Summer

The Best S'more Recipes

Celebrate International S'mores Day in style this day this year with these awesome s'more recipes! You're little ones will be sure to begging you for s'more!

 1. No Fire S'mores:

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On rainy days, or days when you don't have a campfire, this treat is a perfect snack to cover that s'mores craving! Use Golden Grahams cereal, chocolate chips and marshmallows. Also a perfect snack to pack in baggies or containers for the long car ride to the camp to get the kids excited for camping and real s'mores around the fire! 

2. Easy S'mores Hack:

Get S'mores in the blink of an eye! SO easy and SO YUMMY!! All you need is two Family Digestive cookies and a toasted marshmallow...s'mores have never been so easy!

3. S'more Cones:

A campfire favourite - S'more cones! All you have to do is put some chocolate chips and marshmallows in the cone and wrapped them in foil and placed them on top of the grill of the fire. They were delicious!! 

Looking to make your s'more cones even more delicious? Try adding banana, M&M's, or caramel sauce! 

4. S'more Brownies

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What better combination than brownies and s'mores! Simply bake some delicious fudgy brownies and sprinkle marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate over top! 

5. S'more Muffins - THIS IS A HOUSE FAVOURITE

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This s'more recipe will be a sure crowd pleaser for your friends, family, and little ones to enjoy! 

The recipe you'll need for these awesome muffins: 

  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 6 tablespoons marshmallow creme
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour

6. Pot of S'mores - This one is just too easy not to do!

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Delicious, simple, and a sure way to get your crowd to ask for s'more! Grab some chocolate chips, butterscotch chips (yes, trust me, you need them), marshmallows and graham crackers, and some butter and sweetened condensed milk and voila, a masterpiece! 

Grab the full recipe here: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/pot-of-s-mores/ 

7. Mini S'mores but Double the Deliciousness! 

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This one is fantastic, easy, and a twist on your traditional s'more. Make your s'more like you normally would, but then dip them in some melted chocolate and let them cool! Serve cold with a nice glass of milk. Important Safety Note: These ones are hard to put down!

We hope you and your family enjoy International S'mores Day and create some awesome s'more recipes! 

Be sure to share your awesome creations with us on Facebook or Instagram at @curiosityboxcrafts !

The Importance of Outdoor Play

It's time to put down the devices and get your kids outside this weekend! Outdoor play works wonders on your kids well being and Curiosity Box is here to help encourage your childs creative play all weekend long!

Get outside with your kid this weekend and discover the colours of the world with our free printable Rainbow Scavenger Hunt!

Download and Save Your Free Copy Here

Why Outdoor Play is so Important:

According to ParticipAction, Canadian kids between the ages of five and 17 spend 8-9 hours a day in sedentary activity, and only 8 percent get the recommended hour a day of physical activity; some of which happens indoors.

Technology is arguably the main culprit, but parental attitudes toward, sending children outside for unsupervised, unstructured playtime is also to blame. We’ve become overly risk-averse, worried about what others will think or afraid of abduction. In the past decade, the number of kids who play outside after school has dropped by 14 percent. Also, many of these children just don’t have time for play on top of their organized sports, music lessons, homework and more.

What Outdoor Play Can Do For Your Little One(s):

Boost Academic Performance

In a 2010 National Wildlife Federation report, 78 percent of teachers said they believe that children who spend regular time in unstructured outdoor play have more concentration and perform better in the classroom

Get a Better Sleep at Night

Let's face it, playing in the sun and running around is enough to tire anyone out, especially our little ones.

Increase Happiness

Who doesn't love playing outside? A recent study found that if we give our kids time and freedom outdoors, say the experts, we’ll see a dramatic shift in their stress levels, self-esteem, self-regulation and overall happiness. To the outside we go!

And of course, have fun!

Everything is better in the sun and the fresh air. Take advantage of the nice summer weather and encouraging your child to play outside. And like always, Curiosity Box will be here to provide free printables and activity ideas to enjoy!

If you haven't downloaded it already, make sure to download your free Rainbow Scavenger Hunt printable and enjoy adventuring with your little ones while you search for the colours of the world!

Thanks to Today's Parent for this great article, if you want to read the full thing, click here

Biggest Bubbles Ever!

Today we had fun with our favourite recipe of the biggest bubbles ever! If you are looking for a fun activity to do with the kids on a nice day, these bubbles are super fun! Check out our live Facebook video HERE or enjoy the photos below :) 

Here's what you need for the bubble recipe:

  • 6 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of blue dawn dish detergent
  • 1/2 cup of corn starch
  • 1 tbsp of baking powder (not baking soda!!)
  • 1 tbsp of glycerine (we bought ours at Michael's craft store in the cake department)

Mix the water and the corn starch together first, mixing really well. Then add all of the other ingredients. We find it best to let it sit for at least 45 minutes to an hour first before using the mixture. 

For the wand, you will need to wooden sticks, 2 eyelet screws and some cotton rope. Screw in the eyelet screws at the end of the sticks. Tie the cotton rope through the eyelet screws and tie a know to make a full circle. Then dip your cotton rope into the mixture and pull the sticks out together slowly. It is best to do this on a non-windy day. Then pull the sticks apart. 

 

I've also seen the wand sticks at the dollar store, but not sure how they work...

We have made different size sticks so that the bubbles are made differently and the kids can also enjoy the bubbles too! 

Once you get the hang of it, the next challenge is to pull the sticks apart and then bring them back together so that you can make the bubble close off and leave the wand. Seriously, we can play with these bubbles for hours at a time!

We hope you enjoy this fun activity! If you get around to making the recipe and are successful with the bubbles, we would love to see your pictures and share them for our "Curious Crafters of the Week" post...please email me at cassie@curiositybox.ca with any feedback or your photos!

Have fun and happy weekend!! :) 

Easy Taco Salad

This is a sure hit in our house and anywhere we take it - BBQ's, picnics, family events, etc. I started making it for our boys last summer and they request it all of the time and I don't mind making it because it's easy, has lots of vegetables in it and it's delicious!

 

This salad is perfect on a hot day when you don't feel like cooking too much. The only item that requires cooking is beef.  We've also planned ahead where we cook beef for one meal (i.e. spaghetti) and make extra beef and use it the next night for taco salad. It's perfect for camping too if you pre-cook the beef!

Here's what you will need:

  • beef
  • lettuce (romaine or iceburg)
  • tomato
  • cheese
  • Doritos (we use Zesty but some people like using the Nacho flavour)
  • Thousand Islands Kraft dressing (this is the secret ingredient!!!)

First cook the beef and you can either use plain beef or add taco seasoning to it for some extra spice! Drain and let cool for about 5 minutes.

Shred the lettuce and cheese and cut the tomato up and place into a bowl.

 

Then scrunch up the Doritos in their bag. Place in the bowl with desired amount of dressing. Mix it up and serve....and enjoy!!  

 

We usually have this with hamburgers or hot dogs for the perfect summer dinner!

 

Summer To Do List - Free Printable!

I can honestly say I have NO clue where this school year went...it flew by! Here are my son's last day of school pictures (he is definitely not the little boy he was at the beginning of the year...proud mama though for sure!!).

I am so excited to spend some quality time with our boys this summer. I loved summers growing up as a kid and I have some great memories of a TON of outdoor activities and trips and friends and cousin fun! I can't wait to start some traditions and continue old ones this summer with our boys!

We decided to do a "Summer Fun List" so that we can have a list of things that we can do each week and be able to check them off. I think it's a great way to allow the kids to be involved and make decisions and have fun with it! Here is ours:

Summer Fun List

Here are a few tips on how to create a list like ours:

1. Get a bristol board from the dollar store for your list - our boys LOVE the big bright board that is in our kitchen that they can look at and we can talk about at dinner. They love coming up a with a plan and love checking things off and being able to see it!

2. Allow them to come up with the items but make sure they are reasonable. 

3. Try to add a few items in for the community. We are going to go and pick up some garbage one day and we are also going to go and support our local Farmer's Market.

4. We had a good discussion about keeping our list to "extra things" that aren't normal or daily/weekly tasks. For example - going swimming wasn't an extra for us, so we didn't include it as we do this quite often with our pool.

5. Be sure to check the items that you do off! This is the fun part and our boys are taking turns quite nicely checking off items as we go.

6. Add one or two items that are bigger ticket items that they might not know that you have planned already (ours was the Blue Jays Game and seeing waterfalls as I know we will do this on our vacation!). Our boys are super excited for these big events!!

We also thought it would be fun to give you Free Printable for a Summer Bingo Game. This is something you can do completely separate or you can incorporate it into your summer fun list and check them both off! Here is the Summer Bingo:

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For this bingo game, simply right click on the photo above and save it to your computer. Print this photo off and put it on your fridge or bulletin board or even in a photo frame and use a dry erase marker.

As you check items off, have the kids try and work towards a line or just the full card. Once you've completed your goal, celebrate! Make sure you set your celebration goal before you start!!

Hope your summer is starting off right! We will be back with crafts, recipes and more!