Valentine’s Kebabs

Strawberry Marshmallow Kebabs

Yep, you guessed it…more stick food!

The ingredients list for this recipe is VERY short.
What you will need:



Shish kebab sticks, scissors and a bit of water to keep those marshmallows from sticking to things.  If you are worried about the sharpness of the shish kebab sticks for those precious little chubby fingered children, just snip the tips of the sticks slightly so they aren’t so incredibly pointy.


Step One:  Rinse strawberries, remove stem, slightly hull each one and cut them in half.


Step 2:  Using scissors dampened with water, cut marshmallows in half.

Moisten the shish kebab stick with a bit of water, shake off the excess and, alternating the strawberries and marshmallows, slide your ingredients on the stick.  If you wanted to go a bit more decadent, you could half dip the strawberries and marshmallows in chocolate and use Valentine’s themed sprinkles to decorate.


We tried to leave simple alone but then we thought of chocolate,
which can only improve food, right?
We took our marshmallows, cut them in half and dipped them
in warmed chocolate flavored coating.


The strawberries were done using the same method.  However, once we placed them on wax paper to set, we decided that they needed sprinkles.  We found some red sugar pearls, silver dragees and some white edible glitter and gave our treats some bling.
 We skewered them all again once the chocolate had set up.



Now wouldn’t you love to get one of these from your sweetheart?



 My sweet boy sure loved getting one from me!
This little one loved his as well, but didn’t want to get his hands dirty.

I can only imagine how perfect these valentine’s treats would be for your child to give to their friends at their class parties.

Author: Rachel Skvaril
Fondant Flinger

To purchase cupcake toppers for your child’s next class party, you can contact Rachel directly.

Rachel (at)
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My Heart is Like a Zoo Craft

All you need is some colored paper, glue, scissors, and wriggly eyes!

What a fun activity for children – anytime!  This activity is based on our book review of
My Heart is Like a Zoo.

First we went to the Dollar Store and found this set of six heart shapes – yep, for just a $1.

We used the shapes to trace several different sized hearts on various colored sheets of card stock purchased from our local Michael’s.
I was excited to be able to cut out various shades of some colors – because I’d rather give children three shades of yellow to work with, instead of just “yellow”.   But that’s just me.  (and why I love the Pantone Colors book for children – see REVIEW here.
After reading our CLIP pick book for February, My Heart is Like a Zoo, give your child the palette of heart shapes & colors, some wiggly eyes and let them create.
Mount on a sheet of black or white card stock and display for all to see!
A few more details and our creation will be complete.  Cute!

Encourage original animal creations, or allow children to replicate an animal from the book. It doesn’t matter as long as you are having fun creating together!

Oh, and check out this cute idea!

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CLICK HERE for pattern.
From Mrs. T’s First Grade Class


Deni Corbett

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Review: Wherever You Are

Author & Illustrator:  Nancy Tillman

Telling our children that we love them is something that we as parents just do – over and over. The words, “I love you” simply pop out of our mouths often without much thought. It’s not that we don’t mean it, perhaps we just don’t know how to express our love in a more creative way. Especially as our children grow and mature. 

How can we show our children that they do carry our love with them each and every day?  From the first heart-wrenching experience of letting go that a parent and child experience to a time when they’re “all the way grown”, the loving images in this tender book show your children that…

Wherever You Are – my love will find you.

Mary Byrne Kline

“And if someday you’re lonely,
or someday you’re sad,
or you strike out at baseball,
or think you’ve been bad…

just lift up your face, feel the wind in your hair.
That’s me, my sweet baby, my love is right there.

In the green of the grass… in the smell of
the sea… in the clouds floating by…
at the top of a tree… in the sound 
crickets make at the end of the day…

“You are loved. You are loved. You are
loved,” they all say.

Masterpiece – Unconditional Love

Warm.  Welcoming.  Unconditional.

What leaps to mind when you think of warm, welcoming, unconditional love?

The love of Christ?        No doubt!
The love of parents?      Of course!
The love of our pets, namely, mans’ best friend?        Naturally!
The Dog
Artist: Edouard Manet
Conversational Prompts
1.  Do you like dogs?
Let your child engage and make it personal.

2.  What kind of dog do you think this is? 
A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, most likely.  Please comment if you have any input.  This breed of spaniel was popular in the 16-19th century as a lapdog for ladies to generate heat for them. King Charles II could not travel anywhere without his spaniels, so he made a decree which supposedly is still in effect that the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel would be allowed in public places.

3.  What do you like about Manet’s painting and what do you dislike?
Expand the discussion involving colors and textures.

4.  Where are the areas of emphasis?  Where do your eyes go when you look at this painting?  
The dogs eyes, due to the black/white contrast.

For older children
5.  What do you know about Edouard Manet?
He was an Impressionist painter?  Can they recognize the style of the Impressionists?
On our next post, little ones will have fun learning how to draw
a cute little puppy with oil pastels or crayons.  

Until then, live, love, paint!
God bless,
Laura Bird Miller

What is another question you would ask your child while discussing “The Dog” by Edouard Manet?  Please share in a comment below to be eligible for a free give-away and help us add to our list of 
 Fireflies Conversational Prompts.

The MASTERS: Art Appreciation – Each month Laura Bird Miller introduces an art masterpiece to share with PK – 2nd grade children.  No worksheets, no tests – just exploration, discussion, awareness and fun.  We promise you, her love of God and art is infectious.  She assists in conversation by providing parents age appropriate questions and prompts to use when exploring the featured masterpiece.   Laura also provides a visual art project to go along with each Masterpiece chosen.   

Please visit Laura’s website for more information.