After School Snacks = Fun Times With Bagel Bites and Delimex

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After school time can be a rough time if I am not prepared with some sort of snack ready for my starving kiddos shortly after they get home. I recently discovered a fun way to avoid the after school snack time meltdowns…a game! My kiddos love any excuse to have fun and knowing their after school snack is involved makes it more exciting for them. It’s a 2 for 1. Fun and food!

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The great thing about playing this game is that my kiddos are old enough to pretty much heat all the food and set up the board by themselves. It is never too early to teach them to be self sufficient, right?! lol And since Bagel Bites are made with real cheese and homemade sauce with 0g trans fat, these makes a yummy snack when they are done playing.

 

What You Need:

  • 1 box Delimex (choose your kiddos favorite variety)
  • At least 1 box Bagel Bites (get 1 three cheese and 1 cheese & pepperoni if you do not by the pepperonis separate)
  • Pepperoni circles (optional)
  • Scissors or knife

After school snack fun - Tic Tac Toe with Bagel Bites and Delimex

 

Directions:

Step 1:  Purchase your Delimex (Taquitos) and Bagel Bites at your local Walmart. Right now you can get both with a coupon, which I linked to each for you.After school snack fun - Tic Tac Toe with Bagel Bites and Delimex

 

Step 2: Heat the food as directed on the box. It will take you just over 5 minutes to make this below. Super fast and easy!

After school snack fun - Tic Tac Toe with Bagel Bites and Delimex

 

Step 3: While the Bagel Bites and Delimex are cooling off prepare the “X”s by folding a pepperoni circle in half and using the scissors to cut a triangle through both layers with out cutting the fold. The bigger the triangle the skinnier the arms of the “X” will be. Once cut, open the pepperoni and fold it the other way and repeat. My kiddos loved cutting the “X”s once they figured out how!

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Step 4: Set up the board on a clean playing surface. We used 5 Delimex Taquitos (actually 4 – 2/3…2 full and 3 taquitos cut into 3rds) to create our Tic Tac Toe board.

After school snack fun - Tic Tac Toe with Bagel Bites and Delimex

 

Step 5: Time for fun! Play away. I let them play a few rounds and then they ate, but I can picture this game lasting longer! I also thought about having the winner pick a Bagel Bite to eat each time, but thought twice when I realized one kiddo might win more than another and that would kill the fun we were trying to create.

After school snack fun - Tic Tac Toe with Bagel Bites and Delimex

 

Step 6: Enjoy, enjoy! They actually were excellent sports when they did not win and I think the main reason was because they were enjoying playing with their food too much. Life lessons taught here: the best part is not winning, being a good sport and…

After school snack fun - Tic Tac Toe with Bagel Bites and Delimex

…baby sister gets the first Bagel Bite!

After school snack fun - Tic Tac Toe with Bagel Bites and Delimex

 

This #AfterSchoolSnacks game was inspired by the Bagel Bites website. Stop by to find more great recipes!

 

How do you enjoy after school snack time?

Family Chores {Part 2} + FREE Printable


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In my previous post about Family Chores I shared how each of my kids does chores everyday and they do not get paid for them. They are contributing members in the family and are learning valuable life skills. You can check out that post HERE! That being said I do pay for other chores that go above and beyond what they already do.

Pay chores began a couple of years ago when my oldest daughter really wanted a job but at nine years old there isn’t much to do. So I came up with a job and it has to be my smartest mommy moment ever!! With a big family we have a lot of laundry and getting it folded each week is something I hate to do. There never seems to be enough hours in my day so I created a job for my kids. One child folds the laundry for the week and earns $5.00. I have to say having all of my laundry folded each week is totally worth $20.00 a month. My three oldest daughters have earned enough money to buy an IPOD. It has been a great lesson for them. They have learned that if they don’t want to work they don’t get paid and that earning money isn’t always easy. They have also learned that sometimes having a job means that you miss out on other things because you have to get your job done!

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Since only one person can do that job a week often times I would here its not fair I want to earn money to so I can up with the chore jars. Inside each kids jar is 46 things that they can do to earn money. Each task is worth a dollar so if they really wanted to do them all they could earn $46 a month. I have never personally had a kid do more than 5 in a month. My kids love earning money and I love that they are learning that hard work pays and nothing is just handed to them!!!!

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I have made a free printable for you so your kids can make pay chore jars as well. You can change the jobs with whatever works for your family, this is just what I have come up with. It is a list of all the things that should be done all the time but no one has time to do regularly, at least I don’t have time!! These would make a great “I’m Bored” jar too!! Every time your kid says they are bored they have to pull a paper out and do it for free!

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR FREE PRINTABLE

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What is your favorite way to do chores in your house?

Rainbow Art

I love it when we can come up with a craft for our kiddos that helps reinforce a skill they are trying to practice. Since it is monsoon season here we are seeing some gorgeous rainbows, so this activity is perfect! Courtney reminded me previously in her Let Them Cut Paper post that I need to let my kiddos use the scissors. She also gave a great tip to help your kiddos avoid any “accidents” (hair cutting, clothes cutting, etc.) while using the scissors. Now she is back to share with us over on Rusty and Rosy a fun craft we can make with your kiddos practice scraps.  READ MORE: Create your own Rainbow Mosaic Craft rainbow learning activities, rainbow crafts Not only your preschooler will love this rainbow craft, but I’m betting the older kiddos will too!

What are your favorite Rainbow Art Projects?

Edible Homemade Finger Paint – Smells Good Too!

Summer is hot and the kiddos are often up for some sort of art activity. I saw this Scented Edible Finger Paint activity over on Fun At Home With Kids and I was immediately intrigued. I haven’t done a lot of hands on texture activities with my youngest because everything goes in her mouth. She absolutely loved this and even better, all the other kiddos in the house were begging for their turn when they saw how much fun she had!

Edible Finger Paint - Great activity for not only preschool but all ages!

 

What you need:

  • Plain yogurt – you can even get vanilla if you want them to eat it
  • Kool Aid (1 packet of every color you want to create)
  • Plastic bags
  • Paper
  • Masking tape – to tape down the paper

 

Edible Finger Paint - Great activity for not only preschool but all ages!

 

Directions:

Step 1: Prep your bag. Use a cup to hold the bag open so you do not have to fight with it while you are adding the yogurt and Kool-Aid. It’s so much easier when you have kiddos helping add the ingredients.

Edible Finger Paint - Great activity for not only preschool but all ages!

 

Step 2: Add 1/4 cup yogurt and Kool-Aid color of choice to the bag. We only had to use 1/2 a packet of Kool-Aid and 1/4 cup of the yogurt lasted all 5 of the kiddos and we still had extra of all the colors. It looks pretty cool when you add the color!

Edible Finger Paint - Great activity for not only preschool but all ages!

 

Step 3: Seal the bag and let the little helpers squeeze away. Everyone loved mixing the colors and it felt so good since it was cool and we are in the middle of our hot Arizona summer.

Edible Finger Paint - Great activity for not only preschool but all ages!

The colors were so fun to line up!

Edible Finger Paint - Great activity for not only preschool but all ages!

 

Step 4: Tape the paper down to the table or sheet on the floor to keep it in place and lay out the colors of choice. And plop down a little of each color for your little artist to create with.

Edible Finger Paint - Great activity for not only preschool but all ages!

 

Let’s just say she loved it and since it smelled so good, she had to tasted it (see first pic below). LOL She discovered the plain yogurt was sour and did not tasted as good as the smell! I’m sure if we used the vanilla there would not have been any left for the bigger kids to paint with!

Edible Finger Paint - Great activity for not only preschool but all ages!

 

Tips and Tricks + The Big Kiddos Get a Turn!

After watching my youngest all the older kiddos could not wait any longer. We did half sheets for each of them and for my sanity only 2 at a time! And of course, everyone wanted to taste the finger paint, which was totally okay and the sour faces were awesome to watch. ;-)

Edible Finger Paint - Great activity for not only preschool but all ages!

 

How To keep it Organized and Clean

To keep everything clean and organized, I discovered using a large baking sheet lid (this is for the cupcake tray) helped keep all the colors visible and the yogurt in the bag. No dripping all over the place = a sane me!

Edible Finger Paint - Great activity for not only preschool but all ages!

 

What Is The Best Paper?

With the toddler we used the butcher type paper, similar to printer paper, and it lasted her experimenting, but barely. With the older kids we used construction paper and although it looked like they would not last they did and dried way better than expected.

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Smelly Art

And even better they still smell great dried!

Edible Finger Paint - Great activity for not only preschool but all ages!

The BEST smelly Artwork for sure!

What They Will Learn

  • Experience texture and temperature
  • Practice with color
  • Introduction to many scents
  • Creativity
  • Play with taste buds, too, if they get to tasting it

What is your favorite art to do with kids?

 

 

Family Chores {Part 1}

 

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With 6 kids I am constantly being asked how we handle chores in our house. What kids do what chores? Do we pay for chores? What age do you start chores? How do you take care of all that laundry? etc. There are lots more but you get the idea, so I thought I would share what works for us.

I homeschool so we are home all day long everyday which means our house is always busy and can get messy in the blink of an eye. Without a plan my house would be a wreck all the time!! I have tried many things over the years but I have been doing this system for the last couple of years and it seems to work the best for us.

First make a list of all the things that need to be done everyday to make your house run smoothly. My list looks like this….

Vacuum family room

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Breakfast dishes in dishwasher

Wash and dry one load of laundry

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Sweep under kitchen table

Unload dishwasher (top and bottom and can be split into two chore areas)

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Feed and Water Dogs Morning/Evening

Alternate cleaning sliding glass door and dusting family room

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Vacuum dining room/living room alternate days

Sort dirty laundry into baskets (I have a container in my laundry room that we sort the laundry into. We sort clothes into colors, whites, and darks)

Swish and swipe main bathroom (Clean counters, mirror and tidy up. Clean toilet and floors on Saturday.)

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Swish and swipe girls upstairs bathroom

Get my 3 year old and 1 year old dressed

Empty bathroom trash cans (every couple of days)

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This is my current list but I tend to revise it every 6 months and it is about time to do it again. I like my kids to rotate chores about that often so that they learn how to do each of the things in the house instead of just one area. Each of the 3 big girls (ages 11, 9, 8) gets 3 morning chores. I let them choose one and assign the other two. My 6 year old is an apprentice right now and is learning how to empty the dishwasher and sort the laundry.  She is the reason that I need to redo our list now because she is ready to have her own assignment. I will probably keep her as a helper for a new chore and keep an old chore as her own responsibility.  My three year old empties the bathroom trash cans and helps with the dishwasher and with taking the laundry out of the dryer.

I don’t currently have an evening chore list except the feed and water dogs. We do a family clean up of the down stairs in the evening and a group cleaning of any other area that needs our attention.  Often this ends up being the upstairs hallway or the girls upstairs bathroom.

All of these chores are done for free. They contribute to the house because they live here. I do offer pay chores for other things that I want done that go above and beyond their normal chores. I will have a post coming up soon all about pay chores so make sure you check back!!!

Hope you find this info useful and I would love to hear what works in your families so if  you have other ideas please share!!!

 

Fun ways to make your kids feel special {Kids Cards Review}

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I love having a large family with lots of kids but sometimes it can be hard spending one on one time with each of them everyday. I want my kids to grow up and feel special and know that I love them each for who they are. I have come up with some fun ways to show your kids you care and let them get the special attention they deserve!! Ideas that are as easy as giving kids cards to taking them on a special date! Any thing you take the time to do will be important to them. #kidscards

Here are all of girls and I. They range in age from 3 to 11. Here are some of the ways we like to make each of them feel special!

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Highs and Lows: At the dinner table we go around the table and each person gets to tell the best thing about their day and the worst. They each have the whole families undivided attention when it is there turn. They love having everyone focus on them and it is their favorite dinner time activity.

Stay up Late: This is something a friend told me about years ago and it is awesome!! Every night you let one kid stay up 30 minutes later than everyone else and they get one on one time with a parent to play a game, talk, craft or work on a project they want help on. It is a fabulous way to get special time with your child and really makes them feel important!

Date Night: I know we all love our date nights but I am talking about dating your kids! This can be as simple and inexpensive as you want it to be. Some ideas are going to the library and playing the computer or putting together a puzzle with your child, playing at the park, taking a hike, going out to ice cream, taking a craft class, going bowling, going shopping, or going to a movie. We try to take each kid out on a date once a quarter and we rotate something inexpensive with something a little bit more pricey. My kids love it and look forward to their turn!

Card or special note: This one is so much fun and really doesn’t take a lot of effort. I like to leave them notes or cards in their backpacks, under their pillows or tucked in a book they are reading. The kids love the notes of encouragement and it always puts a big smile on their face.

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Hallmark makes it super easy with their Hallmark Card Rewards Program that gives you points for every 5 cards you buy. With 5 girls points add up quick! Hallmark makes it even more fun with the new Hallmark Poster Cards for kids.

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I went to my favorite store which I happen to be at every other day it seems Walmart. #CollectiveBias

Hallmark Unique Gifts

They have a great selection of Poster Cards for kids! The cards all have fabulous messages and sayings that worked great for making your kids feel special!!

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I got one for each of my girls even though my three year old can’t read I knew she would be crushed if she didn’t have one.

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They are just too cool!! I loved watching their faces as the unwrapped their cards. I gave each kid their card separate so that they wouldn’t know what was coming. It was so fun and I am pretty sure their next card or note will be a huge let down after this!

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I would love to hear ways that you make your kids feel important and special!! Please share:)

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