October 16, 2013 3:19 pm

Tissue Ghosts

Tissues, a marker, and dental floss = super cute halloween ghost craft to enjoy making with my boy.

Check out our other fabulous spooky fun foods and crafts for the Halloween season here: Tinkerbean Halloween

June 30, 2013 9:52 am

Summer Bento Lunches for Kids



The happy face details on this sandwich are made from cucumber, and it is served with fresh cantaloupe and cucumber slices.

In reviewing photos from last summer, I came across several that I never posted. I guess I intended to re-do the photography, but eh, that may never happen. These were all enjoyable for my then-3-year-old to eat and easy to throw together for some nourishment.



This sunflower butter and honey sandwich is topped with a fruit leather flower and served with dried banana chips, chopped plum, and flower shaped cucumber.



Cheese and whole grain crackers served with halved grapes and carrots. My son (3 years old) tried his hand at the managing the vegetable peeler to make these thinly sliced carrots.



The wild salmon salad mini sandwiches are accompanied by Annie’s cheddar bunnies, dried cranberries, purple carrot sticks, orange carrot slices and watermelon balls. We used a teaspoon to make the watermelon balls, and if memory serves, these were leftover from making a watermelon cake!



The bottom layer of this bento lunch contains yummy dumplings accompanied by a few mini tomatoes from the garden. The top layer contains peach slices, a rainier cherry and edamame arranged as a beautiful blooming flower!

The Toys:


Food Picks

Food Picks
 
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2 Tier Bento
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2 Tier Bento
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Elastic Bento Strap
 

Mini Sandwich

Round Cutter
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Cutter Faces

Bento Cutters
 

Silicone Cups
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Silicone Cups

Silicone Cups

Silicon Cups
June 25, 2013 11:51 am

Rhinestone ABC’s


I’ve been fascinated with the idea of providing tactile materials to play with en route to learning how to write. These chips are inspired by a simplified version of a sandpaper letter set from Inner Child Fun. I painted the wood chips red and blue partly to be consistant with montessori materials that call out vowels, and partly because I find this kind of thing to be relaxing and meditative. It could certainly be skipped, or handed over to the kids to enjoy.

We built up some muscle memory by getting into a routine of tracing each bumpy rhinestone letter repeatedly; practicing a few times before removing the sticker from the backing, carefully rubbing it onto the heart to make it stick, then rubbing it several more times to make sure it would stay.

Fourth of July and Canada day are coming up ~ Check out some past patriotic posts featuring fun foods and activities!

The Toys: (similar)


Crystal Alphabet

Heart Cutouts

Acrylic Paint
June 8, 2013 9:33 pm

The doghouse

This cute sandwich was a breeze to make using a Lunch Punch sandwich cutter. We had a couple of types of bread on hand and the contrasting colors add to the beauty. The puppy dog has a dried blueberry eye, and the meal is completed with an orange and some sweet bell peppers.

One tip is to push the cutter through the top layer of bread before placing it on the sandwich and continuing to press through. This reduces the possibility of smooshing all of the filling out!

The toys:


Lunch Punch Cutters


Silicone Cups

May 31, 2013 4:35 pm

Capillary Action

Believe it or not, fans of science, the bowl in the middle was 100% empty just moments before I captured this photograph.


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Using paper towel as ladders, we watched capillary action in real time as the colored water climbed and then mixed in the empty bowls to give us new colors! Capillary action and color mixing all in one fun experiment!

You can find a photo tutorial for this experiment at We-Made-That.com.

Linked up with other fun activities for kids at: It’s Playtime and The Kid’s Co-op.

March 28, 2013 11:41 am

Eggs and Tongs


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I found these wooden eggs, dishes and trays at Hobby Lobby the other day. I painted them and set out this little activity tray. The idea is to use the tongs to line up the eggs on their discs. Trickier than it looks!

Linked up at: It’s Playtime and Montessori Monday and Full Hands, Full Hearts

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11:40 am

Easter Sensory Bin


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The other day, we went on a hunt through the house to find all of our easter related toys… bunnies, eggs, chicks, etc. That night, I stuck those items, along with some new tactile letter discs (B for bunny, C for Chick, D for duck, and E for egg), into some eggs and buried them in a sensory bin for the bean to discover anew the next day. He really enjoyed this activity and spent a good long time digging for treasure!

Linked up at: It’s Playtime and Full Hands, Full Hearts

See more from Tinkerbean here!

The Toys:

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Ikea Storage Box
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Wooden Matching Game
March 20, 2013 4:57 pm

The Arctic and Antarctica

The bean and his friends have been enjoying Arctic Ice sensory play regularly since Allison McDonald shared her idea for this bin on her popular kid’s activity blog No Time for Flashcards.

Our simple set up included an Ikea toy storage bin and part of a bento container. I filled it halfway with water and froze. When you pop out the smaller container, it leaves a nice pool for the swimmers.

Sometimes the penguins populate Antarctica, even the ones that usually live in other regions.

An old shower curtain laid on the bedroom floor comes in handy for easy clean up.

We kept a reference book “Arctic & Antarctic” handy to learn a bit as we played!

This is linked up with other fun activities at It’s Playtime!

The Toys:

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Arctic Toob
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Penguins Toob
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Zoo Babies Toob
 
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Ikea bin (X4)
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Oval Bento
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Arctic and Antarctic
March 13, 2013 5:05 pm

Shamrocks and Rainbows

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This bento lunch features green grapes on top, and a shamrock sandwich made of 4 hearts with cucumbers on the bottom for St. Patrick’s day! The stem is just a bit of bread that I cut from the scraps.


The natural beauty of food is evident in this pepper shamrock! This was totally and completely by accident, and yet so perfect!


Getting in the spirit for St. Patricks day can be as simple as inviting a little rainbow into your day.


I set up a little activity on our felt board for the bean: one 4-leaf clover assembled, and the peices available for a second one.


Same game with a leprechaun!

Linked up with other St. Patrick’s day fun food ideas on BentoUSA and Bento for Kidlet, and other activities at Living Montessori Now.

The Toys:

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Square Silicone Cups
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Bento Cutters
 
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2 Tier Bento
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Elastic Bento Box Strap
March 9, 2013 8:56 pm

Forest Children


These forest children are adorable and a lovely toy for the children in your life. image
The bright rainbow theme make them a cute contender for a St. Patricks day surprise!

My inspiration came from seeing them at Dream Child Studio on etsy. I don’t see them for sale anymore, but if you’d rather buy than make, you may get lucky if you contact her! [Update: Amanda of Dream Child Studio let us know that she is planning to make more!) image
This photo depicts how to make these dolls stepwise from the red doll to the purple. Draw up a pattern for the cloak and hat and cut the felt using sharp fabric scissors. Hot glue the cloaks onto the dolls, then the star sequin “buttons.” Sew the hat. An optional step is to flip the hats inside out to reveal a cleaner seam (dark blue). Hot glue on the hats and they’re ready to play!

The Toys:

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Maxim TreeHouse
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Wood Doll Pins
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100% Pure Wool Felt
 
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Mini Thread
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Star Sequins
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