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Gift Guide: MindWare Art Sets for Kids + Giveaway

Recently I learned about MindWare toys and how great they are. MindWare toys are “brainy toys for kids of all ages”. Their mission is to create a collection of unique products that help promote learning and engagement while still being fun and enjoyable! And in my opinion, MindWare does that. Whether you are looking for a high quality art set for your daughter or a remote control rover kit for your son, MindWare has something for every age child.

I was lucky enough to have two products sent to us to take a look at and for Lennox to experience. We were sent the Make Your Own Glitter Snow Globes kit and the Paint Your Own Porcelain Vases kit. Both are EXTREMELY nice! I was more than impressed with both of them.

mindware-art-sets From the packaging, to the contents to the quality of the materials, these kits are some of my favorites.

Make Your Own Glitter Snow Globes

This kit is great for the holiday season, but could be used anytime of year. Snow Globes remind me of Christmas and of the winter. The packaging is high quality and colorful. There is no mystery of what is inside the box! With this set, your child is able to work with a variety of colored clay to design their own clay figure. Once they create their clay pieces, you can bake it, put the globe together and shake. It’s pretty straight forward and the final product is a no-leak, double sealed snow glob that will let you decorate your home with your child’s creations, without making a mess!

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The kit contains everything you need to create 2 snow globes:

  • 2 Snow Globes
  • 12 Colors of Clay
  • 10 Glue Dots
  • Sculpting Tool
  • Glitter

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From MindWare’s website, the key skills that this product promotes:

  • Strengthens creativity, discipline, fine-motor skills, design and problem-solving skills
  • Learn how to blend, layer and mold clay

Paint Your Own Porcelain Vases

Like the Snow Globe kit, the Paint Your Own Porcelain Vases kit is great for all ages. The contents of this kit are high quality and the final products will be beautiful. This kit lets your little artist paint in any way they wish. Whether it is a very detailed design or an “abstract” design – you are sure to have some beautiful vases at the end of the day. 

mindware-paint-your-own-vase-03Let your child paint the vases with the included paints, and then help them bake the product in the oven to give it a finished, glossy look. This would be a great kit to get and then make some homemade Christmas gifts for grandparents, teachers or even for mom and dad!

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This kit comes with everything you need to create 3 vases:

  • 3 White Porcelain Vases
  • 12 Bright Paints
  • Paint Brush

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From MindWare’s website, the key skills that this product promotes:

  • Strengthens creativity, hand-eye coordination, patience, fine motor and design skills

Its refreshing when you come across a brand of toys that creates high quality toys that let your child’s creative mind go crazy! If you are looking for a unique gift this holiday season – please check out MindWare toys!

I’ll make sure to update this post as well with the final creations once they are all finished up! 

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Use the widget below and enter to win one of the art sets of your choice (Choice of Snow Globes or Porcelain Vases). Giveaway open to US residents, 18+. Giveaway ends December 10, 2015.

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The Best Fall DIY Projects

The Best “Must Make” DIY Fall Decorations

The Best Fall DIY Projects

Summer is wrapping up and it’s time to start thinking about the fall! There are so many fun DIY projects out there, that I have found a collection of my favorites. I love all the pumpkin decorations and fall colors. Which one is your favorite?

Check out The Best "Must Make" DIY Autumn Decor Projects

by Heather Terrell at Mode

Make Your Own Mini Marshmallow Roaster

Make Your Own Mini Marshmallow Roaster

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One of the best things we have bought this summer is a new grill! We never used our old grill but now that we have switched to charcoal, we have been cooking on the grill more than we have been cooking in the kitchen. It’s great on dishes, heat inside the house and Kyle is doing the cooking – so I can’t complain! 

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One thing that we introduced Lennox to was roasting marshmallows on the grill after dinner. She loves to come out and toast some marshmallows as her dessert – but sometimes, she can be impatient and want to roast marshmallows when we still have quite a while until dinner – or even on the nights we aren’t grilling at all. 

I had seen a cute idea a while back for making your own personal marshmallow roaster and decided to try it myself, and make it about as girly as you could make it, just for Lennox! Before I could start, I had to get some new grilling supplies at Walmart, and of course I picked up Kraft Jet Puffed Marshmallows! Walmart also has a number of other Kraft products that are essential to your grilling nights!

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We made some delicious corn on the cob to go with our ready-made dinner from the Walmart Deli / Marketplace, but Lennox just had to try out her own marshmallow roaster first, so we let her give it a try. It worked out great and it was really easy to make. Here is what you need to do.

Make Your Own Mini Marshmallow Roaster

Make Your Own Personal Marshmallow Roaster

What you need:

  • Small Terra-cotta flower pot
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Charcoal
  • Kraft Jet Puffed Marshmallows (the best!)
  • Skewers
  • optional – glitter and other decorations for the pot

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Instructions:

STEP ONE: After gathering all of your materials, which you can find at Walmart, decorate your terra-cotta pot however you wish. We used glitter because, well, we have a super girly girl and she loves glitter (as do I)!

STEP TWO: Take a few small sheets of aluminum foil and line the inside of the pot. Press the aluminum foil tightly against the sides to form a cup inside the pot. Using heavy duty foil is recommended but I tried with regular weight, and it worked okay as well.

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STEP THREE: Fill the pot with a few pieces of charcoal. Using some charcoal that is already presoaked in lighter fluid is the easiest and safest with kids. 

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STEP FOUR: Light the coals, there should quickly be a small flame – you can now start roasting your  Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows! 

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Note: The coals will stay hot until they completely burn out – so either leave the terra-cotta post somewhere  it is safe or dump the coals into the grill when you are done. You should be able to toast quite a few marshmallows from the heat this personal marshmallow roaster will let off! 

Now that you have your marshmallow roaster complete, it’s time to make some Smores to go along with your easy dinner! 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Smores

Chocolate Chip Cookie S’mores

Ingredients:

  • Your favorite chocolate chip cookies
  • Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows
  • Mini Marshmallow Roaster

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Directions:

STEP ONE: Using your new marshmallow roaster, roast the marshmallows to your desired crispiness! 

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STEP TWO: Once the marshmallow is complete, take two of your favorite chocolate chip cookies (or any kind of cookie for that matter) and sandwich the toasted Jet-Puffed Marshmallow in-between the cookies! 

These are great to eat right away or even saved for later. We made them before dinner and they were still great by dessert time! Lennox had a lot of fun and I see us using this little roaster many times throughout the year! 

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Our mixture of grilling and ready-made food from Walmart made dinner time so very easy!

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Make sure you head over to Kraft to see what other great Kraft inspired grilling recipes to try out this summer! You can check out their summer digital cookbook here.

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