Category Archives: Activities

Kitchen Tools for Kids

We love to cook together as a family. Recently my kids have expressed the desire to be more helpful in the kitchen. While we have always involved them we have not been keen to let them cut much due to the risk of cutting themselves. Our kids are still under the age of 7, but we find that we do not want to discourage them from helping. So we did a little research and found this really great set of utensils perfect for little hands.

Curious Chef is a line of kitchen products designed with kids in mind. They feature knives, baking utensils, and even specialty gadgets like apple slicers. We wanted our kids to be able to get snacks themselves and be able to help us when they wanted to without worrying about them. The Curious Chef knives are made of nylon with a tooth-like edge. They are perfect for cutting meat, hard vegetables and fruits, and they are less likely to cut your child. The work with a sawing motion, which is fairly easy for little hands to figure out.

They are available on Amazon in multiple sets. We chose the set that came with knives and the apple slicer since we spend a lot of time eating apples and baking with them this time of year. So far our kids love them. We even ordered an extra set to have at their Grandma’s house because she loves when they come over to bake with her. If you have a little one that loves to help in the kitchen you should definitely check it out, it has been a lifesaver for us.

 

End of Summer Party!!

August is coming to a close and soon Autumn will be here blowing its cool winds and shorter days our way. We decided to seize the moment and have one last blow out summer party. We have a projector and the new Avengers just came out on Blu-ray so the kids wanted to have a movie night outdoors so they could lounge with friends in the grass and play on the swing set while watching a movie.

I wanted to do some fun and delicious treats so I did a little Pinterest stalking and found this incredible Italian Soda bar for an outdoor movie night at Thirty Handmade Days. Mique, the blogs creator has some incredible ideas for a low-budget fantastic movie night. I am so excited to set up my own Italian Soda bar. My kids have Dairy Allergies so we made sure to purchase only dairy-free creamer for our soda bar. There are so many different flavors and types you can choose from, and the texture and taste wasn’t any different than the full dairy.

We even barbecued for the event, Italian sausage to keep with the theme! Our kids and their friends had a great night, evidenced by the way they fell asleep at the end of the movie still seated in their pillow pit they had created. I hope your summer ends on a similarly great note.

Star Wars Legos: DIY Classic Bricks

Legos are everywhere at my house. Themed ones, classic ones, it doesn’t matter. They take up a lot of space! But we love them — so I try to let that go.

My kids always want the next big thing in Legos. Usually they want whatever is popular at the time. We have Harry Potter, Avengers, Batman, and Star Wars. I love that they love to build them, and play with them constantly. It really is not a waste at all. It does however get costly. This month my kids wanted the new X-wing Lego for Star Wars, but it just wasn’t in the budget. Instead I did a little googling and found this awesome DIY X-Wing from classic bricks. We have several boxes of classic bricks (for you non-Lego parents those are plain bricks with no theme) just sitting in the bin. So why not use them to create our own X-wing?

I found this super cool YouTube channel called Bricksir. I subscribed, because Legos, but you don’t have to in order to watch. Then I brought my kids in to watch the videos. All of the videos detail how to build incredible figurines, popular characters, cars, etc. from classic bricks.

My kids spent HOURS on the channel building incredible items. The instructions are simple to follow and help your kids along the way. It is very similar to the books that come with Legos as far as instructions go. So kids that can follow the build instructions in paper form should be just fine with the YouTube video.  It was a lot of fun watching them build, and it is nice to know I have more ideas for them for future builds right at my fingertips.