Links We Love: Edible Puzzles, Candid Cameras and Cereal Box Notebooks

Wondering what to do/make/buy this weekend? Get inspired by these ideas from some of our favorite bloggers, cooks and crafters...

Play with edible puzzles
Puzzles can be a fun educational game that teaches about shape, color, size and structure. Add two more components -- flavor and nutritional value – with this edible version dreamed up by Golubka. Buy or make fruit leathers of different colors (mango, kiwi, blueberry, strawberry, pineapple…the options go on and on) and cut them into basic shapes (circle, triangle, long rectangle, teardrop) and sizes. Kids will love crafting the fruity pieces into bears, butterflies and boats, then “deconstructing” the creation at snack time. Little ones exploring different flavors can learn about the taste, scent, and color of different fruits.

Capture exciting baby news
Steal this idea from photographer Tom Robinson: When he and his wife found out they were expecting their first child, he decided to photograph the reactions of friends and family when he told them the good news. The result was priceless candid shots of everyone from the grandparents-to-be to a bride and groom. See the reactions and an interview with the proud papa on My Modern Met.

Upcycle those cereal boxes
Kids love doodling in notebooks, but instead of using up your precious stash, help them create a cooler custom version. Make your own little tablets using colorful cereal or cracker boxes and leftover paper (other necessary items you’ll have at home: rubber bands, scissors and a stapler). Follow the super-easy instructions on SC Johnson, and leave the notebooks in lunch boxes, backpacks and pockets to write impromptu messages.

Kick your cooking rut
If you find yourself out of dinner ideas, spice up your fall family meals. A Little Yumminess shares recipes known to please little palettes: Sesame-Avocado Brown Rice (topped with veggies, it’s super healthy and colorful for kids -- plus you can make almost all of it in advance) and Lamb Keema (essentially an Indian Bolognese, which you can make more kid-friendly with ground turkey).

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