Archive | July, 2013

Summer Books: Comparing Performances of Macbeth

It’s Shakespeare week. And, really, It couldn’t have come at a better time…for any of us. As you may know, we tackled the lovely Winter’s Tale last Christmas by illustrating our favourite scenes and creating cover designs! [Check out our Winter’s Tale posts here!] Well, grab your kilts and your broomsticks, people, because, this summer, […]

Continue Reading

Birthday Surprise: Chocolate Milk Piñata Cake

I made this cake for Toby’s 8th Birthday today!  He requested a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and Rolos on top. Little does he know that when he slices into it tonight, a whole treasure trove of Rolos, M&Ms and Aero bubbles will roll out and spill off of the cake stand! Surprise, Mr. T! […]

Continue Reading
Easy Outdoor Birthday Bash

Easy Outdoor Birthday Bash

Toby had a Birthday Bash on Thursday. Since the weather was good, we decided to “keep it simple,” or, as simple as you can with a large group of 8-10 year olds, by playing minute-to-win-it-style outdoor games and, in general, just goofing around.  Since we did our own DIY Skylanders Giants Invitations for the party, I […]

Continue Reading
Colour Cut and Build This Robot! Free Printable from Summer of Funner dot com

Colour, Cut, & Build This Robot! [Free Printable]

For Toby’s Birthday Bash, Blaise created this awesome Colour, Cut, and Build-Your-Own Robot. He based his design on a lovely set of cardboard robots we received as a gift.  He drew the image and then copied it onto thick Bristol paper [watercolour paper would work well, too]. Here’s what the kids received at the party! […]

Continue Reading

Painted Targets for Balls, Beanbags, Rockets & Water Balloons

Last night, the kids and Papa created some fun “targets” for T’s birthday party. First, the kids used markers to sketch monsters and aliens on various sized boxes we collected from local shops. Then, Blaise cut out “mouth holes” with an exacto knife. Finally, the kids painted the faces with Tempera paints. We’re planning on […]

Continue Reading

Summer Books: Sketching The Faerie Queene [Book I, Cantos i-iii]

Within five minutes, we had read about a knight, a lady, a dragon, a dwarf, a vomiting half-female half-serpent monster, and her combustible spawn….This week, we’re reading the first book of Spenser’s Faerie Queene, and the kids are loving it! The first book features the adventures of the Red Crosse Knight [or St. George] and […]

Continue Reading
pink lemonade jelly easy recipe

Pink Lemonade Jelly

The kids are at zoo camp this week, so I snuck in a little canning in their absence… They’ve been enjoying this pink jelly on their toast. It’s also pretty tasty on a little arrowroot biscuit! PINK LEMONADE JELLY Makes 5 half-pint jars and .25 c cook’s treat! INGREDIENTS 1.5 c water 4.5 cups sugar […]

Continue Reading

Amazing Pink Lemonade Cream Bars

The kids are at zoo camp this week…and, they needed an after-camp treat… What did we come up with? Well, if you are a lemon lover, you are in for a treat! Here’s a Pink Lemonade CREAM Bar that is to die for! INTRODUCING… SUMMER OF FUNNER’S AMAZING PINK LEMONADE CREAM BARS inspired by Cook’s […]

Continue Reading

Blueberry Peach Greek Yogurt Popsicles

Yogurt Pops are insanely easy to make.  All you need is yogurt, some fruit and/or jam, and, if desired, sweetener like honey, sugar, or nut butter. You can even add mix-ins like coconut, nuts, or cookie bits. All you have to do to prepare them is to smash the fruit a bit [or pulverize it for […]

Continue Reading

Science Wiz: Climate Change in Canning Jars

Tobes really wanted to do some “experiments” this week. Since it’s been raining so much, we decided to make rain, fog and tornadoes using canning jars.  These are more “magic tricks” than “science experiments” per so. But they sure are fun!  I remember doing all of these as a kid in a friend’s basement “wet-bar.” […]

Continue Reading

Summer Books: Re-Producing Chaucer’s Nun’s Priest’s Tale and a “Classics Comics” DIY

Medieval Bad Girls (and Chickens) Week continues in our Summer Reading Series…. Today, the “chickens” come into play…I read the kids a small bit of Chaucer’s Middle English as well as Peter Ackroyd’s prose treatment of Chaucer’s “Nun’s Priest’s Tale” from his Canterbury Tales: A Retelling. [We borrowed this one from the Toronto Public Library as […]

Continue Reading
Strawberry [Cognac] Buttermilk Cake Recipe - It's SOOO Delicious

Strawberry [Cognac] Buttermilk Cake

As it turned out, no-one in the house wanted fruity donuts… So, our Summer Bucket List plan to make Strawberry Donuts took a turn… for the better… with this Strawberry Buttermilk Cake… Actually, it’s a Strawberry Cognac Buttermilk Cake… Cognac’s optional, of course. Strawberry [Cognac] Buttermilk Cake loosely inspired by the Saveur donut issue… INGREDIENTS 2 […]

Continue Reading

Ice Paint Two Ways

Today, we painted with two types of ICE paint: Tempera and Food Colours! Here’s a quick DIY followed by pics of our results! TEMPERA Ice Paints MATERIALS Several Containers of Tempera Paint Ice Cube Tray 7 Coffee Stirrer Sticks split in half or 14 Popsicle Sticks Water METHOD Shake Tempera Paints Before Opening. Fill each […]

Continue Reading

Summer Books: Re-Telling Beowulf

When our summer fun began, I thought we were going to sit down and re-write modern or alternate versions of Beowulf. However, since it is a poem meant to be spoken or sung, the kids opted to do something similar. So, after I finished reading Beowulf out loud, the kids stood up and improvised 5-10 […]

Continue Reading

Summer Books: The Beowulf Notebooks, Day Three

Today, I finished reading Beowulf aloud to the kids!  Beowulf and his companions return home to their King. After several years of service to Hygelac and, then, Hygelac’s son (whose murder is depicted below), Beowulf himself became the ruler of the Geats.  In his old age, Beowulf must do battle one more time. A poor […]

Continue Reading