Monday, April 14, 2014

Easy Bunny Feet (with Easter Egg) Treasure Hunt

If you have young guests coming over for Easter, here is an easy three-step treasure hunt featuring bunny feet, Easter eggs and puzzle pieces!



I saw the bunny feet printable on this website: The Happy Home Fairy

Unfortunately the link from her post doesn't work, but we can get around that (see the "Details" section below).

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Here is an overview of the treasure hunt and then I will give you the details.

Step 1:  Hide the bunny feet inside or outside, then read them this clue:

Happy Easter, you are so sweet...
Please work together and find 12 bunny feet!




Step 2:  After they accomplish that, read the next clue and assign them a specific egg color to find.  Inside will be custom puzzle pieces matched to their age. (Example:  Older kid one is assigned blue eggs which may have more puzzle pieces.  Younger kid two is assigned green with less puzzle pieces inside.)

Well done, nice use of your legs...
Next you each need to find 6 colored eggs!




Step 3:  After everyone has found all of their eggs, read the last clue.  They will each put their individual puzzle together to win their prize or basket.

Nice job - you are so wise...
Now solve your puzzle to win a fun prize!




DETAILS:

Bunny Feet 

Simply hover over the bunny feet image on The Happy Home Fairy website and right-click your mouse to bring up the menu.  Left click on copy.  Then open Microsoft Word and right-click/paste.  You can resize the feet as this point by selecting the image and stretching the box, but you may not need to.  I printed 3 pages in color on cardstock.  Cut out your feet while you are watching TV.  :-)


Puzzles

Find cute pictures of the Easter Bunny on the internet, a different one for each child.  I copied and pasted the images into Word, then resized them if necessary.  


Example




Print the pictures onto cardstock and cut them into puzzle pieces.  For young children - simply make six pieces (one for each egg).  Older kids can handle more (smaller) pieces.  In this case, you would put multiple puzzle pieces in each egg.  You can freehand the cuts or use a puzzle piece template similar to this one from the internet.


Example
 

Prizes

You can give the kids whatever is traditional in your household.  Easter baskets, candy, cute little gifts - whatever.  Here is a link to my Easter board on Pinterest with some ideas for you!


Happy Easter!



Linking to:  Not Just a Housewife, Family, Home and Life, 733 Blog, Polka Dots on Parade, Five Heart Home

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

"The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" at the Ordway - A Review


Photo Credit: Francesco Carrozzini

I was invited to attend a blogger night for "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" at the Ordway.  The actual storyline for this American classic was unfamiliar to me, but I did know the famous song 'Summertime (and the livin' is easy)'.  Since this production was the winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, I was very curious to see this show and fill a hole in my theatrical knowledge.
 
The program noted that "Porgy and Bess" is the most-performed American opera of all time.  It was also interesting to read that this show had the first integrated audience in 1935 at Washington's National Theatre (when the cast refused to perform until black audience members were allowed to be seated).
 
The show is set in the late 1930's in Charleson, South Carolina.  Bess (Alicia Hall Moran) is a desperate woman who is struggling to break free from her past addictions.  Porgy (Nathaniel Stampley) is a "cripple" who seems to beg for a living...an unlikely pairing in my mind.
 
 
 
After seeing the show, I feel that people overemphasize the "romance" aspect of this piece.  I found the story rather heartbreaking, featuring a lonely man and a woman desperate to survive, without a lot of options.  It was not the "exhilarating love story" that I was expecting.
 
Having said that though, this production is extremely well done.  The singing is beautiful throughout the entire show, but I especially enjoyed the voices of Porgy (Nathaniel Stampley) and the haunting Strawberry Woman (Sarita Rachelle Lilly).  Another highlight was the dance number at the picnic.  Porgy and Bess is another one of those shows that takes you back to a different time and makes you "think".  We had plenty to talk about on the ride home, which is always a good thing!
 
If you are curious about this American theater classic, the Ordway's production of Porgy and Bess is an extremely well executed version of the show and runs through Sunday, March 30th, 2014.
 
For ticket information, visit Ordway.org
 
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street
St. Paul, MN 55102

Ticket Office: 651.224.4222
Groups: 651.282.3111
 
 
I would like to thank the Ordway for providing these tickets.  A positive review was not required.




Tuesday, February 25, 2014

2014 Year of the Horse Free Printable

2014 is the Chinese "Year of the Horse" and I found a cute (free) printable for you!


This printable started as another one of my Pinterest "dead ends".  My son's girlfriend is spending a semester abroad in China and I wanted to give her a little going away present.  I found a cute treasure-type envelope on Pinterest; however after much clickety-clicking, I was led down one incorrect path after another.

I finally gave up on the envelope thing and widened my search until I found a link to this horse - but the website was in a different language!  Yikes!  I held my breath and clicked where I thought the link was (hoping it was free).  It worked!

Simply print the image onto card stock and cut out the pieces.  Score along the dotted lines, fold and glue everything together (I used Tombow Mono Aqua Liquid Glue).



I rolled up some money and used one of those tiny, clear hair bands to hold it together. Then I used a small "sticky dot" to secure it inside the horse's neck.


I thought this was a fun and thoughtful gift (and I think she liked it).
Note:  This website has TONS of interesting looking printables (of course, I can't tell if they are all free or not - but they are fun to look at):


Happy Chinese New Year!

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