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Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones

by Jennifer Wieland
Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones for the kids to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks win and parade.

 

 

Monday was my son’s birthday he turned 11 and brought some awesome luck to the Chicago Blackhawks that night because they won the Stanley Cup for the third time in six years and won it at home for the first time since 1938. (It’s perfectly okay for me to believe he gave the his birthday luck for the win!) Today is the parade and the city is a madhouse! Hordes of people are lining the parade route and my 22-year-old is one of them. I would be too but with crowds that size I can’t bring my three youngest. I fear someone would get lost. SO since they were sad about missing the parade (My daughter wanted to yell “Oh captain, my captain!” to Jonathan Toews.) I made them some celebratory Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones to eat while watching the parade on TV.

Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones for the kids to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks win and parade.

These are super easy to make but you will need some time for them to dry so make sure you have plenty of time.

Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones for the kids to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks win and parade.

To make your own Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones complete with fondant pucks you will need:

Cake cones

Pairing Knife

Wilton Color Mist in silver

Chocolate Melts or Cubes

Disposable Pastry Bag

Small Package of Black Fondant (Walmart carries small Wilton packages in their craft aisle.)

Ice Cream, Yogurt or Custard of your choice

Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones for the kids to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks win and parade.

To start making your cone you will need two cake cones. Cut the top large section and part of the bottom off of one of the cones using a sharp pairing knife. The easiest way to do this is not just to cut straight through but cut and rotate the cone so that it only cuts the current section as you turn it. It comes out more even that way. 

Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones for the kids to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks win and parade.

Next, you will spray the pieces with the Wilton Color Mist in silver. You can do each piece alone or fit them together and then spray them to use less spray. Let the pieces dry completely before handling. 

Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones for the kids to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks win and parade.

Melt a small amount of white chocolate in the microwave according to package instructions in the disposable pastry bag. Once melted snip the tip off of the pastry bag and squeeze some of it into the smaller end on the halved cone. 

Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones for the kids to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks win and parade.

While the chocolate is still melted fit it onto the upside down full cone. This will be the “”glue” that holds the pieces together and prevents ice cream melting everywhere. 

Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones for the kids to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks win and parade.

While the chocolate is setting you will need to work the black fondant to soften it up. Once you have it to a workable state roll and flatten it with your hand. Then using a small fondant cutter, or the large end of a pastry tip cut out your “pucks”.

Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones for the kids to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks win and parade.

Now you can scoop up your favorite frozen treat into the Stanley Cup Cones and top with the fondant pucks and they are ready to be enjoyed. While not quite the real thing it does taste much better!

Congratulations Chicago Blackhawks on an awesome season!

 


End of School Year Ice Pop Gift Idea with Cute Printable

by Jennifer Wieland
End of School Year Ice Pop Gift Idea and Cute Printable

 

 

With multiple kids in elementary school it would be so easy to tell them that they are all going to be giving out the same end of school year gift to their classmates but my creative juices won’t allow me to do that. I like coming up with and creating fun little ways to adorn gifts. I didn’t do it with my older kids when they were little but back then I was allowed to bake treats or at least buy them for the class. Since that is no longer an option in our district I like to fancy up the gifts with a cute little note or card. I think it makes what could be a dull gift to a child into something with more personality and appeal. I think that this end of school year ice pop gift idea with cute printable is just one fun way to get small children excited and ready to make something fun in the kitchen this summer. 

End of School Year Ice Pop Gift Idea and Cute Printable

I love getting into the kitchen with my kids and making ice pops during the summer is such a fun and easy way to get creative, spend time together and end it all with a tasty treat! My daughter is finishing up kindergarten and she will be giving these out to her friends. I think they are fun and different from the standard chalk, bubbles and pencils that are given out. I found these ice pop molds at Walmart and they were only 88¢ each. That’s a pretty inexpensive gift for each child.

End of School Year Ice Pop Gift Idea and Cute Printable

Print out the free printable and then cut them out and use tape or staples to attach the little cards to the ice pop molds. Just click on the picture below to print out the printable.

End of School Year Ice Pop Gift Idea and Cute PrintableI hope you and your kids have one cool summer!

 

 


End of School Year Water Balloon Gift Idea With Printable

by Jennifer Wieland
This is a fun idea for an End of School Year Gift for kids in your child's class. The fun comicbook theme is a fun design. #free #printable

 

 

I can’t believe it’s the end of the school year already but at the same time I am so happy that it’s here. Maybe I’m more excited about this year since I work at one of the schools in my district this year. So just like the kids I am excited about more time to do what I want and less time doing work. Every year though I do like to come up with little gifts for my kids to hand out to their classmates. It seems though that all you ever see for this online is ideas for bubbles or chalk. I wanted to do something different this year and I have. In fact, I came up with three different ideas and will be sharing each of them with you in coming days. Today though I will be sharing an end of school year water balloon idea with printable. This is a fun idea for an End of School Year Gift for kids in your child's class. The fun comicbook theme is a fun design. #free #printable

It’s pretty safe to say that I am a nerdy, geeky girl. I own that about me and am proud of it and flaunt it. In fact one of my recent posts gave me the idea for this printable. I am a huge Marvel fan and love comic books. I’m that parent that encourages her children to read them and graphic novels. So one day it just came to me that water balloons are such a great summertime thing plus they get the kids outside and playing but since you the play involves throwing stuff at each other it made me think of comic books. Of course that meant that I had to design a printable to use to hand them out that looked like comic book cells. 

To make these fun little gifts with your kids for their classmates all you need to do is download the free printable and print it out. Click on any of the pictures to download the printable.

This is a fun idea for an End of School Year Gift for kids in your child's class. The fun comicbook theme is a fun design. #free #printable Once the printables are printed and cutout all you need to fill is fill snack size baggies with water balloons and spouts. (I found two packs at Walmart. Each one had 50 balloons and a spout and was only 97¢ for the two. That makes this a really affordable gift idea.) Then fold the printables in half lengthwise and place the sealed top of the baggies in between the front and the back of the printable and staple. That’s it! Your kids now have a fun gift for their friends in class.

This is a fun idea for an End of School Year Gift for kids in your child's class. The fun comicbook theme is a fun design. #free #printable

At less than 75¢ a child this works out to be an affordable gift that will get kids outside to play.

 

 


End of Year Teacher Gift Tag Printable

by Jennifer Wieland
End of Year Teacher Gift Tag Printable
This post is part of a sponsored campaign with MyPrintly and MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

 

I love the school district my kids are in! It is a great district for special needs families. The schools and staff always go above and beyond to help and often are the first requesting additional services for kids. That is great because i know many parents that are in different districts with special needs children and they have to fight tooth and nail to get anything. I really love gifting the teachers and teacher’s aides with thank you gifts at the end of the year on the last day of school. However, having three kids that have IEP’s means that each one has more than one teacher, aides and therapists for different reasons. So I wish I could get each and every one of them an unbelievably amazing gift each year sadly that is just not a financial option for us or most families like ours. Fifteen to twenty gifts has to be done in a reasonable price range for us. This year, my youngest son Jackson will be gifting all of his teachers and aides with insulated cups filled with teas, sweeteners, and other convenience cold drink options. These useful gifts are then being adorned with these super cute end of year teacher gift tag printables.

End of Year Teacher Gift Tag Printable

These gifts are easy to do all you need to do to get started is download the printable file. You can print it as is or add a picture of your child to the center of the blank lemons. You can get the file by clicking HERE.

End of Year Teacher Gift Tag PrintableSUPPLIES

Printed out gift tags on card stock

scissors

glue or glue stick

hole puncher

End of Year Teacher Gift Tag Printable

I was able to quickly and easily get these printed out on my HP Envy printer. I love having a great quality color printer that works with all of my computers, tablets and phones!

End of Year Teacher Gift Tag Printable

Cut out the circles, one front and one back one. Add a photo of your child by printing one and pasting it onto the center of the back circle.

End of Year Teacher Gift Tag Printable

Use glue or glue stick to get the back of the circles good and tacky. Then line up the circles making sure the fronts will match up (top to top and bottom to bottom) and then press together.

End of Year Teacher Gift Tag Printable

Punch a whole with your whole puncher at the top and center of the circle. Fill up cute cups with some iced tea, sweeteners and other cold drink ideas. Add some crinkle paper so the items don’t shift and then attach the gift tag using a ribbon of your choice.

End of Year Teacher Gift Tag Printable

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Mother’s Day Printable Lip Balm Card

by Jennifer Wieland
Mother's Day Printable Lip Balm Card a great craft idea for kids or adults.

 

 

It’s Mother’s Day this weekend and I love honoring the moms I know. So many moms skip over their own and wants and needs to focus on their family that this makes Mother’s Day even more special! Mom is the person who focuses on you and cares for you day in and day out so why shouldn’t she have one day that is all about her and how awesome and special she is to her family each day of the year. This year I wanted to make some fun little cards to hand out to some of the moms I know that deserve a little honor and celebration for all that they do. I decided to make these fun Mother’s Day Printable Lip Balm Cards that I think is just perfect for the moms I know.

I decided that I wanted this card to be sweet and touching all while being cute and useful at the same time. I think the design came out great and the addition of the lip balm gives each of the moms a way to make sure that their lips stay soft for kiddie kisses.

Mother's Day Printable Lip Balm Card  a great craft idea for kids or adults.

Directions

To make your own all you need to do is print off the printable that I have created on some card stock and then cut out the black circle in the middle of the heart.

Mother's Day Printable Lip Balm Card  a great craft idea for kids or adults.

I’ve been having so much fun with my new HP Envy printer making new printables!

 

These are designed to be used with EOS lip balm. To place the lip balm into the card all you need to do is remove the wrapper from the lip balm and open it.

Mother's Day Printable Lip Balm Card  a great craft idea for kids or adults.

Slide the bottom of the lip balm into the whole from the bottom and then screw the top onto the lip balm so that the EOS is on the top.

Mother's Day Printable Lip Balm Card  a great craft idea for kids or adults.

Then gift to friends and family to honor them on Mother’s Day.

 

Do you have any fun craft idea you are planning on doing for Mother’s Day this year?

 

 

This project along with other great ideas for a special Mother’s Day was feature on CRE8TIVE COMPASS.


Super Family Full of Avengers Fans – Captain America Shield Foam Hair Clip

by Jennifer Wieland
Captain America Shield Foam Hair Clip #AvengersUnite #CollectiveBias
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AvengersUnite #CollectiveBias

 

I grew up with a comic book loving dad. I think his regularly for instilling this love into me and I’m so happy to be passing it on to my children as well and I have to say (pats self on back) that I am pretty proud of myself for raising them right. That’s my super family is full of Avengers fans and we aren’t afraid to admit or show the world in all our wild and wacky glory.

We have been talking about and celebrating the upcoming release of MARVEL’S The Avengers: Age of Ultron and have plans to see it this weekend. The kids have been running around sporting some new MARVEL’S The Avengers: Age of Ultron toys that I got for them. I decided they each need to look the part of their favorite character so we got some dress up play items and they have been having a blast!

My super kids being super Avengers fans. #AvengersUnite #CollectiveBias

Luke – Iron Man

Luke loves Iron Man and it’s no wonder why. He is our little technical genius in-house who picked up I.T. from his parents at a young age and it’s currently teaching himself programming at the ripe old age of 10. Not bad for a child who was just integrated back into our home school district from a special needs one due to being on the Autism Spectrum. Definitely someone this super momma is proud to call her son!

Jackson – The Hulk

Jackson is my emotionally sensitive child and also on the Autism Spectrum and I think he gravitates towards The Hulk for that reason. He gets the highs and lows he goes through but beneath it all has a good heart and lots of caring. He loves helping and taking care of others. Those are fine traits this super momma is so proud her son has!

Ellie – (Ms.) Captain America

Ellie is my only daughter and the baby and loves all things pretty, shiny and/or sparkly. She’s our own in-house fashionista who has a funky and eclectic style. She loves Captain America because he has the prettiest outfit according to her. She likes to refer to herself as Ms. Captain America and adds a little sass to her play costume with a tutu and matching leggings. This super momma loves that I’m raising a daughter that knows a girl can be more than a princess and can be the hero that saves the day all on her own!

Captain America Shield Foam Hair Clip #AvengersUnite #CollectiveBias

Mom – Super MARVEL fan

I love all things MARVEL and am so excited about this movie that I decided that I needed to take my super crafty skills and make myself something fun and funky for seeing the movie and to go with my MARVEL’S The Avengers t-shirt. That’s how I came up with this adorable Captain America’s shield hair clip

Captain America Shield Foam Hair Clip #AvengersUnite #CollectiveBias

SUPPLIES

red, white and blue peel and stick glitter foam

alligator clip

low heat hot glue gun and stick

DIRECTIONS

Using objects of various circular sizes (I used biscuit cutters) place them on the back of the peel and stick foam and trace. You will need two large about 3.5″ across in red, one white circle in about 2.5″, one red circle about 1.5″, a blue circle about 1″ and a white star about 1″. For the star I just free hand drew one. If you can find pre-done stars you can buy those but I wasn’t able to find any.

Captain America Shield Foam Hair Clip #AvengersUnite #CollectiveBias

Peel the backing off of the two large red circles and match up the sticky sides together so it is now glittery looking on both front and back. Next, peel off the back on the white and center it onto the large red circle. Follow next with the small red circle on the white and then the blue circle onto the small red circle. Finally peel the backing from the star and attach it to the blue circle.

Captain America Shield Foam Hair Clip #AvengersUnite #CollectiveBias

Using a low heat hot glue gun place glue onto the flat side of the alligator clip and firmly press onto the back of the shield. Let the glue set and then you are ready to use.

Specially marked MARVEL'S The Avengers: Age of Ultron foods at Walmart #AvengersUnite #CollectiveBias

After all of my crafting and the kids role-playing we definitely need to refuel with some snacks. Luckily, Walmart has all of the specially marked The Avengers: Age of Ultron specially marked packages of Kellogg’s Fruit Snacks and Cheez-It baked snack crackers. Which the kids just love! For us adults though I grabbed some of the specially marked Doritos and Dr. Pepper.

Specially marked MARVEL'S The Avengers: Age of Ultron foods at Walmart #AvengersUnite #CollectiveBias

These were so popular there were only two left in the store!

 What makes it even more fun shopping for and enjoying at home with these snacks is that you can download the Super Heroes Assemble app. Avengers fans, it’s time to Assemble again. With Super Heroes Assemble, turn your phone into a portal to exclusive MARVEL’S Avengers: Age of Ultron content. Keep up to date with the latest movie and behind-the-scenes action. Plus, scan The Avengers displays at Walmart and Walmart.com to become your favorite Avenger, explore a Hulkbuster training facility in a cool 360 degree interactive space and to bring MARVEL’S Avengers: Age of Ultron characters to life with augmented reality. Download the app in the iTunes Store or in the Google Play Store.

Avengers Walmart Crackers

 I have shared how we are an Avengers family. What about you and your family? Are you big fans?

 


Star Wars Valentine’s Day Printable Cards

by Jennifer Wieland
Star Wars Valentine's Day Printable Cards

 

 

 

Do you have a young Jedi or Padawan in your house? (See how I went all Jedi Master there?) Then these are the Valentine’s Day cards for you! These Star Wars Valentine’s Day Printable Cards are a great option for your lightsaber wielding, one with the force child.

Star Wars Valentine's Day Printable Cards

I have created these cards in three fun Star Wars themed designs. Each one with a classic Star Wars character and a fun Valentine’s Day themed line on them. Each card has a blank line for your child to write out their name and the recipient’s name as well. These can be printed out and cut out and left as is and used as a perfect sized bookmark. That really keeps the cost down! If you want to though you can punch wholes along the top or side and add a glow stick. I figured those were the one thing you could do inexpensively that actually kind of reminds me of a lightsaber. You can usually find packages of 7-10 at the dollar store so still a relatively inexpensive and food free option for class parties.

Star Wars Valentine's Day Printable Cards

To download your own set of these and print them off for this weeks class parties just click on the link below. Then all you need to do is print cut and decide if you are going with really easy bookmarks or grab your whole punch, punch some whole and add some glow sticks.

Star Wars Valentine’s Day Printable Cards

 

 


Valentine’s Day Glow Stick Printable

by Jennifer Wieland
Valentine's Day Glow Stick Printable

Are your kids in a school district that no longer allows food treats at class parties? My kids are and I do miss being able to send treats but I understand why we can’t. With this though we end up with a ton of pencils at very single class party throughout the year. Pencils are inexpensive and you can always find themed ones that cover any holiday or special occasion. While I get that pencils are useful bringing home a bag of various pencils is not very exciting for the kids. So what do kids like? Mine personally love glow sticks. So I made these adorable and oh so easy to use Valentine’s Day Glow Stick Printable hearts.

 Valentine's Day Glow Stick Printable

You can snag cheap packages of glow stick bracelets at your local dollar stores. They usually have them in the toy or party supply areas and come in a variety of colors and 5-10 in a package.

 Valentine's Day Glow Stick Printable

To make these Valentine’s Day cards just download and print the below printable. Then cut each of the hearts out. Using a standard whole punch make holes on the left and right sides of the hearts. These holes should be the perfect size to hold the glow sticks in place. Carefully, slide the glow stick through the wholes and you are ready to go. The kids can write their names on the back so that their friends know just who they are from.

Valentine's Day Glow Stick Printable Valentine's Day Glow Stick Printable Valentine's Day Glow Stick Printable

Click on this link to download the Valentine’s Day Glow Stick Printable.

 

 


Pretzel Wreath Ornaments

by Jennifer Wieland
Crafting with Kids - Pretzel Wreath Ornaments

In most places in the United States kid’s are in their last week of school right now before the holidays. This means that next week they will be home from school and many of you may be looking for things to do with them. These Pretzel Wreath Ornaments are a great activity to keep the kids busy and in additional make a wonderful gift that the can give grandparents and other family or just use them to decorate your Christmas tree.

The really great thing about this project is that the supplies needed to make them are so simple and inexpensive. More than likely you probably have what you need on hand already.

Crafting with Kids - Pretzel Wreath Ornaments

When I was in third grade my amazing and truly the greatest teacher ever Miss Farley had us make large wreaths with full size pretzels as parent gifts. My mother loved this wreath and kept it until we had a house fire when I was in junior high. She has often talked about how much she misses her wreath so last year for Christmas I had the kids make her mini ones instead as ornaments.

Crafting with Kids - Pretzel Wreath Ornaments

Supplies:

Mini Pretzels

Glue ( I just used white school glue.)

Ribbon, twine or yarn

Embellishments

Wax paper

Foam or paint brush

Crafting with Kids - Pretzel Wreath Ornaments

Instructions:

  1. Find fairly uniform and unbroken pretzels and lay out the first or bottom circle on the wax paper. You will want to lay them out so that the two humps of the pretzel will be pointed toward the outside of the wreath. Once you get it all laid out you will then glue between the pretzels to connect them. Press the connecting points with the glue together and let sit to dry.
  2. Once the first layer is dry you will add a second layer. To do this you will cover the top of the first layer with glue. Be generous because it will help the stick together will and any excess can always be wiped off. Next, you will place the pretzels for the second row. Each pretzel will need to overlap two of the bottom row pretzels. That means the two humps will once again face outward but one of the humps will be over one hump on a bottom pretzel and the other top hump will be over one of the humps of another pretzel on the bottom. (Look at pictures for a visual aide.) Make sure to glue between the sides of the pretzels on the top row too. Wipe off any glue that may have dripped or oozed out carefully. Let dry completely.
  3. Once both layers are dry take a foam or paint brush and completely cover the entire wreath in glue. Let it dry overnight.
  4. Thread the ribbon, twine or yarn through the wreath and then leave some extra at each end to tie a bow but so that it leaves room to hang. You can also decorate with any embellishments now like glitter, buttons, flowers, etc.

 

 


Girl’s Chunky Bubble Jack-O-Lantern Necklace

by Jennifer Wieland
Girl's Chunky Bubble Jack-O-Lantern Necklace

My daughter is so girly and I’m sure many would think she would be a total tomboy being the youngest of six and the only girl. The thing is though that she is the polar opposite of that. Her brothers tend to dote on her and give her what she wants and so she is a total high-maintenance diva. Being the little diva that she is means she also loves having her pretty clothing, fashionable shoes and the perfect accessories for every outfit and season at the old age of five. Luckily for her I like having a little girl to dress up and I help feed her diva tendencies. This week I did that by creating a girl’s chunky bubble jack-o-lantern necklace for her to wear with all of her Halloween outfits.

Girl's Chunky Bubble Jack-O-Lantern Necklace

The necklace was really easy to make and came out just as cute as I had hoped it would. This project was not only easy it was also inexpensive. Plus all of the supplies for it were found at my local craft store. The beads I used had a matte coating that gives them an almost rubber feel to them.

Girl's Chunky Bubble Jack-O-Lantern Necklace

Supplies:

2 sets of Blue Moon Beads 7″ Strand, Neon Orange Coated Glass, 12mm round

1 set of Blue Moon Beads 7″ Strand, Neon Green Coated Glass, 6mm round

Elastic cord ( I used silver metallic)

Fine point black Sharpie

Scissors

Girl's Chunky Bubble Jack-O-Lantern Necklace

Leaving the beads attached to the package string draw a jack-o-lantern face on each of the orange beads. Be careful not to touch them and let them completely dry before handling them.

Cut a length of elastic cord measuring between 16″-18″ long depending on the age of the child and so you will have some cord left to tie off at the end of beading. Making sure that you are placing your “pumpkins” facing in the same direction thread the beads onto the elastic alternating between the green and the orange ones. The green beads will look like the pumpkin stems. When you have enough beads on for your desired length tie the ends of the cord together and you now have your own jack-o-lantern necklace for a child in your life.

Girl's Chunky Bubble Jack-O-Lantern Necklace

 


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