Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ocean Castaway Slime Birthday Party Favor

We're big Survivor fans in our home, thus the theme for little one's 6th birthday party!

As I searched through Pinterest looking for party favor ideas Bug and Buddy's Ocean Slime Recipe caught my son's attention.  The colorful blue slime with sea creatures on it was something that he wanted me to make for him.  My son was like, "Momma, I want you to make that!"  

I made a batch for him to play, and the rest to make the birthday party favors.  I must say, they came out nicely! However, please note that you should follow Bug and Buggy's recipe as listed. I made a batch with a "generic" brand of glue, and it came out gloppy!  I used Elmer's white glue, and it came out perfectly. 

Little one gave his friends the party favors with a little note saying: 
Thank you for...coming to my 6th Survivor birthday party! Have fun with the "Castaway Ocean Slime!" 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Creative Kids Culture #18

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Limber de Oreo {A Puerto Rico Frozen Treat}

Long summer days, and scorching sun makes me want to eat frozen sweet treats from Puerto Rico! Remember when I wrote about the piraguas?

Well, with us living in the U.S.A it's kind'a hard trying to get my hands on one of them right now.   Limbers are often sold from a neighbor's home. I remember when I was growing up it was a real treat to get a quarter, and run down to Doña Juana's house to buy a limber! Oh, so many flavors to choose from!

Limbers are homemade frozen treats made out of tropical fruits such as pineapple, coconut, mango, tamarindo, and the not so common, and very popular amongst the smaller children Oreo cookie flavor. My personal favorite is coconut, crema and bizcocho. 

Although, I can't fly off to Puerto Rico to get a limber I can sure make some with my little man. I asked him what flavor he'd like to make, and of course he said "Oreo!"

Making limber with your children is a fun and easy!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Puerto Rico Piragua {Icy Sweet Treat}

Puerto Rico piraguas  are icy sweet treats perfect to cool off during these dog days of summer! It's been so hot here that all I'm craving is a piragua!  Since I can't have one now, I will  write about a favorite icy treat from my beautiful Puerto Rico.

Piragua is shaved iced served in a cone cup and topped with sweet flavored syrup.  A piragua not to be confused with the American snow cones are shaped in the form of a pyramid while the snow cones are shaped liked balls.  

In the picture below you'll see on top of the second bottle an odd white shaped mold. This is what gives the piragua it's pyramid shape.

Via Jeffrey Bary Flickr Common Creative

In Puerto Rico you can find a piragua cart nearly anywhere. My brother-in-law was kind enough to send me the pictures you see below of a recent family visit to Puerto Rico. He didn't have a hard time finding un piraguero (man who sells piragua) since they are on the side of the road selling out of their trucks, at the flea market, or at the beach.

Piragua is such a popular treat in Puerto Rico, that you can also find wooden piragua cart toys (center picture in collage blue wooden piragua toy).

Photos courtesy of my brother-in-law David Torres enjoying piraguas in Puerto Rico! 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Papier Maché Rabbit Piñata

During little man's past birthdays we've never really had a piñata. Shocker! I know! I guess I was intimidated by the whole papier maché method that I didn't venture into trying it out. Until, I saw my wonderful friend Jody from Mud Hut Mama's super, easy to do papier maché leopard piñata

Since we're doing a Survivor theme, yes, like the reality show Survivor. I thought we can make a jungle animal piñata so it can go with the theme. Both hubby, and little one are huge fans of the show!

But, instead my child insisted on a bunny rabbit!!! I was like really? Daddy tried to persuade him but he was adamant that he wanted a bunny rabbit. Of course, it's his a rabbit piñata was in the works. 

I followed Jody's instructions to a tee! I read her post like 10 times before we ventured into making the piñata, and this is the result! This was a collaborative effort between my child and I; and I must say that it came out nice. Little man loves it!!!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Summer Book Exchange {Look Left,Look Right, Look Left Again Activities}

When I read that The Educators' Spin On It were hosting a Love Books Summer Exchange I knew I had to sign-up! My 5 yr. old loves books, and of course, he loves activities as well!

We were paired up with Kathy from Kathys Cluttered Mind, and we received her love books exchange just a few days before we were going on a summer road trip to the beach.  In our package we received the book Look Left,Look Right, Look Left Again Board book by Ginger Pate. The book is about a little duck that needs to mail out a card, but he has to go through some very busy roads, and he has to look left, look right, and look left again.  

The package came in  at a perfect timing! We read the book together before the trip, but I didn't show him the activities until the day of the trip itself. I used the contents of the package including the book to make a road trip busy box for him.  

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Happy Birthday U.S.A.!

Every year our multicultural familia celebrates 4th of July with a BBQ at home. My husband goes all out barbecuing, and we have fun playing in the pool, and cooling off.

A fun craft to celebrate this day is of course, a simple U.S.A. flag craft. Little one has been doing some flag crafts during summer camp.  

Below you'll see two simple flag crafts: 
  1. Print & color a flag, and glue a cardboard "stick"
  2. Laminate a white sheet of paper and have your child make finger prints of the flag 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Demolition Children's Book with Free Printable Spanish Activity {Demolición}

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My son is such a big fan of anything trucks especially construction trucks. I was thrilled when earlier this year I won the book Demolicion (Spanish Edition)  in a giveaway hosted by Spanglish House.  Since then this book has been a favorite in our home.  
I love that the book is in Spanish, and great for early Spanish literacy. Big plus for my up and coming Spanish reader!  It's colorful, and with descriptive words showing the process of demolition all the way to recycling  the materials.  

I enjoyed the book very much but unlike the English version that has a "Machine Facts" page this one didn't have one.  So I had to look for the translation of all of the construction trucks, and since I went through so much trouble ;) I went ahead and made a free printable for you to enjoy! 

Free Spanish Activity Printable - Demolición

I hope you and your child enjoy the free printable!

¡Hasta la próxima! 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Kid-Friendly Vacation in Puerto Rico {Part I}

Puerto Rico is a small island in the Caribbean rich with history, culture, and tropical weather all-year long.  While vacationing in Puerto Rico there was so much to do, and very little time. So we squeezed as much as we could in a two weeks time frame. 
From enjoying the beautiful beach of Flamenco, and learning about the history, and culture of Culebra.  To touring my Mom's hometown in Florida, and  taking a look at the schools in Puerto Rico.  I was also on a quest to learn more about our Taíno ancestry and we visited the famous Cara del Indio.  
Now, please sit back, and enjoy this two  part series of our kid-friendly vacation in Puerto Rico.  With a 5 yr. old in tow, and with a strict budget we focused on kid-friendly, and frugal outings to do with our child: 

This one is an understatement! Of course, beaches! Puerto Rico is surrounded by miles, and miles of sandy white beaches.   During our stay in Culebra, Puerto Rico (small island off the mainland Puerto Rico) we visited Flamenco Beach.  In the words of our son, "This is the most beautiful beach in the world!" I have to agree! Beaches have free-public access so no need to worry about paying to go on the beach.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

American Comfort Food

I grew up eating arroz con gandules, in other words comida Boricua (Puerto Rican food); and although I do cook some Puerto Rican recipes at home both my husband's and son's heart are set on good old American comfort food. 

If I ask my child what is his favorite food? He would answer, "Mashed potatoes with gravy, and Mac ’n Cheese!"  My husband will say,  "Fried chicken followed by BBQ, and baked beans!" Funny enough these are typical American comfort food.  


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