Craft Ideas

Summer Is Right Around The Corner

Summer Is Right Around The Corner

Warm weather has finally set it. Things are beginning to grow and summer is right around the corner. That being said, now is also a great time to get your child involved in environmental awareness and responsibility by allowing them to have their very own garden in your yard or on your patio.

Apples, Apples and More Apples!

It's apple picking season and that means it's yummy food and snack season with all things apple! Take a look at some of the most delicious recipes our Curiosity Box team loves to snack on during the fall season:

Apple Oat Circles

The first recipe our team loves to enjoy is a healthy and quick snack that is a perfect pick me up in the afternoon! The little ones are sure to love this as an after school snack! This one’s so easy, the kids can even help!

 

Here's what you will need:

  • apples (whatever kind you choose!)

  • peanut butter or almond butter

  • oats

Core out the middle of the apple. Then slick the apple in slices. Spread the nut butter onto one of the slices and sprinkle oats.  Put another apple slice on top and that makes an easy apple protein sandwich!

Apple Dip - This one is seriously SOOOO good!

This recipe is perfect for functions, get together and parties all of the time! It's a family favourite and it always disappears fast! This one is dangerous too - you’ll have everyone asking for the recipe!

 

Here's what you will need:

  • Apples (we prefer the granny smith kind since the dip is so sweet)

  • Cream cheese

  • Apple Caramel Dip

  • Skor bards (or whatever favourite chocolate bar you prefer)

Spread the cream cheese over a plate. Then pour the caramel sauce all over the cream cheese. Hammer the skor bar into small bits and sprinkle over top of the caramel and cream cheese mixture. Cut up the apples and serve. YUM! 

Famous Apple Crisp

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Ingredients

  • 5-6 apples

  • ¼ c. water

  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon

  • ¼ tsp. Salt

  • ⅓ c. margarine

  • 1 c. brown sugar

  • ¾ c. flour

Preparation

  1. Peel and core your apples. Slice them into thin strips and place them into the bottom of your baking dish.  

  2. Pour the water on top of the sliced apples, and sprinkle the cinnamon and salt on top.

  3. Mix together the remaining ingredients and then sprinkle overtop of the apple mixture.

  4. Bake for 40-50 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

Tips

When giving an apple crisp away, bake in a tin foil pie plate or baking dish (you can typically get these from the dollar store).  Add some caramels to create a fall fair flavour. Serve warm with some vanilla ice cream.

We hope you love our apple recipes as much as we do! Be sure to share your apple creations with us! We’d love to see all your apple desserts!


Easter Bunny Craft

The great thing about doing crafts sometimes with your kids is that it can be things that you find around your home. This craft is a favourite in our house because it uses things that are creative, easy to use and it is simply adorable for a great Easter decoration and can be brought out year after year after year. 

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Here's what you will need:

  • 2 x Paper plates
  • Cotton balls
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Google Eyes 
  • Marshmallows
  • Glue
  • Scissors

First you will need to take four pipe cleaners and tie them together and shape them to make the nose and the whiskers and the mouth. We used pink for the mouth and black for the whiskers and then we used a marshmallow for the nose. 

Next week cut one paper plate so that we had two ears. First cut the paper plate in half so that you can cut two ears. Then cut the one side so that you have the ear on the outer piece as shown below. 

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I placed the cotton balls and the marshmallows in bowls so that my son could pick them out and glue them as he wanted and felt that he had creative freedom to do what he wanted. 

He first glued the google eyes onto the full plate and we used that as the head. 

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Then he glued the cotton balls where he wanted to and then he decided that he wanted the marshmallows on the ears only. 

He then glued the nose onto his completed face and then we glued the ears onto the back of the plate. I also recommend using tape if you want to be able to hang it up right away without waiting for the glue to dry on the paper plates. 

He then decided to have pink as the inside of the bunny ears so he glued them onto where the paper plate had a mark for them (based on our cut). 

How cute and easy is this bunny craft?! Your kids will be so proud looking at it and you can bring it out every year and use it as a decoration for Easter! Such a fun and creative Easter craft for kids! 

If you're looking for other great craft ideas for Spring, check out our Seasonal Boxes here that are loaded with Spring themed craft ideas! 

The other great thing is with any of our Single Box purchases, you can now add an I Can Read Book for kids as we partnered with HarperCollins Canada and we are one of the only subscription box companies in Canada that has book options for kids! 

Valentine's Day Craft and Snack Ideas

Valentine's Day is right around the corner!  We love decorating and doing craft for Valentine's Day. I love keeping the crafts that my boys do and seeing each year their reaction when I bring out the previous years crafts. I like to display them and decorate with them We also enjoy doing fun food on Valentine's Day and it's amazing how the kids remember the little details. Here are a few ideas that you can do for some creative activities and recipes. 

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Softest Valentine's Day Playdoh (Cinnamon or Cherry)

Here is our go to recipe for the softest playdough ever! 

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  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tsp of cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • food colouring or kool aid. For Valentine's Day we've used red food colouring and cinnamon extract or cherry kool aid. 

Mix flour and salt together. Add water, food colouring or kool-aid and oil. Knead well. If consistency is too wet add more flour and if too dry, add more water.

I went to the dollar store and bought some heart shaped cookie cutters. The boys loved creating hearts and making Valentine's Day notes in their play dough and we gave each other love hearts! So cute! 

Another idea is to make Stamped Heart Art with various items that you can use for stamping. 

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You can make just plain art or make cards for family members. 

Here's what you will need:

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  • Paper plates
  • Paint
  • Various items to use as stamps. I used a toilet paper roll taped to the shape of a heart, a potato, a sponge and a cookie cutter. You can also use corks, apples, stamps from the dollar store or foam heart shapes. 
  • Paper (I cut ours into a heart shape and then you can fold it in half for a heart shaped card!)

Simply place paint on the paper plates and have the child stamp the various pinks, reds and purples (Valentine's Day colours) onto the heart and let dry. Voila! 

The other thing I love doing for Valentine's Day is surprising my kids with a snack or breakfast for them as a sweet thing to do to tell them I love them! Here's a couple of ideas...

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Don't forget to check out our Valentine's Day boxes available now and SAVE 10% off with a $50 order or more on Single Boxes with code BOX10. Check them out HERE.  Here are the options for children ages 3-7: 

We also have an option for children 8+:

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Also, if you order before January 31, you can subscribe and get your first box in February with a Valentine's Day theme. Subscribe HERE