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Dip-Dye Design

Monday, November 18th, 2013

DIY crafter Alison Caporimo recently released her first book, Instacraft, about fun and simple projects for adorable gifts and décor. We received permission to showcase four crafts from the book on Goodyblog. Come back each Monday (11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25) to see which creations we feature next.

 

Berry Stationery

“Have left over blueberries in the fridge? Let’s make something of them!” Alison says.

Materials:
3 cups water
1 cup blueberries
Stockpot
Card stock

Directions:
1. Pour water into a pot and heat over a high flame until boiling.
2. Stir in blueberries and smash with a spoon or potato masher. Mix well and allow to cool slightly until lukewarm.
3. Dip card stock into dyed water and allow to dry completely before using. (Experiment with dipping times and angles.)

 

Alison’s extra tips for Parents readers:

  • Swap it: Instead of blueberries, try beets, blackberries, tea, or turmeric spice.
  • Challenge your kids to count and measure the ingredients before you get started.
  • Explore and investigate! The color of your dye is true to what it looks like in the pot, so experiment with your measurements to create different shades.
  • To let stationery dry without disturbing the dye, secure the card stock to a wire hanger with clothespins.

 

For more ideas from Alison Caporimo, follow her on Twitter.

Text adapted from Instacraft, with permission from Ulysses Press. Copyright 2013. All images by Meera Lee Patel.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

What Treatment’s Best for Hyperactive Preschoolers?
Parents of preschoolers at risk for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may first want to try behavior training before they put their children on medications, suggests a new analysis of past studies. (via Reuters)

Kraft Meets With Food Bloggers about Mac & Cheese Yellow Food Dye
Food blogger Vani Hari (www.foodbabe.com), from Charlotte, N.C., rallied the troops Monday in Chicago before heading over to Kraft headquarters for a sit down to talk about “dumping the dyes” from the iconic brand’s U.S. Mac and Cheese. (via FOX News)

Shots Kill Budding Wisdom Teeth, Study Suggests
Could wisdom teeth be a problem of the past? Researchers have found that young children who got shots of anesthetic for dental work sometimes never grow lower wisdom teeth when they are older. (via NBC News)

N.R.A. Details Plan for Armed School Guards
With the Senate set to debate gun control this month, a National Rifle Association task force released a 225-page report on Tuesday that called for armed police officers, security guards or staff members in every American school, and urged states to loosen gun restrictions to allow trained teachers and administrators to carry weapons. (via The New York Times)

Michelle Obama Challenges Kids with Lunch Contest
Children from across the nation will rub elbows with Michelle Obama and dine off fine china in the East Room of the White House this summer as part of a contest to promote healthy eating. The first lady is asking children ages 8 to 12 and their parents to create nutritious lunch recipes that represent each of the food groups for “The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.” (via Yahoo!)

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Daily News Roundup

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News RoundupReport: Child ID theft on the rise
Child ID theft, among the more tragic and vexing 21st Century crimes, is much more common than previously thought, suggests a recent report by a Carnegie Mellon University fellow. Data examined offers hints that identity thieves are specially targeting children when picking victims. Using data supplied by identity monitoring company Debix, Power examined 40,000 children’s profiles and found more than 10 percent had identities that were tainted in some way. (MSNBC)

FDA Investigates Food Dye – ADHD Link
*Video (MSNBC)

Ostracized overweight kids eat more
When overweight children feel left out or ostracized, they tend to eat more and exercise less, new research shows. The findings come at a time when about one-third of children are overweight or obese, which increases their risk for type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep apnea and other health problems. (USA Today)

One-third of Americans are lacking vitamin D
A report, out Wednesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, parallels what many other studies have suggested in recent years: that a large chunk of the population is at risk for low vitamin D levels. About two-thirds had sufficient levels, but about a third were in ranges suggesting risk of either inadequate or deficient levels, says report author Anne Looker, a research scientist with the CDC. (USA Today)

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Daily News Roundup

Monday, March 28th, 2011

How to soothe baby’s colic?  Pour a cup of tea
A new Pediatrics study reviewed 15 randomized clinical trials of alternative treatments for infantile colic, which included various types of treatment and found the most encouraging results came from treatments using herbal remedies and sugar solutions, while the least effective results came from treatments involving manipulation and probiotic supplements. But parents shouldn’t get their hopes up too high. All of the trials reviewed had “major limitations,” such as having too few patients, relying on parental reports of symptoms, or the study design (such as not being double-blinded). (MSN)

FDA to weigh if food dyes make kids hyperactive
A consumer group has petitioned the government to ban blue, green, orange, red and yellow food colorings. The synthetic dyes are common in food and drinks ranging from PepsiCo’s Gatorade, Cheetos and Doritos to Kellogg’s Eggo waffles and Kraft’s Jell-O desserts.  Manufacturers say reviews by regulators around the world confirm that food dyes are safe. The Center for Science in the Public Interest argues that there is plenty of data showing the dyes trigger hyperactivity in kids who are predisposed to it. (MSNBC)

Kids With Asthma Needs More Help With Inhalers
According to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, fewer than one in 10 children with asthma  use traditional inhalers correctly. While children have more success with newer inhaler designs, at best only one child in four gets it completely right, according to the findings published online March 28, 2011, in the journal Pediatrics. (Medical News Today)

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