Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Shape Matching Free Printable

I can't even tell you how many hours I have spent sewing quiet book pages. Lots of little tiny pieces of felt and frustration later, I decided there had to be a better way. Enter the Printable Quiet Book, I went through and designed all of the things I wanted in a quiet book in an easy printable form. Simple print all the pages, do a little cutting and some laminating and voila! A quiet book! 

You can find all 11 of the printable Quiet Book posts that have already at the bottom of this post. Today I am adding the 12th page. This Shape Matching page is a great option for teaching kids to recognize numbers in different ways. 

You will need:
  • The Printables at the end of this post
  • scissors
  • magnetic tape or velcro 
  • a Laminator and Laminating sheets (I love my Scotch Laminator)
Print the pages in color and laminate the background page. Cut out each of the shapes and then laminate them as well. After they are laminated, cut them out again.  There are several ways you can make the cookies stick to the background. You can add small squares of felt to the back of each card and a piece on each shape on the background. You can also use velcro squares instead of felt. I prefer to use magnet tape on each of the cards and the background.

Add this page to your quiet book, with the pieces.  You can glue a sandwich bag to the back of one of the pages to hold the pieces or you can add a small zipper pouch at this point in the book. I prefer the zipper binder pouches. 

Check out the other pages of the quiet book here:

 Mouse Threading Page 
Alien Space Page
Ocean Animals Page
Paper Dolls

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Copycat Frozen Butterbeer Two Ways

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was everything I hoped it would be. From the Castle to Ollivander's it is like stepping into the magical world. My absolute favorite part was eating lunch at the Three Broomsticks. The food was amazing and of course there was Butterbeer. The Frozen Butterbeer was my favorite thing in the entire park and I couldn't get it enough of it. I wanted to stop every time we passed a cart. When I got home, I got to work trying to replicate the recipe, I came up with a lot of different versions and finally got one I felt was close. 

I have including two recipes below, the one that is more complicated is more authentic but it does take some baby sitting. If you want taste in less time, try the easy recipe! 

Copycat Frozen Butterbeer (More Complicated Version)

  • 1 liter bottle of cream soda
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 C butterscotch topping 

Refrigerate the soda overnight. Pour the entire bottle of cream soda into a 9x13 baking dish and place it in the freezer. Freeze for 30 minutes, pull the dish out and break up the ice and then freeze again. Repeat the process for two hours until you have the perfect slushy soda. Whip the heavy cream until soft peaks start to form. Add 1/2 C of Butterscotch topping and blend until smooth. Combine the slushy soda and cream in layers in the glass for the perfect butterscotch perfection.

Copycat Frozen Butterbeer (Easy Version)

  • 1 liter bottle of cream soda
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 C butterscotch topping 

Freeze 2/3 of the soda in ice cube trays. Add ice cubes, the last third of the soda to a blender and blend until slushy. Whip the heavy cream with the butterscotch topping until soft peaks form. Add the slushy to a cup and top with the butterscotch whipped cream.

Have you ever been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter? Which kind of Butterbeer is you favorite?

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Gluten Free Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa

I am not normally a huge fan of fish. It is just too.... well fishy. My husband absolutely loves fish of all kinds and has spent years trying to win me over with fish recipes. This is one of the first recipes I have gone back for seconds on. It is light, crispy with the perfect touch of mango.

Fish Tacos: 

  • 4 tilapia fish fillets 
  • gluten free panko bread crumbs
  • eggs, slightly beaten
  • coconut flour or other gluten free flour
  • shredded Monterrey cheese
  • green cabbage
  • corn tortillas
  • limes

Chipotle Sauce:

  • ranch dressing
  • chipotle sauce

Mango Salsa

  • 1 1/2 c. chopped, peeled mangos.
  • 1 medium red sweet pepper, seeded and finely chopped;
  • 1/4 c. thinly sliced green onions;
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil;
  • 1/2 tsp finely shredded lime peel;
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice;
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar;
  • 1/4 tsp each salt and black pepper. 

For the fish: Coat the tilapia in coconut flour and then place it in an egg wash. Coat the tilapia in gluten free bread crumbs and let the fish sit in the fridge for 5-10 minutes to help set the crumps.  Place in an oiled pan with a small amount of lime juice. Rotate the fish every few minutes until it is golden brown.

For the salsa: Combine the olive oil, lime peel, lime juice, vinegar and seasonings in a bowl. Toss the mangoes, green onions and peppers into the dressing and coat thoroughly.

For the sauce: Make sauce by combining equal amounts ranch dressing and chipotle sauce.

Assembly: Place a small amount of fish in a corn tortilla. Top it with finely chopped cabbage, shredded cheese, the chipotle saucce and mango salsa. Finish the taco out with a light spray of fresh lime juice.

Who would you make this for?

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Christ Centered Easter Craft Devotional

One of the biggest surprises of my blogging life was when the Christ Centered Christmas Advent, created by my best friend Lorene, went absolutely crazy. I often forget there are people looking for ways to help their children understand the meaning behind the holidays as much as I am.

Every year, during the week leading up to Easter (Holy Week), my husband and I do a small devotional each night reading to our children what happened each of the days leading up to the resurrection. It is a beautiful experience and after the positive reaction I received to the Christmas version, I wanted to share this Easter version.

This Holy Week Craft Advent is a perfect way to get your children involved in the story of Easter, every day from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. My kids have loved it. If you are looking for more Christ Centered Easter ideas, you can find Resurrection Eggs here.

Each day includes: 
  • a short scripture selection
  • pictures and/or videos 
  • a very simple craft that uses common craft supplies and requires very little time to create

Palm Sunday – The Triumphal Entry

ReadMatthew 21:1-11
PictureGospel Art Book #50
Activity: Palm Leaves
  • Green construction paper
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Scissors 
  • Tape

Draw a long leaf on an entire piece of green construction paper. Cut the leaf out. Draw a line down the center of the leaf and let the children cut fringe into the leaf, telling them to not cross the line. Add a pipe cleaner to the back of the leaf to give it some stability so the children can wave it.

Monday – Cleansing the Temple

Read: Matthew 21:12-13
Picture: Gospel Art Book  #5152
Activity: Animal Cages
  • Construction paper
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaners 
  • Animal stickers 

Fold a piece of construction paper in half. Draw a large square on the front of one of the halves and then cut out that rectangle. Tape pipe cleaner halves to the inside of the square and then add animal stickers on the paper behind the pipe cleaners.

Tuesday – Widow's Mite, 10 Virgins

ReadMark 12:41-44 , Matthew 25: 1-12
Picture: Got Oil?
Activity: Clay Oil :amps
Model Magic or Salt Dough

Shape the dough into a vessel that resembles an oil lamp. Allow it to air dry over night.

Wednesday – Judas Betrayal

Officially, nothing is recorded of the events of the fourth day, but the third day has a lot happening so we split the third day into two parts. The Judas betrayal isn't completed until later in the week, but this is when Judas covenants with the Jewish leaders to betray Jesus.

Read: Matthew 26:4-75
Picture: online
Activity: Coin Purse with 30 pieces of Silver
  • Felt in your desired color
  • Yarn 
  • Yarn needle
  • 3 dimes for each purse

Cut a sheet of felt in half. Fold the half sheet into almost half and use yarn to whip stitch up the sides. I used an awl to pierce holes in the felt so it was more like a lacing craft, but you can leave out that step if you want.

Thursday – Last Supper and Washing of Apostles' Feet

Read: Luke 22:14-20John 13:4-15
Picture: Gospel Art Book #5455online
Activity: Foot Prints
  • Cardstock
  • Brown paint
  • Blue paint
  • Foam brush

Use the foam brush to brush the brown paint onto your child's foot. Have your child stand on the paper. Repeat with the other foot. Draw a basin around the feet with paint and add blue paint to resemble water. 

Good Friday – Crucifixion 

Read: Luke 23:33-46, 50-56
Picture: Gospel Art Book #5758
Activity: Painted Cross
  • Heavy watercolor paper
  • Paints
  • Masking tape

Use the masking tape to make a cross on the paper. Let your child finger paint all over the paper, specifically around the edges of the tape cross. When the paper is completely dry, peel off the tape.

Saturday – Christ in the Tomb

Read: Luke 22:14-20John 13:4-15
Picture: Tomb Images
Activity: Tomb
  • Construction paper in brown, black, blue and green
  • Scissors 
  • Glue stick 

Create a sky and grass background by cutting a piece of blue paper in half and gluing one half to the top of a green paper. Cut a tomb out of brown paper and the large stone out of black paper. Glue both to the background.

Easter Sunday – Resurrection

Read: Matthew 28: 1-7
Picture: Christ at the Tomb
Activity: He is Risen Sunshine

  • Paper
  • Crayons
  • Yellow Washi Tape

Draw a large yellow semi circle on a piece of paper. Let the children pick different types of yellow washi tape to put the rays on the sun. Write "He is Risen" in the middle of the semi circle.

These simple devotionals have helped our children take their focus off Easter Eggs and move it towards the savior and his sacrifice for us. I am so grateful for these amazing resources and videos!

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