Autumn Ants on a Log

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Put this cute autumn spin on an old kid favorite – in this version, raisins turn into deep red cranberries and brown pecans to capture the hues of the season!


  • 1 celery heart
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • Chopped pecans
  • Chopped dried cranberries
  1. Trim the celery stalks and cut into pieces about 2 inches long.
  2. Divide the peanut butter evenly among the slices – you may need a little more or a little less peanut butter, depending how much celery you have.
  3. Chop the pecans and cranberries and divide evenly among the celery slices.

If only all ants were this adorable!

Birch Tree Tape Resist Picture

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We haven’t done tape resist art in a long time, so it seemed like the right moment to return to an old idea in a new form. A cold winter blast has me thinking of lovely winter birch trees, always my favorite, and tape resist is the perfect way to create these white tree trunks.

First, create the outline of trunks and branches on white paper by covering with tape. Any masking tape or patterned washi tape will work fine – you’re going to remove it at the end. Travis was surprised when we made our trees blue to start (but shh, don’t spoil the surprise for your child yet!).

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Next we painted over the tape and the rest of the paper for a blue sky background. We used tempera paint, but you’ll get a more wintery, softer feel if you use watercolors.

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Let the paint dry, then it’s time to peel back the tape for the big surprise – white-trunked trees!

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Travis was so excited to see our birches, and helped sketch on little black lines in the bark.

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As the finishing touch, decorate your trees – we used buttons and little leaf cutouts.

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He told me the first picture was done, but then got more impish with the second, layering on big piles of glue and buttons… Love watching this kiddo’s creativity!

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