Crayons & Circles

What fun!    Food & an art project to share with  your children after reading
The Noisy Paint Box.

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PRETZEL CRAYONS

Fast – Easy – Fun – Delightful

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MATERIALS:

  • Candy melts (food coloring if using white)
  • Rold Gold Honey Wheat Braided Twists
    (or break regular pretzels in half)
  • Colored paper (thinner colored paper works best)
  • Tape

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DIRECTIONS:

Prepare the candy melts according to the directions on package.

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Dip both sides into the melted candy. (I actually used a small spoon to pour a small amount on each end.)  Shake off the excess and lay on the waxed paper to dry.

photo (79)Note:  The store only had these Rold Gold pretzels which came yogurt covered.  DON’T use these – the candy didn’t want to adhere to the yogurt covering and it is totally unnessary to spend the extra money on these.  However, they are the perfect size for this project – just buy the regular Rold Gold pretzels.

While pretzels are drying, print the pretzel crayon wrapper templates onto colored paper. Cut out the wrappers.

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Wrap the pretzels with the colored wrappers and close with transparent tape.  I put the tape on one end of the wrapper before wrapping around the pretzel.

photo (81)Seriously – aren’t these adorable?

If you want to go all out, then why not create a crayon box?   There are lots of crayon box templates available online! (Go for it – I will the next time we make crayon pretzels.)

Wrapper Templates
I printed mine on lightweight construction paper.
Card stock or regular construction paper is too stiff to wrap around the pretzels.

red crayon – blue crayon – yellow crayon

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KANDINSKY Art Projects

A Kandinsky art project for young children.
All you need is some lids and tempura paint

For older children – a video demonstrating how to use oil pastels.

Enjoy!

Apron Adventures: Acorns and Pumpkins

Ahhhhh, there is a crispness in the air which can only mean one thing; Fall is here!  The leaves are changing colors, our family nights are spent snuggling around the bonfire making s’mores and counting stars, and pumpkins are decorating just about every porch step in town.  Truly, this is my favorite time of year.

To celebrate the arrival of autumn, the boys and I wanted to share with you these easy peasy snacks that you can do with the little ones you love.

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ACORNS

What you’ll need:

  • Donut Holes (if at all possible, you should really swing by Mr. Ronnie’s in Houma  <– Kid approved)
  • Pretzel Sticks
  • Chocolate Candy Coating (Melted at intervals at 50% power level in the microwave until smooth)
  • Chocolate Sprinkles
  • Chopped Nuts
  • Waxed Paper

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Have your little chefs dip their donut holes into the melted chocolate candy coating until just about the top 1/2 to 1/3 is covered.

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Carefully shake off excess chocolate.

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Set to dry on a piece of waxed paper.

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While the candy coating is still shiny, add your acorn toppings.

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Break off a small piece of pretzel stick and insert into the top of the donut hole to give your acorn a stem.

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Let set up until chocolate coating has dried (the chocolate will lose its shininess).  Here is my biggest guy right before he samples his first “acorn”.

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My guys with their final project or what’s left of it after they went through round one of snacking.

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These are so easy and just adorable for an Autumn after school snack.

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PUMPKINS

What you’ll need:

  • Tangerines
  • Celery

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These guys were ridiculously simple. Carefully unpeel the tangerines so that the orange maintains its shape.  Snip off a small piece of celery to use as a stalk and insert into top of your “pumpkin”.  Done.

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And there you have it!  Two easy snacks to share with the nutty little pumpkins in your life.

Rachel Skvaril - Sugar artist at Fondant Flinger

Rachel Skvaril – Sugar artist at Fondant Flinger

 

A RAFT-tastic recipe

The boys and I are absolutely loving this month’s books.
This recipe is the perfect follow-up to reading,

The Raft
by Jim LaMarche.

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Here is what you will need:

  • Pirouette cookies
  • Graham crackers
  • Chocolate chips
  • Edible ink markers
  • Cutting board
  • Knife

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Start by cutting the Pirouette cookies down to fit the length of a 1/2 graham cracker and line 4 of them up next to each other to form our “logs”.  Eat all the extra ends while the kids aren’t watching.

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Melt down your chocolate chips to make some delicious “glue”.

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Spread on a layer of melted chocolate on to your graham cracker “platform”.

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Flip over and press gently down, squishing the chocolate “glue” onto the “logs”.

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Let dry for about 10 minutes or until the chocolate has completely set.  Grab your edible ink markers and get to drawing!

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The boys and I thought about our most recent adventure along the bayou and they drew the animals that they saw.FFP_RaftSnack7

Noah did an awesome job of drawing a brown pelican and some flowers he saw along the way.

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Levi drew a tank and a shark.  Can’t you tell?  🙂

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Author: Rachel Skvaril
Sugar Artist
Fondant Flinger

 

A recipe that will LIGHT up your day!

Today’s recipe goes along with the book “When Lightning Comes In A Jar” by Patricia Polacco.  Now this book in particular was fascinating to our little boys.  The very idea of a family reunion had them wide-eyed but then add to that, dozens of jello molds and they were begging for their own family reunion complete with fireflies.

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We saw this idea for fireflies snacks and we knew we had to try it out.

Here is all you need:

  • Crackers (split some in half for the wings)
  • Cream cheese
  • Sliced kiwi

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Spread a bit of cream cheese on the cracker.

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Place a kiwi slice on top and a dab a bit cream cheese on one of the top ends.

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Using the cream cheese as “glue” stick the wings on top, slightly spread apart so you can see
the firefly’s green “light”.

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Author: Rachel Skvaril
Sugar Artist
Fondant Flinger