All Natural Easter Egg Dyeing

March 24, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

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This is a great way to dye your Easter eggs this year (by the way, Easter is in 18 days!) for whatever reason matters the most to you: it’s a fun science experiment, you stay away from commercial dyes, it is cheap AND its just something new and different!

All Natural Easter Egg Dyeing

Colors

1. To make a beautiful light blue dyed Easter egg, simply take 3/4 of a head of red cabbage, chop it and put it in a large pot. Add 2 T. of white vinegar, add the eggs and fill pot with water.

2. To make a green, add 2 cups of spinach (or a box of frozen spinach) to a pot. Add 2 T. of white vinegar, add the eggs and fill pot with water.

3. To make a red (and a hot pink for some of the eggs!), add 3 cups of cranberry juice and 3 chopped beets in a pot. Add 2 T. of white vinegar, add the eggs and fill pot with water.

4. To make a yellow, add 2 teaspoons of turmeric to your pot. Add 2 T. of white vinegar, add the eggs and fill pot with water.

5. I forgot to do this one BUT you can use chili powder (just like I used the turmeric above) to make a fun red/orange color.

Dyeing

1. Bring your mixture to a boil then reduce heat so it is simmering for 30 minutes. Don’t let it boil too long or the eggs will crack!

2. Let the eggs sit in the mixture for a couple of hours.  Be sure to stir them around a few times so the color soaks in on all sides of the egg.

Note: In this pictures it looks like I combined mixtures. I did not. I was just trying out a weird color. So please boil and simmer all of your mixtures SEPERATE.

Check out our beautiful eggs! Don’t they look so rustic and natural? This was a lot of fun to do. The girls loved guessing what colors the vegetables or spices would turn the eggs and then waiting to see if they were right!

Another fun part of this “experiment” was that every single egg turned out a different shade (we did use brown and white eggs) and I just think they are beautiful.

But what to do with the veggies? Throw them in the compost pile! Your garden will be extra happy this year.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Activity

September 18, 2009 by · 6 Comments 

utahsnaturalkids11I wanted to think of another activity to reuse plastic bottles before sending the rest to the recycling center. Making them into bowling pins is a simple craft/game that does not take a lot of work and materials, but will teach your children to have fun with reusing materials.

You simply fill up your cleaned plastic bottles with tap water and then add any sort of substance that would easily color the water. Beet juice, carrot juice, cayenne powder, curry powder, dandelion root powder, cream of tartar or tempura paint would work fantastically to color the water.

I glued the top to each bottle but still was not feeling comfortable with knocking big bottles full of colored water over in my house so decided this will be an outside bowling activity.

You can also make some fun  I Spy Bottles with your kids to reuse plastic bottles.

eeBoo Flashcards

July 17, 2009 by · 4 Comments 

I am a huge fan of eeBoo toys! I was at a little boutique this past week and saw their new flashcard sets. The girls and I have been enjoying playing with them and I highly recommend them to everyone.

Respect the Earth Flashcards will teach your children how to recycle, promote conservation, shop at farmers markets and how to take care of our earth!

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Good Manners Flashcards will give you a fun way to teach your children good behavior in family situations.

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Good Citizenship Flash Cards include tips on how we can all make a difference with little acts of kindness and caring–from recycling and offering to help someone to helping set the table and giving thirsty dogs water.

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Wonder Bowl

July 3, 2009 by · 4 Comments 

At the end of the book Last Child In the Woods by Richard Louv, he gives tips on exploring nature with your children. This was one of my favorites:

Keep a “wonder bowl.” Kids fill their pockets with acorns, rocks and leaves. Empty those pockets into a bowl, so kids can linger over their treasures.

This our wonder bowl. At dinnertime I let Abby decorate the table for everyone to see the fun things she has found in nature. It has become a special part of our home.

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Over at Nature for Kids they show some great examples of nature boxes (pictured below). Head over there to get more details.

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What a fantastic and simple idea!

Mini Fruit Pizza

June 29, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

I have to preface this by saying this is a healthy pizza that preschoolers can make! I made Fruit Pizzas for a wedding once that were beautiful, full of tons of sugar and a lot more complex. THIS is definitely not that recipe but my girls thought it was pretty darn good :) They were also very proud of themselves for doing it all on their own.

Ingredients

  • Whole Grain Pitas
  • Organic Yogurt
  • Fresh Cut Fruit
  • Nuts

Directions

  • PhotobucketSlather the yogurt onto the pita
  • PhotobucketCut up your fruit
  • PhotobucketArrange it to your liking
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  • PhotobucketNuts!
  • PhotobucketTa! Da!
  • PhotobucketCut up and Serve….Yummy

Eco-Friendly Art Supplies for Creative Kids

June 26, 2009 by · 25 Comments 

Stubby Pencil Studio is the perfect place to find eco-friendly art supplies that are healthy for your children and the environment. I placed an order for Christmas last year and we were so impressed with the wonderful customer service and high quality of the products.

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Recycled SketchbooksSuper earth-friendly sketchbooks from 100% FSC certified post-consumer recycled waste, acid free and processed chlorine-free paper; fully biodegradable glue and vegetable based inks. Various Prices.

Crayon RocksMade from non-toxic soy wax and tinted with natural mineral powders; vibrant colors and beautiful textures. The pebble-shaped crayons are easy to hold and encourage the use of tripod grip to develop fine motor skills. 16 Crayon Rocks for $6.95

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SmencilsMade from recycled newspaper wrapped around #2 graphite and soaked in environmentally-friendly fragrance liquids. Cotton Candy, Tropical Blast, Cinnamon, Watermelon, & Root Beer Set of 5 for $5.95.

Stubby Pencil Studio is my new place to buy all my art supplies. They also have non-toxic toys and gifts, recycled cards and personalized stationery. It truly makes me feel good to provide my children with art supplies I know are healthy for them as well as the environment.

Art Days in Salt Lake & Provo

June 15, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

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The girls and I had some fun events planned to do the next two Fridays and I decided to just turn them into “Art Days” and invite all of you to come along!!

SALT LAKE ART DAYS

Friday, June 19th at 4pm The Gateway’s Chalk Art Festival

(I will be getting dinner there if anyone wants to come with!)

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PROVO ART DAYS

Friday June 26th at 10am at the BYU Museum of Art to see the Walter Wick Exhibition.

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PLEASE EMAIL ME FOR A MORE SPECIFIC MEETING PLACE AT inevergrewup@gmail.com or just use the Contact Form Page.

Can’t decide which one to go to? Well…then come to both!

Recycled Puppets

June 8, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”

We love that Jack Johnson song!

Abby picked out this project from a book she chose at the library. It is really quite simple:

1. Cut the egg cartoon vertically to leave two holes connected.

2. Trim so it will open and close and cut two small holes for fingers. Hopefully it is self explanatory in this picture:

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3. Paint.

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4. Decorate any which way you would like.

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5. Have a fun puppet show!

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Broken Crayon Craft: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

May 22, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Broken Crayon Craft: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

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Remove wrappers from old crayons and cut into pea-sized shapes. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees.

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Place pieces into a mini muffin tin or any other small mold you have. You could even separate the colors so your kids can choose the colors for their new crayons.

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Bake at 150 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until melted. Note: they will be runny when you take the pan from the oven. (Please excuse my dirty oven!)

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Let set. If they stick to the pan place the pan in the freezer for a while and they’ll pop right out.

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Homemade Glue

April 24, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

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All-natural homemade glue is a simple recipe to do with your children and it can keep for weeks in the fridge. My girls enjoy using it for all their weekly art projects and I don’t get worried if my baby takes a taste or two! You simply mix 1 cup of flour, 1/3 cup of sugar, 1 1/2 cups of water (you might need a bit more or less) and 1 teaspoon of vinegar. Then you warm it up on the stove till it thickens a little bit, let it cool and then it is ready to use!

 

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We make our art “masterpieces” with odds and ends from the pantry: broken pasta, dried beans or snack items that have gone stale. That way I don’t have to spend any money at the craft store and still have fun art projects to do with my children. I find it important to teach my children how to minimize their carbon footprint. Even little art and craft projects are a great way to reduce, reuse and recycle!

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