Craft Ideas

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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Monkey'in Around

Here are some fun ideas on how to incorporate a full theme into your weekend fun and what better theme than monkeys?!

 
 

I thought it would be fun to have a full theme so that you can incorporate some crafting, games, a recipe and a printable!  

 
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Such a fun little craft to do on a rainy day!

Materials required:

  • - toilet paper tube
  • - brown paper
  • - beige paper
  • - yellow paper
  • - pipe cleaner
  • - glue
  • - scissors

 Here's how to make this cute little craft:
1.  Wrap the toilet paper roll in brown paper and glue. Cut out legs and arms in strips of brown paper. Accordion fold them. Glue them to the back of the body.
2. Cut out mouth, eyes, ears and tummy in beige paper.
Draw eyes, nostrils and mouth.
3. Cut out banana and glue to one hand.
4. Curl pipe cleaner and glue to the back of the body.

 
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Monkey Banana Bread Recipe

This is a family favourite with my little monkeys!
Items Required:

- 1 ¾ cup flour

- 2 tsp. baking powder

- ¼ tsp baking soda

- ½ tsp salt

- 1/3 cup butter

- 2/3 cup sugar

- 2 eggs (1 at a time)

- 1 1/2 cup bananas (4 bananas)

Combine dry ingredients in one bowl. Mix well. Mash bananas in another bowl. Combine butter, sugar, eggs with the bananas. Add dry mix. Mix well. Bake at 350 for 55-60mins.

Activity:

Monkey See, Monkey Do...Everything I do, You Do Too Activity!

This is a game for 3 or more players. But the more players you have, the more funny and exciting it is to play!

Here's how to play the game:

One player is the guesser, one is the monkey and the rest follow the monkey.

Decide which player will be the guesser. That player leaves the room.

Have the guesser leave the room. The remaining players then decide who will be the monkey.

The other players have to do whatever the monkey does. If she scratches her head, the rest of the players have to scratch their heads. The guesser tries to figure out who is the monkey. The monkey should try not to get caught changing the action. If the monkey gets caught, then she becomes the next guesser.

Here's another fun little acticity for your little one to enjoy! Click on the photo and download the file or right click on the photo and print! 

Thanksgiving Crafty FUN!

The table needs to be set, the turkey in the oven and the dessert still isn't done. The kids are whining that they are bored as the adults are watching football on TV.... sound familiar?? Well here are 3 crafts that you can set up at a small kids craft table during your Thanksgiving celebration to keep them busy and decorate for Thanksgiving! 

 

1. Turkey Leaf Craft - 

If you're going to use real leaves, this is another great activity that you can do with the kids while you're family is together.  Get the whole family outside for a nice Fall hike and find some amazing and vibrant leaves. 

This craft is great for kids to use their fine motor skills while cutting out the parts and the pieces for the turkey and gluing them together. You can use real leaves or artificial leaves.  If you let the leaves dry enough, (or you use artificial ones) you can even get the child or your entire family to write their names on the leaves or what they are thankful for this Thanksgiving! 

Turkey Leaf Craft

Turkey Leaf Craft

 

2. Turkey Place Setting Craft -  

This is a fun craft for the kids (or the whole family!) to craft before supper is ready so that it can be placed on the table to know where everyone is sitting. 

We simply used patterned paper as the turkey tail and then cut out the turkey shapes for his body and beak and then used googly eyes. We used a fancy tag punch for the tag. It also helps to have a nice fancy napkin behind them ;) 

Turkey Place Setting Craft 

Turkey Place Setting Craft 

 

3. Turkey Plate Craft -  

This was one of our favourites as it's always fun to get the good old paint out :) 

Just as the first craft, you will need either artificial or real vibrant leaves. Simply paint a paper plate and use google eyes and cut a beak and a waddle. Then glue the leaves to the back of the paper plate! Such a fun and creative craft to do :) 

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Turkey Plate Craft 

 

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!! We have so much to be thankful for and will be spending some quality family time together this weekend (cleaning out our garage and closing our pool counts as that right?!). 

Don't forget to download your FREE FALL PRINTABLE HERE for another fun activity for you to do with your family this weekend! 

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