It was a little shocking to me when my daughter started making her own cakes after school. She discovered mug cakes on Pinterest and immediately started experimenting with various recipes of the three minute microwavable desserts. No hot oven, no big mess, these easy treats are so easy kids can even make them themselves.
Having made lots of varieties, however, we've discovered that mug cakes can be a little finicky. Microwaving is never an exact cooking method and it's easy to get something hard as a rock or a gooey mess.
Thanks to our tireless (and selfless) experimenting, we've come up with three no-fail mug cake recipes that come out well time and again. I've also worked on some adjustments to make them a little healthier.
When I was a kid one of my favorite toys was a little plastic scuba diver that would magically dive up and down in the water. Apparently this was modeled after a popular cereal box submarine toy from the 50s. Since our kids don't get toys in their cereal boxes, I figured maybe we could make something like this so they could experience the magic of childhood before flappy bird. Not only is it pretty easy to do, there's some neat science learnin' to be had along the way.
"Read Across America Day" is a fun and important day for your little reader! This year Read Across America Day falls on March 3, 2014, but we should be celebrating reading everyday. We're sure your local library and child's school is celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday and Read Across America, but why let them have all the fun? Here's our roundup of fun reading events and ideas for celebrating Read Across America for New Jersey kids and families.
Yesterday we shared a fun way to make prints using string. Today we have another fun way to paint, blowing through straws. Why use a boring, old brush? Blow painting is much more fun. Kids will find it irresistible to see the paint skip and spatter across your paper as they blow through a straw; just make sure you have lots of paper on hand because they may not want to stop.
A young child’s interest in toys changes quickly. A new plaything that was a huge hit when first received is forgotten just a few days (make that hours) later. That can be frustrating for parents as the clutter and the bills mount up. That's why a toy rental service makes so much sense. It saves money, space and the environment. Less junk to throw in the landfill!
Toy rental websites offer Netflix-style subscriptions so your kid can try out new playthings on a regular basis. These services are also great for when your child goes on an extended visit to a grandparent or another relative who doesn't have playthings lying around the house. Traveling families can also benefit from shipping toys to a destination to lighten the luggage, just like you might rent strollers or car seats on the road. Here are some toy rental websites that ship packages throughout the United States.
It's that time of the winter where we’re all going a little stir crazy! If your house is anything like mine, you’ve probably exhausted almost every indoor activity and creative motivation come late February – we’ve done play dough, painting, indoor bowling and baked countless batches of cookies. It’s amazing how kids have seemingly endless energy! So instead of spending another afternoon cooped up, head out to one of these awesome indoor play spaces in Central Jersey.
The fun thing about this easy craft project is that the magic happens out of sight, so the final result is a surprise every time. Experiment with different techniques, pulling your string in different ways and wait for the big reveal to see how your masterpiece comes out. Easy enough for the littlest ones, but kids of all ages and even adults can have fun with this.
When it comes to choosing a summer camp, you hope for an amazing experience for your child, full of love, fun, creativity, learning, and “family.” Add some gorgeous horses into this mix, and you have the recipe for Kamp Kierson, the summer camp run by Mike and Jessie Richardson of Kierson Farm. Read on to find out more about this charming horse farm and its wonderful summer camp experience in the heart of Flemington, NJ, just one hour west of New York City.
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