interests, take pictures, and have fun! That’s the most important thing!

A few green ideas: Green eggs & Ham, frogs, green slime, how to make the color green –

Brown ideas: mud pies, chocolate chip cookies, make peanut butter, leather stamping, building with wood, horse-riding (on a brown horse)

Now, you get the idea! It’s all about enjoying one another, and making memories!

Any favorite color day can be happy and fun!

Hope this gives you some ideas for a special time with your child or grandchild.

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Orange Tapioca Fruit Salad

This Orange Tapioca Fruit Salad recipe is from my mom. She made it when entertaining large groups and family Sunday dinners when I was young.  It became a hit with everyone and today, it is still requested.

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It is quick and easy to put together. This recipe uses canned pineapple and mandarin oranges  (grapes, blueberries, too, if desired) so it is less expensive per fruit serving for a large group.

I grew up with my mom making a big Sunday noon dinner each week after church. (Not many do this today.) Everything was in the oven before we left for church. We often had company and Orange Tapioca Fruit Salad was a favorite. There used to be a Jello product called “Orange Tapioca” and I think she got the recipe off the box. I loved it so much back then that now I make it with the regular tapioca pudding, but add fruit juice instead of water to make it taste similar to the original recipe.

 

Orange Tapioca Fruit Salad

Ingredients

  • 1- 3 oz box of "Cook & Serve" vanilla pudding
  • 1-3 oz box of "Cook & Serve" tapioca pudding
  • 3 cups of orange juice (or orange and pineapple or any combination along with at least 1/2 of it orange juice)
  • Large can (15 oz.) of Mandarin Oranges - drained
  • Large can (20 oz.) of Pineapple Chunks (in its own juice) - drained
  • Red Grapes (optional) cut in half

Instructions

  1. In saucepan, combine the dry vanilla pudding and tapioca pudding with 3 cups of orange juice or combination of juices. You may use the pineapple and mandarin orange juices with the orange juice.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened.
  3. Cool until fruit can be added.
  4. Fold in the fruit and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  5. Serve in a large bowl or individual dishes.
  6. Top with whip cream, if desired.
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While this is called a fruit salad, it makes a delicious dessert, too. Put into individual parfaits or sherbets and top with whipped cream and a cherry. Orange Tapioca Fruit Salad is light and very refreshing. If you choose, other fruit may be added as well.

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Both adults and kids love this recipe!

Enjoy!

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Large Group Games for all Ages

Need some large group games for all ages on any holiday or occasion? Here are some great ones!

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BUNCO REVISED

I’ve enjoyed playing Bunco with adult groups, but for families with young children, the rules don’t work. I needed a Large Group Game for All Ages at Christmas time so that everyone (young and old) could take part. I had 40 family members coming ages 2-72, so I adapted the rules a bit and everyone got to participate and have fun!

Supplies:

  • 3 dice for each group
  • Disposable plate with edges (this keeps the dice from rolling all over)
  • Tally Sheet
  • Total Score Sheet
  • Prizes  I gave a “2 dollar bill” to each one of the winning team (get them at your bank) and gave small bags of candy to all the kids participating. It’s your choice for prizes.

Here’s what I did……

I had family groups, but you can divide into groups however you like. In Bunco, you move from group to group and keep an individual score. In Bunco Revised,  I didn’t have people move. They stayed as a family unit. It didn’t matter that some had 3 or some had 6. You just played when it was your turn.

The goal for each round is to roll a given number until the team reaches a score of 21.

Round 1 : Give a signal to start. Each player takes a turn. If they roll a “1”, it scores a point. If they roll three 1’s in one roll, they score 5 points. When no 1’s are rolled, they quickly pass the dice to the next player and they roll until no 1’s are rolled. Speed in rolling the dice is important. When the team reaches 21 points, they yell “BUNCO” and the session is over.

The winning team gets 5 points on their Total Score Sheet and any team with 18 or more scores 3 points. (I scored it this way, so the teams had closer scores and one team didn’t run away with the scoring.) You can score anyway you like.

Session #2 is for 2’s, session 3 is for 3’s, and so on until you have completed 6 sessions. The team with the highest total score wins.

Everyone loved it and had a great time!

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3’s are FREE!

Another game that works is “3’s are FREE!”

This game can be played in family groups or any number of groups you wish.

In this game, each player rolls the three dice. Any “3” that is rolled doesn’t count. Player totals the other dice for the first round score and writes their score on the tally sheet.

Roll 1…..    On this roll, the player would score 7 because the “3’s” are free and don’t count.

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Roll #2……  On this roll, the player would score only three! Add this number to the first score.

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Play three rounds and total all three scores. The person with the lowest score wins!  Young children will need help totaling their score, but it’s a great addition game, too!

Play several rounds and award  5 points for the winner of each round. Total the awarded points to find the overall winner.

HEADS or TAILS!

This game starts by everyone standing up. (Elderly can play sitting down, too.) Each player chooses what they think a flipped quarter will be “heads or tails”. Their choice is indicated by where they place their hands. Hands placed on top of their head is “heads” and hands placed behind on their “boom-pa” or “rear end” is tails.

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Players must stay with their choice. Flip a quarter and call it heads or tails. Those that chose wrong, sit down. Players left standing will play another round. Again, they choose and when the coin is flipped, those who guessed correctly, stay standing and those wrong, sit down. When it is down to two or three players, they can’t all make the same choice. We’ve used this game with 165 players down to only a couple of players. If you have just a few players, you can play this multiple times and give the quarter to the winner or give points. Be sure to have a bunch of quarters on hand or the other option is to tally the points for the overall winner!

Other game options include some published games:

BINGO – an old favorite  Do this with pictures or numbers.

SCATTERGORIES ( play with families so kids can have input or divide into teams and move to different rooms or areas to compile their lists)

PICTIONARY – Young kids can take part in guessing, but sometimes they have a hard time drawing items. Make sure they feel comfortable if they want to try.

Be sure to check out my other posts on Christmas Games, Valentine Games, Thanksgiving Games  Easter and Halloween-Harvest Games.

Have fun!

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Christmas Idea House 2016 Part-3

 

This third and last tour of the Christmas Idea House 2016 Part 3 has just as many ideas for decorating and adding special touches for the holiday season as the other posts. Now, if you missed Part 1 and Part 2, be sure to go back and check out the ideas there. In Part 3, I will cover 3 bedrooms, a living room, and small bathroom. I know you’ll enjoy these ideas!

The Christmas Idea House is decorated each year with a team of talented decorators. The tour features creative inspiration for your home as well as featuring new decor and vintage re-purposed items.

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The first bedroom is quite dramatic with walls painted black! Dark walls set off the white birch bedposts. The added Christmas greens and lights make this a dreamy bedroom.

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To carry out the birch theme, birch branches are used as curtain rods. Red plaid placemats hang over the branches for an easy and striking valance.

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A vintage white cabinet, filled with books, pictures, and seasonal decor, adds lots of interest and color to this room. christmas-idea-house-part-3 grandparentsplus.com

In the hallway between rooms, a sled hangs with cotton batting added for snow.

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Next, the master bedroom is decorated with Native American decor. Wall art, colorful pillows, and natural items carry out this theme.

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The curtains have an added touch of Christmas with greens attached to the natural rope used for tie-backs.

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On the vintage cabinet, re-purposed as a dresser, is a metal sheet pan (the ones used in a commercial kitchen). It is spray painted brown and  filled with faux snow along with decorative ornaments and decor. What a nice way to contain the faux snow as well as re-purposing an ugly metal pan!!

 

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Wood slices with hooks mounted on a board make an interesting coat or garment rack..

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Here’s another idea of using a door knob for a unique hook.

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The tree in this bedroom is embellished with a garland of rope lighting, natural-looking ornaments, feathers, and colored balls. Hanging on the wall, dream catchers (made from doilies) add interest.

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Continuing on into the small upstairs vintage bathroom, wood slices along with hanging votive candles become wall art above the sink.

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A birch branch tree becomes a decorative towel holder in the shape of a Christmas Tree!

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Also, in the bathroom, a toilet paper holder is created from a slice of wood, hook, rope, and a birch branch! How unique!

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In the third bedroom, a wall mirror becomes a beautiful headboard and serves as the focal point in this room.

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 Window treatments are embellished with ornaments and draped with pearl garlands. Lots of gold ornaments and tiny white lights make the Christmas tree in this room sparkle.

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A look under the tree reveals this idea! If you don’t have a tree skirt, make one from decorative tissue paper. Each piece of paper is accordion-pleated and glued or stapled together to form the skirt around the tree. Using a coordinating color, a second and third layer is added on top.

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In the final room, a salvaged metal window is layered with artwork and metal sconces making an interesting statement above the fireplace. The sconces have battery-operated lights placed inside. Inside the fireplace, a galvanized mirror is also lit with battery-operated lights. Birch planters hold white poinsettias.

The same birch planters with poinsettias are repeated by the windows.

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Another salvaged metal frame creates a backdrop for more artwork over the couch.

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Using a vintage office cabinet on top of an industrial cart, creates a moveable coffee table. On the top, it is layered with salvaged wood.

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A salvaged wooden gate gives dimension and height to the metal clock.

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By adding birch poles to a mirrored shadow box, it repeats the theme on the wallpaper.

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Additional lit branches gives drama and depth to this Christmas Tree. Warm lights and grey balls, together make a beautiful tree.

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So many ideas for decorating your home are represented here that it’s hard to remember all of them. I’m sure you’ll want to pin them for future inspiration. Remember, many ideas are not just for Christmas, but anytime!

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Christmas Idea House 2016 Part 2

Christmas Idea House 2016 Part 2 is the continued tour  through a vintage home filled with ideas for Christmas decorating. A team of decorators create ideas using vintage finds as well as seasonal items found in the marketplace. I always find inspiration for my Christmas and home decorating. I’m sure you will, too.

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As you enter this home, the dining room is what you notice first. They use many different metals in their arrangements and it looks beautiful! So, don’t be afraid to mix them up!

Above a side table, a large industrial metal frame is layered with winter art. A mix of bronze and silver are also used in the display below.

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Here’s a closer look at the arrangement in the bowl. Notice the re-purposed cabinet door under the arrangement.

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On the table, metallic wallpaper lengths are layered with rhinestone edged runners. In the center, gold and gunflint metal candle holders mix together for a lovely table display. Also, notice the birch bark planters filled with white poinsettias.

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Each place-setting includes coordinating plates, napkin rings and a spray of miniature pinecones.The small deer at each place serves as the name-card. (A nice re-useable idea!) The name of the guest is written on the deer with dry erase marker.  Small mirrored candle plates serve as coasters.

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This small vintage kitchen always has many unique ideas.

First, the island is a re-purposed industrial cart.

Next, notice the two pieces of wall art. Framed pieces of galvanized metal gives you the opportunity to change notes or sayings on them.

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In the kitchen, the open cupboards show off the red patterned china while re-purposed drawers hold tea and hot cocoa supplies.

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The last feature in the kitchen is a garden arbor over the stove. Hanging lanterns and seasonal greens make this an unexpected focal point in the kitchen.

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The small vintage bathroom uses a wagon shelf unit as towel storage. The wall mirror is decorated with greens and hanging lanterns. Right under the mirror, a small wooden sleigh makes a lovely seasonal wall shelf.

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Have you ever thought of using an old drawer for a toilet paper holder? Love it, don’t you?

 

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The next three ideas are for tall narrow areas. The first narrow hallway area uses a vintage section of a cabinet with a metal panel above. The second area uses salvaged wooden gates layered with holiday decor.

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In the stairwell hang decorative curtain panels of a pine tree embellished with garlands and ornaments. If you are artistically inclined, you might want to paint your own.

 

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One bedroom is a “Sports Den”. Industrial clamp lights are attached to pipe making it look like stadium lighting. An old incubator table is re-purposed as a coffee table.

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In keeping with the theme, a small Christmas tree is decorated with sport-themed ornaments and shoe laces as garlands.

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Two golf clubs wired together form the curtain rod!

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I had to look twice when I walked into the room and saw this 3-dimensional looking wallpaper on one wall. It looks like the real corrugated metal siding. Going along with the sports theme, the hockey stick, attached to the wall, makes a great ledge for pictures!

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The last piece highlighted in this Sports Den is a metal store rack used as a shelving unit. It fits in perfectly when decorated with sports containers, glasses, snacks, and sports related games.

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You’ve seen several unique ideas both for Christmas and year round. Did you get inspired? Which idea did you like the best?

If you missed the Christmas Idea House 2016 Part 1 post, be sure to check it out, too. Part 3 will be posted soon.

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Christmas Idea House 2016 Part 1

Need some fresh ideas for your Christmas decorating? You’ll find them in this tour of the Christmas Idea House 2016 – Part 1.There’s lots of interesting ideas with re-purposed vintage finds along with just using easily found items in unique ways.

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The decorator team, that transforms this house, doesn’t leave any place without a decoration or two! The outside is just as festive as the inside. There’s an old shed (called a warming shed) all dressed up in greenery and festive banners. Birch logs in front give a hint about what theme you’ll find inside the house.

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On the door, hangs a cute wreath made of red and white mittens! They are simply wired onto the wreath base. Such an easy and fun decoration!

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Inside the shed, is a tree made from graduated sizes of scrap wood mounted on a center board. A host of gnomes sit on the shelves. Any collection you have would look great on this tree! Make it any size, too!

 

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On the wall, vintage skis make an interesting coat-rack.

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Outside, three metal deer stand under a garden arbor embellished with garlands, ornaments, ribbon, bells, small trees, and birch logs.

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Another outside focal point is the tree made from salvaged windmill blades. Add lights, a few snowflakes and you’ve got one re-purposed, unique tree!

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The garden containers look lovely with greens, birch, and pinecones along with white artificial stems.

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Upon entering the front porch,  a lovely Christmas table greets guests. Lots of metal, wood, and red plaids give a warm cozy feeling to this setting. Birch rounds become the coasters. Another birch accent is an empty birch shell placed in the vase for a Christmas arrangement.

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Above a vintage cupboard, a sled combined with a wreath and a framed Christmas piece, make an interesting combination for the wall.

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Ever thought of using a galvanized tub as a chandelier? I haven’t, but I just love this one! Add hanging electric lights   (through openings made in the base) along with seasonal decorations, and you’ve got a very unique light fixture! After Christmas, change out the seasonal decorations for Spring! Sorry, the tub will no longer hold water!

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Baby Jesus Ornament

The birth of our Savior, Jesus, is what Christmas is all about. This little Baby Jesus Ornament reminds us of that wonderful event. 

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I found the idea on Pinterest and adapted it as an ornament using Pringles Lids. The complete tutorial is found at TheGoldenGleam.  You can see how they used them as window decorations instead of ornaments. The Pringles Lids are the tops of the canisters of Pringles potato chips. They are just the right size for ornaments.

Basic Materials:

Pringles Lids

coffee filter

black paper

glue (use Tacky Glue as regular school glue doesn’t adhere to the plastic over time)

scissors

Food Coloring – red and yellow   or Water Color Paints

I found that the food coloring stays nice and bright while the water colors are more muted. However, young children should stick with water colors as they are washable!

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When using the Pringles lid, trace the circle of the lid on the filter, but cut inside the lines as the inside is slightly smaller. If kids are working on this ornament,  make a simple pattern for the three pieces so they can trace and cut it themselves. For the star, a sticker works well, too! Lightly glue the pieces together on the coffee filter circle.

 Place a small amount of tacky glue along the edge on the inside of the lid. Place finished piece inside the lid and hold down with a coffee cup until dry. Finishing options for the edge are to roll in glitter, edge with a ribbon, or leave plain. Go to Pringles Lid Ornaments to see other options on finishing the edges. Hot glue a ribbon or string to hang  your Baby Jesus Ornament on your tree.

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The lights of the tree makes the Baby Jesus Ornament look like stained glass! Very cute  ornament, don’t you think? Also, very inexpensive to make!

Have fun! 

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Easy Notebook Cover

This Easy Notebook Cover idea is so easy, yet it looks amazing! It is simple enough for kids to make while adults can make this elegant looking. It makes a lovely special gift, too. Materials are easy to find and very inexpensive.

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Materials needed:

  • Natural Sponge –
  • Acrylic Paint – 3 shades or colors
  • Fun Foam – choice of color
  • Decals, Stickers, Artificial Flowers, Buttons, Felt, Permanent Markers, or any Semi-Flat Decorative Objects
  • Glue Gun
  • Round Elastic
  • Notebook – any size, but I prefer journal-size (without a metal coil) I found ones at Walmart for under a $1.00

First, lay the notebook open on the Fun Foam and measure around it leaving an extra 1/4 in – 3/8 in to cover completely. You may use a regular scissor or a decorative one to cut out the cover. (For small kids, I did this part ahead of time.)

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Next, with the Fun Foam laying flat, lightly dip the sponge in a dark color. Dab it on newspaper a couple of times so your paint is very light on the sponge. Now, dab the paint over the sheet of Fun Foam. Be sure to leave spaces for the other colors. Let dry in between colors.

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With a lighter color (you can mix just white with the base color), continue dabbing the paint onto the Fun Foam.
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Using an accent or third shade, dab again over the Fun Foam sheet and let dry.

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This project used one color of acrylic paint. Start with the dark color and apply. Add white to lighten and sponge the paint again. Finally, lighten even more for the third step.

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Finally, when you have reached the way you want it and it’s completely dry, fold the Fun Foam over the notebook. Use black elastic to keep the cover in place. Place the elastic in the middle of the pages in the book and around the outside cover. Tie a knot in the elastic and slide the knot inside the notebook so it is not noticeable.

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At last, decorate the cover with stickers, artificial flower, feathers, etc. It works best to have the decorations fairly flat on the cover.

These Notebook Cover samples were made by my grandchildren. The foam colors they started with were red, black, and white. Stickers were applied after the paint dried. Using a black permanent marker, one child made a black border around the edge. Their choices were entirely made by them.

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As I said, this project isn’t just for kids. You can make this elegant, too. It makes a great hostess gift or sell your creations at a craft sale.

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This Notebook Cover was one of the crafts I did with my grandchildren (ages 6-12) at our Oma and Opa Camp this past summer. They really enjoyed making them. But remember, this is not just for kids!

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“O Holy Night” Scrabble Ornament

I just love the song “Oh Holy Night”! It’s a favorite Christmas carol with such powerful words and melody. This scrabble ornament is based on those words and an inspirational idea found on Etsy. Since I didn’t have the small figures and wanted it to be lighter in weight, I added the star at the top of the Scrabble letters.

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If you don’t have Scrabble letters, search online for them, find them at your local craft store, or look for Scrabble games at a thrift store.

Materials:

Scrabble Letters:  O,-2, H-2, L-1, Y-1, N-1, I-1, G-1, T-1

Small star (wooden or foam) I used a 3/4 inch wide wooden star.

Gold Tinsel Stems

Gold ribbon or string for hanging

Directions:

Step 1  – Glue scrabble tiles together and let dry completely  I found that using a stronger glue worked better.

I used GOOP.

Step 2 – Cut 2 Gold Tinsel stems-  1- two inches long, 1- three inches long

Step 3 – Fold tinsel stems in half and glue tinsel stems onto back of star.

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Step 4 – Glue Star onto Scrabble letter “O”

Step 5 – Glue ribbon or string on back of star for hanging.

Listen to the song while making this O Holy Night Scrabble Ornament….

 

With the ornament done, hang on your tree! It’s what Christmas is all about!

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Amazing Stuffed Jalapanos Recipe

While visiting in Arizona, we had an extended family get-together which grew to over 70 people! One of the relatives brought these Amazing Stuffed Jalapanos! Now, I’m from the midwest and don’t like really hot spicy food, but these were absolutely delicious! My second-cousin, Beth, graciously shared this recipe.

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The recipe makes a generous amount of appetizers, but people absolutely love them and they really go fast. So, plan accordingly. They’re stuffed with a combination of sausage, cream cheese and parmesan cheese. Then, they’re wrapped with bacon. Ooh, my mouth just waters thinking of them. Please don’t shy away from this recipe because you might think of it as way too spicy. You can control the amount of heat. If you want it spicier, just leave some pulp, seeds, or use a spicy sausage for the stuffing. Make one batch spicy and another fairly mild, just to please everyone.

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Amazing Stuffed Jalapenos

Ingredients

  • 15-20 jalapenos
  • 1 lb. breakfast sausage (I used Jimmy Dean)
  • 1 pkg. of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 pkg. bacon

Instructions

  1. Brown and crumble sausage.
  2. Melt cream cheese in with sausage and add parmesan cheese.
  3. WEAR GLOVES
  4. Halve jalapenos, lengthwise
  5. Remove stem and remove seeds and pulp
  6. Fill with sausage mixture
  7. Wrap with 1/2 slice of uncooked bacon
  8. Bake at 425 degrees for 25-30 min.
  9. If you want bacon really crisp, broil on high for 2-3 minutes.
  10. Serve immediately.
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I wanted my family to taste these and give me their opinion. I didn’t want to make the entire recipe for just a couple of people, so  I made half and refrigerated the sausage-cream cheese combination and made the rest two days later. It was nice to have them fresh-made two times in a week.  By the way, the family opinion was that they were AMAZING!

These are ready for the oven…..   I baked these Stuffed Jalapanos on foil for an easy clean up.

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Baked at 425 degrees and ready to eat!

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Just wait until you taste one…..you’ll be amazed at how delicious they taste! These are perfect for Cinco de Mayo, too, when you’re looking for something Mexican to serve.

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I hope I’ve convinced you how delicious these appetizers taste. They were a big hit at the family get-together!

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Roast Beef Reuben Sandwich

Try this new version of a Reuben. I call it a “Roast Beef Reuben Sandwich”! This sandwich is so delicious with the new combination of flavors that it may become your favorite. My mouth just waters when I think of it. My family loved it!

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Roast Beef Reuben Sandwich
Recipe Type: Lunch or Dinner Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Author: Phyllis Van Rossum
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 4
A new combination of flavors make this Roast Beef Rueben Sandwich absolutely delicious!
Ingredients
  • 8 slices of bread- Sourdough
  • Sliced Roast Beef – don’t skimp!
  • 8 slices Gouda cheese
  • Jar of Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage (found ready-made in vegetable aisle) or homemade
  • Coarse Ground Dijon Mustard – optional
  • Butter
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat skillet
  2. Drain Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage
  3. Arrange 8 slices of bread
  4. Place a slice of Gouda Cheese on 4 slices of bread
  5. Layer Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage on top of cheese
  6. Add Roast Beef on top of Cabbage
  7. Top with remaining slice of Gouda Cheese
  8. Spread remaining 4 slices lightly with coarse ground Dijon mustard (optional or serve on the side)
  9. Place those 4 slices with mustard side towards the four cheese-topped sandwiches.
  10. Spread with butter and place buttered side down in pre-heated skillet.
  11. Butter the top of the sandwich while in the skillet
  12. Grill until browned on each side.
  13. While grilling cover with a lid to warm the inside of the sandwich and melt the Gouda cheese

The combination of Roast Beef, Gouda Cheese, along with Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage is fantastic! My husband was skeptical and then after tasting it declared it to be his favorite!! You just have to try it to believe how good it is.

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Serve with Coarse Ground Dijon or regular mustard on the side. Not a mustard fan? You’ll still love it without it.

Wish you could taste it right now. YUM!

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Even if you don’t particularly like a corned beef  with sauerkraut Reuben sandwich, I know you’ll enjoy this one! Try it! 

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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DIY Copper Drapery Rods

My DIY Copper Drapery Rods!

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In my kitchen, I  display my collection of vintage copper tea kettles and coffee pots above the cupboards. I like the patina the copper gets as it ages. While wondering what I was going to do about drapery rods in the kitchen, I got the idea of looking into using copper drapery rods to coördinate with my vintage copper accents!

Here’s a sample of two of the areas above the cupboards where I display my copper pots.

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I looked online, but what I found was a fake copper finish and not real copper plus they were expensive. So, I  went to my local home hardware store to see what they had for copper pipe that might work.  

One problem I had to work around was that the windows were at a 45 degree angle to each other. There was not enough room to put two rod holders in that area. I needed something with a 45 degree angle to tie the two areas together. A custom rod was too expensive.

Also, I wanted to hide that the windows were not centered on each wall when they built the house. That has always bothered me so I hoped that the final product would hide that flaw. (why don’t builders think of those things?)

Deciding to use the copper pipe, but not wanting it so shiny, I researched online about how to give new copper that aged patina. I finally came up with a product that would do the trick in one application. Other ideas like hard-boiled eggs, etc. (yes, that was what one site suggested) were too complicated. The product I found is called, Liver of Sulphur Extended Life Gel. It came in a 4 oz. jar, but I only needed a small 1/2 tsp. to do all the copper. (If you need some, I’ll sell you mine. I don’t think I’ll ever use it up.) Perhaps contact someone who makes jewelry to see if they have something to give patina to the copper.

The 10 ft. length of 3/4 inch copper pipe was around $11.00. I also found a 45 degree copper fitting that would work for the bend in the wall.

The Liver of Sulphur aged the copper, but it was a bit uneven. It was hard to paint the product on a round pipe and then quick stop the aging with Baking Soda solution.

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My husband took some fine steel wool and evened out the patina. Yes, perfect!

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There wasn’t room to add a finial on the end so I just used copper end-caps to finish it off. My husband put the rods up with three drapery rod holders which I had painted with a copper color spray paint and it was perfect! The window placement flaws are hidden and I feel so much better about it and I love my DIY Copper Drapery Rods! They sure cost less than the standard drapery rods and far less than custom ones that were at a 45 degree angle! Total cost was around $25.00 for both windows. (not counting the Liver of Sulfur, but including drapery rod holders) 

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These diy copper drapery rods would go with many combinations of neutral decor as well. I am very happy with how they turned out! Have you thought of using copper pipe?

Thanks for stopping by, 

Phyllis

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Gouda Cheese Hash Brown Bake

There’s a favorite restaurant that I like to go to for breakfast. Their Gouda Cheese Hash Brown Bake is amazing! I go there just to have that with an omelet or eggs.  I had never tasted hash browns like that before. I finally asked the cook if he gave out his recipe. He wouldn’t tell me the amounts, but he did give me the ingredients. So, I’ve experimented and have come up with a recipe that tastes like the one at the restaurant. They are the best! You might say they’re GOOD-Ah!

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Gouda Cheese Hash Brown Bake
Recipe Type: Breakfast or Brunch side dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Phyllis@grandparentsplus.com
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 10-12 servings
Gouda Cheese melted in with a hash brown mixture! The best hash brown recipe you’ll try!
Ingredients
  • Frozen Hash Browns (28-30 oz.)
  • 2 cups shredded Gouda Cheese
  • 3/4 cup yellow onions
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 pint of heavy cream
  • 2 tsp vegetable base (look for this in your soup aisle)
  • Salt and Pepper
Instructions
  1. Thaw hash browns and place in large bowl.
  2. Add shredded Gouda cheese
  3. Saute onions and garlic until translucent in 1-2 T. olive oil and add to bowl.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste
  5. Mix together
  6. Mix 2 tsp of Vegetable Base into 1 pint of heavy cream and stir until combined.
  7. Put hash brown mixture In a grease 9 x 13 pan
  8. Drizzle the heavy cream with vegetable base over the hash browns in the pan.
  9. Bake in 350 degree oven for 1 hour
  10. Remove from oven, cover with foil and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.
  11. Cut in squares and serve.

The vegetable base, in this recipe, adds great flavor. It’s a bit expensive, but you’ll use it again and again.

This Gouda Cheese Hash Brown Bake makes a nice big pan. If you have left-overs, just freeze the individual portions to use later. Take out as needed and microwave.

Another great recipe for hash browns are the Shreds. You might want to check them out, too!

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Oh, I’ll still go back to that restaurant for breakfast, but now I can have those hash browns anytime.

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I know you’ll enjoy this recipe!

Phyllis

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Valentine Box Ideas

The next holiday, Valentine’s Day,  is just around the corner and hopefully these Valentine Box Ideas will get your creative juices flowing for your child’s own Valentine box. I remember making my Valentine box for school so many years ago.  Do you?

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If you’ve saved a few cereal, oatmeal, kleenex, shoe, and gift boxes, you’ve got the makings for your creations. Add a few cardboard tubes, egg cartons, duct tape, google eyes, construction paper, paint, yarn and perhaps a mop and see what you can create. These 40+ Valentine Box Ideas will be great inspiration! Some are easy and some are more involved. Pick your level and create! It’s a fun project for you and your child or grandchild to work on together.

For each creation, I’ve linked to the blog where it can be found. A few pictures were unidentified and no blog was found so those are left blank.  Enjoy all these fun ideas…..

 

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   Angry Bird Valentine Box Ideas:  juliedavison.blogspot.com

 

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Pokemon Box

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Alligator Box

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What girl wouldn’t love to create a castle?

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Rapunzel Box …. Notice the child’s picture as Rapunzel.

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Sports Boxes……..

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I’m sure you could take this idea and make a hockey one, too!

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Here’s a few animal creations…..

Isn’t this dog cute? Got a mop?

 

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Next, a darling raccoon.

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www.daniellesplace.com

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A baby wipe’s box was reused for this idea…

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Monsters of all kinds…….

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www.upcyclethat.com

This Frankenstein box is actually a Halloween Treat Holder, but it would work as a Valentine Box Idea, too!

 

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paulastamps.blogspot.com

 

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This site has lots of other ideas for Valentine boxes, too!

www.daniellesplace.com

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simplykierste.com

I guess all monsters have to have sharp teeth, right?

 

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This polka-dot monster is more feminine with only one set of teeth!

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Yes, Frozen makes its way into the Valentine Box Ideas.

 

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www.oneartsymama.com

 

Now, some more ideas…….

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the5cundicks.blogspot.com

 

 

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Robots!

Small…..

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And BIG!

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 Cute shark!

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Here are ideas for “things that go”!

 

 

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www.babble.com

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trailteach.blogspot.com

 

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thedoodlespot.blogspot.com

Doddlespot has some other creations as well….

 

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utah.todaysmama.com

Utah.todaysmama, also, has a few other Valentine box ideas.

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Wouldn’t these heart people be a cute classroom project?

Next. is a very simple idea to do. Got a bunch of bottle caps? This might be the easy idea for you!

 

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Now, which of the Valentine Box Ideas was your favorite? I found it hard to choose, didn’t you?

Lots of cute ones, right?

Thanks for stopping by and have fun creating!

Phyllis

 

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32+ Valentine Games

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Lots of fun games ideas for parties at home or at school.

This ” 32 + Valentine Games” post has been added to and is now over 40 game ides!  Thought I’d take it from the archives and re-post due to all the new ideas! …….

Valentines Day is just around the corner! Now is the time to be thinking of fun Valentine Games to do with your kids, grandkids or classroom for the Valentine season. I’ve come up with some fun games and compiled a list of other games along with some extra resources for you to use wherever you are having a Valentine celebration! Some games are old and some are new! I hope this will be a nice list of ideas to have filed away. As I think of more, I will update and add to this list! That is the “+” part!

1. “Wink-um”  This is an OLD game!

Have a circle of chairs. The boys are standing behind the chairs and the girls are sitting in the chairs. There is one empty chair and the boy behind it winks at a girl. The girl has to quick get out of the chair before the boy behind her tags her on the shoulder.

2. Valentine Relay

Cut small hearts out of tissue paper  Give each person a straw (not a flexible one). Players need to suck the straw so that the heart sticks and run to assigned area and release the heart into a basket or bowl. Play this game individually with small kids or in relay teams with large groups. Another version is where you start with a sandwich bag full of tissue hearts. The first person sucks out a heart and passes it to the next person’s straw without using their hands. The last person has an empty sandwich bag in which they put the hearts. The team to first pass all their hearts, wins!

3. Broken Hearts

Cut large hearts out of construction paper. (approx 6-9 inches across) Now cut them into puzzle pieces. Cut them differently or all the same. If you cut them differently, each one needs to have the same number of pieces. For young children, mark the top side, but for adults, make it harder by not marking the top side. Place individual puzzles in an envelope.  Either start everyone at the same time and see who can put the puzzle together the fastest or do it individually and time each person. Vary this depending on the number of people playing and the age of the players.

4. Heart Grab

This is like the “Hungry Reindeer” Game that I posted at Christmas. There are small heart-shaped red hots available at Fleet Farm and perhaps other places. Place the “hearts” on a large tray. Players wear a thick athletic sock on their hand and have 15-30 seconds to see how many hearts they can grab and put in a bowl. If they miss the bowl, they don’t count! (Decorate the sock with hearts to go with the Valentine theme!)

5. I Spy the Heart!

This is also one that I played as a kid.  Everyone is out of the room while one person places a small heart somewhere in the room. Do not have it totally hidden, but have some little part showing. When a player spies it, they quietly walk over to a chair and sit down. They are not to let anyone know where it is hidden. Each one that spots it, also walks over and sits down until the last one finds it. The first one to spy it, is the next person to hide it.

6. Heart Land

Place cut-out hearts or doily hearts several places on the floor (tape them down). Kids try to land a nickel or quarter on a heart. If they do, they keep the money. You decide how many tries they get! Let them have the money even if it is touching a heart.

7. Cupid 

Place hearts on a wall or door with different point values on each one. Use a Nerf Gun or Nerf  Crossbow to shoot the hearts. Tally points after 10 tries.

8. Heart Hunt

Place lots of hearts in various places around the house. Give kids a basket or cup to place all the hearts they find.  Either give a time limit or game ends when all the hearts are found.  Count hearts to see who found the most.

The next 6 games are from      Activity Village    

9. Heart target game

Scatter large hearts cut from construction paper all around the floor. Blow up red balloons, but don’t tie them. Give them to a player and they let them go trying to land close or on a heart somewhere in the room. Give them several tries. It is fun to see where they land. The person closest or the one on the heart, wins.

10. Heart Basketball

Cut a heart-shaped frame out of a corrugated cardboard box and spray paint it red or pink.  Hang it from a doorway or have two adults hold it.  Blow up red balloons and tie the ends. Kids try to score by batting it through the opening of the heart to score a point.

11. Valentine Balloon Pop

Inflate balloons and place a small piece of paper inside each one with the name of a prize.  Each child has a pin. They need to keep the balloons in the air without popping it until you signal. At the signal they can start trying to pop one!  Whatever heart they find inside, they win that prize!

12. Wipe That Smile Off Your Face!

Everyone sits in a circle. The one that starts smiles and tries to get each person to smile. They get a point for each one that they get to smile on their turn. When their turn is over, they “wipe the smile off their face” and it is the next person’s turn!

13.  Valentine Fishing

Cut hearts and turn them into “Valentine fish”. Attach a small magnet to each fish. Give either point values to the fish or write a prize on the back of some of the fish.  Poles with string also have magnets which “catch” the fish.

14. Computer Games at

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Games # 15-20. Go to:    365kidsgames.com

for complete directions on the following games….. #15-20

15. Heart Attack

A relay game where players pick a red construction paper heart with a chocolate heart candy taped to it. On the back are the instructions of what they have to do to run the relay. For instance, one might be “hop”, “jump”, “walk backwards”, “crabwalk”, etc. When the teams finish, they can enjoy their chocolate.

16. Heart Strings

This game is like  “I Spy the Heart” above only have a string on the heart and only let that show.

17. How Many Kisses?

Guessing game with a jar full of “chocolate kisses”.

18. Heart Stomp

Using red hearts cut from construction paper taped to the floor, players walk around going from heart to heart. When the music stops, they must find a heart to stomp on. The player that is not on a heart is “out”.  This is like musical chairs only using hearts.

19. St. Valentine Says…

Like Simon Says….

20. Valentine Pictionary

Use words like: candy, heart, love, Valentine, kiss, envelope, letter, lollipop, balloon, cupid, arrow, flowers, etc.

21. Steal My Heart

Give kids chopsticks and have them transfer Valentine candy hearts from one bowl to another using only the chopsticks. Two pencils also work for this game if you don’t have chopsticks.

22. Heart-A-Stack 

Take Valentine heart candies and see how high they can stack them before they fall! Give a set time limit.  More than one player can do this at a time or do it in pairs.

23. Valentine Printables for Valentine Memory Games, etc.

Go to :   spoonful

activityvillage

The next three ideas that I like come from this site:  Kaboose

They have other games, too, that would work for large groups or classrooms.

24. Straw and Valentine Cup Relay

For this game you need a bendable straw for each player and a Valentine Cup for each team. Players hold the bendable end in their mouth and pass the Valentine cup using only the straw. If the cup falls, it goes back to the beginning or for younger kids, just go back one player.

25. Heart Stomp Relay

Cut out large red hearts. Give each team two large hearts. Players on each team must step on one heart and then take the heart from behind and place it ahead so they can continue on. They always take the one from behind and move it forward to get to the goal. They cannot move unless they are stepping on a heart. Players  run back with the hearts to the next player.

26.  Red Licorice Chew

This is where each player gets one string of red licorice (use Twizzlers Pull-A-Parts).  Without using hands, players must get the licorice all the way in their mouth by chewing. This makes for funny pictures! Get your camera out!

27.  Size-A-Heart

Have approx. 15 hearts that are various sizes. Players must put them in order from smallest to largest. Time each person  or race against two players at the same time.

28.  Stop in The Name of Love

Take a small heart pillow or small Valentine stuffed animal and pass like a “hot potato” while the music plays. When the music stops, the person holding the animal is out. Play continues until one player is left.

This next game is from Birthdayinabox

29. Valentine Candy Relay

Team members must run to a spot, unwrap a candy and eat it completely before they run back and tag the next person. A good candy to use is Hershey’s Kisses as they are hard to unwrap, but go down easily.

30. Heart Tic-Tac-Toe

Make paper hearts with a Tic-Tac-Toe board on it and kids use candy hearts of one color to play.

31. Lots of Minute to Win It Games for Valentines here:

Sunnydaysinsecondgrade

Mommylessons101

32. Heart Toss 

Outline a heart on the floor either with tape or cut a large one out.  Use bean bags (heart-shaped?) to toss. Anything landing inside the outline counts as a point. Give kids a set amount of tries. I noticed that www.orientaltrading.com has an inflatable Valentine game that is very much like this.  If you play the Heart Basketball Game, use that heart for the target area. Dollar stores have little Valentine soft toys to use as bean bags.

 +  Heart Throb Match

In this game, teams or individuals find the match for the things that belong together. Use famous couples (for adults), famous cartoon couples, or items like : cream & sugar, cookies & milk, etc.  The leader says the first part and the teams or individuals write down the second part.  Another variation is to put 1/2 of the match on the back of one person and the other half on the back of another. Without knowing what is on their back, they need to ask “yes or no” questions to find out their half and then look for the other matching half.

+ Heart Drop

For this game, you need a sturdy chair. Players kneel on the seat backwards and reach over the back of the chair to drop valentine hearts in a jar. Use a large pickle jar so the heart candies don’t bounce out. Give them 20 hearts to try. Count the hearts in the jar and then it is the next person’s turn.  Person with the highest number in the jar, wins!

 +  Coloring Pages

http://www.valentines-coloring.com/

http://www.crayola.com/free-coloring-pages.aspx#%2Fcategory%3Aholidays%2Fsubcategory%3Avalentines%20day

+ Heart Bowling

Take ten empty water or pop bottles and put heart stickers or glue paper hearts on them.  Place them like the 10 pins in bowling. Using a small stuffed Valentine animal, slide it across the floor to knock over the “pins”.  Players get two tries  just like bowling. Count the number of “pins” down. Repeat and keep score.

+ Pin the Heart on Cupid

Trace a Cupid on Paper and play like  “Pin the Tail on the Donkey”

+ Cupid’s Arrows

For this game you need Q-tips, straws, and a bowl or basket or a large paper heart target. Players place a Q-tip in the end of their straw and try to land (Cupid’s Arrows) it in the bowl, basket or on the heart set at a distance away. Give it a try  it to see how far away the targets need to be for both young kids and older ones. Adjust as necessary. Points are scored for those that land inside the target area.

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1. Stretchable Flying Heart IN-32/123

Use these to fly through a cut out heart or score points for hitting numbered hearts on a door or wall.

2. Valentine Bend Game IN-32/1263

This is for two players –  a Valentine version of a popular game.

3. Valentine Cupid Arrow Missiles IN-32/1471

These are fun to fly into a heart decorated box or basket.  Also, play a team game and fly them to the opponents side. (like a snowball fight) After 3-5 minutes, the team with the least number Arrow Missiles on their side wins.

4. Inflatable Valentine Game IN-32/1278

This is all done for you. Just play and have fun!

5. Valentine Bean Bag Toss Game IN-32/1546

Everything is included and ready to play.

6. Heart Ring Toss  IN-32/4054

7. Valentine Disk Shooters IN-32/1526

These are fun to shoot through a hula hoop or heart!

8. Inflatable Valentine Octopus Ring Toss  IN-32/305

9. Valentine Bingo  IN-32/1548

 

 The list has now grown to more than 40!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

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Winter Sunset

Most of the beautiful sunsets occur during the summer with the gorgeous colors mirrored across the lake. However, this winter sunset was awesome with the patterns on the ice. I had to take a picture and show that winter can be beautiful, too. 

Winter Sunset

 

 

This is the view out our great-room window! We never tire of the beauty of God’s world around us!

This is not my usual post, but thought I’d share.

Thanks for viewing and Happy New Year!

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My blog is from my experience as an elementary teacher, children’s pastor, mother of 3 , and grandmother (Oma) of 7! The ideas that I share have three requirements: inexpensive, fun to do and look good! All parents, grandparents. teachers or anyone that works with kids needs lots of ideas for crafts, games, and kid-friendly recipes. I hope the ideas I post are helpful and fun!

Along with having great times with grandkids, I like to decorate, cook and entertain. You will see posts that are along this line as well. Sorry, I just can’t stick to one subject. When I find something interesting, I enjoy sharing it. I like variety, don’t you?

How I got started doing this blog:

Each summer, my husband and I have held an” Oma and Opa” Camp for the grandchildren (age 4 and up). The purpose is to have a special time with them where we just have lots of fun activities, laughs and enjoy being together. It is also an opportunity to bond and form friendships with their cousins. We find that having them with just ourselves is quite different from when their parents are around. It is fun to see them become independent, responsible and helpful with what they have learned from home. At the beginning of the 4 day camp, we talk about expectations ( the teacher in me) and what they will be doing. They are so excited and look forward to coming each year. Last year, Kyle, age 4, told his mom that he had waited for Oma and Opa Camp all year!

I  build around a theme and plan activities, crafts, food, games, and Bible stories that relate to it in some way. During camp, I take lots of pictures and after camp is over, I create a photo memory book of all the memories from Oma and Opa Camp. They love these books and look at them over and over.

Many people encouraged me to share these ideas online and so I started to do just that.

I hope you’ll find some interesting things to cook, plan, create or just have a little fun with your family!

Phyllis (Oma)

(By the way, “Oma and Opa” is Dutch for Grandma and Grandpa)

 

 

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