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Don't Miss Out!
I don't even remember where I learned the silly game, "Don't Eat Pete", but I have played it as a down time game with kids when I taught school and they always loved it. About 4 years ago, I taught it to my grandchildren. We all played it as a family and had so much fun laughing and especially watching the little ones get a big kick out of it. Here is how you play:
With that in mind, you will now understand why when I was in the store looking at the Easter Candy and I saw Peeps, that this variation of the game came to my mind. Why not an Easter version of Don't Eat Pete? And thus, Don't Eat Peep was born!
I made this 9 square board. When I printed mine, I discovered that I was running out of colored ink, so yours will have yellow on it and look even cuter. I numbered the bunnies from 1 to 9 so that when you play, you just pick the number that you want to be Pete. Then, look! I found these bunny shaped marshmallows at Walmart!
I can hardly wait for my grandkids to get here so that we can play together! Click on the button so that you can get your own game board. I copied mine on card stock, but plain white paper works just fine.
Singing Time Version
I have written posts before about things I do with the young children at church as I teach them singing. We do a lot of activities to make it fun. "Don't Eat Pete" is a game that I have converted to use with my kids for Singing Time.
If you have extra kids or grandkids coming for Easter, "Don't Eat Peep" is great for any size crowd. If you want to play "Don't Eat Pete", at other times of the year, for birthdays or other parties for kids, I found these game boards available on Etsy! The site is called Paper Tagged. Just click the link or picture to order! In this game, everyone gets to eat treats and you could keep track of who got to eat the most and the least to give out ultimate prizes if you would like.
And that's how it works! I hope you can use these ideas and enjoy the free printable board for some Easter fun!
This is lemon season, so of course there must be lemon desserts! I have already shown you Blackberry Lemon Bars, but today I wanted a stand alone lemon dessert. I was feeding 9 people for dinner today, but some people don't like lemon, so I made one chocolate pie for those guys. For the main dish, I served Chicken Enchilada Casserole, which I have shared the recipe with you before. That was a crock pot version, but because I needed more than my crock pot would serve, I made it in the oven today. Everyone loved it, but the lemon dessert was the stand out, hands down most delicious and simple thing to make success! I found the recipe on Taste and Tell, and as I made it, I realized that it is the same as a recipe my son brought home from Brazil called Pavé. The main difference is that he made his in a 9 x 13 pan and this one is a pretty round pie. Whatever the shape, you should try it, it is so good. The main ingredients are sweetened condensed milk, cream cheese and lemon. You will love it.
Of course, I needed some whipped cream to decorate the pie. Madalynn went to Sprouts to buy me the cream because she likes to buy organic. Oh my goodness you guys! Do you see this cute bottle that Straus' cream comes in? My mind is racing with ideas about what to do with these little pint sized bottles! We may be eating a lot of whipped cream for a little while so that I can collect more of them.
Madalynn says that they also have bottles like these for chocolate milk and other products. So, we are going to have to try a few of those products now that I know that they exist. The quality of this cream is superb. I haven't tasted cream this fresh and good for years. This is not an affiliate post, I just really liked this cream, as well as the container. I am going to write them and tell them.
Finally, you may remember that my job at church is to teach music to the Primary children ages 18 months to 11 years of age. (Not all at the same time!) During the month of February, I have been teaching them our family's favorite hymn, "Choose the Right". We are working on the last verse tomorrow. The beginning line goes:
"Choose the right, there is peace in righteous doing. Choose the right, there's safety for the soul..." (LDS Hymns, pg 239)
, That first line is a big part of my faith and testimony. I know that our Heavenly Father has given us commandments to help us to be happy or even better, to have joy! When we keep those commandments and try to live the way we should, we will experience happiness and joy in our lives. We will avoid the things that will bring us into bondage and we can rise above our problems through faith in him. I have put this to the test and I know it is true. So, because I feel so strongly about this, as I explain to the children what those words in the hymn mean, I want them to feel my testimony and to develop their own. So, I made them these dove handouts to take home and hang somewhere as a reminder of the blessings that can come when we choose the right. I know from otherchorister ideas that I have posted, that there are other Primary Choristers out there looking for ideas as well. I hope this handout is helpful to you. Click the button to print it.
That was my Saturday! Good dinner, awesome product discovery, an inspired idea, Oh and did I mention a power outage? Overall, a great day! How was yours? Talk to you next week.
I teach 3-4 year olds on Sunday in Church. This Sunday is the Christmas lesson and I wanted to give them a nativity set that they could play with and retell the story of Jesus' birth. I found an idea on Pinterest that someone said they were making in their Women's Group in church, but they didn't really credit anyone with it. It is really cute and just by looking at the picture, it is easy to figure out how to make it.
So, I broke out my popsicle sticks, felt stash and Sharpies and went to work.
I just cut the shapes freehand and then cut a slit to slip the stick inside. Then I glued it all in place with the glue gun. I embellished with ribbons and beads and drew on the faces and lamb details with the Sharpies. I confess that my lambs are not without blemish and some of my angel faces are a little crazy, but I don't think my 3-4 year olds are going to care. Also, I was going to make Joseph wear green and the shepherds brown, but I accidentally glued the sheep on the wrong guys. Oh well. So, here is how I will teach them the beautiful story of the Savior's birth:
(from Luke 2)" And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (That means that everyone had to go pay money to the king.) And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth unto Judea, unto the city of Bethlehem ...to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being geat with child." (She was going to have a baby, and it was going to be baby Jesus!)
" And while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. (It was time for her to have her baby). And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn." (She wrapped him in tight cloth bands, which is what people did in those days to keep the baby warm and feeling secure.) (I would also explain what a manger is and talk about how it must have felt to Mary.)
"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night."
"And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid." (Having an angel suddenly appear to you in the middle of the night would be kind of surprising!)
" And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, i bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger." (He told them about baby Jesus being born and where they could find him.)
" And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."
"And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem and see this thing which has come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us." (The shepherds decided to go and see the baby Jesus.)
"And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger."
(from Matthew 2 beginning at verse 1)" Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the King, behold there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, 'Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.' " (Then, I will paraphrase that King Herod was jealous that someone else would be called King of the Jews and he demanded of all of his chief advisers where Christ was supposed to be born and they told him Bethlehem. So he lied to the Wise men and told to find the baby and then tell him so that he could worship him himself.) "And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also."
"When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east,went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was." (Remember Heavenly Father put a new star in the sky when Jesus was born.)
" When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house", (Jesus' family is in a house now because it took the wise men a long time to get to Bethlehem when they saw the star),"they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him; and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way."
And that is the true story of Jesus' birth. The children in my class will receive a set of figures that looks like this.
I know they will have fun telling the story with their own embellishments. But, I will tell them the true story and we will keep Christ in Christmas, and that makes me so happy. Joy to the World, Let Every Heart prepare Him Room.
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to seven so far. I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Read more about us here!
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