Getting Crafty with the Kids

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and since we are trapped in a house thanks to our chickenpox outbreak, we have had to get seriously crafty to give him something special.

Hubby is already getting a fantastic collage from ScrapWalls, but I wanted to do something more. (I have this thing – I just can’t give one gift. I have to go all out. It’s a serious weakness.)

Anyway, I decided we needed to get crafty. I found a recipe online for a cute “Dad Rocks” project here.

I ended up modifying it a bit and creating my own version as well as an additional gift with the kids hand prints.

Here’s our Dad Rocks project:

Dad Rocks

And here’s the hand print gift I mentioned:

kids prints
Yes, that’s Gage’s foot. 🙂 He had no desire to open his hand and let me put it on there, so we improvised!

I’m heading to Walmart on Saturday to get Ash the stuff she needs for camp. While we’re there, we’ll grab a couple of blocks of wood from the craft section and some heavy-duty glue. I’m going to spray these with a clear sealant, paint the wood, and then attach the pieces to the wood. Then, I’ll use some fabulous Command Brand strips to hang them up. I’ll share pictures as soon as we get them finished up.

The recipe that the girl posted on her site didn’t work so well for me, but tweaking it did. Here’s what I did:

1/4 cup salt
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup water
food coloring (optional)
parchment paper (optional)

Preheat oven to 250*

Mix together the flour, salt, and water in a bowl until it forms a dough. If the dough is too sticky, keep adding flour. (Just be careful, because if the dough gets too dry, it will crack in the oven!)

Once you have the dough at the right consistency, form it into a ball. Tear off a piece of parchment paper, and use a rolling pin to flatten the ball into an oval shape that’s about 1/2 an inch thick. (Make sure it’s even, or it will do funny things – like bubble up – in the oven.)

Use rocks to spell out Dad Rocks. Push the rocks into the dough as far as you can.

Place the item on a cookie sheet. (Tip: Keep it on the parchment paper, so it won’t stick to your cookie sheet!) Bake in the oven for 2 – 3 hours, or until completely dry. Spray front and back with a clear sealant (optional, but it will last longer if you do!).

For the hand print project, I doubled the recipe above, but did everything else the same. (I used a toothpick to write the year and the kids’ names in the dough.) It had to cook longer – almost 5 hours, but that’s because it was a lot of dough. You won’t need to double it if you only have a couple of small hands.

My kids had a blast doing this together, and we can’t wait to finish up the projects and give them to Daddy on Father’s Day!

((To see the completed projects, click here: Father’s Day Gifts Were a Hit!))

Now, you tell me: Are you making Dad a gift this year?

Paint it Purple with Welch’s

Welch's Grape JuiceI am a huge fan of Welch’s Grape Juice, and so are my kids. I love the way it tastes, and, more importantly, that it’s 100% juice and has no added sugar. That means it’s actually good for you!

Thanks to Mom Central and Welch’s, my kids and I got to get creative with Welch’s Grape Juice. In this post, I’m going to tell you all about my love for Welch’s Grape Juice, the super-fun activity that my kids and I got to do because of Welch’s, and some very cool tools that Welch’s has come up with to help keep your family on a healthy track.

First, let’s talk about how much I love Welch’s. In order to do this post, I received two 10 oz. bottles of Welch’s Grape Juice to help with my review and the activity we needed to do. What neither Mom Central or Welch’s knew is that I already had 3 64 ounce bottles of Welch’s in my fridge because my kids and I love it so much! Because I’m a breastfeeding mom, I am thirsty all day long. Water is great, and I drink tons of it, but sometimes I need something else. That’s where Welch’s comes in. It’s got the sweet taste that I’m craving, but there are no added sugars, colors, or flavors. You can bet that I drink at least one to two glasses of Welch’s Grape Juice every day. My kids are big fans of Welch’s too. They love when I give them grape juice with meals, (those 10 oz. bottles are perfect for school lunches!), and Welch’s is the only grape jelly that my kids will eat on their peanut butter sandwiches. Yep, we’d be lost without Welch’s, and it’s one product that my entire family can stand behind and completely endorse.

Now, let’s talk about this activity. The kids and I had to come up with a creative way to use Welch’s Grape Juice. For days, we discussed different ideas. Should we paint a picture? Maybe tie-dye some t-shirts with the juice? We could make grape juice pancakes. But we knew we wanted to do something over the top and different from what anyone else would think of.

I can honestly tell you that I have not done a search on other bloggers participating in this tour to see what creative ideas they came up with. I wanted our idea to be totally unique and totally ours. So, here’s what we came up with:

Lucy & Welch's

"Dreaming of Welch's"

That’s right! We made our very own custom Welch’s sheet set and matching pajamas! Everyone participated in the project, and we all had a blast! Here are the kids adding grapes to the pillowcase and the sheets:

Ashley & Welch's

Ashley painting with Welch's Grape Juice

Jace & Welch's

Jace adds grapes to the sheets

Zander & Welch's

Zander adds his own grapes to the sheets

Lucy & Welch's

Ashley helps Lucy paint on some grapes.

Parker & Welch's

Parker didn't want to wait for his turn - he was thrilled to paint a paper towel!

Here’s Lucy modeling her new pajamas:

Lucy's New Jammies

Lucy's New Jammies

A closeup of the sheets and pillowcase:

Dreaming of Welch's

Dreaming of Welch's

Another shot of the sheets on the bed:

Still Dreaming of Welch's

Still Dreaming of Welch's

And here’s everything all laid out together:

Paint it Purple with Welch's Project

Our completed "Paint it Purple with Welch's" Project

I love doing fun projects with my kids, and this was absolutely no exception. Who knew that a family could have so much fun with grape juice?! My kids can’t wait to go back to school and tell their friends about the fun we had thanks to Welch’s. Ya’all need to try this. Seriously. Maybe you don’t want to get as creative as we did, but you can still have fun with your kids and some Welch’s Grape Juice. If you need some ideas to get you started, why not try cooking with Welch’s Grape Juice? Their website actually has a bunch of recipes that you and your family can try. (They have a glazed ham recipe that I’ll be trying this Easter!) To see all the yummy recipes, click here: Cook with Welch’s Grape Juice

Finally, I get to tell you about 2 new tools that Welch’s has come up with in honor of National Nutrition Month.

  • First is the Welch’s Family Vine Tool. This is pretty cool! If you don’t understand your family’s heart health history, this is a great place to start. Welch’s is helping to spread heart healthy awareness by actually allowing families to trace their personal health histories and share their results with their relatives. This tool is also great for getting information you need about your family heart history in order to discuss it with your doctor or physician. Welch’s is going out of their way to make every family healthy, and this little tool is helping tremendously!
  • Next is the Grape Science Center. This resource is invaluable and teaches you about the growing Concord grape research in areas like cognitive health, immune system health, heart heath, and more. You can learn everything you ever wanted to know about grapes – and more – just by browsing this website. If you didn’t know how great Concord grapes were for you, I’d highly recommend you check out the Grape Science Center and learn more!

To keep up with the latest grape news, Follow Welch’s on twitter, and become a fan of Welch’s on Facebook today.

Thank you, Welch’s for all that you’re doing to keep my family healthy – and for all the fun that my kids and I had while doing this project! This is definitely one project we will never forget! We’ll be “Dreaming of Welch’s” for many nights to come!

Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Welch’s and received a product sample to facilitate my review and a gift code to thank me for taking the time to participate.