3 Yummy Green Things

By PBK Editors

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! In celebration of all things green, we’re sharing three fun after-school snacks perfect for making today.

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Lucky for you, these Shamrock Tortilla Chips from Sweet Little Peanut are both healthy and easy to make! With some creamy guacamole or a “rainbow” salsa, little hands will love dipping these fun chips on St. Paddy’s Day.

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Little leprechauns will love this Green Shamrock Shake from Handmade Charlotte. With plenty of healthy omegas and a sweet creamy texture, it’s as tasty as it is good for them!

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Your little ones will think they’ve found the pot of gold with these Money Cakes from Oh Happy Day. With a fun topper and surprise center, this St. Paddy’s Day treat will be something they’ll remember for years.

Looking for more recipe ideas? Visit Design Studio to get inspired.

 

A Reason to Celebrate Science

By PBK Editors

Not only is today Pi Day, it’s also Albert Einstein’s birthday! We’re celebrating with a few fun science activities perfect for sharing with kids. We love these ideas from Katherine Marie‘s blog – you just might find a new favorite yourself.

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Create your own little Einstein with this idea, adapted from Spoonful.

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Katherine Marie shares her version of color explosions using baking soda and color-tinted vinegar.

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We love this separated tray of items from the Sink vs. Float test.

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Last but not least, a surefire kid favorite: the Mentos Geyser.

Do you have a little scientist at home? Share your favorite science activities in the comments below!

Sneak Peek: Shades of Summer

By PBK Editors

Summer is coming, and we can’t help but share a few pieces from our new collection that’s launching next week! Inspired by the colors of summer, we focused on brights, bolds and updates to our classic favorites. Here’s a glimpse at a few items we love.

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We’re all about aqua. The perfect shade to cool things off, aqua gives a room new life. Try punches of it in decor and furniture – like our new Harper Crib – for an unexpected touch.

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Going crazy for coral. From the pom-pom details on our canopy to a graphic printed duvet, this collection is all about far-off places and relaxed inspiration straight from the beach.

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Moving forward with the new modern. With subtle accents and clean lines, our version of modern is comfortable and warm.

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Updated classics. Our favorite styles are back for summer – with a hint of color and unexpected details!

Are you excited about our new summer designs? Share your favorites in the comments below – and don’t forget to visit potterybarnkids.com next week to see the entire summer collection.

Girl Scout Cookies, Reinvented

By PBK Editors

From classic Thin Mints® to stamped Trefoils Shortbread®, Girl Scout cookies are one of those special treats we simply can’t resist. Today, in honor of Girl Scout Day, we’re sharing our favorite recipes that will give you a few more reasons to support your favorite troop!

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A favorite Girl Scout cookie gets a cool makeover with these Samoa Popsicles from My Baking Addiction.

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In another refreshing treat, Do-Si-Dos are a hidden surprise in this Do-Si-Dos Icebox Pie from Bakers Royale.

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This Tagalong Popcorn from Something Swanky is the perfect, slightly sweet snack for anyone who loves peanut butter and chocolate.

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The most classic Girl Scout cookie plus a classic baked good make for one tasty treat. Case in point? These Thin Mint Brownies from Country Cleaver.

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Peanut butter will meet its match when your little ones discover this Trefoil Cookie Butter from Geeky Hostess. Try it on apple slices or even celery sticks!

What’s your favorite Girl Scout cookie? Share with us in the comments below!

Easter Eggs As Good As Gold

By PBK Editors

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Add a golden touch to your Easter festivities with these beautiful DIY Gold Leaf Eggs from Little Inspiration. For a fun twist, hide a few of them along with regular eggs during your Easter egg hunt. When little ones find the golden ones, they get a special treat or toy!

Looking for a few more Easter ideas? Visit Design Studio to view our Rustic Easter Party and our Whimsical Easter Party – and get inspired.

DIY Pop-Up Paper Alligators

By Jordan Ferney

Written by Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day for Building Blocks.

Today I’m excited to share this fun DIY based on the Jeremy alligator sheets from Pottery Barn Kids’ spring collection. The pattern on the sheets is so rad – and it inspired me to design these pop-up paper alligators. They’re super easy to make, and we’ve even included the template for this craft below. Have your kids create their own, then use them as decorations for a party or as fun room decor!

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To make the alligators, you’ll need:

  • Alligator Template
  • White cardstock
  • X-Acto knife or scissors
  • Ruler
  • Bone folder
  • Cutting mat
  • Colored paper

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Step 1: Glue two sheets of 8.5×11” pages together, each vertical. (If your paper is large enough for the template, skip this step.)
Step 2: Print the template; glue where indicated.
Step 3: Fold paper hot-dog style so that it matches the height of the alligator template.

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Step 4: Trace the template so the alligator’s back is on the fold, ignoring the triangles (the alligator’s spikes).
Step 5: Cut out the alligator while the paper is still folded.
Step 6: Open the folded alligator and place the template so the alligator’s back is at the fold, this time at the inside score line.OhHappyDay-PopUpAlligators4

Step 7: Using the triangles as a guide, draw the alligator’s spikes above the score. Be sure the bottom points of each triangle do not touch one another.
Step 8: Using the X-Acto knife, cut each triangle on the top two lines. Do not cut on the fold.
Step 9: Decorate!

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Have fun mixing different colors and shapes, and create an alligator family your kids will love.