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51+ Kids Crafts & Activities that you can do on Spring and Summer break!
Are the kids getting ready to have Spring Break? Since I still work during that time, it’s a little harder for me to plan for us to do anything outside of the house. This means during this time I try to have some crafts and activities on hand for the kids to do so they aren’t bored or stuck in a TV coma. These kids crafts are perfect for Spring break and even for Summer vacation too!

Spring Break Activities & Crafts for Kids

Learn how to Geocache with your kids http://cleverpinkpirate.com/2014/07/11/geocaching-with-kids/

Make dinosaur fossils with your kids http://cleverpinkpirate.com/2014/05/02/diy-dinosaur-fossils/

Spray chalk is easy to make and fun to play with http://cleverpinkpirate.com/2014/04/18/spray-chalk-kids-activity/

Turn candy into science with these experiments http://cleverpinkpirate.com/2014/10/31/candy-science-experiments-kids/

Cinnamon Dough Ornaments http://cleverpinkpirate.com/2014/11/07/kids-craft-cinnamon-dough-ornaments/

Treasure Stones are a perfect way to cleverly hide things http://cleverpinkpirate.com/2014/09/12/kids-craft-treasure-stones/

2 Ingredient Scratch n Sniff Paint http://cleverpinkpirate.com/2014/07/25/scratch-n-sniff-paint/

Make ice cream in a bag with just a few ingredients http://cleverpinkpirate.com/2014/06/20/make-ice-cream-bag/

Build Olaf and other fun things with this playdough recipe http://cleverpinkpirate.com/2014/06/06/frozen-olaf-party-favors-homemade-playdough-recipe-printable/

DIY Ring toss game http://www.momendeavors.com/2013/06/diy-ring-toss-game.html

Dinosaur track matching game http://www.momendeavors.com/2011/09/dinosaur-tracks-matching-activity.html

Snow paint http://www.momendeavors.com/2011/01/snow-paint.html

Hulk slime with glitter http://seevanessacraft.com/2015/02/craft-hulk-glitter-slime/

Make a paper kite you can fly http://www.happinessishomemade.net/2013/04/10/kids-craft-diy-paper-kite/

Styrofoam kids craft http://craftsbyamanda.com/styrofoam-cup-sea-crabs/

Decoupage treasure box http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2014/06/easy-kids-craft-decoupage-treasure-box.html

Make a Rock Caterpillar http://www.nelliebellie.com/garden-rock-caterpillar/

Fight boredom with plastic cups http://allfortheboys.com/home/2014/1/16/plastic-cup-boredom-buster.html

Chicken in a cup activity http://allfortheboys.com/home/2013/5/28/chicken-in-a-cup.html

DIY Minecraft Sword http://allfortheboys.com/home/2013/6/26/digital-to-real-life-diy-minecraft-sword.html

Egg carton spy glasses http://craftsbyamanda.com/egg-carton-spy-glasses/

Pool noodle nun-chucks http://allfortheboys.com/home/2014/3/11/diy-pool-noodle-nunchucks.html 

Floating ball activity http://allfortheboys.com/home/2014/06/26/floating-ball-activity.html

Felt pinwheel wreathhttp://madincrafts.com/hands-on-kids-craft-felt-pinwheel-wreath/

Paper plate targets and rubber band bracelet bow & arrows http://allfortheboys.com/home/2014/6/17/paper-plate-targets.html

Make your own crayons http://www.skiptomylou.org/2012/06/27/making-crayons-using-molds-craft-camp/

Monster finger puppet kit http://ithappensinablink.com/2014/10/monster-finger-puppet-kit.html

Handled sponge paint stamps http://ithappensinablink.com/2014/08/handled-sponge-stamps-viva-vantage-paper-towels.html

Geometric Mod Art http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2014/05/geometric-mod-art-kids.html

Marshmallow Igloos http://www.happygoluckyblog.com/2011/02/fun-craft-idea-marshmallow-igloos.html

Statue of Liberty crown and torch http://craftsbyamanda.com/statue-liberty-crown-torch-noise-maker/

Batman wrist cuffs http://craftsbyamanda.com/batman-craft-wrist-cuffs/

Rainbow pony bead bracelet http://craftsbyamanda.com/rainbow-pony-bead-bracelet/

Rubber band car tutorial http://craftsbyamanda.com/make-rubber-band-car/

Clothespin hippo and zebra magnets http://craftsbyamanda.com/hippo-and-zebra-craft/

Pirate paper bag puppet http://craftsbyamanda.com/paper-bag-pirate-puppet/

Craft stick monsters http://craftsbyamanda.com/monster-craft/

Paper plate kite http://craftsbyamanda.com/paper-plate-kite/

Marshmallow Shooters http://www.happinessishomemade.net/2011/05/26/marshmallow-shooters/

Egg Carton Art http://modpodgerocksblog.com/2013/06/kids-will-love-this-egg-carton-art.html

Colorful pom pom trees http://www.thekimsixfix.com/2014/04/colorful-spring-pom-pom-trees-kid.html

Ice cube painting http://eclecticmomsense.com/2014/05/ice-cube-painting.html

Bubble painting http://eclecticmomsense.com/2014/01/bubble-painting-homemade-colored-bubbles.html

Paper plate frisbees http://craftsbyamanda.com/paper-plate-frisbees/

Paper plate watermelon fan http://craftsbyamanda.com/paper-plate-watermelon-fan/

Sharpie mug http://www.cleverlysimple.com/kid-craft-personalized-sharpie-mug/

Make a bouncy ball http://www.the36thavenue.com/2014/03/how-to-make-a-bouncy-ball.html

Paint a fork dandelion http://www.craftymorning.com/make-dandelions-using-fork-kids-craft/

Make kinetic sand http://livingithaca.com/diy/make-kinetic-sand/

Make a heart sun catcher for the window http://www.funathomewithkids.com/2014/01/heart-suncatcher-craft-for-toddlers.html

Jellyfish paper bag puppet http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2013/07/paper-bag-jellyfish-craft.html

Looking for ripened banana recipes? I’ve got over 51 for you!

51+ Ripened Banana Recipes

We love bananas in this house and we eat them daily. Sometimes though I may buy too many and they do start to brown. The kids actually won’t eat them if they start to turn (I know, total banana snobs) and then I am left either consuming them or creating recipes. My go to recipes for ripened bananas are typically smoothies and waffles but really, there is so much more you could do with ripened bananas.

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60+ Halloween & Fall Pudding Creations w/ Snack Pack Pudding

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20 Pumpkin Pie Recipe Variations

The season for pumpkin everything has begun! Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin cookies and of course, my favorite….pumpkin pie. Every year I make a few pumpkin pies for us to enjoy for the season. Usually I keep it pretty simple with a classic pumpkin pie recipe but I wanted to find a few more pumpkin pie recipes I could branch out with. A few years ago I started using fresh pumpkin for all of my pumpkin desserts and I haven’t bought a can of pumpkin since.

Canning Fresh Pumpkin
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9 Peanut Butter Sandwich Variations for School Lunches (or for work)!

I’m always looking for fun sandwich ideas for the kids lunches beyond just boring PB&J. Especially since Clever Teen refuses to take a lunch box and just puts her sandwich in her backpack, it makes it hard to do any sandwich that would require an ice pack or refrigeration. So I did some searching to see how I could get creative with the classic peanut butter sandwich for school lunches!

DIY Stenciled Lunch Bags for Boys

Of course these lunches would fit perfectly in a stenciled lunch bag. See the tutorial here: http://cleverpinkpirate.com/2014/08/27/stenciled-lunch-bags-kids/

9 Peanut Butter Sandwich Variations for School Lunches

Fluffernutter Sandwich: I’m not normally a fan of marshmallow but I do sort of like marshmallow cream. Fromaway.com shares how to make homemade marshmallow fluff for your fluffernutter sandwiches! Combine it with peanut butter and maybe even some sliced bananas or apples and you have an irresistible sandwich.
http://www.fromaway.com/cooking/homemade-marshmallow-fluff

Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Sandwich: This actually sounds like heaven, sweet and rich is my kind of sandwich and I am sure the kids would love it.
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Cinnamon-Raisin-Peanut-Butter-Sandwich

Peanut Butter Banana Dog Sandwich: This looks FUN! A twist on the PB & Banana sandwich.
http://afewshortcuts.com/2011/08/lunch-box-idea-peanut-butter-and-banana-dogs/

Peanut Butter &  Pickle Sandwich: My kids love PB and pickles, so I am pretty sure they would love this one especially with the extra surprise inside!
http://wonderlandkitchen.com/2013/04/national-peanut-butter-and-jelly-day-peanut-butter-pickle-variation/

Peanut Butter Banana & Honey Sandwich: With the cinnamon raisin bread, this sounds like the perfect combo.
http://www.creative-culinary.com/peanut-butter-banana-and-honey-sandwich-on-cinnamon-bread/

Peanut Butter Apple Oatmeal Sandwich: If the kids are getting tired of bread, this would be a great alternative to the traditional PB sammy!
http://www.wheelndealmama.com/peanut-butter-granola-apple-sandwiches-perfect-snack-for-the-kids/

Grilled Peanut Butter & Apple Sandwiches: Here is another peanut butter and apple sandwich except this one is grilled!
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Grilled-Peanut-Butter-Apple-Sandwiches/

Peanut Butter & Basil Sandwich: OKay so this may be more of an adult Peanut Butter sandwich but it could be a tasty sandwich for kids too!
http://minimalistbaker.com/peanut-butter-and-basil-sandwich/

Homemade Uncrustables Sandwich: Do your kids hate their crusts? Mine too. This tool is awesome for cutting the crust off and you can even freeze these! Check out how easy these are here:
http://crazyadventuresinparenting.com/2011/11/diy-homemade-uncrustables-sandwiches.html

If you are looking for more fun ideas for school lunches, check out my School Lunches board on Pinterest! It has recipes, fun themes and even some printables for your kids lunchboxes!

Follow Clever PinkPirate’s board School lunches that aren’t boring! on Pinterest.

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