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Snowy Handprint Craft

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Materials Needed:

  • 1 sheet light blue construction paper
  • 1 sheet white copy paper
  • Brown acrylic craft paint
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

How to make it:

  1. Lay white paper sideways (landscape) and cut the paper in half using a curvy cut. Place paper across the light blue construction paper. Use the glue stick to attach it to the bottom third of the blue paper.  Use scissors to trim off any excess white paper. snowy-handprint-tree-1  
  2. Paint child’s palm and fingers with brown paint.snowy-handprint-tree-2
  3. Have child spread out his/her fingers then press his/her palm and fingers down onto the paper. Wash off child’s hand.
  4. Use finger to paint on a “tree trunk” under the palm print.   snowy-handprint-tree-3
  5. Use the glue stick to apply glue to the fingers (branches) and snow (white paper). Sprinkle all glued areas with granulated sugar. Carefully lift paper and tap off excess sugar over the sink or a piece of wax paper.   snowy-handprint-tree-photo-56.  Use glue stick to draw dots or small circles onto the blue paper, sprinkle with sugar again and tap off excess.

Tips:

  1. Construction paper is perfect for impromptu craft projects.
  2. Poster paint will work in place of acrylic craft paint.
  3. Be sure to wash hand with soap and water before continuing with the project so that the paint will come off easily.

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Snowflake Tee

Here’s another fun project for you real American girls on thoses indoor winter blues afternoon.

Material
Permanent marker
Paper
Cardboard
White cotton shirt
Tacky glue
Sponge brush (or a new kitchen sponge)
Fabric paint
Instructions:
Use a permanent marker to draw a thick-lined snowflake template on the paper, or download ours here.

Place the template over the cardboard and slip both inside the shirt, centering them behind the upper front of the garment. You should be able to see the template through the shirt.

Using a thin line of tacky glue (about 1/4-inch wide), trace the snowflake design onto the shirt. Let it dry for 10 minutes, then fill in any gaps with additional glue. Let the glue dry completely, until it is transparent (approximately 3 hours).

Dip the sponge brush in the paint and dab around the snowflake, completely covering the surrounding area. Use less paint toward the outer edge of the design. Let the paint dry overnight.

Soak the tee in warm water for about 10 minutes or until the glue softens. Peel off the glue and let the shirt dry, then follow the package instructions to set the fabric paint.

You can make a matching tee for your American Girl doll just scale your design down.

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Summer Fun in Extreme Temperatures

Arianna poolIt’s early July already it feels like those hot August days.  Our temperatures this past week has been over 100 degrees.  We hit a record high of 108 degrees.   What’s a mom to do?  Luckily we have a regional pool in the area and we have been staying cool by going to the pool everyday this week.     We got some bit of a break today with today’s temp at 96. Lol   

 My daughter and niece loves a bowl of ice cream and ice cubes.    I love to make a pitcher of freshly squeeze lemonade.

Here are some ideas of staying cool

Drink plenty of water, it’s important to keep your body hydrated.

Apply sunscreen

Dress in light color clothing, preferably light weight cotton

Hats and caps

Shades

Pool

Water sprinkler

Water balloons

Popsicle

Cold salads

Shaded trees

Umbrellas

Playing in the shade

Indoor play

Malls

Movie theatres

Bowling alley

Library

 Share with us , what do you do to stay cool in these extreme high temperatures?

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Great Valentine Cookie Necklace Recipe

Arianna and I love baking especially during the holidays.  We are always in search of new cool recipes and ideas.    We came across this recipes which we are excited to try out and share with you.  We also want to thank AllRecipes staff for sharing.   What we found exciting, is that it’s a great replacement for cards and candies.  What a fun project for mom and her real american girl. 

Checkout the video on how they tweak the original recipes.

http://allrecipes.com/HowTo/Baking-Kids-Valentines-Day-Treats-Video/detail.aspx

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 3 drops red food coloring
  • 2 1/4 ounces colored candy sprinkles
  • 60 long red vine licorice

Directions

  1. Cream 1 cup butter or margarine and 3/4 cup white sugar together. Blend in egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and grated lemon peel. Sift together 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour and baking powder. Add to creamed mixture and blend well. Cover and refrigerate dough for approximately 2 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  3. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Use a floured heart shaped 1 to 2 inch cookie cutter and cut dough into heart shapes. Place the cut-out hearts on greased cookie sheets.
  4. Using the drinking straw, make a hole at the top center of each heart before baking. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes until very lightly browned. Cool the cookies on a wire rack.
  5. To Make Butter Frosting: Mix 3 cups confectioners’ sugar and 1/3 cup butter together. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract and 2 tablespoons milk. Beat until smooth making sure frosting is of spreading consistency. Stir in food coloring to create a pink or red colored frosting, if desired.
  6. After cookies have cooled, frost and decorate them with nonpareils, sprinkles, dragees, or colored sugar. Use a toothpick to dislodge the hole, if necessary. Let the frosting dry.
  7. To make a necklace, tie the ends off of two pieces of red colored licorice with a knot. Thread it through the hole at the top center of the cookie. Tie the other ends off with another knot to create a “chain.” Makes approximately 30 heart necklaces.
Prep Time: 35 Min / Cook Time:  7 Min /  Ready In: 2 Hrs 42 Min

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A Cool Way For Kidz To Earn Money

Here’s a cool way for your kids to earn money. KidzEyes.com is an online survey panel where kids can tell the companies that make products and services for them how they look through kids’ eyes and be rewarded for it. They are a panel of an online community of kids aged 6-12 who have agreed to participate in surveys with the child’s parents or guardians consent to participate. Kidz will be asked about things like TV shows for kids, movies, Web sites, snack foods, music, clothes, sports, video games and other things that kids are interested in.

A great and safe way to win cash or prizes for participating in their surveys. Parents or guardian must must register for every child. KidzEyes will award 400 KidzPoints to every child a parent or guardian register.

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FREE GAMES AMERICAN GIRL

I came across some American Girl games that are free. Just click on the links:

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Latest Craze with our Tween Fans


Bling By Number Wall Art and Project Runway Fashion Design Projector Kit are a great hit with our tween fans. These great items can be found in our Girly Boutique, under Arts & Crafts. Bling by number wall art comes in four fabulous designs. Fashionista, Hello Beautiful, Simply Fabulous and Glamour grace. These pre printed designs comes on stretched canvas, glitter glue and sparkly “bling” to complete a beautiful art to display on your girl’s wall.
Another craze with our tween fans is this totally cool Project runway fashion designer projector kit. Your girl will fancy her creativity in designing her unique fashion glams. She can create unlimited fashion combinations. She will have hours of fun. The kits contains tools fashion designer needs. Who knows, She might be next Donna Karan or Vera Wang yet tons better.
Visit My Pink Planet.com and join the craze.

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