maandag 25 november 2019

Toadstool cookies

In my previous post I promised to share a healthy 3D toadstool cookie recipe and here it is! Many thanks to my sweet sister for sharing this autumn recipe with me. She made 35 toadstool cookies with my little nephew as a school birthday treat and all his classmates loved it!

2 tbsp of coconut oil
2 medium size eggs
150 g oats
1 tsp baking powder
50 g spelt or almond flour
3 tbsp of liquid honey
1 tsp cinnamon
40 g raw pecans
40 g raw hazelnuts
75 g raisins

Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius. Put all the ingredients in a food processor and whiz up until smooth. Scoop a little bit of the mix onto a lined baking tray and create a shape of a toadstool as shown on the pictures below. Repeat till nothing of the mix is left. Pop in the oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

zondag 17 november 2019

Paper plate toadstool

"Look how big that toadstool is! Is that someone's home?" That was where our conversation about gnomes started and our craft was born ;-) In this post I will show you how a child can easily make a toadstool himself.

Prepare paint supplies and the materials shown below.

Let your child paint the cardboard cup and the paper plate, while you cut some circles from the cottons. When your child has finished painting, let him put the cotton rounds on the roof of the toadstool. Do this while the paint is still wet, because then it will stick well.

When the paint is dry, you can pierce a hole in the middle of the roof (plate) and the stem (the cup) with a wooden skewer. Attach the parts to each other with a paper fastener and your toadstool is ready for his new gnome resident. If your kid doesn't have a wooden gnome to play with, check this tutorial to make one of a paper roll.

Paper roll gnomes - Repeat crafter me
Can't get enough of making toadstools? In my next post I will share a healthy 3D toadstool cookie recipe :-)

maandag 4 november 2019

Sint Maarten paper lantern

I work for a Dutch family in the Netherlands at the moment and my oldest nanny kid made a paper lantern for St. Martin's Day (Sint Maarten). It's a popular children's feast day in many parts of the Netherlands. On the 11th of November, armed with a hand-crafted lantern, children go door to door singing Sint Maarten songs. As a reward, they receive candy or fruit in return. 
Saint Martin is regarded as a friend of the children and patron of the poor in the Catholic tradition. If you are interested to read more about this topic, visit the website Finding Dutchland

To make a lantern you need the following items: 
Parchment paper
Glue or double sided tape
Cardboard strips in a colour of your licking
 Plastic bottle 
Light stick

Start with cutting off the top of a plastic bottle. Next you wrap the parchment paper around the bottle to determine the amount you need. Cut of the right amount of paper in the length and height and let your child colour this with crayons. When your kid is finished with the drawing, attach the cardboard strips on the top and bottom with glue or double sided tape. 

Glue or tape the ends of the cardboard strips together around the plastic bottle to create a lantern. Use a hole puncher to make two holes in the lantern. String a ribbon through the holes and attach a lantern stick like this. Now your kids are ready to collect some serious candy :-)

On the photo bellow you can see the lantern my nanny kid has made. On the right you see a tea light. You can make one with exact the same materials except for the ribbon. You also have to swap the bottle for a glass jar because of potential fire risk.

After we made the lantern we practiced Sint Maarten songs and before the activity we read the book Sint Maarten en het beertje. It's such an adorable story! The children's book is written in Dutch and you can watch the story in the video bellow.