Sunday, July 22, 2012

Kale Chips, Magic Tricks & Homemade Puffy Paint

Its been a fun week! I have got in a lot of work and had a lot of fun with the kids on projects too!

This week we tried Kale Chips- baked with just some olive oil and salt- the kids LOVED them! What a great alternative to potato chips or some other crunchy side at lunch time. Open faced grilled cheese with tomato and mushrooms and a side of kale chips..yumm..

Kale Chips: 
Rinse, remove stems, bake on tray at 350 for up to 10 minutes until feeling crispy! Turn half way through...I had to bake mine a little longer due to having it piled up on the tray, thinking a thinner layer next time will be better!

We headed to our favorite library to catch a Kids Magic Show. There were about 30 kids that attended a 45 minute show. My shy boy sat on my feet the whole time in front of me and never engaged or raised his the end of the show I asked if he liked it and he was so excited about it he checked out a magic book at the library then we came home to find 'how to' videos for him on kids coin tricks- As I made dinner he practiced his tricks then performed for me! So glad he loved it!

Here's the YouTube link to the video: 
He has 8 great, simple videos for kids- My son, age 7 was able to follow the directions and learn the trick himself.

Then we also had craft fun this week...the kids are really into the Zelda game on our old system so they wanted to make shields to go with their swords. We used a homemade puffy paint recipe to make the emblem then the kids painted their shields. They had so much fun watching it rise in the microwave! 
The Mess....
 Homemade Puffy Paint Recipe: 
1 Cup Flour
3 Tsp Baking Powder
1 Tsp Salt
A little water to get pancake batter consistency- not too runny
Food Coloring of Choice
Stick the 'paint' in a ziplock baggie and cut the very tip off, using it like an icing bag and paint your picture...Then microwave it 30-45 seconds- ours were right at 35 and there you go- all dry, hard and puffed up!!
 Painting time...
 Ready to Fight! and little pup trying to get in the pic!

Great week, and we relaxed some too! Reading, movies...and playing with the pups!

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