I sponsor a young girl through Life Connection Mission, and along
with my summer package for her, I sent my remaining
author's copies for the preschool kids in Haiti.
They are in need of so much more, but it warms my heart
to share my joy of books with them.
Several years ago, I initiated a program
with authors and illustrators,
They are an amazing non-profit organization serving the
poorest children in the Western Hemisphere.
My daughter has figured out that having a graphic designer
for a mom is handy when it comes to her visions and ideas...
She had the unusual request for a
crystal-geode-sparkly-rocking climbing birthday party,
with special touches such as sparkly gems on the rock climbing
wall invitations. Yep, girly-girl.
Making the cake was easier than it looks, and so fun!
We took some rock candy and broke the
sugar crystals off the sticks.
Surprisingly, our first attempt making this recipe
marshmallow fondant was pretty successful.
We added purple food coloring, folded the fondant over several times,
and then started rolling for the marble effect.
It looked pretty cool, and my daughter really enjoyed the marbling.
It was a bit tricky placing the fondant on the frosted cake;
we did not have any special fondant tools.
We cut out a section for the geode, frosted the carved area,
and decorated it with rock candy. And that was it!
Here's my fancy little rock climbing birthday girl.
Her friends loved the cake and
I loved the mommy-daughter baking time!
I had the pleasure of kicking-off the spring season
with these preschool cuties.
We flapped, stomped, cheered, buzzed, and wiggled through
storytime with our spring bug friends from
A spring book about color-mixing lends itself to
a fun and colorful experiment!
Next, I handed each child a spring egg filled with Playdoh™
that I had cut into flowers. Each egg contained two of
each primary colors: red, yellow, and blue.
As you can imagine, the kids were excited to begin blending colors.
We kneaded the red and yellow flowers to make orange.
The blue and red flowers made purple.
And the blue and yellow flowers made green.
To prepare for this activity, be sure the depth of the yellow
flowers are twice as thick as the red and blue ones.
The children were thrilled to see the colors blend!
Lastly, we made stick puppets of the book characters.
We colored ladybugs, grasshoppers, bees, caterpillars, butterflies and crickets,
and decorated them with flower stickers.
We had a great time celebrating the spring season!
For more spring and color activities, visit:
for a playful and interactive storytime.
Make it a craft and coloring day too. Check out some Color Wonder
Younger kids will enjoy coloring, and making stick puppet
characters from Color Wonder Hooray for Spring!