25 Valentines Printables

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and is a time to think about what gifts you may give or the greeting cards. This great list of 2 Valentines Printables will help give you some ideas. 

It is also fun to have printables for your children to colour or worksheets to enjoy. 

Check out this great list of 25 Valentines Printables that are free, for you and your children to enjoy. Pin your favourites to your Pinterest account. 

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Candy Race Car – Great for Kids Parties

It is hard coming up with something for a classroom treat for holidays or for a child’s party. My son, Spencer loves taking something for his friends at school.

This treat isn’t healthy but it is easy to make and your kids will love it!

Candy Race Car- Great for Kids Parties

First you will need a glue gun, glue sticks (both I purchased at the dollar store.), mini Hershey chocolate bars, Tootsie rolls, chocolate coins and juice boxes.

You can also change it up. If you want instead of Tootsie Rolls, try a chocolate that is small like one to use for the front fender. You can choose a different small chocolate bar too. The sky is the limit on how you design yours.  Choose a juice box that is your child’s favourite.

I found mints in a wrapper didn’t give the same effect as a chocolate coin did for the wheel look. And the Hershey chocolate bar did look like it was a wing with the side flaps of the package.

Candy Race Car- Great for Kids Parties

Figure out how many cars that you wish to make and decide on the amount of items you need.  For one car you need one Hershey chocolate bar, one Tootsie roll , four chocolate coins and one juice box.

Just put a dab of glue on each coin and apply it to the juice box sides. Then put glue on the Tootsie roll and place it where the front of the car is located. Lastly put glue on the bottom of the Hershey chocolate bar and place it on the top back area of the race car.

It is that simple. And your kids will love the race cars for themselves and their friends!

Let me know if you make this for your child’s class or birthday parties in the comments below. I love hearing about how the kids enjoyed them.

Candy Race Car- Great for Kids Parties

#DIY Bug Spray

 

It seems this year bugs are out in full force this year!

Here are some easy DIY Bug Sprays that will help keep those bugs away from you and your family while you enjoy the outdoors.

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Homemade Bug Spray

1/2 cup vodka
2 tablespoons orange flower water
1 teaspoon jojoba oil
15 drops citronella oil

Mix ingredients and store in a spray bottle.

 

 

Homemade Bug Spray Oil

1 oz jojoba oil or soybean oil
10 drops eucalyptus smithii essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops geranium, citronella, or lemongrass essential oil

** Be sure to apply every 30 minutes if in a heavily insect area**

Use half the amount of essential oils if applying any of these to a child under 5.

 

FREE PDF Patterns for Star Wars Snowflakes

 

Free PDF Patterns for Star Wars Snowflakes

 

My son, Spencer, is a BIG Star Wars fan. When I say big, I mean he loves it and you can’t go wrong with Star Wars for him. He has watched all the movies over and over since he was 2.

I want to help him get into the Holiday spirit by doing some crafts with him and Hayley.

This Friday night we are going to put on some Holiday music and try making some Star Wars Snowflakes.

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I want to make a few of the Tie Fighter Attack 

 

 

Anthony Herra Designs has a Free PDF file available for everyone to use.

clickhere

Update 2015 ~ He has added The Force Awakens CLICK HERE to get them

Homemade Coffee Creamer

 

A lot of us use coffee creamer in our morning coffees.

It takes 15 chemicals to make up coffee creamer.

The best alternative is to make your own with 3 ingredients.

I am not able to have store bought creamer with my health diet for my kidney failure.

But with these recipes I can at least have cream in my coffee!

Canadian Basics

Ingredients:

14oz sweetened can of condensed milk

2 cups of milk

(optional) Add one of these to give the creamer a flavour:

1/3 cup flavoured syrup

Cocoa Powder

Vanilla Extract

Almond Extract

Cinnamon

1/3 flavoured syrup

Mix together and enjoy!

 

2 tsps. Vanilla Extract- French Vanilla 

1 Tblsp Cinnamon, Vanilla, and Almond Extract- Strudel Cake

2 tbsps. chocolate syrup, 1 teaspoon instant coffee, 1-2 teaspoons of vanilla extract & 1 teaspoon almond extract – Irish Cream 

Experiment in making your own flavours!

Let us know what flavour you made and how!

Father's Day Free Printables

 

 

 

Father’s Day is approaching and many of us love to make crafts with the kids.

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Here are some great FREE sites for some printable.

 

Father’s Day Printable Tie Banner & Cupcake toppers

Father’s Day Worksheets, Games and printable Cards

Father’s Day printable Worksheets

Father’s Day  Printable Cards

Father’s Day “Hands Down” printable (use kid friendly ink to their hands in the middle of this printable)

 

 

For Father’s Day craft ideas CLICK HERE

 

 

Celebrate Spring with Free Printables

 

 

Rainy day?

Why not get in the spirit of warmer weather by doing some printable activities with your child?

Canadian Basics

Here is a list of free printable Spring activities and colouring pages on the internet:

Gak Recipe ~ Fun Kid Craft! #DIY

 

 

Gak is a “silly putty” substance that kids can enjoy! Easy to make with the items in your home.

 

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Gak Recipe ~ Fun Kid Craft! #DIY
Author: Canadian Basics
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
1 1/2 cups of Warm Water 2 cups of Elmer’s white glue Food Colouring Mix these ingredients together until completely dissolved
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups of Warm Water
  • 2 cups of Elmer’s white glue
  • Food Colouring
  • 4 teaspoons of Borax
  • 1 1/3 cups of Warm Water
Instructions
  1. /2 cups of Warm Water
  2. cups of Elmer’s white glue
  3. Food Colouring
  4. Mix these ingredients together until completely dissolved
  5. In a different bowl,
  6. Place 4 teaspoons of Borax
  7. /3 cups of Warm Water
  8. Mix these ingredients together until completely dissolved
  9. Then pour first set of ingredients into the second set of ingredients. Do not mix!! Lift Gak out and knead into shape.

Valentine's Day Craft Idea for Old Broken Crayons!

 

A fun and easy way to make crayon hearts for your children or their classmates!

 

crayon hearts

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven for 250 degrees F

  2. Remove paper from crayons

  3. Chop up crayons with a knife or use broken crayons. (you want a good mixture of colours)

  4. Fill up hearts in silicon baking tray.

  5. Place baking tray in the oven for 10-15 mins until the crayons are melted

  6. Take baking tray out of oven and allow hearts to cool

  7. Smooth rough ends of the hearts by rubbing on a paper

Regrowing Food From Scraps ~ So Simple!

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 Regrowing Food

 Help shave valuable dollars off your grocery bill and make the most of what you’ve already purchased by regrowing common produce items. In addition, try your hand at growing with seeds and other materials. It’s a great way to teach kids about how to grow food.

Celery: Cut the bottom 2.5 cm (1 inch) off a stalk of celery and place it in a bowl with the cut side facing up. Put a little bit of water in the bottom of the bowl, and place it in a sunny place. After a few days, roots and leaves will start to form. At this point you can either plant outside in the garden or transfer to a larger pot.

Tip: Save the leafy parts of the celery too! Add them to soup for a little extra flavour!

Potatoes or Sweet Potatoes: Use about a quarter of a potato (a piece with two root eyes is ideal). Either keep it inside to watch and ensure it sprouts, or place directly into the garden, eye side up. If you keep it inside, let it dry out for a day to reduce the chance of mould. Place toothpicks into both sides of the potato piece, then place it on top of a glass of water. The toothpicks will hold some of the potato above water, but the eyes should be submerged. The roots will grow into the water and the leaves will grow toward the top. When there are enough roots, transplant into the garden.

More ideas for Regrowing Food

Ginger: Use a piece of ginger with a knob, or one with an arm sticking out of the main body of the root. Soak the root overnight, then bury it in a pot of rich soil with good drainage. Be sure to keep the soil moist. Ginger does best in the shade or as a houseplant. It cannot tolerate cold weather or drought. If given the right conditions, ginger is very easy to grow.

Green Onions: Cut off the bulb and roots (the white end) and place it roots down in a glass of water overnight. Replant outside or in a large pot the next day, and it will start growing quickly.

Even more ideas for regrowing food

Leeks: Cut off the bulb, just like you would with green onions, and place it in a shallow glass of water. Change the water and wash the roots once a week. Harvest fresh leeks when they’re big enough to eat.

Romaine Lettuce: Cut off the bottom inch of a head of romaine lettuce. Place it roots down into a shallow glass of water, and new leaves will grow from the top.

Yet Even more ideas for regrowing food

Garlic: Plant a single clove of garlic root side down (flat end) into a few inches of potting soil. Once shoots start sprouting, cut them back so the bulb will be able to grow, and eventually you will have a fresh garlic bulb. Use a clove off the new bulb to start growing another for later.

Tip: If you choose not to regrow food scraps, save them in a container in the freezer until you have enough to flavour your favourite soup recipe.