Kids Frugal Fun Sun Baked S’mores

Each week Momondealz brings you a craft that is fun, educational, and frugal.

August 10th is National S’mores Day and since I LOVE s’mores I thought this would be a cute activity-and a yummy one!

Materials:
Shoe Box
Plastic Wrap
Tin Foil
1 Sheet of Black Construction Paper
Graham Crackers
Hershey’s Chocolate Bars (save $1/2 with this coupon)
Marshmallows
Craft Knife (adult use only)

Directions:
1. Cut a rectangle in the lid of the shoe box and cover with plastic wrap.
2. Cover the bottom of the shoe box with tin foil.
3. Lay a small piece of black construction paper on top of the tin foil.

4. Break a graham cracker in half and lay each piece side by side on the black paper.
5. Place a piece of chocolate bar on one cracker and a marshmallow on the other cracker.

6. Cover the box with plastic wrapped lid and set outside in the sun. Allow chocolate and marshmallow to melt (the chocolate will melt quicker so you may want to put the marshmallow out before for a few minutes).
7. Enjoy your yummy s’more!

Ways to make this activity educational:
-Language Arts: 1. Have your child create a journal entry about the activity. If they cannot write words yet, you can have them dictate OR have them draw pictures to tell the story. Telling a story using pictures is a big Kindergarten skill.

2. Have your child ID or circle letters on the food packages.

-Math: 1. Have your child count the marshmallows in the package.

2. Time how long it takes for the s’mores to be ready. This is a great way to introduce a clock to your child by simply pointing out the numbers/hands and discussing how they move to show time.

3. Discuss the shapes used in this activity (rectangular of shoe box, rectangle of construction paper, rectangle of cracker, etc).

-Science: 1. Have your child use their 5 senses to discuss the ingredients (texture of the materials used, sounds of tin foil, taste of s’more).

2. Discuss how the chocolate is a solid before going into the sun and then becomes a liquid.

3. Discuss shadows in the yard and the box should be placed in direct sunlight to make it melt faster.

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We Mourn With Those Who Mourn

Regardless of how you feel about the current activities of the US Military I know that Americans support our troops and recognize the sacrifices they and their families make.

Today one of the middle schoolers I work with at my church got the news no young girl wants- her dad isn’t coming home from Afghanistan.  Her mother has lost a husband and she has lost her father.  She is a sweet, energetic soon to be seventh grader and my heart has been breaking for her all night.

So I wanted to take a second and ask my readers to do whatever it is you do (say a prayer, have a positive thought, light a candle) and lift up the families who sit waiting.  And for those who found out today that someone they love is not coming home we grieve with you.

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Locals: Fun and Frugal Weekend Activities 8/5

Charlotte at My Active Child has put together a great list of the frugal activities in Hampton Roads.  Here are the highlights:

All Weekend- (Friday 10am-8pm, Saturday 7 am-6pm) Portsmouth Celebrates US Coast Guard! at Portsmouth, VA

All Weekend-(Friday 3-10pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm) Hampton Cup Regatta at Mercury Blvd. Bridge at Ft. Monroe Hampton, VA

All Weekend- (Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm) Artisans in the Park at Great Neck Park 2513 Shorehaven Drive Virginia Beach VA

Friday
10:30am- Summer Friday Films for Children at Chrysler Museum of Art 245 West Olney Road Norfolk, Virginia 23510 (757) 333-6239

1:30pm- “Bridge to Terabithia” at Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts ($1 Admission) 110 West Finney Avenue, Suffolk, VA 23434 757 923 0003

6-7:30pm- Crabbing at First Landing State Park- Bay Store- 2500 Shore Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23451 (757) 412-2300

Saturday
9am-12pm- Home Depot Kids Workshop- Pencil Box at All Home Depot Locations

10am-12pm- Butterfly & Dragonfly Tour at Hoffler Creek Wildlife Foundation 4510 Twin Pines Road, Portsmouth VA (757)
686-8684

11am-3pm- Back to School Family Fun Day! at Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum 206 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704 (757) 393-8031

12pm- All About Snakes at Sandy Bottom Nature Park 1255 Big Bethel Road Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 825-4657

2pm- Toot and Puddle Costume Character Storytime at Barnes & Noble- Peninsula Town Center 5100 Kilgore Ave, Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 827-1118

7pm- Family Films by the Fountain- Mary Poppins at Fountain Plaza at City CenterOyster Point, 701 Town Center Dr, Newport News, VA 23606 (757) 873-2020

Sunday

2-5pm- National Kids’ Day at Constant’s Wharf Park and Marina 110 East Constance Road Suffolk, VA (757)514-4509

10pm- Fireworks on the Beach at 20th Street on the Oceanfront, Virginia Beach VA

Click to see the complete list of events.

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Kids Frugal Fun 8/2

Each week Momondealz brings you a kids craft that is fun, frugal, and educational. August 3rd is National Watermelon Day so this week’s craft is centered around this delicious snack. For the remainder of August, I will also be concentrating on kindergarten skills in the educational activities section at the bottom. Enjoy!

Watermelon Tambourine
Materials:
1 Paper plate
Handful of beans
Markers
Glue

Directions:
1. Cut the paper plate in half horizontally.

2. Color the outside edge green and the middle red or pink.

3. Use a black marker to make the “seeds” on the watermelon or you can can glue down beans to the plate.

4. Glue the rounded edges together and allow to dry.

5. When the glue is dry, put your beans inside the plates and then glue the straight edges together. Allow to dry.

 

Educational Activities:
-Math: 1. When getting the beans, estimate how many you can grab from the bag and then count them.

-Science: 1. Have your child shake their tambourines following your directions (shake it up, down, to the left, right, etc). 2. Have your child shake the tambourines on different body parts (knees, elbows, head, etc). 3. Eat a real watermelon and plant the seeds in a cup. Water the seeds everyday and discuss the needs of plants.

-Language Arts: 1. Shake the tambourine to the beat of your favorite nursery rhymes. See if you can create new nursery rhymes together that are about watermelons. For example: To the tune of “Hey Diddle Diddle—Hey watermelon, with seeds in the middle, you’ve got a green rind, I love to eat your juicy center,as a treat after dinner (you get the idea).

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Tax Advice- Claiming Items Bought With Coupons

Sharon at Mom on Dealz has a column every week called “Ask An Accountant.”  I usually don’t post them but this week’s was VERY relevant to my readers.  One question I get asked in coupon classes is open taking a tax write off for donations bought with coupons.  Sharon addresses this issue in her post.

Although tax season is over, tax questions arise year round. My husband is an experienced accountant and will be answering questions sent to me at cjwtaxpro@gmail.com with the subject line “Ask an accountant”.

Question:
I donate from my stockplile quite frequently. When claiming these deductions, do I deduct what I paid out of pocket or what the items would normally cost without coupons/sales?

Answer:
There are 2 schools of thinking for this question. One side says you do not get to deduct something you have not paid for (assuming the item is free after coupons). The other side is that you still get to deduct fair market value. Generally speaking, I agree you deduct fair market value. For example, on average, diapers are priced around $10. If you buy a pack of diapers but there is a sale, you have coupons, and you have store rewards (such as register rewards, etc) so your final price is less than $10, you can still deduct $10 since the value of the diapers did not change, despite how much you paid out of pocket.

*Please keep in mind this post is for informational purposes only and answers given are very general. Many things depend on individual circumstances. Please contact your personal accountant or financial advisor for your particular situation.

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Locals: Fun and Frugal Weekend Activities

Each week Charlotte at My Active Child puts together a list of the best weekend activities in Hampton Roads. 

Here are the highlights:

Friday

10:30am- Summer Friday Films for Children at Chrysler Museum of Art 245 West Olney Road Norfolk, Virginia 23510 (757) 333-6239

11am- Storytelling In the Park- Merrillee Pallansch- NEW LOCATION: West Hampton Community Center 1638 Briarfield Road Hampton, Virginia 23661 (757) 896-4687

2-5pm- 757’s Got Talent! Youth Talent Show at Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center 2410 Wickham Avenue Newport News, VA 23607    (757) 247-8950  

3- 11pm- Beach FamFest 2011 Summer Series at 17th Street Park, Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Saturday

10am- Wilderness Survival ages 8+ at Sandy Bottom Nature Park 1255 Big Bethel Road Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 825-4657

10:15-11am- Learn to Kayak at Hoffler Creek Wildlife Refuge (registration required) 4510 Twin Pines Rd. Portsmouth, VA 23703  757-686-8684  

2pm- FREE PERFORMANCEBucket of Monkeys presents “Around the World in Eighty Days at Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library 111 W. Ocean View Avenue Norfolk, VA 23503 (757) 441-1750

3-5pm- “Summer on Ice” at Scope Arena! at Norfolk Scope Arena 215 East Brambleton Avenue Norfolk, VA 23510 (757) 664-6464

5:30-7:30pmZoo Grooves Summer Concert at Virginia Zoo 3500 Granby St Norfolk, VA 23504 (757) 441-2374

6-8pm- Mix It Up! Strolling Musicians at 17th Street to 30th Street, Virginia Beach Oceanfront  

Sunday

7:30-10:30pm- Blackbeard and Calico Jack Pirate Show (Shows at 7:30pm, 8:30pm, and 9:30pm) at 17th Street Park, Virginia Beach Oceanfront  (757) 425-3111   

10pm- Fireworks on the Beach at 20th Street on the Oceanfront, Virginia Beach VA

Check out the full list of activities!

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Kids Frugal Fun- All About Me Book

Each week Momondealz brings you a kids craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. For the remainder of July and August, she will be concentrating on kindergarten skills.

Materials:
2 sheets construction paper
5-10 sheets of white computer paper
Paper clips
Crayons, markers
Yarn, string, or ribbon
1 ruler or tape measure
Hole punch

Directions:
1. Show your child a ruler or tape measure and ask them what it is used for. Discuss that when you measure items with inches or centimeters, it’s called standard measurement. Tell them sometimes you don’t have those items available so you can use other things to measure with. The possibilities are endless but we chose to use paper clips.

2. Trace your child’s foot on one sheet of paper and measure it with paper clips. Record the number.

3. Trace your child’s hand on a sheet of paper and measure it with paper clips. Record the number.

4. Have your child lay down and stretch yarn to the length of their body and cut it. Stretch the piece out in order to measure it with paper clips. Record the number.

5. Fill in the other pages of the book with any other things you would like recorded about your child. You can measure their waists, arms, legs, favorite toy, favorite book, etc.

6. Have your child decorate the front cover of the book and put the title “All About ______(child’s name).

7. Put the papers together and hole punch, then thread yarn through the holes to hold the book together. You now have a perfect momento of your child AND you helped them learn about nonstandard measurement at the same time!

Educational Applications:
1. Math/Science: Recording data and using nonstandard measurement are kindergarten skills so this craft fits pefectly. You can also use the ruler or tape measure to make comparisons between standard and nonstandard results.

2. Lanuguage Arts: Discuss parts of a book (front cover, back cover, pages, etc). You can even make a table of contents for your book!

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