Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hard Boiled Egg Molds: A Fun Breakfast

My daughter has a hard time waking up in the morning. Sometimes a fun breakfast helps motivate her to get going. Unfortunately, fun is often equated with sugary breakfast items. Hard boiled eggs are an easy way to get a little protein into your children. A protein-rich  breakfast is said to help kids concentrate more at school and other events. It also keeps blood sugar levels steady.

Egg molds come in a wide variety of shapes and styles.  I have the bear and rabbit ones.  

To make these, I first cook my hard boiled eggs. I cook mine for about 10-12 minutes. To make sure the eggs fit in the molds (at least the molds I purchased), I use medium sized ones.  

After cooking the eggs, I drain the water and put a little cold water over the shell so they are not too hot to the touch.  However, you want to peel the eggs and get them into the mold while the eggs are still relatively hot. 

Then, I place the egg into the molds, pop them in the refrigerator and let them stay in there for about eight to ten minutes to make sure the egg takes on the animal face and shape.

You might want to boil the eggs before the kids get up in the morning. After all, it takes about 20 minutes to prepare this little dish.  It’s easy but there is a little waiting involved and when kids are hungry, well I’m sure you know how that goes.  

When my kids see the molds, they get really excited and want to eat their eggs. In other words, if you have a picky eater this may help them try out an egg.

These eggs can also be popped into a bento box for lunch (just make sure it is properly insulated and use an ice pack)!

My kids love these eggs and gobbled their shapes up. I try not to make this breakfast all the time. After all, I don’t want it to lose its appeal.

Here are the molds I used: (this is an affiliate link: If you use this link, I receive a small commission to help out with the costs of my blog, at no additional charge to you).

What is your favorite protein-rich breakfast to feed your kids in the morning?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

The day after Halloween I went to Target and was amazed at all of the Christmas Decorations and products out on display.  Where’s the Thanksgiving love? 

Each holiday, I like to come up with a few fun crafts for my kids  After cleaning, shopping and prepping for Thanksgiving, I want crafts that are easy and fun.  I like crafts that my kids can complete with just a little guidance.   Here are three quick and easy Thanksgiving crafts for kids.  

Ribbon Spool Turkeys
I’m all for recycling empty containers for crafts.  For each turkey, take an empty ribbon spool and trace its circumference on a piece of brown construction paper.  Cut out two circles: one for the front of the turkey and one for the back.  Next, cut out turkey feathers in four different colors.  We used brown, orange, red and yellow.  Next, have children tape or glue one brown circle to the front of the ribbon spool.  After that, kids can tape or glue the four feathers to the back of the spool so you can see the feathers from the front. Then, cover the feathers with the second brown circle.  Now, it’s time to make the turkey face.  We cut one triangle for the nose and a red wattle.  Then we pasted these on and added googly eyes.  

Dot Painting Corn Place Card

These place cards are a fun craft and also add a little something extra to your Thanksgiving tablescape. First, I cut out some corn leaves and pasted it to a small piece of construction paper.  Then, I  drew an outline of an ear of corn (older kids can do this themselves).  Next, I gave my kids a few q-tips and some yellow, brown and orange paint.  First, I showed them how to take a small amount of paint and make yellow dots for the ear of corn.  Then, I took a little orange and brown paint and put a few dots for multi-colored corn.  Next, we took some more paint and used the cotton swabs to write our names in dots.  You can put these on top of the plates for an easy Thanksgiving place card.  

Thanksgiving Bracelets or Necklaces

This is a fun, mess-free craft that kids can wear on Thanksgiving.  Simply purchase some letter beads and elastic cord or colored lace.  Then, have kids pick a Thanksgiving message.  Some ideas include, Thanks, Give Thanks or Thank You for a bracelet.  Happy Thanksgiving or Count Your Blessings could be used for a necklace. Younger kids may need the message written down on a piece of paper.  Teach kids to tie a loose knot at the end of the string so the beads don’t fall off.  

I hope these quick and easy Thanksgiving crafts will be a hit with your kids.