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Spring Kids’ Craft and a St. Patty’s Treat!

I love this time of year. My boys can go outside with hardly any clothes on, grab a popsicle, turn the sprinklers on, you get the idea…

Today I was browsing some crafts I’d like to try with my little busy bodies and thought these were great! First of all, go get yourself to Target and in the dollar section they have butterfly catchers. Grady and I went on a hunt for butterflies and it didn’t go so well. Turns out butterflies don’t like to be caught by 2 year olds. I think these paper butterflies will be much more cooperative.


Materials:
What you need: clothespins , craft paint , tissue or crepe paper , scissors , pipe cleaners , pom-pom , glue , google eyes (optional: string , wire coat hanger)

Instructions:
Paint a clothespin with quick drying craft paint. Take a 6-inch square of tissue or crepe paper, gather in the center, and tie with half of a pipe cleaner. Place in the front clip end of the clothespin. Pull the ends of pipe cleaners up and roll to make antennae. Glue a pom-pom and google eyes to the front of the clip. Optional: Create a mobile with string and a wire hanger and let these lovely creatures take flight.

We also have a St. Patty’s day park party we will be attending on Thursday and our assignment is a “green goodie”. Since my boys are obsessed with marshmallows right now, I found this recipe and am so excited to make them. So easy and yummy and festive.
Hope you have a great St. Patty’s day!

Chocolate Covered Marshmallow

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (or you can use dark, milk chocolate, bittersweet)
  • 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Shortening
  • 14 marshmallows
  • colored sprinkles, your choice of color
  • 1 cup nuts, finely chopped

Directions:

Prep Time | 5 mins
Total Time | 7 mins

1 In a 1-cup glass measure, heat together chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave oven on High about 1½ to 2 minutes, or until chocolate is melted and smooth when stirred. Or you may heat in a double boiler(I just place a pan that fits slightly in another pan that has boiling water and stir till melted and smooth).

2 Using a fork, dip each marshmallow into chocolate over a cup. Place marshmallows 1 inch apart on a wax paper-lined baking sheet; immediately sprinkle sprinkles or the nuts on top, if using.

3 Refrigerate until chocolate is firm, 45 to 60 minutes. Store, covered, in refrigerator.

Enjoy!

  • March 18, 2011 - 9:30 am

    camberley - Jamie- your pictures of the chocolate covered marshmallows turned out so professional looking. I’m impressed.

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