Faemom Crafts for Toddlers, Preschoolers and Kids

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So now I’m thinking every Sunday night I should complain about a terrible craft, try to warn you about it before you try it.  When I worked for the Girl Scouts, we had to do all the crafts ahead of time so that we didn’t look like fools in front of the girls, loosing their attention, their respect, and our patience.  We met every quarter to do a week of crafts to make sure we worked out all the kinks.  We don’t have that luxury as parents.

So this last week I tried making rock candy for the boys from a book called EcoArt!: Earth-Friendly Art and Craft Experiences for 3 to 9-year-olds by Laurie Carlson.  This recipe calls for 4 cups of sugar to 1 cup of water, which ended in totally disaster.  I got the first two cups dissolved, but after stirring for forty-five minutes, I couldn’t get the last two cups of sugar to dissolve.  I finally gave up and poured the sugar water into glasses.  Big Mistake.  Huge Mistake!  I ended up with two glasses filled of hard candy that I have been trying to dissolve away for four days.

After talking to a few experts (my mom and grandma), they assured me that there was too much sugar in the mixture.  After looking online at the other recipes, I have to agree.  Apparently this recipe was to speed up the crystal growth, which didn’t work in my case (which I think is like trying to bake a cake faster at 500 degrees and that always works out well).  The recipe said nothing about boiling like the online recipes too. 

So stay away from crystal rock candy recipes with a lot of sugar to water ratio.  I’ll keep working on this recipe.  I also will try a few more crafts before returning this book to the library.

(It’s every local dish, like the neighborhood as my husband says.   Anyways, it’s a lot of fun to make and to eat. I figured I throw some recipes on the blog, since I have such a hard time finding easy to make recipes for toddlers.)

Things you need:

  • Tortilla
  • About a cup of shredded cheddar cheese (If you like another kind, try it and let me know how it tastes.)
  • Butter
  • Butter knife (or spatula as my mom suggested for younger kids)
  • Pizza pan
  • Foil (optional, I just don’t like to wash more dishes than I need to)
  • Pizza cutter or knife

Preheat oven to 350°.  Wrap the pizza pan with foil.  Place the tortilla on the pan.  Have the child butter the tortilla. 

 

Evan buttering without a spatuala

Evan buttering without a spatuala

Have the child sprinkle the tortilla with cheese until it is covered.

 

You missed a spot

You missed a spot

Leave a small area around the tortilla like a crust. 

Mmm, cheese

Mmm, cheese

Place in the oven for five to ten minutes or until the cheese is melted and the edges of the tortilla are golden. 

Waiting is the hardest part

Waiting is the hardest part

Remove from oven. 

Don't freak out.  The cheese will go back to normal.

Don't freak out. The cheese will go back to normal.

Cut pieces and serve.

Yum, now I'm hungry.

Yum, now I'm hungry.


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