Paper Bunny Fruit Bags

Paper Bunny Fruit Bags

Bunnies are the simple (and cute) mascot for Spring, and they inspire these fun fruit bags. They’re made from paper bags and will instantly liven up lunch time fruits and veggies. Place a basket out at brunch and your guests will be instantly drawn to the tied ears, colorful nose and sweet peak of fruit inside.

paper bunny baggies

 

To make the bunny paper bags you’ll need; paper bags (look for fun paper bag designs at your local craft store), a roll of colorful tape, ribbon to tie off the ears, and fruit to place inside.

Bunny Fruit Bags

 

To make the bunny fruit bags, cut the edges off your paper bag so that you are left with two open sides. The bag should be cut to be a little narrower than your fruit. Cut the open end of the bag into the shape of rabbit ears, the ears should meet around a third of the way down the bag.

Bunny Fruit Bags

 

Sit the apple inside the paper bag and gather at the top, being careful not to tear the paper. Fix the gathered bag in place with some paper ribbon, knot the ribbon twice and fan out the ends into a bow. Cut a small triangle of pink washi tape and add it to the front to make a cute bunny nose.

Bunny Fruit Bags

 

Use different patterns and colours to create a fruity Easter display — you could also use any type of round fruit or vegetable to fill these paper bunny bags. They look sweet in a bowl as a grab and go snack, and would make a lovely easter surprise inside a lunch box.

 

Metal Tooling Craft

Metal Tooling Craft

Students will express ideas about Mexico using metal tooling techniques and the elements of art and principles of design.

By Margaret Morales [Margaret is an Artist/Teacher from McAdory Elementary School in Alabama, who has been teaching art in public schools for 25 years.]

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 36 gauge aluminum-tooling foil (It comes in 12″ X 10′ rolls, which equals 90, 4″ X 4″ pieces.) or use disposable pie pans. Note: This type of foil can be cut on a paper cutter and also a letter cutter!)
  • Tape
  • Wooden clay tools or the ends of wooden paintbrushes
  • 4″ X 4″ Paper for rough draft
  • Pencils
  • Permanent markers
  • Wire
  • Beads
  • A soft, giving work surface (Ex. Several layers of paper or a computer mouse pad)=

WHAT YOU DO:

Beginning of lesson:

Say, “Today we will learn about a Mexican folk art called metal tooling.” Show a sample. Show students some examples of metal tooling if you have any, or look on the Internet: http://www.directfrommexico.com.

Have students locate Mexico on a map. Ask them, “What are some types of metal?” Examples would be gold, silver, copper, and aluminum.

Ask, “Why are some metals more expensive than others?” Discuss natural resources and why we should recycle because there is a limited supply of it on our planet.

Demonstrate in front of small groups how to emboss using the tool on a giving surface.

Safety Issue: Caution the students to be careful handling the metal because it is sharp and could cut them. Tape may be placed around the edges to make it safer to handle.

Discuss some potential images such as chili peppers, maracas, birds, sunshines, lizards, and sombreros… Give the students a small piece of paper and a pencil to do their rough draft.

Some things to remember for success are:

  1. The design needs to be bold and simple thinking about the elements of art and principles of design.
  2. Trace the foil on your rough draft paper so you can practice on the same size paper.
  3. Make sure a stack of paper or a magazine is under your foil when tooling.
  4. Either trace the design by putting it on top of the foil or draw it free hand with your wooden tool.
  5. Emboss by rubbing larger areas to make it pushed out on the other side.
  6. Turn it over and emboss using the other side, also.
  7. Color the metal by using permanent markers.
  8. Finish by putting these together as a group project with beads and wire. They can also be finished individually as a small wall hanging.

MORE INFORMATION:

Mexican Folk Art

Mexican Metal Tooling

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Simple and Engaging Plant the Flowers Spring Math Game for Kids

Simple and Engaging Plant the Flowers Spring Math Game for Kids

Dice games always seem to be a hit with kiddos, no matter their age. Add in some play dough and flowers, and this spring math game for kids is sure to a crowd pleaser.

A colorful math game for kids to welcome spring

Materials
Terra cotta pots
Play dough
Fake flowers
Dice

setting up the math game for kids

How to Play

1. Give each player a terra cotta pot and some play dough to act as a base for the flowers.
2. Hand out flowers to each player, ensuring that everyone has the same amount.  We started with 12 each.
3. Player one rolls his die, then adds the appropriate number of flowers to his flower pot.
4. Player two does the same, rolling her die and adding flowers to her ceramic pot.
5. Play continues until one person has “planted” all of her flowers.
6. Challenge each other to another game, or just have fun creating with the play dough and flowers!

playing a spring math game for kids

 

Other Ways to Play
There are so many ways to change up how this game is set up and played!  Here are just a few ideas:

  • Have each player use two dice instead of one.  This would allow the kiddos to work on their addition skills.
  • Incorporate a scented oil (lavender or rose) to the play dough for a different sensory experience.
  • Knead seeds into the dough for a different texture.
  • Play with real flowers instead of fake.
  • Create number cards to use instead of dice.  This would let the kids work on their numeral recognition and one-to-one correspondence skills in a different way.

a flower-filled math game for kids

Learning with a flower math game for kids

This is a very simple game, but so much learning can take place with “simple” activities!  Here are a few game and math skills touched on:

  • Pattern recognition
  • Counting
  • Turn taking
  • One-to-one correspondence
  • Fine motor skills
  • Sportsmanship

Do you have another math game for kids to recommend?  Any favorites that you play at home or at school?

Vegetarian Lasagna With Spinach and Broccoli

Vegetarian Lasagna With Spinach and Broccoli

This tasty veggie lasagna will fill you right up.

Your search for an easy vegetarian lasagna stops right here! This particular recipe, which features spinach lasagna with a healthy dose of broccoli, three cheeses, basil, and your favorite red sauce (store-bought or homemade marinara sauce work perfectly!) will make you forget all about meat. We opted for frozen veggies because they are already cooked, but you can load this lasagna with other vegetables, too. Sauté peppers and mushrooms, and then stir into your tomato sauce for an extra boost of nutrients. We also picked Pecorino Romano instead of your classic Parmesan for a sharper flavor (no bland vegetarian recipes, thank you very much!). P.S. If you’re looking for the best meat lasagna, try our favorite lasagna with meat sauce.

 

 

YIELDS: 4                      TOTAL TIME: 0 hours 50 mins

 

 

Ingredients:

1 10-oz package frozen leaf spinach, thawed
1 10-oz package frozen broccoli florets, thawed
1 16-oz container part-skim ricotta
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1/2 c. fresh basil, chopped
6 oz. part-skim mozzarella, grated (about 1 1/2 cups), divided
1/4 c. plus 2 Tbsp grated Pecorino Romano cheese, divided
1 1/2 c. marinara sauce
6 no-boil lasagna noodles
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Directions:

Heat oven to 425°F. Squeeze spinach of excess moisture and pat broccoli as dry as possible. Chop both and place in large bowl. Add ricotta, garlic, basil, 1 cup mozzarella, and ¼ cup pecorino and mix to combine.

Spread ½ cup marinara on bottom of 8-inch square baking dish. Top with 2 noodles. Spread one-third (about ⅓ cup) of remaining sauce over top. Dollop with one-third (about 1 cup) of ricotta mixture. Repeat. Place remaining 2 noodles on top; spread with remaining sauce and dollop with remaining ricotta mixture.

Sprinkle with remaining ½ cup mozzarella and 2 Tbsp pecorino, cover tightly with an oiled piece of foil (to prevent sticking) and bake 15 minutes. Uncover and bake until noodles are tender and top is golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes.

 

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Hanging Flower Heart DIY

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I have always loved Valentine’s Day. Maybe it’s because my middle name is literally Valentine (Yes, Laura Valentine Gummerman. It’s on my driver’s license, I swear!), but I think it’s also because of all the sweets and shades of pink that float around this time of year. I’m a total sucker for it. I’ve had a lot of fun doing decorations for intimate Valentine’s Day dinners in years past, and this year I thought it would be fun to make some hanging decor to hang over our pink breakfast nook table. I love to use the inexpensive faux flowers from dollar stores to make a block of texture, and I thought they would be the perfect choice for a large floating heart above the table.

-faux flowers (I used about 12 bunches total. Pick the big ones—they’ll fill the heart faster!)
-hot glue gun
-sheets of styrofoam
-serrated bread knife/electric turkey carver/jig saw to cut the styrofoam
–cup hooks
-clear fishing line
-command hooks
-balsa wood
-glitter paper

So pretty! Hanging Flower Heart DIY (click through for tutorial) Next, use a serrated bread knife, electric turkey carver, or a jig saw to cut out your shape from the styrofoam. If you go the bread knife route, you may want to wait to glue the pieces together until after you cut them since it’s a little rougher on the material. The jig saw cut through the styrofoam like a hot knife through butter, which is another reason I keep telling you guys you should get one!!!!

So pretty! Hanging Flower Heart DIY (click through for tutorial) When your heart is cut out, pull or cut your flowers off of the stems and use the hot glue to attach the flowers directly onto the heart. Notice how your faux flower is assembled though—sometimes they will fall apart if you cut them off the stem in the wrong area. Since I got three colors of pink for a gradient effect, I filled the lightest flowers in on the top third first, then filled in the bottom third with the darkest, and then completed the middle section last.

So pretty! Hanging Flower Heart DIY (click through for tutorial) You can also cover the sides with flowers if you want to, but you’ll want to buy smaller varieties in the same color so they don’t stick way over the sides and make your shape definition a little mushy.

So pretty! Hanging Flower Heart DIY (click through for tutorial) To hang the heart, I glued a cup hook into the top of each of the heart “humps” and stuck 2 command hooks onto the ceiling where I wanted the heart to hang (about the same distance apart that the cup hooks are). Then I tied the heart to the hooks with fishing wire for an “invisible” look.

So pretty! Hanging Flower Heart DIY (click through for tutorial) So pretty! Hanging Flower Heart DIY (click through for tutorial)

I LOVE how this turned out! It’s such a big statement piece, and since they are faux flowers, you can leave it up as long as you like or even save it for next year. This would also be really cute as a photo booth backdrop for a Valentine’s Day party. Hope you find an occasion to make this pretty project! I totally won’t blame you if the 14th comes and goes and you just “forget” to take this one down…

Smothered Filet Mignon

Smothered Filet Mignon

A great combination of flavors. Serve with some mashed garlic red potatoes and sweetened green beans for a fabulous special occasion meal. Don’t forget to serve a bottle of Cabernet or Zinfandel.

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  • Season steaks with seasoned salt and black pepper, and arrange in a single layer in a large baking dish. In a bowl, whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard, and rosemary. Pour mixture over filets, and turn to coat. Marinate for up to 30 minutes.

  • While you are marinating the meat, melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Cook onion slices in butter until soft, then stir in sugar. Continue cooking until onions are caramelized. Set aside.

  • Preheat grill for high heat on one side, and medium heat on the other side.

  • Lightly oil the grill grate. Place steaks on the hot side of the grill, and cook for 10 minutes, turning once. When the steaks are almost done, move to the cooler side of the grill. Top each filet with a quarter of the caramelized onions and blue cheese. Close the lid, and continue cooking until the cheese is melted.

Nutrition Facts

590 calories; protein 35.3g; carbohydrates 13.4g; fat 43.4g; cholesterol 124.5mg; sodium 689.4mg. Full Nutrition
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