Posted in Travel

Branson Ferris Wheel

Branson Ferris Wheel,

My family loves visiting Branson, MO and we have been doing so for a little over a decade.  We have seen most every show, and stayed in a handful of motels/hotels.   We have been so many times, that we even had the pleasure of watching Branson’s Ferris Wheel being built.  Each time we drove by it, a new sectio
n would be in place.  When it was completed, we were very excited to finally ride it.

My family arrived on the Thursday of our area’s Spring Break Week.  It is usually a very busy time for Branson.  However, the Ferris Wheel wasn’t crowded.  We walked almost immediately up to the ticket window.  After a picture against a green screen, we were led to the waiting queue.  The first thing I noticed is that the wheel doesn’t stop to load or unload passengers.  This is a huge time saver for when the crowds get heavy.

From the ground, the Ferris Wheel, in all it’s visual wonder against Branson’s topography, doesn’t look all that tall.  However, when you reach the pinnacle during the ride up, the view is amazing.  The Branson strip can be nearly viewed in its entirety.  The Ozarks visible in the panoramic distance show just how beautiful this part of the country truly is.

The ride took 7 to 7 1/2 minutes to complete the revolution.  When we were coming down to the loading dock, remember the wheel doesn’t stop unless to accommodate a guest, a stewardess asked if we would like another trip.  We happily said “yes”!  We were able to experience the ride for a second time for the same price as only one trip around.

At night the wheel lights up the Branson strip with over 16,000 LED lights that spin and dance many different colored lights that entertains the masses for free.  The lights of the wheel can be seen from great distances.

After our ride on the wheel, we learned from the website, linked here, that the wheel is only new to Branson, but not a brand new wheel.  The Ferris wheel was originally built in 1995 as part of the renovated Navy Pier.  It served as an attraction for 20 years before being sold.  The Ferris wheel has 40 gondolas that can hold up to 6 people each.  That brings the total number of total riders at its max capacity to 240.

Adults 12 and up pay $12.00 to ride.  Children 11 and under pay 8.00 to ride.  Toddlers 3 and under are free.

If you find yourself in Branson, MO and not sure what to do between shows or one more thing before retiring for the night at a local hotel or one last thing to do before driving home, my family highly recommends that you take a spin on the Branson Ferris wheel.

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Posted in Perler Bead Patterns

Back to the Future Perler Bead Patterns

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Marty, Doc & the DeLorean

Back to the Future is my husband’s all time favorite movie and the kids love it also.  When we came across Perler Bead patterns of Doc and Marty, I just had to build it!

Special thanks to the original poster of this picture which inspired us.

 

 

 

We like our beads a little more heated to give it the blended effect instead of the beaded effect.  However, whichever way you choose, they will turn out amazing!

Marty

Doc

 

Of course, the DeLorean

These were super fun to build and only took about an hour or so for all three.  The DeLorean was definitely the hardest, however it was super fun.  They now hold a nice place of honor in our Perler Bead Collection!

 

Posted in Perler Bead Patterns

Tetris Perler Bead Pattern

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Perler Bead Tetris Bricks

This Perler bead craft was inspired by the classic game Tetris.  As I was looking around for a new craft pattern for the kids, I saw this pin for sale on Etsy.  However, when I went there it was no longer for sale, so the kids and I made our own.

We are putting Command Velcro strips on the back to put on the wall behind my desk at school.  We had super fun creating them.

The patterns are below.  Since they were pretty small, I was able to put 3 on each grid.

 

 

Posted in Perler Bead Patterns, Zelda Themed Patterns

Zelda Perler Bead Patterns

My kids and I have recently discovered Perler beads and the amazing fun crafts that you can make out of them.  Perler beads are found at craft stores like Hobby Lobby and can be used to make awesome patterns.  Finish them off with an iron and they are perfect to hang up or have cute decorations for a party or bedroom.

Here are a few Zelda Themed Patterns- We will  add more as we find and make them.

#1 – The Triforce – pixel inspiration from Brik 

 

#2 Link’s Shield – pixel inspiration from pixel art by Brik 

#3 Link to the Past Link- in retrospect, I would replace the top black bead from the right side of the shield with a peach one, as it looks like his eyes are drooping.  – pixel inspired by Deviant Art

#4 – Chicken from Link to the Past – pixel inspired by Kandi

 

#5 – Link’s Heart Meter

More to be added soon….

Posted in Kahoots, Math is Awesome!

4 Fraction Kahoots!

Kahoot Time!!  My students absolutely love hearing that.  They usually quickly get out their computers and are logged into Kahoot in record time.

If you have never used Kahoot! before, you can create them for about anything. The registration is completely free.  Click here to read my blog introduction to Kahoots.  My husband even created one for my birthday to test our family’s knowledge!  Our students absolutely love them and love competing against each other

The following Kahoots are ones that my 5th graders have used to assist with their fraction knowledge.

  • Least Common Denominator – This quick warm up was adapted from user SrR3ss and has 5 questions.  Students play this game to quickly practice finding the least common denominator.
  • Simplifying Fractions – This game has 13 questions in which students practice simplifying fractions.  Included is 10 math questions and 3 brain break questions.  For example, “Who is this lovable Disney character?” Feel free to make a copy and delete these or add to them.  This kahoot was adapted from user gretchenp.
  • Adding Fractions – This kahoot has 10 questions with 8 of them using math and 2 quick brain break questions.  This was adapted from user petty415.
  • Adding and Subtracting Mixed Numbers – This kahoot was used as a review before our quiz.  It contained 8 questions: 2 brain breaks, 2 word problems, 3 adding and subtracting with regrouping and 1 converting improper numbers to mixed numbers.

If you need a quick assessment tool or would just like to play a quick game, then Kahoot just may be for you.  All you need is a mobile device (computer, tablet, phone) and your children and/or students will love it!

 

Posted in Girl Scout Cookie Recipes

Girl Scout Cookie Recipe – Fried Samoas Shrimp!

I discovered this recipe for Fried Shrimp on our bakery website Little Brownie.  Basically uses shrimp and a coating mixture that includes chopped Samoas cookies!  (Samoas are the cookies that are coated in caramel with chocolate stripes – also known as caramel delights.)  This is definitely a recipe that I am going to try out as soon as our cookies come in later this month.  My family loves coconut shrimp so I’m hoping that this will taste even better.

If you haven’t seen any cute Girl Scouts knocking on your door or seen any at the local grocery store,  I am posting my daughter’s store below.  These amazing cookies are available online and she will be selling until March 26,2017! These cookies will come directly from the bakery to your house!  https://digitalcookie.girlscouts.org/scout/madison1827

No  matter where you  buy  your Girl Scout Cookies- Thank  you so much for supporting Girl Scouts! AND.. if you get to try out this recipe before I do, let me know how it turns out!

 

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Fried Samoas Shrimp Recipe

 

Posted in Math is Awesome!

Math Mistake at Walmart- Energy drinks for $98 each??

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Not sure I will be purchasing any Rock Star Energy Drinks from this location….

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So… back to my spiel about why I always tell my students to check their work.  I always ask them a single question, “Does their answer make sense?”  If they say “no,” they have to go back and see what they missed. If it does, awesome!

Someone working at our local Walmart forgot to check their work.  If energy drinks prices are going up to $98 a can, I think I may begin to worry…  However, it did make a great start to my math lesson last week. My 5th graders got a good laugh out of their bell ringer word problem.

Posted in Scout Recipes

Sour Patch Grapes – A Terrific Treat for Kids & Adults on the Road, Camping or Anywhere

This past weekend we spent the weekend camping in order to try out some new recipes for our summer camping trips for our family and for Girl Scouts.  One of the recipes, we tested was called Sour Patch Grapes.  They were super easy AND a huge hit with our kids.   Special thanks to aspottedpony for the idea.

sour patch grapes mix

First thing we did was start with a bowl of washed grapes.  In a Ziploc bag, we combined two types of Jello Mix, Watermelon and Sugar Free Lemon.

The next step requires someone to coat the damp, washed grapes in the mixture.  We found this to be easier if we just put the grapes in the bag and shook them.

Sour patch grapes
Coating the grapes in the bag

 

 

Bag of Jello – Mix

 

The last step was to take them out of the bag and put them into a refrigerator to cool for an hour.  (I’m wondering how they would taste if we put them into a cooler this summer???)

Once the grapes get cold, you have an amazing tasty treat!  Our kids couldn’t stop eating them.  They will be a great road trip snack or an awesome snack for camping this summer!

 

 

Posted in Crafts, Daisy/Brownie Crafts

Girl Scout Cookie “Headbandz” Game

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“Headbandz” Girl Scout Cookie Game

This is a fun game that I made for my Girl Scout Daisies so they can practice learning each cookie.

Materials Needed

A printout of each cookie

An index card

Pack of headbands (7 for $1 at Dollar Tree)

Hot Glue

 

 

 

 

I simply cut out each cookie and used hot glue to glue the paper cards to the index card and then to the headband. I wanted to make them a little stronger than just paper.

My Daisies will take turns wearing the different headbands and practice naming the cookies using clues that the other scout gives them. They will try and guess the cookie that they are wearing, which they cannot see.

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Girl Scout Cookie “headbandz”

Special thanks to Oompy for the idea!

Posted in Girl Scout Cookie Recipes

Girl Scout Thin Mint Brownies

thin-mint-brownies

It’s Girl Scout Cookie Season! And with that comes cute little Girl Scouts knocking on your door and hanging out at the grocery store with those great Thin Mint cookies!  They work great in the freezer or straight out of the box, however if you want to try something else, try some Thin Mint Brownies!

This recipe comes from our bakery – Little Brownie.  Ingredients are above!!  If you haven’t ran into some cute Girl Scouts, I am posting my daughter’s store below.  She will be selling online until March 26,2017! These cookies will come directly from the bakery to your house!  https://digitalcookie.girlscouts.org/scout/madison1827

No  matter where you  buy  your Girl Scout Cookies- Thank  you so much for supporting Girl Scouts!