$5 Family Fun – Gingerbread Joy

Hard to believe that Christmas is just 8 days away!  For just $5, create a little holiday magic with you kids over the break by making individual gingerbread houses.

Directions can be found in the e-Book $5 Family Fun. Available on Amazon, iBooks, Barnes & Noble and Books & Things.

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$5 Family Fun – National Teddy Bear Picnic Day (July 10th)

July 10th is National Teddy Bear Picnic Day.  Pack a teddy-bear themed lunch and head outside for a whimsical afternoon of fun and frolic.
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Directions can be found in the e-Book $5 Family Fun.  Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books & Things (soon available on iBooks too).

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Easter Chick-a-Dee…from $5 Family Fun

Easter Chick-a-Dee – $3

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Ingredients:

  • Peeps from the dollar store – $1
  • Pre-made Rice Cereal Marshmallow Treats from the dollar store – $1
  • Candy Eggs from the dollar store – $1

Steps:

  1. Flatten and mold rice marshmallow treats into bird nest shapes.
  2. Place Peeps & candy eggs in the nests.

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Egg-cellent Fun…from $5 Family Fun

Egg-cellent Fun – $5

The kids will have egg-cellent fun getting their hands (and clothes) a little dirty with these fun and simple Easter craft projects.  Not only will both projects keep your youngsters busy and entertained for a couple of hours, but you can also do these both combined for just $5.

Marbleized Eggs – $4

These marbleized eggs are both pretty and pretty easy to make.  Plan ahead though as this project needs to sit overnight.  Here are the supplies you’ll need:

  • Dozen Eggs (generic brand) – $2 from grocery store
  • Shaving Crème – $1 from dollar store
  • Liquid Food Coloring (4-pack of red, green, blue & yellow) – $1 from dollar store

Marble Eggs Finished

Boil eggs in a slow rolling boil for 10 minutes until hard boiled.  Immediate drain hot water off eggs cool down eggs with a combination of cold water and ice.

Fill a cooking dish with a thin layer of shaving crème.  Place drops of food coloring in a variety of colors mixtures into the shaving crème and then swirl the colors into the shaving crème with a toothpick or skewer.  Make sure you are using liquid food coloring and not gel food coloring.  Also, the more expensive brands of food coloring have a blended color guide on the back of the box.  Since my dollar store box did not, here is how to make a few additional colors from the standard four that come in the box:

  • Purple – 3 red drops + 2 blue drops
  • Lime Green – 3 yellow drops + 1 green drop
  • Orange – 2 red drops + 3 yellow drops
  • Sea Green – 1 yellow drop + 2 blue drops
  • Peach – 1 red drop + 2 yellow drops

Marble Eggs Steps Collage

With kitchen tongs, roll the now cooled and dried eggs in the streaked shaving crème until thoroughly covered on all sides.  Place on a wire cake cooling rack.  If you don’t have one, use a sheet of wax paper or foil.  I would dump my color streaked shaving crème out and start fresh so I could have a variety of color combinations for my eggs.

Let finished eggs dry overnight and then wipe off remaining shaving crème the next day with a paper towel.  Handle with care though as color from the food coloring can wear off slightly onto your hands.

 

TP Bunnies – $1

Recycle empty toilet paper rolls to create these cute little TP Bunnies.  Because we used existing household items of scissors, scotch tape and pen/marker, the only item that had to be purchased was an acrylic paint set from the dollar store.

Let your little Easter artists paint their own bunny by mixing colors and have fun with the paint.  Make sure they are wearing play clothes that’s okay if they get some paint on them and also lay old newspapers down to avoid getting paint on your table.

TP Easter Bunnies

Some of the toilet paper rolls were cut up to create bunny ears, which were then taped to in inside the rolls.  After your paint has dried, draw little faces on your bunnies with a pen or marker.

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New Year’s Eve Bash…from $5 Family Fun

New Year’s Eve party for you and the kids for $5?  Yes!  Here are some fun and festive ideas to ring in 2014.

Since the real celebration happens after the kids go to bed, celebrate with the kids at noon.  That way they get to count down to 12:00, it’s just p.m. instead of a.m.

Here’s how I spent my five dollars.  I got all five items for $1 each at the dollar store:

  • Crème Filled Chocolate Cookies
  • White Icing
  • Construction Paper
  • Balloons
  • Party Noise Makers

Countdown Clock Cookies

Crème Filled Clock Cookies

Pull out 12 cookies from the package for your clock.  Then fill a baggie with the white icing to act as a pastry bag.  Clip of a very small amount from one of the bottom corners of the baggie and write numbers 1 through 12 in icing on the top of each cookie.

Next, find a round plate or serving tray.  If your serving tray had a print or theme like mine did (it had a Christmas theme), then cover it with aluminum foil.  Place the cookies around the tray in the correct clock positions and then use the remaining icing to make the clock hands.

Party Supplies

 

Time to Celebrate

Blow up the balloons and using a marker you have around the house, write numbers 1 through 12 on the balloons.  Either have them covering the floor or do a balloon drop at noon using either a sheet or trash bag.

Use the construction paper to make confetti for everyone to toss at the end of the countdown.  I used a paper shredder but you can also use a hole punch if you have one.  Make sure everyone has a noise maker to blow at noon too.

Family Time Capsule

A fun activity that the whole family can participate in is making a time capsule.  Find an empty shoe box from the closet and cover on the outside with some of your construction paper.  Write something on the top such as “Spicer Family Time Capsule – December 31, 2013.  DO NOT open until December 31, 2023!”

Here are some suggestions on what you can fill your time capsule with:

  • Front page of newspaper to reflect the date
  • A picture of each family member from the past year or a group photo if you have one – I used our Christmas card
  • Have the kids draw a picture of their favorite memory from the past year
  • Party items from your New Year’s Eve celebration
  • Include a list of how things are in 2013 such as: current prices of commonly purchased items (a gallon of gas, loaf of bread and gallon of milk), who is the current president & vice president, what and who are popular TV shows, movies & stars, what your kids’ favorite toys are, what your kids want to be when they grow up, what is your kids’ favorite thing about the age they currently are, who is your kids’ best friend(s) name(s), who is your kids’ teacher, etc.

It will be such fun for both you and the kids to look back in five or ten years and see how your lives have changed.

Total Cost: $5

Happy 2014 from $5 Family Fun!!!