Challenge Level: Easy
Did you know that smart phone boxes can waste up to 1 billion square feet of landfill (landfill is a section of earth that has been reserved for trash) every year? But they don’t have to. If everyone reused their boxes, they could help avoid taking up landfill and reduce waste. Here’s how I reused a few iPhone boxes I collected from family and friends. When I take something ordinary and recycle it into something cooler, I call it “upcycling”. Make sure you check out my how-to video, too. And, please share this post or video to encourage others to reuse boxes and packaging.
We were inspired to make these confetti push-pops after seeing Thimble Press’s version on DesignLoveFest.com. They’re actually super easy and simple to make and customize and, as you can see from the VIDEO & photos, they are super fun to use. For this craft, friends and 5th graders, Airis & Francesca, came over to help and Parker (4th grade) directed the episode.
This holiday season, try something new & festive to drink…a Guava Berry Mocktail for kids—adults will love it, too! All you need is guava juice, fresh raspberries, sugar, lemon and bubbly water. Like the song in the video? Our friend, Alina Celeste, wrote and performed it. You can find the song on her album “If I Were A Little Bird” at Alina’s website.
To check out the written directions and photos, please visit the RECIPE POST.
Resources: CERES FRUIT JUICE makes a great guava juice made without high fructose corn syrup or sugar. We buy ours directly from Ceres or at Whole Foods or Cost Plus World Market or Bed, Bath & Beyond.
The holidays are the perfect time to make a delicious and pretty drink such as a Guava Berry Mocktail. Mocktails are like the colorful cocktails that adults drink, but with no alcohol (of course!). And, by the way, the cute song, Pretty Girl In The Ring, in my HOW-TO VIDEO is by my friend, Alina Celeste. Find the information for her Kids’ CD on iTunes at the end of this post. Enjoy! READ MORE…
I made these with my friend, Parker (who you’ve seen a lot on Wondermint) and my friend Fiona (this is her first time on Wondermint). I’ve been friends with Fiona since we were 18 months old when we took a drumming class with our dads and an art class with our moms. Now, Fiona and I go to the same school and are in the same class. She is really amazing at soccer and she just co-founded a club at our school with our friend, Isabel. The club is called CAMAC (Club Against Marine Animal Cruelty) and I am the Public Relations Officer/Journalist. One day I’ll write a post about CAMAC. Anyways,for this craft, we decided to create OWLS using recycled paper. Hope you enjoy it!
Okay, I admit, I love chocolate. And, I love when my friends love chocolate. For this episode and post of Wondermint Kids, my friend Lou came over today to make petite chocolate yogurt cups. They are great mini desserts to make for parties or for after school treats. I hope you enjoy the recipe and the video (and our goofy dramatic blooper at the end). Oh, and the video was directed by the fabulous Parker M., (my 9 year old friend) AND Lou explains some of the directions in French!
My friend Parker and I love horses so we were very excited to spend a couple hours at Sunset Ranch in the Hollywood hills. All the animals were amazing. We even saw a few peacocks when we arrived! READ MORE…
This is one of the easiest cookie recipes around. Today, my good friend Maya stopped by to help make these. And, my friend Parker (also a 4th grader) directed the video for this episode, so be sure to check it out. SEE VIDEO RECIPE!
In a bowl, mix 1 cup peanut butter (not the natural kind because that has too much liquid), 1 organic egg, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup of Pamela’s Gluten-Free Baking Mix. We mixed ours by hand.
Make small to medium-sized round balls with the dough. We made nice mini ones that were about one-inch in diameter. Place them on a cookie sheet.
Dip a fork into white sugar and make a criss-cross pattern onto your cookie, flattening it a little. See the photos below. (Psssttt…try not to eat all the cookie dough while doing this!. I know, it’s hard not to!)
STEP FOUR: Bake cookies in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 10 to 20 minutes depending on the size of your cookies. They should look slightly golden brown on the bottom half, and firm on top. Make sure to let the cookies cool before trying to move them or they will crumble.
STEP FIVE: Enjoy with friends!
Hope you liked this post. I would love to hear about your favorite cookie recipes. You can use the comment section below to share your recipes or ask questions. xo, Gray
Parker, 9, directing.
The VIDEO EPISODE to this project was directed by my friend Parker, a 4th grader who likes horseback riding, styling food, and, of course, cooking & crafting on Wondermint!
This is a great recipe for fun and easy to make gluten-free peanut butter cookies. All you need is brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour, and peanut butter! The hardest part is to see if you can only eat one! To check out the written directions, please visit the RECIPE POST. Have fun and please share this on facebook to help us grow!
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Are you looking for a yummy treat to serve on July 4th? Well, I made one that is red, white & blue and includes some of my favorite snacks! I call this recipe Fourth of July Trifle. Make sure you watch the HOW-TO VIDEO to see how easy it is to make this. Below are some instructions.
Start with a nice clear glass mason jar, bowl, or drinking glass. Place crumbled graham crackers, angel food cake or cookies at the bottom of your container. If you want to stick to the red, white & blue theme, the angel food cake or coconut shavings work great.
Place a layer of yogurt on top of the first layer. We used unsweetened plain greek yogurt.
Layer the red fruit (raspberries or strawberries) on top of the yogurt.
Add another layer of white coconut or yogurt.
Add the blueberries on top. Depending on how tall your glass is you can keep repeating layers! A strawberry, cherry, or mint sprig makes a nice topping.
CHALLENGE LEVEL: MEDIUM
Does require hot water and using dye which can stain clothes or furniture.
IMPORTANT TIP: Buy shoes one size larger than your actual size because they will shrink slightly. SEE THE VIDEO HOW TO.
The great thing about being a DIY’er (Do It Yourselfer) is that when you can’t find something the way you like it, you can try to make it yourself. That’s what we did with a pair of plain Toms canvas shoes. I love Toms’ slip-on canvas shoes because they are comfortable and flexible. I use them to dance in and play in. I also love them because every time we buy a pair of their shoes they give a pair of shoes to a child who needs a pair but cannot afford any. And, that’s just plain nice.
We think owls are adorable and fascinating animals to look at. They were even depicted in cave paintings in France 15,000 to 20,000 years ago and appeared in Egyptian hieroglyphics. We are not cave-painting today but we are rock painting! I first made this craft with my aunt Frances and friends Elizabeth and Mason for our friend Markala’s baby shower. All you need are some smooth rocks. Black or white RIVER ROCKS seem to work best and if you don’t have any in your garden you can usually find them on Amazon, at Home Depot or at Michaels. SEE VIDEO HOW TO.
I think owls are adorable and fascinating animals to look at. I first made this rock painting craft with my aunt Frances for her friend’s baby shower. All you need are some smooth rocks. Black or white RIVER ROCKS seem to work best and if you don’t have any in your garden, you can usually find them on Amazon or at Home Depot. Be sure to check out my blog post to see the written directions, resources, fascinating owl facts and some beautiful photos of this project.
My family and I love the concept of making something from nothing. Or, taking something ordinary and making it extraordinary. Earth Day is coming up and that is always a great time to be reminded of all the great things you can make to honor nature or recycle something around the house and transform it into art.
I really want to make this DIY Terrarium project with friends. You can use dinosaur figurines, or horses or fairy figurines to change the look and theme.
In celebration of the first day of spring, my friends Flora, Kiera and I made FLORAL FRUIT KABOBS. These are perfect for picnics and kid parties and are easy to make. Just follow the steps below. READ MORE…
In this short video, I made Floral Fruit Kabobs with my very good friend, Flora. These are not only fun to make, they’re a super healthy craft that you can eat, too! You can use strawberries, bananas, melon, or any kind of your favorite fruit to make a flower fruit kabob! This makes a great party favor for birthdays & baby showers!
Be sure to check out my blog post to see the written directions and some beautiful photos of this project. And, if you’re looking for another way to do fruit kabobs, check out our red, white and blue fruit kabobs post & video.