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Growing Sprouts {gardening with kids}

Hello again! It’s gardening time of the year…Today I’m going to share an easy, but fun way to garden indoors with your kiddos.
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We’re going to grow sprouts!  Sprouts are perfect for kids to grow because they start to change in just a day. They are full grown in just a few days and kids can eat them right out of them jar.  Instant Gratification!

Let’s get started!
What you’ll need:
Sprouting seeds
A clean (sterilized) jar
A 6 in. square of clean mesh screen
A rubber band
How To…
Start by prepping your materials and cleaning and sterilizing your jar.  Running it through the dishwasher will work.

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Measure out about 1 tsp. seeds and pour into jar.  Place screen on to and seal with a rubber band.
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Rinse seeds.  Set jar on its side on a towel.  I set mine on the kitchen counter.  The seeds do not need to be in direct sunlight, so filtered light is just fine.
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Rinse seeds two times a day.  In just a day or two, the seeds will begin to sprout.  This is really cool for the kids to see!  Keep rinsing daily until it appears all seeds have sprouted.  Sprouts may be kept in fridge for up to 3 days, but we eat them sooner!
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Ideas for using your sprouts:  Add to a salad, use in wraps, in a pita pocket, on sandwiches, in a cold pasta salad or plain.
Besides being a fun way for kids to watch something grow, sprouts have many health benefits.
Purchasing sprout seeds: I purchased mine at the Green Acres Market, but any Health Food Store like Whole Foods should have them.  Just make sure you are purchasing “sprouting seeds.”
This idea was introduced to me at my monthly MOPS meeting by a friend and mentor, Laura Lee.  She is both an amazing cook and gardener, talented beyond belief, always coming up with wonderful teaching ideas.
Have fun gardening with your kiddos!
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Spring Handprint Butterflies

Hello friends!  I trust you all had a Happy Easter filled with lots of love.  My weekend was wonderful…full of family time, traditions and a bit too much candy.  Why do I buy the kinds I like?!
Today, I would like to share with you a fun butterfly craft I previously shared over at The Taylor House.
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We LOVE to craft at our house and we especially LOVE to paint!  The messier, the better…right!?  I try really hard to document the little things like handprints while the boys are young and still let me do it. 🙂
This is a fun kids craft that uses items you probably have on hand. Yay!
Here’s what you’ll need:
toilet paper tubes
paint brushes
plain paper
patterned paper
embellishments like googly eyes and pipe cleaners
And on to our butterflies…
Start by painting the toilet paper tube.
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While it dries, paint and stamp your little one’s hands.  I painted 4 handprints per butterfly, but you could certainly do 2.  Either way will turn out super cute!
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Cut out handprints and adhere to a sheet of patterned paper.  I laid the tube on the paper and placed the handprints where I wanted them.
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Cut around wings leaving a bit of pattern showing.  Then lay painted tube on middle of wings and staple together.  Embellish your butterfly with eyes, antennae and any other details you come up with!  The googly eyes were self-adhesive and I taped the antennae to the inside of the tube.
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They fit right into the boys Art Buffet, which we are still LOVING!!  I’ll be sharing a genius idea for the bottom drawer soon.
Have fun crafting and creating with your kiddos!

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Sharing with…Sugarbee Crafts

Easter Kids Craft and a Pinterest FAIL

Happy Wednesday!  Hope you are enjoying this week as much as I am…Today I am sharing an easy craft and a Pinterest FAIL.

First up…

Kid Friendly Stained Glass 

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This is a winner at my house for one main reason…It involves quite a bit of glue.  Not as much as my Pinterest FAIL, but we’ll get to that in a bit.  My boys love using glue and a dot of glue to me is much different than a dot of glue to them.  Anyway…

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What you will need:

Paper plates (or heavy paper)

wax paper

tissue paper (various colors)


Start by drawing and cutting out your desired shape onto a paper plate, then cut out.  Tear or cut tissue paper into smaller pieces.  Here comes the glue…Glue the pieces of tissue paper onto a sheet of wax paper.  Allow to dry.

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Glue wax paper with tissue collage onto the paper plate so that the part you see is the smooth wax paper side.  Trim edges.

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Now, just…Punch a hole, tie a ribbon and hang in your window.  These can be made for any season using different shapes and colors of tissue paper.

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Don’t miss out on my other fun Easter ideas…Bunny PizzasEaster Egg Lunch Hunt, and Bunny Cinnamon Rolls!

And Now For A Pinterest Fail…Ugh!

So, I saw this idea multiple times on Pinterest and thought we should give it a try.  Why?  Because it uses glue as a main ingredient…Lots of glue.  Did I mention, we like glue at our house?

Window Clings {made with glue}

I admit, I usually DO NOT follow directions.  I typically look at the picture and recreate what I see.  BUT this time I actually read and followed the directions. (I learned my lesson!)

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What I was supposed to do was make a template or use a cookie cutter.

Pinterest fail stencil {}Set it on a piece of wax paper.  Fill the template with glue.  Let it dry.  Note:  I added glitter…Window clings NEED glitter, right!?

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I let it dry and dry and dry for a couple days.

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The glue ran and the shapes we created morphed into their own shapes.

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Then, they wouldn’t peel off the wax paper.  They curled. They made a glittery mess on my floor.

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They looked nothing like they were supposed to.  Ugh!  What a waste of glue!

So…DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME (unless you want a fun excuse for your kiddos to use glue)!

If you made these at home and they worked…What did I do wrong?

What Pinterest FAILS have you experienced?

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