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FUN at Home!

This page was created to give families activities to do throughout the year, as well as delicious recipes to try, all from the comfort of their own homes. 

Check-in for daily and seasonal updates; as we will add and change activities according to holidays and time of year.  If you come across anything you'd like to add, send it to us at info@HesperiaParks.com!

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Cupcake Liner Daffodil Craft

daffodil craft

Supplies:

  • Yellow cupcake liners
  • Mini yellow or orange cupcake liners
  • Blue cardstock paper
  • Small yellow pom-poms
  • Extra strength glue stick

Instructions:

1. Open up and flatten out your yellow cupcake liners. Using your scissors, cut six around the perimeter of each cupcake liner to create daffodil flower petals. Make sure to stop each of the cuts when they reach the inside circle of the cupcake liner.

2. Cut the stem out for each of your flowers from a green piece of cardstock paper.

3. Make a fold in your green cardstock paper to cut out your flower leaves. Then cut out half of a leaf shape along the folded edge. Open up your paper to reveal your daffodil leaf. Cut out two leaves for each flower.

4. Add glue on the back circle of each yellow cupcake liner and glue them onto a light blue piece of cardstock paper, near the top one-third of the paper.

5. Glue your flower stems and leaves onto your flower.

When you glue your leaves, add a line of glue directly down the middle and glue them onto your flower without pressing down the sides of the leaves. This helps to leave a fun 3-D look with the leaves popping off the page slightly.

6. Turn each of the mini yellow or orange liners inside out to use them for the center flower section. Add glue in the center of the yellow daffodil flowers and glue down the mini cupcake liners in the center of the flowers.

7. Use an extra-strength glue stick or tacky glue to glue three small yellow pom-poms on the inside of each of your daffodil flowers.

 

 

spring dipped graham crackers

Spring Dipped Graham Crackers

Ingredients:

  • Graham crackers
  • White chocolate chips or candy melts
  • Easter or pastel-colored sprinkles

Instructions:

1. Break the graham crackers into quarters.

2. Microwave white chocolate chips on 50% power for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until melted.

3. Once the chocolate is melted, dip graham cracker rectangles halfway into the melted chocolate and set on parchment paper.

4. Decorate with sprinkles while the chocolate is still soft.

5. Set in the fridge for 15 minutes to let the chocolate harden and enjoy! Recipe By: The Simple Parent

 

 

Cardboard Tube Rainbow Blowers

cardboard tube rainbow blowers

Supplies:

  • Cardboard tubes
  • Acrylic paint
  • Tissue paper
  • Glue

Directions:

1. These cardboard tube rainbow blowers are super easy to make and can be done in any color to match a particular theme.

2. Begin your rainbow blowers by painting the cardboard tubes blue. Acrylic paint gives the best coverage and the kids won’t have to wait around waiting for multiple layers of paint to dry.

3. When the blue paint dries, you can paint on some light blue/white clouds to add to the weather theme.

4. To make the gorgeous rainbow streamers, cut strips of colorful tissue paper. The strips in the photo example are about 1x12 inches.

5. Then, lay them around the outside of the cardboard tube in the order you want them and start to stick them on, one at a time. With a slight overlap you should be able to get all 7 rainbow colors glued inside the cardboard tube.

6. On one of the rainbow blowers, cut each tissue paper streamer in half, lengthwise. This will make each streamer lighter and easier to blow. Whether you leave the rainbow streamers fat or cut them thinner is up to you.

 

 

Dirt Puppy Chow

Dirt puppy chow

Ingredients:           

  • 6 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 1 cup chocolate melts
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter; smooth
  • 1 1/3 cup crushed Oreos
  • 2 cups gummy worms

Instructions:

1. Place cereal in a large bowl and set aside.

2. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate and peanut butter together until smooth. (About 45 seconds, then stir, then 15 seconds more).

3. Pour melted chocolate/peanut butter all over the cereal and stir until coated.

4. Dump into a large plastic bag or Tupperware with a lid and add crushed Oreos. Shake until covered.

5. Dump onto a cookie sheet to let cool, then add gummy worms. Recipe By: Your Cup of Cake

 

Borax Crystal Flowers

borax crystal flowers

Supplies:                      

  • Borax powder (laundry detergent aisle of the grocery store)
  • Jars or vases (glass jars are preferred over plastic cups)
  • Popsicle sticks
  • String and tape
  • Pipe cleaners

Instructions:

Step 1: To get started with your crystal flowers, take your pipe cleaners and form flowers!

Give the kids a handful of colorful pipe cleaners and let them come up with their own cool twisty pipe cleaner flowers. Make sure to have extra green pipe cleaners on hand for stems.

Step 2: Double-check the opening of the jar with the size of your shape! It’s easy to push the pipe cleaner in to start but difficult to pull it out once all the crystals have formed!

Make sure you can get your flower or bouquet in and out easily. Also, make sure it is not resting on the bottom of the jar.

Use the popsicle stick (or pencil) to tie the string around. You can use a small piece of tape to keep it in place.

Step 3: Make your borax solution. The ratio of borax powder to boiling water is 1:1. You want to dissolve one tablespoon of borax powder for each cup of boiling water. This will make a saturated solution which is a great chemistry concept.

Since you need to use boiling water, adult supervision and assistance is highly recommended.

Step 4: Time to add flowers. Make sure the bouquet is fully submerged.

Step 5: Shhh… the crystals are growing! You want to set the jars in a quiet place where they won’t be disturbed. No tugging on the string, stirring the solution, or moving the jar around. They need to sit still to work their magic.

After a couple of hours, you will see some changes. Later on that night, you will see more crystals growing. You want to leave the solution alone for 24 hours.

Make sure to keep checking to see the stage of growth the crystals are in. This is a great opportunity for making observations.

Step 6: The next day, gently lift out your crystal flowers and let them dry on paper towels for an hour or so.

 

 

Pretzel Butterflies

Butterfly pretzel snack

Ingredients:

  • Snyder’s of Hanover Mini Pretzels
  • Milk chocolate candy melts
  • Sprinkles

Directions:

1. Place two pretzels next to each other in a single layer on a lined cookie sheet to create two butterfly wings. Break off small pieces of another pretzel and place as the antennas.

2. Microwave candy melts until completely melted. Then pour into a squeeze bottle and fill each pretzel hole with the chocolate.

3. Squeeze chocolate in a line over where the pretzels meet to bond them together. Squeeze an extra dot at the top where the antennas meet as the head.

4. Sprinkle on fun sprinkles or decorations down the body of the butterfly and on the wings.

5. Cool completely in the refrigerator, until chocolate hardens. Recipe By: Snyder’s of Hanover

 

 

 

Kite Craft

kite craft

Supplies:

  • Construction paper
  • Foam stickers – use any you’d like
  • Crepe paper or streamers
  • String
  • 2 bamboo kebob skewers
  • Stapler

Directions:

1. Make a diamond shape out of construction paper.

2. Stick the foam stickers onto the paper.

3. Glue the two bamboo skewers onto the back of the paper.

4. Cut crepe paper or streamers into long strands (approx.. 60 cm.)

5. Attach the crepe paper to the construction paper with a stapler (using glue, they’ll fall off)

6. Tie a piece of string to the bamboo skewers.

 

 

 

strawberry ladybug snacks

Lady Bug Strawberries

Ingredients

  • 12 strawberries
  • 24 Wilton candy eyes
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil

Instructions:

1. Clean and cut the tops off your strawberries.

2. Pat dry with a clean paper towel and place on a small baking sheet covered with wax paper.

3. Place the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl and melt for 30 seconds. Stir and if the chocolate is not completely melted, put in for another 30 seconds until melted, stirring in between.

4. After the chocolate is melted, take each strawberry and dip the pointed end into the chocolate, covering about halfway up the berry. Let sit for about 2 minutes and place the eyes on. You may have to hold them for a few seconds for them to hold.

5. Continue with the remaining berries.

6. Next, take the remaining chocolate and place in a Ziplock bag and cut a small hole in the corner.

7. Draw a line down the middle of the berries and make chocolate dots.

8. Let sit in the fridge for 10-15 minutes before serving. Recipe By: Life is Sweeter by Design

 

 

 

Spring Suncatchers

Spring suncatcher craft

What you need:        

  • Various flowers, leaves, and petals
  • Contact paper
  • Hole punch
  • Twigs
  • String
  • Bag to put nature “treasures”

Directions:

1. Head out on a hunt to find beautiful treasures in nature.

2. Gather your items in your bag.

3. Make sure you grab some sticks too. If necessary, you can always use popsicle sticks to create your frame.

4. Dump all your treasures onto a table.

5. Cut some contact paper out. Make it double the length (or width) so that you can just fold it on top of itself when you are done placing your flowers.

6. Trim the edges of the contact paper.

7. Use a hole punch to punch a hole in each corner of the contact paper.

8. Tie the contact paper onto the twigs using string.

9. Trim the excess string.

10. Hang and enjoy!