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real snowy craft: An Arizona Snow Day

Real snowflakes are hard to come by in the greater-Phoenix area, but your family can still enjoy a rousing snowball fight using recycled-paper snowballs! Then get toasty with a cup of hot cocoa and a tortilla snowflake treat.
Monthly “Real Crafts” are created just for RAK by Bettijo B. Hirschi & Aimée Lowry, the Arizona moms behind the family-style blog Paging Supermom. For more ideas, visit pagingsupermom.com.

recycled paper snowballs
Crinkle paper into tight balls. Use up leftover wrapping paper with the white, backside facing out, or roll and tuck a bunch of socks into spheres. Set a few ground rules and then let those snowballs fly!

tortilla snowflakes
• fresh flour tortillas
• butter
• powdered sugar or cinnamon and sugar
• clean scissors (or chomping teeth!)
• griddle

Fold the tortilla in half and then in half again. Cut out shapes from the sides of the folded tortilla just as you would cut folded paper to make a snowflake. Little ones who want to help can skip the scissors and have them take bites out of the edges to create a similar effect. Carefully unfold the tortilla. Dab with a small amount of melted butter then heat on a griddle until it begins to brown. Sprinkle the tortilla with powdered sugar or cinnamon and sugar and serve warm.

southwest cocoa
Add a pinch of cinnamon and chili powder to your favorite hot chocolate recipe or mix. (It may sound a little strange, but the pairing is delicious!) Don’t forget to add some marshmallows.

Gingerbread personalities

By John Bomhoff
Art Studio Manager, Children’s Museum of Phoenix

Children can make gingerbread characters with all kinds of personalities with this craft idea from the Children’s Museum of Phoenix.

Ages: preschool and above

Materials: 6” X 9” brown construction paper, cardboard pattern for gingerbread person, yarn cut in short lengths, paper scraps, miniature pom-poms, rick-rack, glitter, markers, scissors, white glue and newspapers

Instructions:

Spread newspapers on the table.

Create a pattern for a gingerbread person out of cardboard.  Have your children trace around the pattern on the brown construction paper.

Cut out the gingerbread person and create a face.

Create clothing out of paper scraps.

Decorate with paper scraps, yarn, rick-rack, pom-poms and glitter.

TEACHABLE MOMENTS

This project is a great way to begin the holiday season. In addition you might want to make gingerbread man cookies.  Cooking with children reinforces following sequential directions and learning to use measurements.

ABOUT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF PHOENIX

The mission of the Children’s Museum of Phoenix is to engage the minds, muscles and imaginations of children and the grown-ups who care about them. With hands-on, interactive exhibits designed for children ages birth to 10, the Museum focuses on learning through play, with emphasis on early childhood education and school-readiness.

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is located at 215 N. 7th St. in downtown Phoenix, at the southeast corner of Seventh Street and Van Buren in the historic Monroe School Building.

real shiny craft: FaLaLaLa Foil Ornaments

Trim your tree with FaLaLaLa Foil Ornaments—festive baubles made from scrunched aluminum foil and yarn. These are definitely kid-friendly. They are unbreakable and your family can easily create them together! Monthly “Real Crafts” are created just for RAK by Bettijo B. Hirschi & Aimée Lowry, the Arizona moms behind the family-style blog Paging Supermom. For more ideas, visit pagingsupermom.com.

Supplies needed:

Aluminum foil
Yarn (in a couple of festive colors)
Glue (optional)

Instructions

Tear a foot of foil off the roll and scrunch into a ball. For larger ornaments, overlay another sheet of foil. Shape in hands to form a sphere.

Wrap yarn around ball twice and secure with a knot. Continue wrapping as desired. Once yarn design is complete, tie off with another knot. You may wish to use glue to secure the end.

Finish by tying on a loop of yarn for hanging.

real sweet craft: Caramel corn on the cob

Need a party favor, hostess gift or something to pass out to neighbors as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches? This delicious cob will do the job quite nicely. This recipe for Stress-Free Caramel Popcorn just takes minutes and is easier than pie! Instructions at right.

These monthly “Real Crafts” are created just for RAISING ARIZONA KIDS by Bettijo B. Hirschi & Aimée Lowry, the Arizona moms behind the family-style blog Paging Supermom. For more of their ideas, visit pagingsupermom.com.

Instructions (to make 8 cobs)

1 batch of Stress-Free Caramel Popcorn (see recipe below)
8 clear bags (we used cellophane treat bags from the party supply section)
32 wire twist ties (4 for each cob)
Roll of green party streamer
Twine, raffia or string

Let the Caramel Popcorn mixture set until cool enough to touch. Your kids will probably enjoy helping you make the cobs. After washing and drying your hands, coat fingers with a tiny bit of vegetable oil to prevent sticking. Grab a couple heaping handfuls of popcorn mixture and press together to form an oblong shape resembling a corncob.

Place each cob into a clear bag, squeeze the air out and twist tie closed. To help the bag form to the shape of the cob, pinch and twist tie the other end.

To make cornhusks, tear two 30-inch lengths of green streamer. We had two shades of green in our cupboard and used one of each.

Hold the two streamers together and fold to find the middle. Pinch this part around one of the twist-tied ends of the popcorn bag and secure with another twist tie.

Guide the streamer tails along both sides of the corncob and secure at the other end with a twist tie. Trim the streamers to desired length.

To finish, wrap the twine, raffia or string around several times to cover the twist ties on both ends; then tie a knot.

Stress-Free Caramel Popcorn

2 sticks butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 bag (10.5 oz.) mini marshmallows
2 bags microwave popcorn

Pop both bags of microwave popcorn then pour into a large mixing bowl. Leave out any un-popped kernels.

In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter then stir in brown sugar and marshmallows. Continue stirring until marshmallows have melted and the ingredients are well combined.

Pour the caramel mixture over the popcorn and mix well. Let cool and gobble up.