3
Jun

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Now that my two children have started kindergarten (first year of schooling in Queensland) this year I am entering the world of parent organised fundraising to help purchase resources. With a cake stall coming up soon I am going to get my daughters, Bear and Bee, to help make a version of their favourite cupcakes. These Strawberry Yoghurt Cupcakes are moist and delicious and their mini versions are sure to be a hot seller.

Mini Strawberry Yoghurt Cupcakes

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Ingredients

Cupcakes

50 grams unsalted butter, softened

1/3 cup (90g) caster sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup low fat strawberry yoghurt

1 ¼ cups self-raising flour

¼ teaspoon baking powder

Icing

1 ½ cups icing sugar or icing mixture (which is icing sugar with cornflour added to prevent lumps)

10 grams unsalted butter

1 ½ tablespoons of boiling water

A few drops of food colouring

 
Directions

For the cupcakes

1. Preheat the oven to 180oC and line 2 mini muffin trays with mini cupcake liners.

2. Beat the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer until creamy and pale in colour.

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3. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined.

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4. Mix in the yoghurt.

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5. Sift the flour and baking powder and gently fold into the cake ingredients. Don’t use the electric mixer for this step as the cupcakes can become tough.

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6. Spoon the mixture into the cupcake liners. Fill to about two thirds full.

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7. Bake for 15 minutes or until they spring back when lightly touched in the centre.

8.  Cool on a wire rack.

 
For the icing

1. Stir icing sugar, butter and boiling water in a small bowl until smooth.

2. Add in the food colouring and mix well.

3. Use a spatula to spread the icing onto the cooled cupcakes.

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To package the mini cupcakes for a cake stall, place 8 cupcakes onto a small foam tray or foil covered piece of thick cardboard. Wrap with plastic wrap or place inside a clear cellophane bag. Or use clear takeaway containers to hold the cupcakes. Don’t forget to add a label printed with the price, the name of the item and a simple list of ingredients. This will help customers with allergies to avoid any trigger foods.

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My name is Maree Mortimer and I am a stay at home mum to twin girls.  I share our cooking adventures on my blog threefootcooks. Threefootcooks is a blog about cooking with young children. On it you will also find information on how to go about cooking with your child, as well as inspiration for what to cook.

http://threefootcooks.blogspot.com.au/

17
Apr

Button Bunny Easter Craft

Button Bunny Easter Craft

This gorgeous Button Bunny Easter Craft makes a cute and simple diy project for both adults and kids over this Easter season!

You will need:

White Square Canvas

Paint & Brush

Glue Gun

Colourful Buttons

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11
Feb

Valentines Card Craft

Valentines Card Craft

Share the love this Valentine’s Day with this gorgeous DIY Card Craft project- Valentines Card Craft! A perfect, personalised gesture to remind your loved one of all the things you love about them.

You will need:

Deck of Cards

A List of Your “52 things”

Hole Punch

2 Binder Rings

Scissors

Blank Sheets of Paper

Glue or Double Sided Sticky Tape

Black Marker

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4
Dec

The Safest Christmas Tree Perfect for Babies

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We all love decorating our Christmas Trees with lots of lights and colourful baubles. But when you’ve got crawling babies or mischievous toddlers who want to touch everything, like our little boy above, then you need to think a little differently. That’s why we’ve come up with the safest Christmas Tree that can be adhered to any household surface, making it a fantastic alternative for tight spaces.

Find out more about our Christmas Tree Wall Sticker and pop it up before Santa arrives.

25
Oct

Christmas Card Craft

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Christmas can be a costly time of the year, it’s expensive to buy Christmas Cards for all of your friends and family, why not make Christmas a little different this year and create your own gorgeous Christmas card craft and stand out from all the rest.

What you need: 

  • Glue
  • Gold Pen
  • Buttons
  • Ruler
  • Card or textured paper

 

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9
Sep

Spring Button Tree

 

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Try our gorgeous Spring Button Tree to celebrate the warmer season. It’s simple to make, and super cute!

All you need is a handful of buttons, a small canvas, some paints, glue and paint brushes.

Have a look at our adorable range of Designer Tree Wall Stickers here www.brightstarkids.com.au

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7
Aug

Recycled Robots

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These cute and quirky Recycled Robots will make great additions to the family. What a fantastic way to use up bits and bobs around the house, and what’s even better?… It’s free!

What you will need:

An empty tin
Bits and bobs for features – bolts, pins, screws, bottle caps, washers and more
Glue gun

How to:

Simply wash and dry an old tin and make sure it’s safe for the kids to handle (no sharp edges)

Start adding features – arms, nose, eyes, hair and any other characteristics you would like to see on your robot using the hot glue gun (best for glueing)

See some of our creations below and as always, have fun!

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11
Jul

Beat the holiday blues

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We’ve all heard that horrible phrase ‘Mum…… I’m bored’ a thousand times over and school holidays is the time when that becomes a regular occurance. It’s coming to the end of the break now, and this is when it usually gets the most trying. We’ve come up with a few ideas to “Beat the holiday blues”.

  1. Write a letter with the kids- this could be to Nan and Pa, who would love that!
  2. Buy a note book and get your children to write a diary about their holidays, or draw pictures if they are too young
  3. If the weather’s nice, do an outdoor treasure hunt. The kids will absolutely love this idea, especially if there are treats involved!
  4. Paint your toenails, this is great bonding time between mum and daughter
  5. Take the kids up the mountain or bush walking and collect leaves and flowers and make a collage
  6. Have a movie day at home with yummy food and blankets
  7. Collect shells at the beach
  8. Paint canvas art- you can get blank canvases pretty cheap these days. A big family canvas would be fun!
  9. Fly a kite in a park followed by lunch on a blanket
  10. Cooking- bake some cupcakes together

We’ve also added a free printable colouring in sheet inspired by our ‘Sky High’ Wall Graphics for your children to enjoy!

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25
Jun

Caterpillar Felt Ball Fun

 

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Caterpillar Felt Ball Fun- These gorgeous felt balls are fantastic for all kinds of crafty ideas. We’ve noticed rugs, coasters and centre pieces made from these at the markets and they look fantastic, but can be expensive! We thought the kids might enjoy these because of their bright colours and soft feel.

The felt balls can be purchased on EBay much, much cheaper, so why not have own Caterpillar Felt Ball Fun.

Items you will need:

1.  Felt Balls

2. Needle and Thread

3. Pipe Cleaner

4. Self-adhesive eye balls

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Collect your favourite Felt Ball colours, then chop down the pipe cleaner to create your caterpillars legs.

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Tie a knot at the end of your thread and simply thread the Felt Balls on, you can make your caterpillar

as long or as short as you wish.

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Tie the pipe cleaner around to create his crawly legs.

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Stick the self adhesive eyes onto the caterpillars head and bring him to life.

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30
May

Paper Flower Art

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Paper Flower Art is fun to do with the kids, these do take some patience though so probably children over the age of six would be best.

They look amazing when finished and there are endless colours and design ideas. They make a great alternative to giving someone you love a bunch of flowers, and they last forever!

You can find all the items you need to create Paper Flower Art at your local cheap shop or craft store.

Items you will need:

  1. Cardboard Pot
  2. Stems
  3. Glue Gun
  4. Coloured paper
  5. Scissors
  6. Paint
  7. Ribbon
  8. Paint Brush

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Paint your pot any colour you like and then glue a coloured or patterned ribbon around to spice it up a little.

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Cut your paper into squares, then into a circular snail shape, then twist all the way to the end, release to see your flower shape unravel and glue the end to hold it’s shape. And finally, glue the stem into the centre of the flower.

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Fill your pot up with as many Paper Flowers as you like. Cut some leaf shapes out of paper and glue those on too to create effect.

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There are endless options of colour and style. We also made these for home. Gorgeous aren’t they!

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