Creative Activity

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!


Elephant Toothpaste

One science experiment we have been wanting to try was Elephant Toothpaste. First of all my boys thought the name was hilarious and we had so many different theories as to why it was called that. Here's a few for you to have a quick laugh:

  • When we mix the ingredients together, an elephant will come out of the bottle brushing it's teeth
  • The reaction that the ingredients will make will have an explosion so big it's as big as an elephant
  • When we mix the ingredients, the shape of the toothpaste will look like an elephant 

And the one that we decided was the best... 

  • The reaction causes such a big overflow that the liquid that comes out is so big and it looks like toothpaste and there is enough there for an elephant to use! 

This experiment was fairly easy to do for the boys on their own once we did it once together. 

First make sure your children are wearings safety goggles for this science experiment. I bought ours at the dollar store for $2 and the boys loved them! They felt like real scientists. 

Here's what you will need for ingredients:

  • Hydrogen Peroxide (we used 3%)
  • Dry Active Yeast
  • Dawn Dish Soap 
  • Warm Water
  • Food Colouring
  • A narrow neck water or pop bottle
  • A funnel
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A couple of things to note. I tried to find a higher hydrogen peroxide (you can apparently get 6 and 12% but in Canada I could only find 3%.  I went to Walmart, a drug store and a beauty supply store and none of them carried it. I think the experiment still worked out great with the 3% but it would be cool to try with the 6% and see the difference! 

First measure out your yeast. Either using 2 tbsp or 1 packet, place it in a measuring cup (about 3/4 cup) of warm water. Push the yeast down into the water, and let it sit.

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While you are waiting, measure out 1/2 a cup of hydrogen peroxide using a measuring cup and a funnel and pour it into your bottle. It's best to use a narrow neck pop or water bottle for this experiment. 

We put our pop bottle into a glass container so it was contained and easier for clean up afterwards. You can also use a cookie sheet. 

Next add your food colouring.  Remember that your dish soap should be blue and it will change the colour too! 

Next add your dish soap. You can be pretty generous with this!

After you've added those ingredients, you are ready to watch science! Be ready.... 

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Mix your yeast ingredients slightly with a spoon and then pour it into the funnel and into your mix. Quickly pour all ingredients in and then remove the funnel and watch the toothpaste rise to the top and pour over the container. 

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Here's what happens: 

The foamy substance is created by the rapid decomposition of hydrogen peroxide by using the yeast as a catalyst. The sodium iodide (yeast) reacts with the hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) by removing an oxygen atom. This pretty much produces water and oxygen gas (H2O + O2). Then what happens is the oxygen gas produced gets trapped by the soap which results in the foam reaction. The reaction produces oxygen gas, water and iodine. 

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The foam is totally safe to touch (and so soft and somewhat puffy!) - the peroxide (H2O2) is broken down in the reaction - so there isn't any left.  It leaves behind water (H20) and oxygen (O2) only - so it's completely safe to handle. If you were to use the stronger hydrogen peroxide, I would do some research first before handling it. 

You can watch my boys do their first "official" YouTube video on their own where they are doing the Elephant Toothpaste Experiment to explain everything to you! I was SO proud of them and I love that my oldest son at the end of the video asks you to follow our channel and like our video....what a kid!! LOL. 

Happy experimenting everyone!! 

-Cassie 

Walking Water Science Experiment

This science experiment is very easy to set up and requires only a few items around your house and has an awesome wow factor for your kids! 

Here's what you need:

  • 3 Glass Cups
  • Paper Towel
  • Water
  • Food colouring
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My boys love doing science experiments. They love guessing what will happen and making predictions.  I love seeing their awe and excitement when they see the experiments happening.  

Here's what you need to do: 

Place your 3 glasses of water on a flat surface. Put coloured water into the glasses in the two glasses on the outside, leaving the middle one empty.

Take one piece of paper towel and fold it into half and then another half and another half. Repeat with another piece. 

Place one piece of paper towel so it runs from the glasses with water into the empty one.

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Sit back and watch.

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As you can see, the water from the outside transfer from the two outside cups, through the paper towel and into the middle cup. With the colours we chose, you can see the yellow and red transform into the middle turning the water orange. So much fun to see their faces when they came down the next morning to find this! 

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

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!