Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Family Snow Fun

Sledding and / or Cross-country Skiing Clinics!
The Fayette County Conservation Board and TAKO (Take A Kid Outdoors) will be offering some snow fun at several locations this year. Sledding fun and / or Cross-country Skiing are being offered at different locations. Lunch will be provided for participants by TAKO from noon to 1 PM at all of the events.
For locations where there will be sledding fun please bring your own sled and try the slopes. Participants are asked to pre-register for one or both of the sledding times.
For the Cross-country Skiing participants will learn about cross-country ski equipment, helpful recovery techniques and the kick and glide method. Participants can either use the FCCB’s equipment or bring their own equipment. TAKO will be paying the normal $1.00 per person fee. Approximately 35 people can use FCCB equipment per clinic. Participants must pre-register in order to participate in the clinic(s) of their choice. The following information is required about each person participating: which season(s) you would like to participate in, First and Last Name, Contact Phone Number and Shoe Size (please indicate men's, women's, or children's).
Please call the Gilbertson Nature Center for more information or to pre-register at 563-426-5740 or e-mail gncfccb@alpinecom.net for the Sledding and / or Cross-country Skiing Clinics.

DATES, TIMES and LOCATIONS:
Sledding Fun and Cross-country Skiing Clinics
Saturday, January 8, 2011, West Union Elementary School, West Union
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Cross-country Skiing Clinics
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Gilbertson Nature Center, Gilbertson Conservation Education Area
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Sledding Fun and Cross-country Skiing Clinics
Saturday, February TBA, 2011
Location TBA, Oelwein

10:00 AM – Noon and 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas Gift Idea’s = Part II

Here are some unique and some practical ideas for that someone on your list of any age you are still looking to get a gift for.

Donation:
Why not get that special someone a gift of a donation to a worthy cause they believe in and /or support.  Make the donation to the organization in that person’s name, see of the organization will send out a special card or give you one to give to that speical someone. If they do not provide a spiecal card you can make one your self letting that person know they have received a gift of a donation to [for example – The Fayette County Conservation Board’s Environmental Education Program] given in their name.

Reusable Shopping Bags:
Everyone loves to and needs to shop. But not everyone has reusable shopping bags.
So why not purchase that special someone some reusable shopping bags and a gift card maybe too.
One year I purchased some plan colored canvas shopping bags. I also purchased t-shirt transfer papers that I could print onto from my color printer and some fabric paint. I then had some fun I made each person in the family a special personal reusable cloth shopping bag. It was our daughters first Christmas, so I made sure I had pictures of everyone with our daughter. Then I took the photos, scanned them into my computer because I did not have a digital camera and then using the photo programming that came with our printer/scanner I made up special pictures with words and more. Then I printed each one off onto the t-shirt iron on transfer paper and ironed them onto the shopping bags. Now for those I could not or did not have photos of them with our daughter I placed a picture of her on the bag and then decorated the bag with fabric paint. Everyone loved them and still us them today.

Gift Cards:
Gift Cards are always easy to get and give. It allows that special someone to pick out just what they want. There are even special gift cards to help them get music, down loadable books and more.

Wrapping:
Wrapping up that special gift can be challenging. I love newspaper. It is easy to wrap with, I have lots of it around and I can reuse it or recycle it when I am done.
I also love reusable gift bags or boxes that make life easy and simple. We have gift bags and boxes we pass around and around in our family.
One year I made reusable gift bags from material. I just sewed them together with scraps of Christmas material I purchased at the store. They were a hit and have been used over and over and gone many miles from one family to the next and back to me. It has been fun to see them used over and over. The nice thing has been when they have gotten soiled I just wash them. Once one of them had a loose spot so I just sewed it up and on it went being used again and again.
We also like to open gifts in our house carefully and reusue the wrapping paper over and over.  It is fun to see how many differnt gifts can be wrapped over the years with the same wrapping  paper.  We also reuse bows and ribbon too.
You can also wrap in your speical homeade reusable shopping bags.

Anyway, I hope you have enjoyed my two part Christmas Gift Ideas. The gift ideas I have listed are all gifts that I would love to get. Also, do remember that sometimes when one gives a gift they mean well when giving but sometime the recipient does not understand the reason behind the gift. So if you do give a different and unique gift do include an explanation so that you do not offend the recipient.

From the Fayette County Conservation Board We Wish Each and Everyone Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas Gift Idea’s = Part I

Ideas that Kids with help or alone depending on their age can make for that Special Someone on Their List.
With Christmas fast approaching many people are scurrying around to find gifts for friend and family. Sometimes it is hard to figure out just what to get a certain person on your list. So in this blog spot I want to give you a few unique Christmas gift ideas that children of all ages can give at Christmas time or any time of the year. I will warn you some are not as traditional as many you may have giving in the past, but for a moment please hang in there with me and think outside the box of tradition.
If you have a child in your house you know how badly they want to give a special gift to their Parents, Grandparents, Aunt, Uncle, friends, family, or other relative. Here are some simple gift ideas that are over all easy to make and fairly cheep.
Cook or Bake:
Depending on the age of the child kids love to make homemade treats.It could be a simple as rice crispy treats, no bake or bake cookies, help an older child make homemade bread, candy, or other cool kitchen creations.
Picture Frame Ideas:
In any of these frames you could put a picture of the child or children, their family, a pet, a drawing the child has made, their hand and/or foot prints or anything the child would like to put into the frame to give to that special person. These are great fun to make and give away.
You can help a child make simple picture frame out of craft sticks and glue. Have them decorate the frame with what you have on had to make it look cool. Then take the item that is going in the frame and glue it into the frame, attached a heavy card stark behind the item and a magnet and you have a simple, quick person picture frame/refrigerator magnet. Or put a simple loop of yarn on the back so the photo could be hung on the wall.
Make a tree stick / branch frame and decorate it and do the same as you did with the craft stick frame.
Pick up a cheep wooden picture frame at Goodwill, consignment store, or a dollar type store that may not be the coolest looking and have the child decorate the frame with buttons, paint, or what ever you have on had. Then put what every the child want to put into the inside of the frame.
Recycling Goes to the Birds:
This is a fun way to make a cheep bird feeder and all it takes is help imagination, help from adult or older sibling, scissors or other cutting tools, twin or string, and containers that can be recycled into a bird feeder.
Kids love arts and crafts and a simple bird feeder can be made out of a milk jug, pop bottle, bleach bottle, laundry soap bottle and more.
Once the bird feeder is made you can add in a bag of seed and there you have it a homemade bird feeder.
Here is a link to a hand out you can print off that will have lots of great ideas and more on “Recycling Goes to the Birds”. Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4cDL72cVrA2ZFZTbkhGV3BYWkE/view?usp=sharing
Placemats:
Help the kids in your family make special placemats.
You will need tag board cut into the size of a placemat.
Clear shelf paper or lament paper that will cover the card stock on both sides and stuff to decorate the placemat with.
You can use anything flat; try pressed dried leaves, or flowers. Use photos of the child, their pets, family, photos the child has taken of their world from their eyes.
Have the child draw or paint a special picture.
Have them put their hand prints and / or foot prints with a current picture of them on one side.
The child could put together a collage of memories of a special event, day or time they had with the person for whom the placemat is for.
Decorate both sides to the tag board placemat this makes it reversible and even more fun because it can be flipped over and over all year long.
A Treasures Box:
Find a cool sturdy box that can be used over and over again to store treasure in.
Cover the box in white paper and then have the child decorate the box.
Have them put simple special treasure to give to their special friend. They could put in a picture of them self with their friend. A picture of just the child, a picture of the friend and the child together, or a picture of the friend and the child doing something fun and exciting together.
You could put in something you and the child cooked or bakes together to share with the friend.
Play Dough Ornaments:
Who did not love and still does not love to play with Play Dough!
You can purchase Play Dough or even find many recipes to make your own homemade Play Dough on line.
Then all you have to do is gather up you Christmas cookie cutters, come yarn, ribbon or string, a rolling pin, a cookie tray and get busy making play do Christmas Tree decorations.  They could be Easter, Holloween or what ever shape or type of cookie cuters you have.
You can even roll out the do and have the child put their hand or foot print into it. Then make sure you have a whole in the item so yarn, ribbon or string can be attached to hand the new ornament onto the tree. Kids love to make them and family love to get them.
I have lots of other ideas but these are just a few of the more fun ones I enjoyed doing as a child or with my children.
From the Fayette County Conservation Board We Wish Each and Everyone Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!