23 November 2014

Tee Pee Craft for Kids

By Sinea Pies



Native American Tee Pee Craft; preschool crafts; H is for House lesson



Our preschool class made this craft on "H is for House" day.  As it was also our last time to meet before Thanksgiving, we killed "two birds with one stone", so to speak, and made a Native American House (Tee Pee.) No birds were harmed in this project. LOL

When you do this craft, you will want to consider the age of the children making it and how many are involved. As a classroom preschool activity, there should be at least one adult helper for every 3 children for them to be involved in the whole process. If you don't have that, I suggest preparing the top of the tee pees in advance. That is what I did.


Older children can do so much more for themselves;  they will enjoy doing the tops.

preschool crafts, tee pees, Native Americans, H is for House


Tee Pee Craft

Supplies
Waffle cones
Melting chocolate
Thin pretzel sticks
Sunny Seeds or colored sprinkles
Thanksgiving display mat (optional -free printable below)


1. Clip the bottoms and tops of the waffle cones.

  • Tops: use scissors
  • Bottoms: pinch off bottoms with your fingers. Keep trying to stand it up. If it topples over, pinch a tiny bit more off till it does stand. The cone is so brittle, using scissors will take too much off the bottom. Pinching works best!

2. Pre-test the size of the opening at the top of the cone. If two pretzel sticks do not fit at the same time, gently increase the size of the hole.
3. Melt the chocolates.
4. Dip the top of the cones in chocolate. Insert two pretzel sticks about 1-2" long. Press them against the chocolate so that they stick. Lay them on their side to harden.
5. Take the cones, after the tops have solidified, and dip the bottoms in the bowl of melted chocolate and then in a bowl of either colored sunflower seeds (pictured here) or sprinkles.
6. Lay them on waxed or parchment paper until dry.
7. Place a tee-pee on our display mat at the end of the stone walkway and you have a nice little scene! 
Thanksgiving craft for preschoolers; kids crafts; tee pees, H is for House



Free Printable Tee Pee Display Mat: Here

Supplemental Learning: Depending on the tribe, Native Americans lived in a variety of styles of houses: Tee Pees, Longhouses & Pueblo Homes

I found this craft in a number of places online. The best was a guest-post by Crystal & Company on PreK-Pages (two of my favorite pre-k blogs) You should check out Crystal's to see how hers turned out!

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Another Fun Thanksgiving Activity ...
T is for Turkey Preschool Craft

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22 November 2014

T is for Turkey - Preschool Thanksgiving Craft

By Sinea Pies





This craft is so easy for a little preschooler's hands and it looks so cool when it's done. 3-D!!! (Well, almost 3-D. Texturized?)

Turkey Tissue Paper Thanksgiving Craft 

You will need: 
  • coloring page (below) printed on white card or cover stock paper 
  • colored tissue paper
  • brown paper bag
  • glue-stick
  • scissors
  • googly eye(s)

Cut the tissue paper and brown paper bag in strips. 
Tear pieces off and crinkle them up. 
Apply gluestick to the area you are working on and stick the paper in place. Simple, huh?
We twisted the orange paper for the ring around the back of the bird and snood (the flap of skin that hangs over its beak.) 
Apply a googly eye.* 

*You will have to explain to your little one why it's only one eye...or it may just be easier to let him put on two! Especially with 3 year olds, it can be very troubling to them to impair their turkey with only one eye! I love it!! I've learned to let them go with the artistic-flow and do it whatever way they feel good about.








Free Turkey Coloring Page from Animals Town

Here is another great Thanksgiving craft for the letter "T": Tee Pees

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21 November 2014

5 Big Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress

By Sinea Pies


Do the holidays get to you? Eliminate unnecessary holiday stress now with smart preparation. Here are 5 Big Holiday Tips and a convenient Winter Holidays 2014-2015 Date List to make things go much more smoothly.

event planning; holidays; stress reduction

1. Plan ahead. Jot down the simple things that matter so much. Make a checklist. 
Does Uncle Joe enjoy egg nog? Put it on your list. 
Do you love to have fire in the fireplace? Make sure you have everything on hand far in advance of when you'll need it. 
Add it all to your checklist:
Recharge the battery in your camera.
Buy batteries for electronics,  toys,  smoke detectors, etc. Again, put them on the checklist! 
Get everyone beautified. Make hair appointments for your family. Have the dog groomed. Are there special clothes that your family will want to wear? Especially if it is "dry clean only" you'll need to take care of it now. Checklist!

How about decorations and wrappings? List everything you'll need and inventory what you already have: wrapping paper, tape, gift tags, greeting cards, ribbon, gift bags, Christmas stockings, uh oh...STOCKING STUFFERS! 
Put anything you don't already have on the list.

2. Bake early. Either prepare the cookies, wrap well and freeze or pre-make cookie dough to thaw and bake fresh on the eve of any special event. This can also work with other foods. Many great hors d'oeuvres and finger foods can be prepared ahead, frozen and thawed on the "day of".    

3. Pre-shop. Much of your holiday shopping can be done online right from home but some of holiday fun is getting out there! Just be strategic on how you do it!  
Check out the stores online and study the inserts in the newspaper. Make a plan. Call ahead to check availability of important items so you know which stores to go to and which ones to skip. 

4. Manage your shopping time. Go to the stores when fewer shoppers will be there to get in your way! I have found that Monday evenings at about 5:00 pm are a great time to go to the mall. Parking is conveniently available up near the door and crowds are few.

5. Get gift receipts. By providing gift receipts you will allow your loved ones to make an exchange guilt-free --and you won't be asked to make the exchange for them! Tape the receipt inside the box and let them know it's there.

Winter Holidays
2014-2015
Thanksgiving
Thursday
November 27th
Hannukah
Wednesday
December 17th* first day
Christmas
Thursday
December 25th
New Year's Day
Thursday
January 1st
Superbowl
Sunday
February 1st
Valentine's Day
Saturday
February 14th

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20 November 2014

Simple Almond Butter Cookie Recipe - So Delicious!

Hey, everyone! It's Jennifer, again, from EngineerMommy. I'm so excited to share with you all an easy recipe for delicious Almond Butter Cookies. Consisting of only 5 ingredients and requiring just over 10 minutes baking time, these cookies are a breeze to make. You probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen already, which means you could be biting into these cookies in no time!
cookie recipe; almond cookies #cookies Ducks 'n a Row

 
These Almond Butter Cookies have a really gooey, soft center and slightly crisp edges. You can make the edges even crispier, if you prefer, by baking them a little longer. I like them soft and a bit crumbly so I followed the recipe exactly.

My kids and husband absolutely fell in love with this recipe. They seriously wanted to eat the whole batch! I may have hid one or two cookies in a secret spot in the kitchen in order to make sure I still had  a few left at the end of the day! :)

Let's get to the recipe now, shall we?

Easy Almond Butter Cookies

Yield: about 12 cookies 
Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sweetener (I prefer Stevia)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • OPTIONAL: 1/4 cup slivered almonds, for the tops of the cookies


Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Combine the almond butter and sweetener in a mixing bowl. TIP: When measuring out sticky ingredients, like almond butter, in a measuring cup, first spray the interior of the measuring cup with non-stick cooking spray to make it easy to pour out the measured quantity.
  • Add the egg, vanilla and baking soda to the almond butter mixture.
  • Scoop out about 1.5 tsp. of the mixture onto a greased cookie pan. Using a fork, press down the tops of the cookie mounds. TIP: Wet the fork with cold water before pressing down on the cookies to prevent sticking.
  • Sprinkle each cookie with a few slivered almonds (optional step).


  • Bake for 11-13 minutes.
  • Let cookies cool on a rack.


Enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed this recipe. For other deliciousrecipes, DIYhome projects, and much more, feel free to visit me over at Engineer Mommy
Thanks again, Sinea!

Jennifer, these cookies look delicious! I plan to make them, myself, sometime soon. Thanks again for a great post. ♥
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