Apple Activities for Kids

Fall is the perfect time for apple crafts and activities with kids! Seems like every year we take a trip to the apple orchard, make homemade applesauce, and do some of our favorite fun apple activities for kids. Last week’s Good Tips Tuesday had quite a few fall activities for kids, including apples! We’ve rounded up some of the favorite apple activities for kids to feature this week.

Apple Activities for Kids

Apple Activities for Kids

9 Apple Recipes and Crafts | A Life in Balance

Apple Picking Math Felt Board | Munchkin and Bean

Apple Bet Match | Tiny Tots Adventure

Alphabet Learning with Apple Stamping | Growing Book By Book

Apple Stamping Craft | There’s Just One Mommy

Good Tips Tuesday

Now, let’s get to this week’s party!

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Good Tips Tuesday 5/19

It’s a fantastic new week and there are new tips & tricks to be found for your life, home, and kids! You can never have too many tips and tricks to make your life easier…am I right? Be sure to add your own or check out the new tips in the linky at the end of the post!
Good Tips Tuesday 1/6 | Golden Reflections Blog

We want this to be a resource for you to find Good Tips for your life, home, kids and everything in between! So what kinds of posts are you able to link up now? Check out this awesome list!

  • Recipes & Cooking Tips
  • Homemaking Tips
  • Parenting Tips
  • Kids Crafts & Activity Tips

Your hosts each week are:

Golden Reflections Blog

Simply Sherryl

A Bird And A Bean

Happy Brown House

 

Good Tips Tuesday Featured Posts: Diaper Bag Must-Haves, Homemade Worcestershire Sauce, Apple Cinnamon Yeast Rolls, and Homeschool Failure

Featured Posts from last week:

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  • Please link directly to your post, not to your main blog page. All links that do not follow this will be deleted.
  • Visit other posts in the party, comment, tweet, pin and let them know you came from GTTuesday!
  • We will feature 4 posts each week, picked via random.org. We will each be picking our favorite post from the week and pinning all of the featured posts and favorite posts to the GTTuesday Pinterest Board!

Follow Heather @ Golden Reflections Blog’s board Good Tips Tuesday #GTTuesday on Pinterest.

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  • By linking up and including a picture, you agree to allow Golden Reflections Blog, Simply Sherryl, A Bird And A Bean, & Happy Brown House to use your pictures and links in future featured post/photo collage like this one. Your photo may also be used for promotion on all social media outlets of all the before mentioned blogs with the corresponding link # given of your entry.
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 We can’t wait to see all the amazing posts you will be linking up this week!

Blessings,

Heather, Sherryl, Erin & Sara

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Broccoli Cheese soup is a winter staple at our house. On those chill-you-to-the-bone cold days, I make broccoli cheese soup. Paired with a homemade loaf of bread, it is cold weather comfort food perfection. This homemade broccoli cheese soup recipe is very easy to whip up–even if you’ve never made homemade soup before! Eat your heart out Panera.

Homemade Broccoli Cheese Soup; easy and delicious!

Homemade Broccoli Cheese Soup

Ingredients:

  • One small onion chopped finely
  • One stick of butter
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 2 cups Milk (can substitute with heavy creamy)
  • 2- 32 oz cartons of Chicken Stock (or Homemade Chicken Stock if you have it)
  • 2 Bags of Frozen Broccoli or Fresh Broccoli chopped
  • 1/2 to 1 pound of Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Directions:

On medium heat, saute chopped onion in 1 stick of butter until onion is clear.

Add 1/2 cup flour and whisk continuously for about 2 minutes until golden brown.

Slowly add 2 cups of milk and whisk well. Once the lumps are dissolved in the milk, add 2 containers of chicken stock. Simmer about 20 minutes.

Add 2 bags of frozen broccoli or fresh chopped broccoli if you prefer. Simmer up to 20 minutes or until broccoli is soft.

If you need to thicken your soup, add a tablespoon of cornstarch and water in a bowl. Mix well and add it to the soup mixture. Boil for 1 minute.

Add 1/2 to 1 pound of shredded cheese, stirring until melted.

Serve.

Easy Homemade Broccoli Cheese Soup

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Pirate Birthday Party: Treasure Chest Cake

Treasure Chest Cake

I can’t claim this idea from Family Fun, but I can point you to the video tutorial!

A few thoughts: Making this cake was slightly frustrating….but then again, it could’ve just been me. My cake was a little too crumbly and caused me issues when I tried to frost it. Possibly humidity and summer heat?  Putting the cake in the freezer for a little while probably would have helped….but it was too late by the time I realized this, so I marched on through. The top kept sliding off the back and didn’t have the open treasure chest look I was going for (and the original picture showed). But, in the spirit of making things work, I just kept adding gold coins until it looked better. In the end, the birthday boy was happy and that’s the only thing that matters!

Treasure Chest Cake 2

Other Pirate Birthday Party Details: Message-In-A-Bottle Invitations, Shark-Infested Water Jello Treats

Frugal Fun Snacks & Learning, too!

Just wanted to let you know I have a guest post up on Pennies and Blessings showing a frugal fun snack for the summer…Grapesicles! In addition to that, we made some Fruit Kabobs and practiced making patterns. Super easy to set up and a fun way to let kids help prepare part of a meal!

And because I love you…I leave you with a link to Amanda at Impress Your Kids and the Fruit Of The Spirit Series…she made Fruit of the Spirit Kabobs! While you’re there, click around a bit and see some of the fabulous ideas to incorporate fun into teaching kids about God’s Word. You’ll thank me later.

Homemade Playdough Recipe & Printable

playdough pile

 This is my favorite Homemade Playdough Recipe to go with the Preschool Playdough Mats & Activities shared earlier this week. Unlike some store-bought brands, it is smooth and stays moist for a long time if stored properly! Plus, you probably already have most of the ingredients in your kitchen cabinets. Enjoy!

Homemade Playdough

  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 Cup Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Cream of Tartar (found in the spices section)
  • 1/4 teaspoons Food Coloring

Heat about 3 minutes on High. Stir continuously. After it gets thick and forms into a ball, pour onto some wax paper. Let the dough cool slightly. Knead until smooth. Store in a plastic bag, inside an air-tight container.

*If you want to add a little sparkle to playdough time, add a little glitter during the cooking process–Instant “Princess Playdough”

And because I love you…

Download the Printable Recipe Card: Homemade Playdough

Preschool Playdough Mats & Activities

playdough pile

(photo credit: jimmiehomeschoolmom)

Playdough is so much more than just squishy-gooey fun for little fingers. Playing with playdough is beneficial to developing and strengthening fine motor skills. Essentially, playing with playdough can directly impact your little one’s writing skills! (I know, I know, it can be messy. With a few guidelines, you can let your little one squish playdough to their heart’s content.)

Playdough Guidelines At Our House:

  1. Always at the table!
  2. Use a placemat
  3. If you purposefully throw it on the floor, we put your playdough away.

I have found that little ones don’t really have the dexterity to sculpt playdough into complex shapes and can get frustrated. One of the things they can do really well though is make “snakes” and roll a “ball”. Using these two things, we can harness the educational power of playdough through playdough mats!

ABC Playdough Mats

Playdough Mat Ideas:

  • Letter Outlines (Here’s a great printable from Homeschool Creations!)
  • Number Outlines (Another printable from Homeschool Creations)
  • Shape Outlines
  • Child’s Name
  • Counting Sets
  • Simple addition or subtraction facts (also known as “Number Sentences” in Kindergarten)
  • Spelling Words

Cutting Playdough with a Plastic Knife

Other Playdough Activities We Like:

  • Cookie Cutters of all kinds
  • Practicing cutting with a plastic knife
  • Practicing cutting with child-safe scissors (with lots of supervision!)

Here is a little trick to help extend the life of  your Playdough Mats: Slide the playdough mat into a plastic page protector. This will prevent the playdough from sticking to your playdough mat paper and will make it easy to wipe clean. Also, did you know that you can write on page protectors with a dry-erase marker and wipe it clean? Aha! Now our playdough mats are multi-purpose!

Playdough Mat Resources:

That should be a great starting point for you with making playdough time a powerful learning tool!