5 Dr Suess Activities From the Weekly Kid’s Co-Op

5 Dr Suess Activities From the Weekly Kid’s Co-Op

5 Dr Suess Activities From the Weekly Kid's Co-Op

There were so many crafts, activities and recipes linked up to last week’s kid’s co-op that it was so hard to pick only 5 to feature this week. After browsing for quite a while, I decided to pick 5 Dr Suess activities. Dr Suess was February’s featured author for the Virtual Book Club for kids. Today (March 2) is also Dr Suess’ birthday. I figured it would be a great time to feature some Dr Suess activities.

Weekly Kids Co-op

Now it’s time for this week’s Kid’s Co-Op. Please link up your kid friendly crafts, recipes and activities. Also, be sure to check out some of the great posts linked up. I can’t wait to see what gets linked up this week and pick 5 posts to feature next week. :)



 

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Sensory Bins from the Kid`s Co-Op

Sensory Bins from the Kid`s Co-Op

Sensory Bins from the Kid`s Co-Op Here are five sensory bins that were shared on last week’s Kid’s Co-Op. Most are Valentine’s Day themed, but still could work for any time of the year :)

  1. Penguin Sensory Bin (Small World Play) from Train Up a Child
  2. Valentine’s Day sensory Bin: Treasures from the Dollar Store from Princesses, Pies & Preschool Pizzazz
  3. Sensory Bin: Valentine from Miss Courtney Meets Bobo
  4. Valentine’s Sensory Bin From JDaniel4’s Mom
  5. Summer Sensory Tray from An Idea on Tuesday

Weekly Kids Co-op

Now it’s your turn to either link up an awesome kid friendly post to this week’s co-op :) Maybe your post could be featured on one of our hosts’ blogs next week.

If you don’t have a blog, be sure to check out some of the great ideas that are linked up to this week’s co-op. There are so many awesome crafts and activities. It’s a great list to find some new ways to keep your child busy and learning :)



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Chex and Skor Snack Mix

Chex and Skor Snack Mix

Chex and Skor Snack Mix

I love finding new snacks to make and try. When I saw this Reindeer Food, I just knew I wanted to try it. I’m not a big fan of candy canes or peppermint candy, so I changed the recipe a little bit to make it into a Chex and Skor snack mix.

To make the Chex and Skor snack mix, you will need:

  • 6 cups Honey Nut Chex cereal or any other type of Chex cereal
  • 1 bag (12 oz) white vanilla baking chips (2 cups)
  • 1/3 cup coarsely crushed Skor Bits

Chex and Skor Snack Mix

Although I have white chocolate chipits in the picture above, I actually used some white chocolate wafer discs left over from another recipe and used those instead.

We used a kitchen scale to measure out 12 oz of the white chocolate wafers into a plastic bowl.

Then we microwaved the white chocolate for about 1 and a half minutes, stopping to stir the chocolate every 30 seconds, until it was fully melted.

Chex and Skor Snack Mix

Chex and Skor Snack Mix

Sammie helped me measure out 6 cups of Honey Nut Chex cereal and poured it into the bowl of melted chocolate. Then we mixed it together, trying to make sure all of the cereal was coated with chocolate.

Chex and Skor Snack Mix Then we put in about half of the 1/3 cup of Skor bits and mixed some more.

Chex and Skor Snack Mix I lined a large cookie sheet with wax paper and then we dumped the chex and skor snack mix onto the wax paper. We spread it evenly around and then sprinkled the rest of the Skor bits over top.

Chex and Skor Snack Mix We let the Chex and Skor snack mix sit until it was hardened and then we broke it into smaller pieces and stored it in a food container. But first we snacked on some of it :) It was so good that it was hard to stop eating it :)

If you don’t like Skor bits, you could use crushed peppermint candies, crushed nuts, or really any kind of crushed candies. It also tastes really good without anything else to it other than the cereal and chocolate :)

Here is the recipe:

  • 6 cups Honey Nut Chex cereal or any other type of Chex cereal
  • 1 bag (12 oz) white vanilla baking chips (2 cups)
  • 1/3 cup coarsely crushed Skor Bits
  1. Measure white chocolate chips into a large microwaveable bowl. Place in microwave and heat for at least 1 minute 30 seconds, stopping to stir every 30 seconds. Keep doing this until chocolate is fully melted.
  2. Add 6 cups of Chex cereal to melted chocolate. Fully coat cereal with chocolate.
  3. Add half of 1/3 cup of Skor bits to mixture.
  4. Line large cookie sheet or countertop with wax paper. Dump mixture onto wax paper and spread evenly
  5. Sprinkle remainder of Skor bits over top of cereal and chocolate mixture.
  6. Let sit until fully hardened. Break into smaller pieces and store in an airtight container.

 

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Melt and Pour Scrubbie Soap

Mommy Craft – Melt and Pour Scrubbie Soap

Melt and Pour Scrubbie Soap I hope you don’t mind if I share another melt and pour soap that I’ve been making. I love these melt and pour scrubbie soaps :) The kids really like using them in the shower. It’s such a fun way to get them to use lots of soap and have fun at bath and shower time.

To make these melt and pour scrubbie soaps, you will need a clear melt and pour base, some soap colouring, skin safe frangrance, a bath scrubbie, a little bit of duct or other large tape, small spray bottle of rubbing alcohol and a silicone cupcake wrap. You could buy most of these supplies at any craft store. If you don’t have a silicone cupcake wrap, you could use a small plastic cup or anything that is similar in shape.

I used a pink bath scrubbie, red colouring and a light rose fragrance.

Melt and Pour Scrubbie Soap Start by wrapping tape around your scrubbie, leaving the bottom half loose.
Melt and Pour Scrubbie Soap

To figure out how much soap base you will need, fill your mold with water and pour the water into your measuring cup and marking how much water it is. Or if you have a kitchen scale, place your mold on the scale, zero it out and fill with water, then place your measuring cup on the scale, zero it out and then put the same amount of soap base into the measuring cup. Or you could just guess :)
Melt your soap base by cutting into small 1″ square pieces and placing in a microwave safe measuring cup. Microwave in short amounts of time, about 20 seconds at a time until it’s liquid. Be very careful not to let the soap base boil or start to foam.

Once your soap base is melted, add your colouring and then scent. Pour your melted base into your mold, about half to three quarters full and spray with alcohol.

Melt and Pour Scrubbie Soap

Spray the loose end of your bath scrubbie with alcohol (this will help the scrubbie to stick to the soap). Stick the loose part of the scrubbie into the soap. You may have to use a toothpick to push it further into the soap. Hold the scrubbie for a few seconds until the soap starts to harden. Spray the soap with alcohol again and fill the remainder of your mold with soap.

Let it sit until fully hardened, about twenty mintues to half an hour.

Melt and Pour Scrubbie Soap Once the soap is fully hardened, remove your soap from the mold and carefuly remove the tape from the scrubbie.

Fluff out the scrubbie and then your melt and pour scrubbie soap is ready to use :)

Melt and Pour Scrubbie Soap These scrubbie soaps are so much fun to use and when the soap is gone, you still have a very useful bath scrubbie to continue using or you could add another soap to it.

Another way to make a melt and pour scrubbie soap, is to use a taller mold, like a plastic cup,place the entire scrubbie into the cup and then completely cover with soap. With this method though, the scrubbie isn’t usable until the soap is mostly gone.

I think these melt and pour scrubbie soaps would look so cute if one of the scrubbies with the little toy attached at the top was used, especially if you are making one of these for a child.

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Paper Hats – 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr. Suess

Paper Hats – Inspired by The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr. Suess

Paper Hats - Inspired by The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr. Suess

VirtualBookClub

 

February’s author for the Virtual Book Club for Kids is Dr Suess. We love Dr Suess here. We have so many of his books that we had a hard picking just one book to do an activity with. The book that we finally decided on was The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins. Sammie wanted to make a hat so she could wear a hat like Bartholomew, so we made paper hats.

The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins is one of Dr Suess’ earlier books and it isn’t quite like some of his other stories. In this story, Bartholomew runs into the King in his village and when he tried to remove his hat, there is always another identical hat underneath. The king tried everything he can think of to have Bartholomew’s hat removed, including trying to shoot the hat off his head with a bow and arrow and wanting to chop off Bartholomew’s head. No matter what they try, there is always another hat. As they reach almost 500 hats, the hats start to change and become fancier and more beautiful, until the 500th hat which has so many feathers and jewels that the king wants it and buys the hat from Bartholomew.

Sammie really liked the story and thought it was so funny that Bartholomew couldn’t take his hat off and how there was always another hat underneath.

Sammie wanted to make a hat just like Bartholomew’s hat. I think she was hoping that it would end up like his and always have another underneath it lo. I found a pattern online on how to fold a paper hat at All About Origami. The paper that I cut for Sammie’s hat was 25 x 20. I think I probably could have cut it about 22 or 23 long instead of 25, as I had to fold up quite a bit of paper for the brim of the hat. The paper I cut for Austin’s hat was about 22 x 16. I have a large roll of newsprint end that I used for the paper. A sheet from a newspaper or any other large paper would work as well.

Once I had the hat folded, Sammie started decorating her hat. She picked rhinestone jewels and feathers for her paper hat.

Paper Hats - Inspired by The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr. Suess She glued jewels all over the paper hat and put some feathers along the sides.

Paper Hats - Inspired by The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr. Suess She wanted lots and lots of jewels on her hat. She said it looked prettier with more jewels. When the hats were all decorated and dried, we ended up putting a small amount of glue between the hat and the brim as the brim kept unfolding.

Paper Hats - Inspired by The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr. Suess While Sammie was making her hat, I decided to make a hat for Austin, as he kept trying to take hers while she was working on it. I put an “A” on the front of his hat with glitter glue and Sammie asked for an “S” on her paper hat as well.

Paper Hats - Inspired by The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr. Suess The kids loved their paper hats and wore them most of the day :)

We had a lot of fun reading The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins and many other Dr Suess books this month. I think we might have a couple more Dr Suess themed posts to share soon :)

Please join us again in March for the Virtual Book Club for Kids when our author will be Julia Donaldson

The following blogs are also hosting the Virtual Book Club for Kids:
Toddler ApprovedRainy Day MumAdventures in Reading with Kids3 DinosaursRoyal BalooThe Educators’ Spin On ItInspiration LaboratoriesPleasantest Thing Edventures with Kids Two Big Two Little Playing With Words 365Kitchen Counter ChroniclesOutlaw MomMommy and Me Book ClubCrafty Moms ShareNo Twiddle TwaddleThe Good Long Road Ready. Set. Read 2 MeReading Confetti Mama SmilesJuggling with Kids- Mom to 2 Posh Lil DivasCreekside LearningCreative Family FunThe Usual MayhemTeach PreschoolPlayDrMomCraftoArtHere Come the GirlsBeing a Conscious ParentSmiling like SunshineCrayon FrecklesTrain Up a ChildSmile Play Learn – Enchanted Homeschooling Mom – Coffee Cups and CrayonsHaving Fun at Chelle’s House- Love, Play, LearnJuggling With KidsMotherhood on a Dime

Do you have a Dr Suess inspired post to share? If so, please link your post up below. Also be sure to check out some of these great posts linked below :)

 

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