Monday, March 31, 2014

Lemur Face Sandwich and Lemur Tail Kabob with Cantaloupe Dip

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Are you excited for the Island of Lemurs: Madagascar movie coming out in a few days?  

If your kids are exited for it it's a great opportunity for you to get them reading about Lemurs! (the 2 Sisters sure are tricky in getting your kids to read more!)

We decided to put together a fun Lemur Face Sandwich and Lemur Tail Kabob with Cantaloupe Dip "food craft" that you can make with or for your kid's lunch.  It's really easy and doesn't take too many ingredients.

Note: you know your kids and if they can handle scissors and bamboo skewers safely.  If you can not, please let that be an adults job.

Lemur Face Sandwich (make 1 sandwich)
  • One piece of bread (we used brown rice bread)
  • 3 pieces of turkey or chicken lunch meat or a round slice of white cheese (we use nitrate free lunch meat)
  • Mayonnaise (pptional, but can work as "glue")
  • 2 green olive slices with pimiento  
  • 1 black olive, cut lenthwise in half
  • 2-3 sheets of seaweed snack (they are about 2x4 inches each)
Assembly
  1. Lay bread down on plate
  2. Optional- spread bread with Mayonnaise
  3. Take 2 pieces of lunch meat and trim, using kitchen shears, into a circle shape fitting the bread
  4. Lay onto bread
  5. Take the 3rd piece of lunch meat, fold over and trim into two triangles for ears, place in "ear position", using a small amount of mayo to stick down if you like.
  6. Trim seaweed snack pieces into a rectangle for the forehead, 2 "leaf" shapes for the black around eyes and a circle for the muzzle. You can also cut two small strips for the ears, scraps may work.
  7. Place into position on top of the meat (again using a small amount of mayo to stick down if you like).
  8. Place green olives for eyes.
  9. Place black olives for nose.

Lemur Tail Kabob with Cantaloupe Dip (makes 4 kabobs and about 1 cup of dip)
  • about 24 Blackberries
  • about 24 pieces of banana cut into about 3/4 inch pieces
  • 4 Bamboo Skewers
  • 1 cup diced cantaloupe 
  • 1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt (we used unsweetened coconut yogurt)
Assembly 
  1. Skewer 6 blackberries and 6 pieces of banana on each  Bamboo Skewer, alternating fruit, set aside.
  2. (Job for mom or adult) Place diced cantaloupe and yogurt into the blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Pour dip into a bowl
  4. Serve with kabobs
We found out that  cantaloupe is a favorite Lemur food. 

Hope you enjoy and let us know if you make a Lemur Sandwich or Lemur Tail Kabob!







Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dolly Bookmarks

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 Dolly Bookmarks


What better to use for a bookmark than a cute dolly that you can read to??

I thought up this little Dolly Bookmark craft when I saw some little doll figures drawn on paint sticks in a recent Family Magazine.  It was adorable, but it seemed that this bookmark craft would be more useful in the end.

The Two Sisters had a great time making and even played with them after they finished.  It is a perfect craft for a girls reading group or just for fun an a Saturday Morning.





What you will need for your Dolly Bookmarks:
  • Strips of white cardstock (I actually used poster board) cut to approximately 1.5x8 inches
  • Patterned craft tape with peel off backing, about 1/2 inch wide, cut into 2 inch pieces.  (if using duck tape you will need to trim). Different colors/patterns are nice.
  • Yarn in "hair colors" cut into about 48 inch pieces
  • Small, flower stickers
  • Colored pencils and/or thin markers and regular pencils with erasers
  • A 1-hole punch
  • Self Laminate (or I really think clear contact paper could work.. it would be cheaper)
  • Scissors



Directions:



1. Peel and place your craft tape strips (we recommend 3-4) on your book mark strip, leaving 1-1.5 inches at the top for the head.  This will be the "dress". Trim the leftover for a cleaner look.



2. Draw the head and hair almost or to the top of the bookmark, as you will punch the hole through the top of the bookmark to look like the "ponytail".


3. Draw in the legs and shoes below the dress.


4. Color the legs, shoes, head and hair with either colored pencils and/or thin markers (we found crayons tend to be too fat, but they may work for you.)


5. Cut your self laminate or contact paper to about 4x8.5 inches
6. Peel off the backing and place the bookmark in the middle of the slicky side.
7. Fold over the laminate and press down the seems on the back of the bookmark (careful to avoid air bubbles (a parent or teacher should help get this right).  Trim over any extra on the ends.
8. Punch a hole into the top of head
9. Take 48 piece of string and fold over 3 times, equally.  It should be 16 inches now.
10. Thread through the hole and make the sides equal.
11. Tie in 2 knots and either braid and secure with a very small clear elastic band or leave loose.  Trim ends to even out.  Note: Our yarn was very curly, so I (mom) actually ironed some of it on a VERY low setting.  If you do this, be careful, as you could melt the yarn.  We left one with curly hair.

DONE!  Enjoy!

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