Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Painted Easter Sugar Cookies

We've been making Easter Cookies this week. We made my Amazing Marvelous Marbled Easter Egg Cookies and now we made these Painted Easter Cookies. The process of making sugar cookies is fun with mixing the dough, rolling out, and cutting the cookies so this is always a hit with kids.  Just add in "painting the cookies" as a last step and you have a winner on your hands. We made painted sugar cookies for Christmas here too.
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Rolled and cut out sugar cookies on a cookie sheet (Uncooked)
Recipe here for Sugar Cookies
Evaporated Milk (from a can)
Food Coloring
ice cube tray or small containers
paint brushes that have only been used for food

To make these lovely painted cookies, first make the sugar cookies and have the uncooked cookies placed on a cookie sheet. Prepare the cookie paint by filling an ice cube tray with evaporated milk. Then, add a few drops of food coloring per each ice cube section.  Mix up the food coloring with the evaporated milk with a toothpick. Now, grab your paint brushes and you are ready to paint the cookies.

After the cookies are painted, you can cook them according to the sugar cookie recipe that you choose to follow.  They look gorgeous uncooked!

And they stay beautiful after they have been baked too.  The nice thing about this process is that once the cookies are cooled they are ready to eat.  There is no extra step to make frosting and wait for the cookies to cool!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Metallic Painted Easter Eggs

We made a mixture of commercially dyed and metallic painted Easter eggs and they turned out BEAUTIFUL! I bought the 24 Karat Easter Egg Coloring Kit which is not rated very well by Amazon.com, but we painted our eggs multicolored and we had better results than our single color metallic eggs. We even made paintings on paper with our left over paint which you can see at the end of the post.
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C happily painting her eggs. She had so much fun!

She enjoyed the commercial dyes PAAS kit too.

We even painted with the metallic colors over the Commercially dyed eggs which gave a nice background color to some of the eggs.
Lastly, we used the leftover Metallic colors to make some wonderful paintings! Mom's painting below.

C's painting.

What Egg Kits have you and your kids enjoyed?

Monday, March 18, 2013

Create and Learn! E-book Giveaway

Just in case you haven't heard my first E-book: Create and Learn!: Super Fun Projects That Build a Kid's Creativity and Brainpower, came out a couple weeks ago.  It is 86 pages of Chocolate Muffin Tree Inspiration with chapters on Painting, Sculpture, Outdoor Activities, Food as Art and more...!  I'm still very excited and want to share this excitement with 5 Lucky Readers!  I'm giving away 5 Free Create and Learn E-books.  All you have to do is leave a comment below this post with your e-mail address for your chance to win a copy! In the comment tell me one creative activity that is top on your list to do with kids. Good Luck!
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If you want to buy a copy of my E-book it is only $7.99 on Amazon.com.  Just click here to bring you to the Amazon page for my book or click below.
***Winners will be chosen by random number generator. Giveaway ends March 25th at Midnight EST.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Rainbow Crayon Resist

Crayon Resist activities are always fun and when you add rainbows to the mix that even adds more enjoyment for kids. This is always a magical activity for kids,  and why not think about pairing it up with St. Patrick's Day or Spring Weather activities?
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Materials Needed:
Crayons (white always works best!)
Watercolors in rainbow colors
Paint brushes
White paper

First,  draw with crayons with firm pressure onto white paper.  White crayons always look coolest! Then paint with rainbow watercolors over the crayon drawings. SO simple an Magical every time!

I always enjoy this activity and my daughter does too! 

We made Crayon Resist Easter Eggs last year!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Rainbow Coffee Filters

This is a simple activity to create beautiful rainbows for Spring. We always seem to drag out the coffee filters to draw or color on.  I think I have a zillion posts about coffee filters so at the end of this post you can click on the links to see them.
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Materials Needed
Coffee Filters
Water-based Markers
Spray Bottle with water

Make sure to lay down some newspaper on your work area. Then begin coloring and drawing rainbows on coffee filters.

After you have filled up your coffee filter with marker colors, then spray some water and make sure newspaper in underneath because the color will bleed through. Also, not to much water or the colors will completely disappear!

Ta da! Happy Rainbow Making...we may make a garland of these...

Coffee Filter Ideas:

Monday, March 4, 2013

Create and Learn: My First E-book!

I'm so excited to share with you some exciting news! My first E-book came out this past week! I've been working with the wonderful people at Demand Media the past few months to produce my book: Create and Learn! Super Fun Projects That Build a Kid's Creativity and Brainpower. It is 86 pages full of Chocolate Muffin Tree inspiration to be more creative with your children and at the same time creating special memories together.
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It has been a lot of work writing this book, while teaching High School Art full time, creating blog posts, and taking care of my family.  I am so proud that I was able to accomplish this book. If someone would have told me two years ago when starting this blog that I would have an E-book based on The Chocolate Muffin Tree, I would have never believed them. I am overjoyed that it has become a reality! Hooray for me!

Create and Learn! is available at Amazon.com for only $7.99