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Perfect School Snack: Cheese Mice

This article was first published on Cute Food For Kids.
Here is a cute appetizer idea for you! This cheese mouse was made from Happy Cow Cheese Wedge, olive, black sesame seeds, hot dog and green onion. It’s pretty easy, isn’t it?

Tips:
– Use straw to cut the olive nose.
– The tail can be replace with carrot, cucumber skin, etc.
– Ears can be replaced with ham, pepperoni, carrot or sliced almonds!
– It looks cute even with no ears!

More Critter-Themed Food Ideas

Ants on a log is an American classic snack. With simple ingredients, it’s fun to make and even better to eat. Simply spread peanut butter onto celery sticks and top with raisins.

The Babybel ladybugs are a little harder, but they’re pretty simple. Just take a Babybel cheese circle, cut the wax to make wings, use a toothpick to keep the olive head attached to the body and use olive bits to make the dots on the “wings.”

Bat-Themed Halloween Fun!

This article was first published on Easy Peasy and Fun.
What you need:

  • black origami paper
  • black paper (preferably construction paper)
  • wiggle eyes stickers
  • white paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • pencil

Steps:

  1. Fold the origami paper diagonally on both sides. Fold into a triangle (colored side on the outside).
  2. Hold the top of the triangle and fold it towards the bottom of the triangle (to the centre). Crease well.
  3. Hold the left corner and fold it towards the bottom centre of the triangle.
  4. Do the same with the other corner. Crease well.
  5. Unfold both ends.
  6. Grab hold of the left corner and fold it towards the top of the triangle. Crease.
  7. Do the same with the other corner.
  8. Tuck in the left “flap” into the pocket.
  9. Do the same with the other.
  10. Glue two wiggle eyes stickers to the soon to be bat corner bookmark. Cut two wings out of black construction paper. Cut two fangs out of white paper. Glue them onto your bookmark.
  11. Your bat corner bookmarks are ready to take a bite at your favorite books. 

Bat Pinecones

This article was first published on Fireflies and Mudpies.
Black felt, pinecones, and wiggly eyes are all kids need to create a small colony of creepy-cute Pinecone Bats! Children of all ages will enjoy this simple and easy nature craft, perfect for fall.

To make this craft you will need:

  • Pinecones
  • Stiffened black felt
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes
  • Hot glue and hot glue gun


Directions:

  • Cut a set of bat wings from the stiffened black felt.
  • Slide the wings into the pinecone, then secure with hot glue.
  • Snip a couple of bat ears out of the felt scraps. Slide them into the pinecone, then secure with hot glue.
  • Attach the googly eyes to the pinecone with a dab of hot glue.
  • If desired, snip two little fangs out of white cardstock (I just used junk mail!) and attach them with a tiny dot of hot glue.

Winter Bird Feeder

Many birds fly south for the winter, but the ones that don’t can struggle to find food during the colder months. Keep your neighborhood birdies well fed with this Suet bird feeder.
This article was first published on Sadie Seasongoods.
I *LOVE* a good DIY project for my yard and garden (especially for the birds), but a chilly winter can make that challenging. But then I realized I could create a super simple & inexpensive suet feeder (perfect for winter) to hang in my yard…using a common thrift store item: Coffee Mugs!

If you walk into any Goodwill store, you’ll find a huge selection of coffee mugs- in every style, color, and shape you can imagine!

After selecting a few to purchase (I couldn’t pick just one!), I headed home and ran them through my dishwasher (because, even the birds deserve something fresh and clean, right?).

Now, to transform them into suet feeders, you can do a couple of things: (1) meltdown a pre-made store-bought suet cake, or (2) create your own suet using rendered beef fat and bird seed of your choice.

I opted to make my own as an experiment- so, while I melted some beef fat (purchased on the cheap from Whole Foods) on my stovetop, I created “perches” for my feeders using sticks from my yard! Doesn’t get any cheaper than that, does it? And I felt like I was doing a little yard work at the same time- bonus!

I added bird seed to my Goodwill mugs (about half-full in each one), and stuck my “perches” in the seed, at the opposite side from the handles. To ensure the perches stayed in place, I wrapped some wire around each one– just as insurance.

Then, I simply poured the melted suet (which, admittedly, smelled a little gross as it melted) into my mugs!

I placed my mug feeders in the fridge to cool down and allow the suet to harden- it took about an hour to re-solidify and I used my stick-perch to stir it periodically to evenly re-distribute the seed.

Once it was solid, I used a carabiner to hang my suet feeder in a tree! And if I didn’t already have a carabiner, I would have just used a loop of jute twine to tie it to a branch.

But…did they use it? YES THEY DID!!