Archive for April, 2013

Coffee Filter Flowers made with Tissue Paper

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 by by

Tissue Paper Transfer - Using wet tissue paper and coffee filters to create beautiful Spring flowers.

We are big fans of tissue paper in our house and we have used it for many art projects. Recently, we combined it with coffee filters to make some Spring coffee filter flowers. You will love how the colors from the tissue paper transfer when wet to create these coffee filter flowers.

You will need:

  • Torn tissue paper in various colors
  • Coffee filter
  • Green pipe cleaner
  • Brush
  • Water in a cup
  • Paper plate

Tissue Paper Flower Craft

To make these coffee filter flowers, you will not be gluing the tissue paper to the coffee filters. This confused my daughters at first (more…)


Crescent Roll Recipes: Fruit Filled Crescent Cups

Monday, April 29th, 2013 by by

Crescent Roll Recipes - Fruit Filled Crescent Cups. So good you will never believe they were made with crescent rolls. Pin now, make later. You won't regret it! #dessert #crescent-rolls
If you are a regular reader of Mess For Less, then you know my love of crescent rolls. I have made a number of crescent roll recipes in the past, the most popular one being Apple Pie Crescents. Today I am sharing a recipe I made with the kids where we made the crescent roll dough into muffin cups. To see what we did, click on read more.
You will need:

  • Crescent rolls
  • Strawberry and blueberry pie filling (or add whatever fruit you enjoy)
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Cinnamon
  • Powdered sugar
  • Butter


Bunny Deviled Eggs

Monday, April 29th, 2013 by by

Hosting a party and looking for something the kids and adults will love? Try these Bunny Deviled eggs that I am sharing at the Zak Designs blog. They are too cute for kids to pass up!
Bunny Deviled Eggs

the little things

Friday, April 26th, 2013 by by

Coral and I were working on some 4-H paperwork tonight, after I foolishly mentioned tomorrow’s agenda right before bedtime. She was instantly engaged and not to be put off, so I showed her what needed attending and she immediately wanted to begin. Now the majority of it is pretty mundane stuff: writing name, age, address, club, and the like down for official records. It would take me about thirty seconds to fill it out for her and be done. Now for a recently-turned-six-year-old, it’s a pretty monstrous task. It’s also one she’s not about to let me help with. This is where I’ve learned patience is a virtue. She got through name and age on her own, and the address took a bit but wasn’t impossible. Then we hit a snag.

See that line there? It’s kind of small. Our club name is kind of big. It ran through my mind that she’d have a hard time squeezing it in, but I refrained from mentioning it. She got the first part of the club name in there with no problems: “Osceola.” Then she started to realize the dilemma on her own. “Adventurers” is an awfully long word. This is where I could have screwed it up by grabbing her pencil and telling her I’d write the rest.

“I don’t think the rest is going to fit in there…” she reflected as she stared down at the line. I waited a moment (more…)


Playdough Games: Spring Playdough

Friday, April 26th, 2013 by by

Playdough Games: Make Srping play dough for kids by using stuff you already have at home. #play-dough #spring

I am just so excited that Spring is finally here! So are my kids. They love the warmer weather, longer daylight hours, and budding flowers. To capitalize on their excitement for a new season, I created some fun playdough games for them to play by adding some accessories to Spring colored playdough. By adding items you already have at home to ordinary playdough, you can create a variety of playdough games for any season.

You will need:

Spring Playdough Games

The great thing about these kinds of playdough games (more…)


Thursday, April 25th, 2013 by by

A “battle station.” Not to be confused with a “piano.”


Monday, April 22nd, 2013 by by

“Mom, you know how Abraham Lincoln grew up in the 1800s years century?”


“And you grew up in the 1900s years century?”


“And I’m in the 2000s years century?”


“I bet in the three years century everyone had to poo in a hole.”

“Wow. I did not see that coming.”

“Yeah, like a hole in the dirt because there weren’t toilets or anything.”


T is for Truck

Friday, April 19th, 2013 by by

We have had the good fortune of seeing (on more than one occasion)  a total of 3, yes THREE cement mixers busy at work on Pacific Avenue. The kids always stare at the trucks and the workers in awe. I still remember a couple of years ago, mentioning to a construction worker that the kids thought of them as gods. The man turned to the kids in the wagon and said, “Stay in school kids. It’s not as fun as it looks.” No kidding! I don’t envy them, working out there for such long hours on the coldest and hottest days of the year!

B. came out of school the other week with a paper Chinese lantern he had made in class. Noah was envious and begged to make one at home. B. gave us the general instructions. It was super easy! Here they are proudly showing off their work. (B. made a new one after someone sat on his original.)

We got the dress-up bin out one day. Oscar enjoyed trying on the backpacks, and then we switched the bag to the front so he could wear a baby carrier. He thought it was pretty cool that he was carrying his baby the same way I carry “La-la”.

Thomas is always donning our firefighter hat, but he found a firefighter jacket to go with it, in the dress-up bin. How adorable is he?!

Noah was king for a day – oh who am I kidding?! Noah is king EVERY day!

On the March Break, we had the flexibility to do some different things. One day we went to Chapters book store in Bloor West Village, where they have a huge Thomas the Tank Engine train table. The kids also had fun looking at books and playing with other toys in the store. Oscar especially loved riding the plasma car down the ramp again and again. When it was time to give someone else a turn with the ride-on toy, he still enjoyed running up and down the ramp. We stopped for a little treat at Tim Hortons on our way home (a great incentive to finally leave the book store).

Another adventure we had on the March Break was going to the High Park Zoo. On our way we encountered gigantic snowflakes. It was the best part of the trip, in my opinion! The other day I had been reciting “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” when we were trudging through the mud. This time we did the part about the snowstorm. B. kept asking me to say it again and again. Here are a couple of our little adventurers. If you’re wondering where Thomas is, he is actually enjoying quite different weather, in a warmer climate, just for the March Break.

The zoo was surprisingly not busy, considering it was the March Break. The kids enjoyed seeing the animals, and Noah is a lot braver than he was the last time I remember taking him.

Oscar enjoyed his view from the wagon.

When we got to the Llamas, there was an employee of the zoo feeding them through the fence. He let both B. and Noah feed them peanuts and carrots. The boys were excited to help out!

It didn’t take long for the worker to pick up on Oscar’s affinity for trucks (Oscar makes this quite clear wherever he goes). He proceeded to dig out a pile of photos and found a picture of the zoo tractor to give to Oscar. He asked B. and Noah what their favourite zoo animals were. B. said “bison” and Noah said “Wallaby”, and the man gave them each a picture of their choice. This man really made their day. Apparently Oscar’s parents had to post the picture of the tractor up in his crib, he just loved it so much. Whatever gets you through the night, Osc!

Since we were one man down (no Thomas) and I had my help with me, we let the boys go on the castle playground (with my helper shadowing Oscar). I hadn’t seen the playground since it had been rebuilt. Wow! It reminded me how great playgrounds used to be before they tore them all down and put in those generic, plastic structures. This playground was one of the few that was better – wooden ones are, in my opinion. But the new section is even better than the old one because there is much more space; it used to be very narrow and a bit of a hazard for the very little ones.

Another day we went to Lithuania Park. It was fun but frigid! And yet another day, which was not as cold, we were able to enjoy one of the other playgrounds in High Park.

It was Leila’s first time on the swings. I think she liked it!

Oscar kept going down one of the big slides. He’d get to the bottom, and then say “‘gain!” (Again)

Here’s to hoping things warm up with Spring officially arriving next week!

Free Math Printables: Number Book

Thursday, April 18th, 2013 by by

Recently, I created some math prinatbles designed to help kids with numbers and counting. I assembled these math printables into a book that will improve number recognition, counting skills, word recognition and even fine motor skills. All you need for this fun math activity is a copy of the book which you can download for free here and some dot stickers which I purchased at the dollar store. (more…)


Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 by by

“Dad where are we? There’s no traffic or buildings.”

“We’re just getting off the freeway here and making a right.”

“Now we’re in a neighborhood.”


“Okay, now there’s stores and everything, I guess.”

“I told you.”

“Hey, Mom? Is Dad going the right way?”

“I heard that.”

“Sorry, Dad… But, Mom is he?”