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FamilyFun April/May 2018

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“wisdom begins in wonder.”

Posted on June 7, 2017, by @susan.grimes The Backstory Last spring, our whole family decided to spend a long weekend in a mountaintop cabin in Jefferson, NC. My kids and their cousins went out exploring, and my son, Owen, caught this toad in the woods. He’s fascinated with any type of creature, so this made his day. He carried it back to the cabin, and everyone got a chance to hold it. Then the older cousins convinced him to let the toad free, and we released it right in front of my son so he could get a great view. You can see the complete fascination in his eyes. He would’ve spent all day studying it if he could have. After we returned the toad to nature, we made s’mores over a…

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hoppin’ to it!

SUPER-EASY EASTER-EGG CRITTERS FELT BASKET WHAT YOU’LL NEED • Basket template • 12x18-in. craft felt • 4 oz. Elmer’s glue • Baking sheet • Wax paper • Sewing pins • Hole punch • Yarn or ribbon 1. Print and cut out template. Follow the instructions to cut out the felt. Set aside. 2. Mix about ¼ cup each of glue and water in a plastic grocery bag. Place felt in bag; press and turn to soak completely. 3. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Wring excess glue out of felt and lay flat on the wax paper. Blot out any excess glue with a paper towel. Smooth felt until completely flat. 4. Let dry overnight or until dry and stiff. 5. Pin template to the felt and cut slits. 6. Punch or snip holes in each corner and tie the corners together as shown with…

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it’s a zoo in here!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED • Animal templates • Corrugated cardboard • Craft paint • Paintbrush • Pipe cleaners • White glue WHAT TO DO 1. Print out templates at familyfunmag.com/ printables. 2. Trace templates onto cardboard and cut out. 3. Paint animals; let dry. 4. Cut pipe-cleaner tails and tusks. Secure to the cardboard with glue, according to templates. 5. Cut slits according to templates, and assemble the animals so they stand up as shown. PROP STYLING BY STEPHANIE HANES. WARDROBE STYLING BY SARAH CONROY. GROOMING BY DANIELLA @ WORKGROUP. OVERALLS BY H&M, TEE BY OLD NAVY.…

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full steam ahead!

JUICE-POUCH STOMP ROCKET This rocket uses the power of compressed air to launch into the sky. (Budding engineers take note: This is called pneumatics!) BY ANA DZIENGEL, BABBLEDABBLEDO.COM WHAT YOU’LL NEED • 1 flexible straw (that comes with the pouch) • Empty juice pouch • 1 standard straw • Colored cardstock • Washi tape (optional) • Modeling clay 1. Snip off the end of the flexible straw on an angle. 2. Insert the pointed end of the straw into the straw hole of the juice pouch. 3. Cut the second straw in half. This will be your rocket. 4. Make three trapezoids from cardstock, in the following dimensions: 3 in. (base) x 1 in. (height) x ¾ in. (top). Set two aside to be full fins. Cut the last one in half vertically. 5. Tape the full fins on each side of the straw.…

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Leapfrog your kid’s love of pizza into new flavors and textures. We transformed the ingredients into burgers, pinwheels (which are perfect for packed lunches), and soup. You’re welcome! BURGERS Add 2 oz. diced pepperoni to 1 lb. ground beef before forming into burgers. Once cooked, melt mozzarella cheese on top and spoon on pizza sauce. Serve on warm buns. PINWHEELS Roll out a ball of prepared pizza dough. Layer on pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella, and toppings. Roll into a log, and slice into pinwheels. Bake in a greased muffin tin at 400°F for 20 minutes. SOUP Warm the contents of a 14.5-oz. can of tomato soup. Stir in ½ tsp. pizza seasoning and 2 Tbs. grated Parm. Top with your favorite pizza fixings, and serve with breadsticks! STYLING BY JOY HOWARD. PROP STYLING BY ANN LEWIS.…

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teach ’em to use a blender!

REVIEW THE PARTS Explain that the blender is an electrical appliance that turns solid foods into smooth liquids, then show them its three parts: lid, canister, and base. USE CAUTION Remind kids that they should never reach their hand inside the canister. GO STEP-BY-STEP Make sure the machine is off before plugging it in. Drop or pour food inside the canister. Secure the lid tightly. Press the ÒonÓ button together. Ready for Seconds? Check out Raddishkids.com for more kids’ cooking fun! (A monthly subscription box starts at $20.) BAKING MEMORIES May 17 is World Baking Day. Get in on the fun with Green Toys’ Bake by Shape set ($20; greentoys.com), which features cooking utensils in different shapes that correspond to special recipes. It’s a bit like a very yummy matching game! Try Some Recipes Once the kiddos have their blender…