Monday, April 10, 2017

DIY Easter Themed Bento Lunches and a Bunny Breakfast


Packing lunches has always been a fun and creative outlet for me.  I've always loved surprising the kids by creating fun things for them to find inside of their lunchboxes.  Here are a few lunches that are just in time for Easter and Spring.

Simple cookie cutters automatically turn sandwiches into fun creations. 


This is one version of our diy lunchable.  The baby chick cheese and turkey were made with little stamp cutters that I found at Walmart.  They come in a set of 4 springy characters.
Have you ever heard of Wilton food markers?  They are perfect for drawing on food and making little creations like this fun Easter egg.  You can let your kids use them too to decorate their own lunches.  Our last Easter touch is adding a plastic egg with a few sweet treats inside.  I think we added fruit snacks and marshmallows.

Here we used the little stamps again, but this time it is the Easter egg.  They made cute little mini sandwiches.  A bunny egg mold also helped transform our boiled egg.



"Some bunny loves you!"  Now "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" is not an Easter book, but it happened to be our read aloud at the time.  So we did a lunch that related to the book which happened to be about a bunny and I just think bunny cheese is great.  I found those bunny pics at the Dollar tree packaged with the cupcake liners. 


Another colorful and fun decorated Easter egg with some Spring flower power here.





"You are egg-cellent."  I love to leave little messages for the kids to read.  I used to get kind of carried away when Caleb was smaller because I used to forget that he couldn't actually read.  LOL!  Someone usually helped him read it though.


And a bunny Easter breakfast is sure to put a smile on any kid's face!  Pancakes with bacon ears, string cheese whiskers and mouth, a raspberry nose, blueberry eyes and a scrambled egg tie makes this an extra special bunny friend for your littles in the mornings.



Do you enjoy packing lunches too?  Click here for more lunch packing ideas.  Oh, and don't forget Easter gifts and crafts.

I hope you enjoyed this post!

XOXO Miranda


Easter Jars Gift Idea


Easter is almost here!  Here is one of my favorite Easter gift ideas instead of baskets.  Easter Jars!  I don't know about y'all, but our house has been overrun by stuff.  One year, I just decided that I didn't want to do Easter baskets at all. What toys were my kids going to get in the basket that they didn't already have at home anyway...likely buried underneath something?  If your house is being overrun by tons and tons of stuff and you would just rather not deal with it all, Easter jars are a simple AND frugal idea.  They are perfect, too, for the kids that are growing out of the toys and just want treats anyway!


Aren't these just too cute?!  Not only can you make Easter jars for your kids, you can make them as gifts for others too.  We made these jars one year for the teachers.  They are filled with M&Ms, colorful Easter grass, and a chocolate bunny.  The yellow ribbon adds cute Spring touch.

 The jars can also serve as part of your holiday d├ęcor and an easy storage solution when empty.



These were the jars that I made for kids that year.  I kind of went with a bunny theme by adding bunny fruit snacks and crackers to go along with their chocolate bunnies.



We used smaller jars here being that stores were sold out of the bigger ones.  They were still just as cute with the little chubby bunnies in.



In these jars, I added some bunny peeps and a little "nest egg" to give the kids some spending money.  You can't go wrong with treats and cash, right?  These are perfect for kids who don't really play with much anyway or just like to buy things on their own.


I love how colorful the jars are!  Easter jars are still one of my favorite gifts to date.  What do you think about Easter jars?

Saturday, April 8, 2017

St Patty's Day Fun


 Another holiday has come and gone...and I'm finally getting a post up. lol This means more fun things to do! Whoop! Whoop!  Here are some ways we celebrated St. Patty's day.

Every kid loves a good game.  So why not have a little rainbow treasure hunt? We had a race just to make it more fun.  The kids get a bucket and see who can collect the colors of the rainbow the fastest.  AJ cheated once and got a pack of crayons.  So we obviously had to set some rules in place.


Then we made "rainbow necklaces" using Froot Loops and yarn.  Caleb started out putting his cereal in order of the rainbow.  Then, decided it was faster to just put them on.  He became obsessed with seeing how long he could make his necklace. This is a good "Keep ' em busy" activity and it practices fine motor skills for smaller tots.

 

What would you do if you found a pot of Gold?  Good question and writing prompt. 
We used some coins for Caleb to put a sentence in the correct order.  Then, we talked about how precious we were to Jesus and how we are worth more than gold to Him.  Then, I asked him to write one thing that he liked about himself.  Afterwards, I had all the kids name something that they liked about themselves and one thing they liked about each other.   I'm just trying to slick remind them that they do love eachother.  Lol.  Maybe it will come back to their remembrance when they are fighting. I grabbed these little coins from Hobby Lobby to use in our activities.  We used them in site word matching.  I called out a site word, and he used them to cover that site word.

 

We also used the coins for the twins to practice their fine motor skills.  We had these stacking cups that already had a slit in them to use.  However,  you can use an oatmeal container or box with a slit cut in the top.

    

Rainbow pancakes were on the breakfast  menu.   Since, we woke up late and missed the bus, somebody got to help make them too.  Of course, lucky charms made the menu too.

Tip:  I have a wanderer in the mornings.   Sometimes a small activity on the table helps to keep a little wanderer still and occupied.

 

Caitlyn loves art.  For Halloween, she was Jackson Pollock, an American drip/splatter artist. About a month ago, the movie "Pollock" came on tv and I let her watch the parts where he was creating his paintings.  They have created small splatter paintings on regular paper before, so I decided to buy some canvases to let them make bigger ones.  I figured they might look "rainbowy."  However, they got too excited with the paint and pretty much mixed it all up until they had an almost solid blackish canvas. Lol


I haven't been regularly packing lunches because you know ...end of the school year...
However,  we did do these kind of St. Patty's themed lunches.

 

Well, on to Easter!

XOXO
Miranda