Making ice cream is one thing everyone can participate in and enjoy. That's certainly what the folks at Ample Hills Creamery in Brooklyn believe. Since starting their local ice cream shop, they've included the entire family in the ice cream making process. Their kids help break cookies, mix ingredients and of course taste and create new flavors.
Read on as Nonna Kai and Kaleo, the children of Ample Hills Creamery co-owner Jackie Cuscuna, teach us how to make Bananamon ice cream, one of their favorite flavors. With fresh ripe bananas and cinnamon it appeals to both kids and adults.
Do you have a crafty kid in your home? It might be time to introduce them to the wonderful world of sewing. By learning to use a sewing machine, children can begin to design their own clothes, stuffed animals and accessories. In addition, sewing helps kids develop problem solving skills, strong motor skills and attention to detail. Central NJ is home to some wonderful sewing schools that offer after school classes and summer camps. For more summer camp ideas for creative kids, check out our post on Central New Jersey Summer Art Camps.
Spring signals time to reconnect with nature. DK Publishing sent us a copy of Great Things to Do Outside: 365 Awesome Outdoor Activities and we've been inspired by all the fun activities in it. We shared one of them with you last week and we have another great one to share with you today. These mushroom prints will make kids gain new appreciation for fungi.
The first time my now 9-year old son decorated Easter Eggs he couldn't manage to retrieve them from the dye using the little metal dipper that came in the packaged egg dyeing kits. Against my mother's advice, I let him scoop the eggs out of the liquid color with his fingers. Resulting in a basketful of lovely eggs for Easter and a toddler with dye stained hands for two weeks.
The following year we tried this easy tie dye method using a colander and regular old food coloring. The technique is fun, quick and simple enough for a toddler to achieve incredible looking eggs without having to submerge them in messy liquid dye. We still decorate our Easter Eggs this way even though my son mastered the egg dipper a long time ago.
Yes, I love decorating Easter eggs and some of my favorite memories are of decorating eggs with my kids, but there have definitely been some years when I hedged a bit wondering if I really had to do the whole dying thing and deal with stained hands and whatever else the dye got onto. Then there were my son's sensory issues which meant he didn't like getting his fingers wet.
Some years I tried to short-cut by having them draw with crayons on the eggs, but the crayon colors don't take well to the egg, so they just looked a mess. I wish I'd thought of this method. No mess, no wet, stained fingers...and a teenager will enjoy making these eggs as much as a toddler.
After the winter we've had this year, we are all desperately waiting for the weather to warm up (and itching to get out of the house), but you can get the whole family into a spring state-of-mind. What’s a better excuse for a day trip than a spring festival? As usual, NJ doesn’t disappoint. Check out these great April spring festivals for NJ kids and families to enjoy, and check back in next month for May festivals! If you're still looking for spring time fun, take a look at some classic NJ train rides with the Easter Bunny or the best spring museum exhibits for NJ kids.
This cookie decorating is so clever and simple you'll slap your forehead that you didn't think of it earlier. I certainly did. By pressing toys into sugar cookie dough, you can turn ordinary cookies into archeological finds. You can even use pre-made dough a truly no-fuss treat. What types of fossil cookies will you make?
Bart Simpson isn't the only one who loves slingshots. Kids love anything that flings things across the room. This upcycled pea shooter can be made in seconds and is loads of fun. A great way to get the kids outside and running around and with the soft paper ammo, you don't have to worry about injuries.
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