Thursday, May 24, 2018

Fairy Tales Food Fairy Tales

The royal wedding was Saturday. A chance for us commoners to ooh and aah at the lovely dresses and the adorable flower girls and page boys. A chance to believe that fairy tales do come true.

Most fairy tales involve castles and towers so for our Fairy Tales study, we made Fairy Tales Towers.

Quite simple activity.
Fill the ice cream cone with cake (I used a rice krispie treat since I had extra),

decorate the sugar cone,

then assemble the sugar cone atop the ice cream cone.

TIP: have the kids paint their sugar cone whatever color they want. The different-colored towers are lovely when viewed together.

Here is the Food Label Card Freebie for: 
Fairy Tales

AND check this out if you need Fairy Tales Activities

OR Fairy Tales Count & Clip Cards (It's a FREEBIE!)

More Fairy Tales Foods coming soon.


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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Fairy Tales Foods Beauty and the Beast

It's ark-building time! We've had SO much rain this past week: roads collapsing, rivers flooding, mudslides, UGH! But, we did get a break from precip this morning, so I ran outside to snap a picture of my rose bush.

A bush full of roses? I know what you're thinking – Beauty and the Beast.
Whether you fancy the original animated version or the 2017 movie, Beauty and the Beast conveys such good life lessons.
Top 3?
1. Willingness to sacrifice yourself for another is true love.
2. What is on the inside is what counts.
3. Criticism should never belittle one's self-worth.

So, back to roses . . .
Beauty and the Beast Roses
I do not do well with cake pops, so I enlisted the help of my eldest daughter for this project. She made the cake pops effortlessly; getting them to stand up in the cones, however, was another issue.
Make your cake pops, swirl them in melted candy melts and sprinkle with pink/red candy dust to make them rose-like, then insert their sticks into the cones filled with cupcakes. And PLOP! they fall over. Too top heavy. So, the obvious tip is:
TIP: Make sure you have a heavy-enough base cone in order for the cake pop rose to keep upright. Use a foam floral block covered with chocolate crumbs as long as the kids know not to eat that base.

Here are the Food Label Card Freebies for:
Beauty and the Beast Roses

AND check this out if you need Beauty and the Beast Activities

OR Beauty and the Beast Count & Clip Cards

More Fairy Tales Foods coming soon.


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Monday, May 7, 2018

Fairy Tales Foods The Frog Prince

Springtime is a great time to study frogs, their life cycle, and how they are really princes under spells.

For The Frog Prince fairy tale, we made frogs.

Brush melted candy melts onto your nutter butter cookie.

 Then decorate the face with candy eyes and edible pen (or mini chocolate chips). 

Totally simple.

Dare I say fool-proof?

Tip: place candy eyes on nutter butter cookie while candy is still wet but wait to draw the mouth until the candy is dry.

Here are the Food Label Card Freebies for: 
The Frog Prince Frogs 

AND check this out if you need The Frog Prince Activities

OR The Frog Prince Count and Clip Cards

More Fairy Tales Foods coming soon.


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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Fairy Tales Foods Little Red Riding Hood


Need quick, simple, kid-friendly snacks and treats to make and munch on while studying your Fairy Tales?

We did, so I grabbed my old folder of ideas, pinned new ideas, bought ingredients/materials and had a trial run.

Trial run?

Yes, trial run.

In case I needed to scream sigh with frustration I needed to be alone in my own kitchen.

Some people are creatively handy enough to create Pinterest-y crafts.

(Don't you hate those people?!).
Me? Not so much.

The next few posts are not so much step-by-step tutorials of a food blogger, but more a compilation of kid-friendly snacks to make and munch on while studying your favorite fairy tales. You will get the gist of the food idea along with some tips.

PLUS, each fairy tale will include a FREE download of a food label card. (I also bundled these cards and have them for sale in my store.). Click here for that.


It's springtime here – the birds are singing and the flowers are blooming. I like to picture Little Red Riding Hood strolling along and humming while picking flowers for her grandmother. In Red's basket of goodies she might have Cherry Tarts.
These tarts were quite easy to make. Online, there are many recipes to make your own pie pastry - Puhlease. Who has time for that?? Go to the store and buy refrigerated pie crusts. While there, pick up some pie filling. We like cherry but any variety works.

Roll out the dough, cut circles with a round cookie cutter, place circles into a cupcake pan, and fill with pie filling.

Tarts can be latticed on top with pastry strips or covered with smaller circles of pastry.

Some tarts will look better than others. As long as your kids are having fun, who cares?!


Tip: Make sure your pastry circle is snug along the bottom and side of your cupcake pan cup.

Of course, we cannot forget the wolf.

Make cupcakes. Once again, I went the lazy way and used boxed mix and ready-to-use frosting.

I do not have decorating essentials, no tips or bags. So, I used a storage baggie and snipped the corner. Actually, my daughter handled the decorating. With the baggie of icing, she made swooshes pulled up and away with the baggie tip on top of the cupcake leaving space for the wolf's mouth.

Then she cut a piece of fruit roll-up to mash down into the cupcake and with a baggie of white frosting, made tiny dots for the wolf's teeth. M & Ms were used for the eyes and nose. Quite simple - with Emily doing the decorating, that is.

Tip: Remind kids to not cover the entire cupcake with frosting, so they will have room to place the roll-up for the mouth. They may even want to pinch (and eat!) a bit of the cupcake to make an indentation for the mouth.

Here are the Food Label Card Freebies for:

Little Red Riding Hood Tarts and Wolf Cupcakes

AND check this out if you need Little Red Riding Hood Activities

OR Little Red Riding Hood Count and Clip Cards

More Fairy Tales Foods coming soon.


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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Story Spoons

Need a fabulous resource for retelling Fairy Tales? I have two words for you - Story Spoons. Not sure you can make them yourself? Believe me, if I can do it, so can you! And it's fairly inexpensive, too. Win, win! Now, I am not calling this a tutorial; it is more like a cheer-on post. Seriously, if you are at all thinking of creating Story Spoons, Go For It – YOU CAN DO IT! 

Buy spoons, paint, paintbrush, and varnish/sealer.

I looked at Dollar General for wooden spoons, but they had NONE, Zip, Zero, Nada. Who would have thunk it? So, I traveled on to Walmart. Bingo! Found a perfect set of 3 spoons and this rectangular spoon thingy. (I'm sure it has a culinary name.) Perfect set of spoons for making my The Three Billy Goats Gruff – 3 goats, 1 troll. And the price? $0.88. Can't beat that! ~ $0.22 per spoon/rectangular thingy. Sweet!

I also bought paintbrushes, paint: 3 shades of brown for the three sizes of goats and a pukey green for the troll, and varnish/sealer. I went ahead a purchased the brand name. Unbelievable, I know, especially with how cheap frugal I am. 

I already had the other supplies needed: scissors, construction/colored paper, and Sharpies.

So, here we go: grab a spoon and paint. Cover the handle, let dry on a piece of parchment paper and grab another spoon. Once the handles are dry to the touch (around 1 hour), paint the spoon part of the spoons. Let dry on parchment paper. 

The initial fear of putting paint onto the spoons is over, you are free to have fun. Decorate the faces. I am in NO way an artist, so I kept things simple. I penciled in guidelines, too.  I told you, I do not have an artistic bone in my body!

 Have fun, be creative. If you mess up, grab the paint and start fresh again. No biggie. I used both paint and sharpies on my faces. 

Once all paint is totally dry, cover spoons with the Mod Podge. Do not freak out like I did when the sealer goes on as a white paste – it dries clear. Whew!

Okay, I am really hoping this doesn't happen to you, but when I came back to check on my drying sealer, I noticed the troll's teeth and the big Billy Goat's beard paint had run. Yikes!

Don't panic. Okay, well, panic a little then just let sealer dry totally and repaint the spoon around the facial features. Only you will be able to tell something went amiss. In fact, the troll looks better with uneven, blotchy skin.

For the horns and ears, just cut out those shapes from colored construction paper or color white paper and glue onto the spoons. 
Ta Dah! You now have lovely Story Spoons for The Three Billy Goats Gruff. It didn't take long, it was inexpensive, and YOU did it! Yay for you!

Hey, if you need printables to accompany your Fairy Tale unit, check out my Three Billy Goats Gruff Activities Packet HERE.

Or if you need other Fairy Tale Units, check those out HERE.

As always . . . HAPPY TEACHING! 

Okay, I want to add a P.S. on this post.

P.S. Yes, creating the Story Spoons is easy, BUT I am a very lazy busy person.  So, . . .

Need a fabulous retelling activity?
I added a Story Spoon Character Cutout page to each of my Fairy Tale Activity Units. Print out the page - cardstock laminated lasts longer - cut out the characters and affix them using glue, tape, velcro to spoons or craft sticks. 

These spoons make a GREAT center!

Below I am posting the individual pictures from our fairy tale spoons/sticks. We used:
***wooden spoons for the main characters and wavy craft sticks for the co-stars. 
***the rectangular spoon for the evil characters
***used front and back for the good/evil characters
(evil queen/peddler woman)

Let me know if you have any questions.