Category Archives: Crafts

Halloween Science Fun

Halloween Science Fun

 

If you’re looking for a fun science-inspired Halloween experiment with the kids, try making Oobleck together! Never heard of Oobleck before? You’re not alone! The first time I heard about it was when I was in engineering school. Oobleck is a non-Newtonian fluid; it has properties of both liquids and solids. If Silly Putty and Slime had a child together, you would end up with Oobleck. You can slowly dip your hand into it like a liquid, but if you squeeze the oobleck or punch it, it will feel solid. It has to do with the non-linear relationship of shear force and the viscosity of the fluid. Did that make sense? The name oobleck comes from the Dr. Seuss book, “Bartholomew and the Oobleck.”

It’s super easy to make. All you need is cornstarch, water, and a little shampoo if you want it to smell good and food coloring if you want to make it a certain color.

  1. Start the food coloring into the water in a bowl or tub and add the cornstarch a bit at a time.
  2. Keep stirring until it has a gooey consistency. You’ll want to use your hands.
  3. Tap your hands and slowly sink yours hands in to feel the difference in consistency when applying different pressures at different speeds. Or if you’ve made a larger quantity in a tub, jump on it and walk slowly on it to feel the difference.

Pool Party Cake

Pool Party Cake

 

If you like baking your children’s cakes or are looking for inspiration for a pool or beach party, here are some ideas. I made beach cupcakes by cutting the tops off the cupcakes and frosting them with blue frosting. I used a food processor to create the sand from graham crackers and dipped half the cupcake into the “sand”. I then cut up strips of fruit roll up and added a teddy graham that’s obviously having a better time than I 😉 Add a few umbrellas and voila, you will be your kid’s favorite mom! Oh, ok, you already were. Fine.

To add variety I made some seashells using white chocolate that I melted and put into molds. I added some edible gold luster for some shine.

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Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day

So here’s a recent question from a reader of the blog: “Any ideas for Persian Valentine? Thank you!”

Thank you for your question! If you are looking for something to treat your Valentines to, may I suggest a Persian Love Cake.

And for kid-friendly crafts, maybe using the words عشق eshgh (love), دوستت دارم dooset daram (I adore you) on available crafts would add a touch of Persian to your Valentines. Also using Persian Cats with a tagline of you are Purrfect would be cute:

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Here are some Valentines treats we made for my kids’ classmates and for the teachers. For the teachers I bought heart-stamped wine glasses, filled them with their favorite chocolates and wrapped them in cellophane.

For my daughter’s class I bought a bunch of heart-shaped party favor boxes (from the wedding aisle at Michaels) and filled them with m&ms.

And for my sons’ classes I bought a bunch of rulers, made some homemade tags saying You Rule, and voila! We’re done 🙂

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I hope your Valentine’s Day is full of love, laughter, health and joy. Love comes in many forms and to have love for someone and not show it would be like buying them a present and not giving it to them. So show and express your love and gratitude for the ones you care about, your friends, relatives, teachers, family, spouse, or partner and spread the Valentine’s cheer.

Train Birthday Party

Train Birthday Party

Here are some pictures from my son’s 3rd birthday. Yes, I made the cake and the paper bags are the goodie bags. I tried to keep the snacks as healthy as possible because the cake had enough candy and sugar to please any kid or “big kid” (as my son likes to call adults). I hope these pictures can serve as inspiration. They are definitely not done by a professional baker, but somehow I’ve been appointed as the family cook, and pastry chef by process of elimination 😉 Enjoy and feel free to leave me comments and questions!

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Repurposing An Old Changing Table

Repurposing An Old Changing Table

This weekend I got a little bored. So what did I do? I repurposed a changing table which we no longer needed into a much needed desk for my daughter. It’s actually fairly easy if you’re not afraid to get your hands dirty, which lucky for my family, I am not.

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Nikki is in love with her new desk and the fact that we built it “together” makes it extra special for her.

Here’s what I did:

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