Christmas Rolls

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For our Christmas Eve meal, we generally have my homemade bread.  Christmas is the only time I make my bread, so it’s a treat.  This year, I decided to take the dough and make rolls.  Here’s what I did.  You can easily do the same thing with pop out of the can biscuit dough.

Dough is rising (or popping out of the can :-)

Kids can do this part. Roll dough/biscuit into 12 inch roll.
I kept flour nearby so the dough wouldn’t stick to my hand.

Form roll into knot.

Place on baking sheet.
Bake at 400 about 10-15 minutes or until golden

Brush with olive oil mixture
Olive oil, Garlic powder, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasonings

Mrs. Santa’s Party Mix

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I wanted to make a new party mix with “Santa hats”.
Unfortunately, I could not find red melting candy disks before Christmas.
So I dyed my white candy coating with red (from Wiltons).
Since it was pink, I decided I would have Mrs. Santa hats ;-)

This is a fun activity that even young kids can do…
dipping bugles into white sprinkles or mixing the ingredients together.
And it is yummy!

Spread bugles on wax paper

Dip bugles into melted candy

Forgot to take a photo, but here’s what I did:
Once candy is set on bugle, dip end in red melted candy and
immediately into white sprinkles.
Dip tip of bugle in melted candy and then into mini marshmallow.
Voila: Santa hats!

Mix 3 cups mini pretzels, 2 cups rice chex, 1/2 – 1 cup raisins and 1 cup cashews.
Melt white chocolate and stir together.

Add red & green M&M’s. Mix together.

Add Santa hats and gently stir.

Adapted from Pinterest

Christopher Columbus Day

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Celebrate Christopher Columbus today…Here are a few places you can get some activities about Columbus.

Apples 4 the Teacher

Enchanted Learning

The Teacher’s Corner

Fall Actvities – Labor Day

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Labor Day is coming up. Many people don’t know why we celebrate Labor Day. So here is a little background and then some activities you can do with the kids!

On the first Monday in September, we honor the labor force in America. Peter J. McGuire, president of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, initiated the idea for Labor Day to celebrate the American worker. The first celebration of this holiday included a parade in New York City on Sept 5, 1882. It become an official holiday on June 28, 1894. It is a day to pay tribute to the creator of so much of our nation’s strength , freedom, and leadership — the American worker.

1. Careers: Talk to you children about the importance of various occupations and careers. Ask them to think about what would happen if some of the important behind-the-scenes jobs went unfilled. Encourage them to talk about what they would like to do when they grow up.

2. Play Tools of the Trade with your children. Give two clues that describe the tools or equipment used in a specific vocation, for example, seeds and tractor for farmer. Keep giving one clue at a time until the right answer is guessed.

3. No-Work Dinner: Tear off a 20″ length of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Grease one side with margarine. Break up 1/4-pound of ground beef into small chunks, and place it on greased foil. Next place a layer of carrots and potatoes, sliced very thin, on the beef. Sprinkle beef and vegetables with half a package of dry onion soup mix, and top with three pats of margarine. Fold foil over the food, and secure it tightly. Then fold over each end tightly so the juices won’t run out. Place the foil packet directly on hot coals for 10 minutes. Turn the foil packet over carefully, and cook for another 10 minutes. Unfold foil, and eat right out of it. Make one for each person in your family.

Fall Activities – Grandparent’s Day

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Grandparent’s Day is this Sunday. Here are some fun activities for the kids to do and give to Grandma and Grandpa.

In 1979, this day was officially set aside to honor grandparents. It’s a day when we help children become aware of the strength, wisdom and guidance of older people. It’s also a time for grandparents to show love for their grandchildren. Your family can adopt grandparents if yours are deceased or live far away.

1. Write a family newsletter to send to Grandma and Grandpa. Each family member can contribute information about his or her activities.

2. Fill a small picture album with photos of your family from the past summer and send it to the grandparents. Add captions and descriptions underneath the photos so that the grandparents are able to know what the kids are doing.

3. Make homemade cards and allow each child to write a note inside to Grandma and Grandpa

Summer Activities – Summer Memory Collage

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Whether it’s stashing away ticket stubs from the baseball game or unusual leaves found at the park, kids love collecting things. Here’s an easy way to put those memories on display instead of letting them collect dust under the bed!

You will need:

  • An assortment of favorite summer souvenirs and “finds” — ticket stubs, postcards, travel brochures, maps, snapshots, etc.
  • 18″ x 24″ poster frame (available at discount stores, department stores, and photo shops)
  • construction paper or poster board cut to the size of the frame
  • glue or Plasti-tak adhesive putty (available at office supply and stationery stores)
  • glass cleaner and clean rag

Place the poster frame on a flat surface, and remove the clips and glass. Wash glass with glass cleaner and set aside. Place the construction paper or poster board on the frame backing. Arrange the souvenir items, fixing them to the paper with dot of glue of Plasti-tak.

When complete, place glass over the collage and attach medal clips. Hang the finished collage in the child’s bedroom or on your family room wall. The memories of summer will last far into the cold days of winter! And because the frame snaps apart, you can reuse it year after year, replacing old memories with new.

First Day of School Activities

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1. Have a special prayer at breakfast for your children’s classes and teachers

2. Take a picture of the kids as they leave the house or before you start your school day at home

3. One of the favorite first day of school activities in the Beck’s house is ice cream for breakfast! It’s a once a year tradition and the kids love it! We get a couple different kinds of ice cream, lots of toppings, chocolate syrup and whipped cream. Some of you might be thinking, “ice cream for breakfast???” But hey, it’s only once a year and it’s to start the school year off right.

Let us know some of your favorite first day of school activities!

Summer Activities – Wet ‘n Wild Time!

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It’s hot! So let’s beat the summer heat and let the kids cool off with a fun sprinkler party! It’s fun, inexpensive and always a blast. Ask neighbors, friends and relatives to bring different kinds of sprinklers, water guns and slides, and fill up water balloons. It’s a great way to keep the kids cool and entertained.

Summer Activities – Lemonade Stand

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Let the kids open up a lemonade stand sell to the neighborhood! All kids love having lemonade stands and making a few bucks. So go get some packs of lemonade, cups, and ice and start selling!

Summer Activities – Homemade Playdough

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Here’s a fun recipe on how to make your own homemade playdough! This recipe involves cooking the playdough because it has a better texture. However, we do have an uncooked recipe if you want to try it too:

You will need:

  • 2 cups flower
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar (optional…but helps with the elasticity)
  • food coloring (liquid, powder, or unsweetened drink mix)
  • scented oils

Mix all ingredients over low heat. The dough will begin to thicken and look like mashed potatoes. When dough pulls away from the sides and clumps in the center, remove it from the heat and allow it to cool. If your dough is still sticky it needs to cook longer. Keep stirring and cooking until it’s dry and feels like playdough

Turn the dough onto your counter and kneed it vigorously until it becomes silky smooth. Divide into ball in order to color it. Make a divot in the center of the ball and drop food coloring in it. Fold the dough over and work the coloring throughout the body of the dough. You can use gloves or plastic wrap to keep things clean. Add more food coloring to get the color you want. Now you’re ready to play!

Store your playdough in an air-tight container. You can also cook your playdough in the oven in order to make figures and paint them.

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