Friday, April 29, 2011

DIY Family Friday Week #10

Hello and welcome to our last DIY of April! It's hard to believe that May is just around the corner with the weather we have been having! This week we're going to put all those old broken crayons back in business.

Old, broken crayons
Mini Muffin Tin
Cooking Spray

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

Collect all your broken crayons and peel the remaining paper off of them.
Now hand them to the kids and let them break them into smaller pieces! 

Have the kids sort the crayon pieces by color.

Next divide your crayons into each muffin slot. Limit the color selection in each slot to 3 colors. Anything more than that will create a unattractive brown color.

Depending on how big you want your new crayons to be, add more or less crayon pieces to the muffin slots.

Place the muffin tin in the oven for 5-7 minutes or until the crayons are completely melted.
 Carefully remove the tray from the oven.
At this point you can use your toothpick to swirl the colors together.

Let them cool completely and then pop the new fun crayons out of the tin! {Tip: If you want to speed up the hardening process, pop the tins in the oven for 15 minutes!}

{Another Tip: If you have fun shaped silicone molds, this would be a perfect project to use them on!}

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Please Join Us | Monday, May 9

What: Culver’s will donate a percent of total receipt sales to the Family Resource Center!
When:  Monday, Monday May 9th, 5-8pm
Where:  Only at Culver’s of Eau Claire,
located at 4750 Golf Rd, Eau Claire WI
Why:  To raise funds for our center!

We would love to see you there!
{No flyer necessary!}

Friday, April 22, 2011

DIY Family Friday Week #9

The blog has been awfully quiet this week, doncha think? Sick kids will do that to you! This week we're keeping it simple and honoring the big bunny at the mall! Easy Peasy!

Click on the pictures below and print off any of the fun coloring pages shown.




Friday, April 15, 2011

DIY Family Friday Week #8

It looks spring may just be making it's long awaited appearance here in Eau Claire! Finally, we can send the kids outside to burn off some energy. This week, we're going to make sidewalk chalk paint!

food coloring
muffin pan
paint brush
Mix cornstarch and food coloring in enough holes on the muffin pan for all of the colors you want. We recommend doing this inside and then adding the water once you get outside to reduce the possibility of spilling in the house!

Add water to each hole and mix until you have a paste like consistency.  This will help the colors show up better! Have fun and be creative!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Just a reminder - Grizzly's tonight!

Tonight, Grizzly's will be donating 15% of their proceeds from 5:00-9:00pm to the Family Resource Center! Stop in and enjoy some delicious food and support the center at the same time! See you there!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Looking for something free and fun to do with your kids this summer?

Before you know it, your kids are going to be out of school and claiming to be "bored" every 15 minutes. Here's a great way to keep them entertained for not a lot of dough!

Starting May 1 - September 5, your kids can bowl up to 2 free games per day at Wagner's Lanes, all summer long!. Here are the details from the Kids Bowl Free website:
Select bowling centers and schools around the country are participating in the first ever Kids Bowl Free program. This program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer.
All you need to do is visit the website and register up to 6 kids. All coupon notifications are sent via email to the parent or guardian on file. Pretty cool, huh?

Here are the fine print details:
  • Not good for use with daycare outings, camps, business or club outings, or birthday party celebrations.
  • Ages 15 and under  
  • Standard shoe rental rates apply. An unlimited shoe rental pass is available at the bowling center.

Friday, April 8, 2011

DIY Family Friday Week #7

Happy Friday! Welcome to week 7 of DIY FF! This week we're featuring a recipe that the kids can help you make or you can make while they're snoozing, for a post nap, afternoon snack - Homemade Caramel Corn! {This also happens to be a recipe featured in our soon-to-be published recipe book}

1 stick of butter
1/2 C brown sugar
7 large marshmallows
1 bag microwave popcorn
In a sauce pan, over low/medium heat, Bring butter, sugar and marshmallows to a boil.  Be sure to continue to stir the mixture frequently and watch to make sure doesn't burn!

Pop popcorn in microwave.  Mix popcorn and sauce pan mixture together in a large mixing bowl. Then spread the caramel corn out on wax paper to cool. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Join us next Wednesday Night at Grizzly's!

If you missed our last restaurant fundraiser, have no fear! Our next fundraiser is at Grizzly's Wood-Fired Grill!

Join us, Wednesday, April 13 from 5:00-10:00pm and Grizzly's will donate 15% of the proceeds to the FRC! Not only do you not have to cook one night next week but you'll be supporting an awesome cause!

See you there!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

We need your family friendly recipes!

Once upon a time, the FRC started collecting family friendly recipes for a recipe book. But then the FRC staff got so, so busy and the recipe book had to take a backseat to other super important center items.

Then along came a new staff member that was motivated and determined to get the recipe book finished and into the hands of our FRC families and their friends.

This is where YOU come in! We need your family friend recipes to help round out our FRC recipe book! Please email them to Emily.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Sensory Day :: Friday April, 8 is Full!

We had an overwhelming response to our Sensory Day sign up and the class is now FULL and has a waiting list!

Due to space restrictions, we have to limit the number of participants. But, don't worry, if you didn't sign up for this Sensory Day. We will be holding another one soon and hopefully the weather will cooperate so we can do it outside and include more kids!

Friday, April 1, 2011

DIY Family Friday Week #6

Can you believe that we are on our 6th week of DIY Family Fridays? Time is just crusin' by! In anticipation of spring, which we've heard is on it's way,  we're going to make a Grassapillar!
3/4 cup potting soil
2 TBSP of grass seed
Empty egg carton
Permanent marker
In a bowl, mix the potting soil and grass seed in a bowl. Add water to moisten the mixture, then set it aside.

Cut a three-cup section of an empty egg carton. Be sure to trim the section along the edges to ensure that your Grassapillar will look the same from both sides.

With a permanent marker, draw a face on one end as shown. Gently spoon the seed mixture into the cups.Set your Grassapillar in a brightly lit spot and keep the soil moist. The grass should sprout in about a week.Your little one will love checking on the progress of their Grassapillar each morning!

Thanks to the Family Fun website for a great, easy idea!