Wednesday, April 23, 2014

N's Skylander party

Hope you all had a nice spring break and Easter! I'm finally getting around to sharing N's party with you. My 4 year old is crazy about Skylanders ever since the end of last year. (Remember how this was on our Favorite Things list.) So it was very fitting for him to want a Skylander party. Many people may not know too much about it or even knew these existed. Partly I think it's because its based off a video game. There are so many characters and parts to this that I would need to write a second post, anyways on to the party details.

We chose a blue and green color scheme. I cut out letters and the 8 elements (color circle with logo: air, life, undead, earth, fire, water, magic & tech) to make the birthday banner. Thank God for an x-acto knife. I found plates, balloons and these Skylander portal Easter eggs. I added some gold chocolate coins for the table. Made water bottle wrappers with a "water" element Skylander.

This was a little more challenging to figure out. I bought some Megablok sets with Skylanders characters to use on the cake. I ended making a portal with a 6" cake pan and surrounded it with chocolate wafer rolls. Covered the top with silver sugar crystals. Piped the landscape and added the sheep and chompy figures. I made sheep cupcakes and placed them on green paper plates. I trimmed the edges to make it look more like grass.
I found these perfect Skylander bags and attached personalize tags. Filled it with snacks, skylander themed marker, stickers and puzzle.

How many gold coins can Wrecking Ball collect?
Place a pile of gold coins and jewels on table.  Each person got three chances to collect as many coins with a sticky hand/grabber. If they caught a jewel they got an extra turn!

Help Trigger Happy defeat Kaos.
I attached an image of Kaos on plastic cups and found a ball gun at the dollar store. I loved how the kids went closer and closer with each shot to get better aim.

I had one excited boy that day. He gave me two thumbs up!
This is what it's all about,  a HAPPY birthday... check!
Don't you agree?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter egg experiments

Easter weekend is here and a mini Spring break for H will begin today. (Thanks to all those snow days we had.) As I was shopping for the kids' Easter basket goodies I came across this cool product. Not sure if you've seen these....Plastic Decorating Eggs.
It's ready to use and 100% recyclable. This way I won't feel bad "wasting" the real eggs, plus they look pretty real to me. Which is the REAL egg?

This year we'll be doing some experimenting... Kool-Aid (like Zi did last year with her kids here) vs. color tablets and hard boiled eggs vs. plastic eggs.

Check out our results.
As you can see the difference in the color saturation with the same dye.
(Plastic eggs on top and real eggs on bottom)
Here are the results that I thought was best for...
SATURATED COLORS: Color tablets with vinegar
PASTELS: Color tablets in water or plastic eggs
BRIGHT COLORS: Kool-Aid Cherry & Orange (egg 1 & 2, bottom left)
SMELL/SCENT: Kool-Aid or color tablets with lemon juice
REAL EGG: You can get more saturated colored eggs.
PLASTIC EGG: Great for kids to use since they can dye eggs to their hearts content, no food wasted and no cracked eggs. Plus you can save these for decorating next year or just recycle them.
We'll be decorating some with stickers and markers to add more fun, but also to keep the kids busy hehe.

How do you dye or decorate Easter eggs? Do you have an Easter Tradition?
Have a Happy & Blessed Easter!

Friday, April 4, 2014

DIY Frozen craft

This little craft was a hit during H's birthday party.  I did some prep work like painting the eyes, gluing on the screwhole button for Anna's bun and precutting the ribbons, tape, fabrics etc.
Hope you enjoy this Frozen craft!

Paint brushes
Doll pins/wooden pegs
screwhole button
Craft sticks
Craft glue
Embroidery floss
White rainbow loom bands
Glitter tape
Fabric & tulle
Sven printout (optional)

We painted her hair in White pearl metallic paint and dress in Ocean Breeze gloss acrylic paint.
I braided embroidery floss to make Elsa's hair. I used a white rainbow loom band to attach Elsa's braid. 
Cut tulle into a 5" circle for skirt. (remember to cut a small slit in the center)
Once the paint dries put on tulle skirt and wrap with the aqua glitter tape to create the bodice for dress. You may need some craft glue to help the tape stay on.

ANNA (Coronation outfit)
Glue screwhole button to create Anna's bun. We used green satin fabric for the dress. Cut the fabric into a 5" circle. I used pinking shears to prevent the fabric from fraying. Cut a small circle in center.
We painted her hair in Burnt Sienna gloss acrylic paint and lower half of peg in Apple Tart paint. 
Once the paint dries put on satin skirt and wrap with the black glitter tape to create the bodice for dress. Again you may need some craft glue to help the tape stay on. Tie the green ribbon on Anna's bun.

We used bright yellow gloss acrylic for his hair paint. Dark grey for his jacket and boots. And black for his pants. Once the paint dries tie a maroon ribbon as his sash.
I printed out an image of sven and attached it onto 2 craft sticks so Kristoff could ride on Sven.

Since we have some extra pegs we should work on some more characters... maybe on a rainy day. We've been enjoying some outdoor play now that's it's finally to begin to feel more like spring!
Have a great weekend!

Who's your favorite character? Are you enjoying nice weather in your area?