Little Chef turns 10 today and she decided to make cupcakes so she could take them to AWANA and share with all her friends. So we got some super cute cupcake liners and found some yummy looking recipes at Your Cup of Cake.
Winter has arrived!! So we decided to start working on our “winter wall”. To see pictures of our “fall wall” click here. Of course the first thing to go on a “winter wall” should be snowflakes…right? We got out the coffee filters and started cutting.
Coffee filters make great snowflakes they are round and easy to cut through, not to mention cheap. The girls came up with some great designs. But then we ran into a problem….we had beautiful white snowflakes and a very white wall to hang them on. Instead of launching a full on, home improvement project of repainting our classroom/playroom we decided to bust out the water colors and make some colorful snowflakes to hang on our white wall. I think they turned out beautiful!!
I then decided we should look at some “REAL” snowflakes. We found several websites that have up close pictures of snowflakes….WOW! They are absolutely gorgeous, every unique one of them. I then found this amazing article “Snowflake Bentley: Man of Science, Man of God” by Jerry Bergman Ph.D. on the “Institute for Christian Research” website. I shared this article with my girls and we attempted to make six sided snowflakes (like the real ones.) This was harder than it sounds…..eventually we managed to get a few decent looking six sided snowflakes. 🙂
I love that this simple art project turned into a science, history and bible lesson. It taught all three of us new things, and made us even more grateful and aware of another one of God’s magnificent creations.
Here are a few pictures of what we like to do with an over abundance of beautiful ice crystals.
Happy Winter Everyone
Dipped pretzels are a holiday FAVORITE at our house. They are not only yummy but extremely fun to make. There are no limits on the varieties you can make, and they also make easy, inexpensive gifts!! Here are some examples of what we have made so far this Christmas.
Pretzels – Any shape or size and Almond Bark – Chocolate, Vanilla or both.
Melt the Almond bark in a microwave safe bowl following the directions on the package. Don’t over heat it!! You will end up with a HARD, over cooked mess and there will be no dipping and very sad faces (yes, I’m speaking from experience). When you reach a nice, silky, smooth consistency start dipping, dunking and sprinkling!! They will cool quickly, so sprinkle fast. For easy clean up, place them on waxed paper to cool.
I hope your family enjoys these as much as ours does. Be creative and have fun. 😛