Monday, October 20, 2014

Fun Kid Games Your Halloween Party at Home or at School!

Fun Kid Games Your Halloween Party at Home or at School!Coming up with Halloween games for your spooky party can be a little challenging, so we thought we'd take the guess work out of it for you!  Add our delicious halloween cake pops or other customized treat to the party and you'll be sure to have a happy crowd!

Dead Man's Belly

You will need:
  • some green or red jelly
  • plastic spiders and other creepy crawlies
  • halloween sweets such as jelly snakes
  • blindfold
Fun Kid Games Your Halloween Party at Home or at School!Make up a big bowl of jelly in advance- make it slightly runny by using a little too much water so it's more like green or red 'goo' rather than firmly set jelly. Drop in your creepy crawlies and other bits and bobs. Then gather the kids round and blindfold them in turn so they can dip their hands into the goo and guess what the dead man ate for his last meal! 

Spooky Scavenger Hunt

You will need:
  • suitably scary decor
  • items to hide
Dress the room the treasure hunt will be taking place in with Halloween-style decorations. You could make cardboard stand-up gravestones, paper spider-webs and attach cut-out bats to the ceiling. Then simply hide various goodies around the room for the kids to find.
Dress the Mummy
You will need:
  • a big supply of toilet paper or kitchen towel!
Split the party guests into groups no smaller than two and give them a substantial supply of toilet paper. The object of the game is to try and turn one of the group into a mummy by wrapping them entirely in the loo roll! Prizes go to the quickest or the best attempt.  

Sleeping Monsters 

A 'dead' (excuse the pun!) easy take on the party game standard and a great one to calm the kids down if they're getting a little over excited! Everyone - the 'monsters' - lies down on the floor.
When somebody moves they're out until only one player remains. 

Brain Digging

You will need:
  • a big bowl of cooked spaghetti
  • some ping-pong balls or similar
  • some small bags of sweets
Get the kids to dig in amongst some bits of 'brain' to find a trick or treat! Cook up a big pan of spaghetti, leave to cool for a moment and then turn into a big bowl. In amongst the pasta hide some ping-pong balls or similar. Three balls have 'treat' written on them, and three have 'trick' written on them. Each child gets a turn to dig inside the 'brains' and pull out a ball. If they choose a trick ball they have to do a forfeit (something silly, like run around the garden twice, or do a silly face), but if they pick a treat they get a small prize, such as a small bag of sweets. {Thanks to NetMums for these great games!}
We hope this year's halloween is full of silly tricks and delicious treats.  Of course, the 'treat' part is our specialty at Ontario Bakery. Be sure to call us and let us know how we can personalize your party needs!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Delicious and Fun Treat Ideas for Your Child's School Halloween Party

Delicious and Fun Treat Ideas for Your Child's School Halloween PartyIt's halloween time and you want to bring some fun treats to your kid's school halloween party! Of course you do.  But sending candy corn and a bowl of candy seems so basic and overdone.  This year, why not branch out and be a little more creative with these simple, fun and very delicious halloween themed treat ideas? The kids will love them and so will you!

First, we'd like to say that Ontario Bakery is always up for some haunted fun, so let us know if you'd like to simply order a spooky dozen or two of your favorite cupcakes or cookies or even some ghost cake pops, we'll have them fresh and ready for you right in time. 

    Delicious and Fun Treat Ideas for Your Child's School Halloween Party
  • If you'd rather do it yourself, go to your local bakery or grocery store and buy either pre-made iced/sugar cookies or donuts covered in powdered sugar.  The idea is to go for white. You could even go for marshmallows, but that depends on how much sugar you're up for. Next simply get some chocolate chips and insert them into your treats for ghost eyes! Messy but delicious and fun! (You may want to leave some cleaning wipes for the teacher, as a kind gesture)
    Delicious and Fun Treat Ideas for Your Child's School Halloween Party
  • Next, idea is Jack-O-Lantern cups.  Step one, will be to purchase clear plastic disposable picnic cups.  Grab a black permanent marker and draw some spooky 'carved' faces on the outside.  Next step can go in two directions. For a sugary note, make some jello and distribute evenly in each cup after the faces are drawn. Chill and bring to the class. Or, for a healthier note, simply show up and pour orange juice in each cup. Chilled apple cider will even do. 

  • Lastly, for a very healthy note, simply get a party platter of carrots, cherry tomatoes, orange slices, blueberries etc... and simply arrange them into the face of a happy and very healthy jack-o-lantern.  Who won't find a healthy pumpkin fun? 

Delicious and Fun Treat Ideas for Your Child's School Halloween Party
We hope this halloween is a fun adventure for you and the whole family. Remember to be safe and know that Ontario Bakery is just a phone call away for the people of Southern California. We hope to bake for you soon!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Trick or Treat! Top 5 Family Friendly Movie Inspired Halloween Costumes of 2014!

Every fall, the same question seems to come up amongst kids all over, "What are you going to be for Halloween?" Unfortunately, not all costumes are created equally and it can be a challenge coming up with a costume that doesn't require blood, gore or frightening imagery. 

Why don't we go for a more magical note this year?  
Here are the top five family friendly movie inspired halloween costumes of 2014:

Go Frozen 
Trick or Treat! Top 5 Family Friendly Movie Inspired Halloween Costumes of 2014!

Whether your child wants to dress up as Elsa, Anna, Hans, or goofy snowman Olaf, this cast of characters from the blockbuster hit Frozen are bound to be gracing the trick-or-treat scene this Halloween.

The Lego Movie

The basics of this costume are simple enough — an orange construction vest, construction boots, and a yellow hard hat. Your child can create a yellow block head out of cardboard, or an "Emmet" name tag will also do the trick

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Turtle power! This popular late 1980s/early 1990s television show is back, this time in movie form, and Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael are more popular than ever. You can definitely expect to see a lot of pizza-loving turtles this Halloween.

Captain America
Trick or Treat! Top 5 Family Friendly Movie Inspired Halloween Costumes of 2014!Fans of Marvel comics loved the latest installment of Captain America that came out this summer. It's not surprising this is a top costume choice for many kids — who doesn't love dressing up as a super hero?


Kids loved this movie about the villainous fairy who cursed Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty). For a homemade version, a black turtleneck, black cape, and black horns are the essential ingredients for this sure-to-be popular costume.

Whatever your choice, this year's Halloween celebration is sure to be a blast! Ontario Bakery is just a phone call away for all your sweetly baked goodies too! We can't wait to join the fun with you! Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fun Halloween Party Game Ideas You'll Love to Play!

Halloween is just around the corner and you want to be ready, don't you?  Besides great treats and costumes, you're going to want to have some fun games to turn to! We have a few fun Halloween party game ideas we think you'll love and enjoy! Here you go!Apple bobbing
    Fun Halloween Party Game Ideas You'll Love to Play!
  • large bowl or bucket
  • large towel or plastic sheet
  • apples
  • towels for drying off
Swinging apples
  • apples
  • string
Guess the ghost
  • a blindfold

You will need:
Fill your bowl or bucket to 3/4 of its capacity with cold water and place your towel or sheet under the bucket. Put about 4-6 apples in the water and let each child have a turn at getting as many apples as possible - hands must remain firmly behind backs!
The easiest way to get the apples involves getting very wet (you need to push the apple all the way to the bottom of the bucket) so have a towel to hand to mop up wet faces!

You will need:
Here's an alternate version to apple bobbing! Tie string around each apple stem and hang the apples from a doorway. The children can then take turns biting into the swinging fruit while keeping their hands behind their backs! For a sweeter alternative, hang ring doughnuts from the string instead of apples!

You will need:
Sit the kids in a big circle. Put some music on and take it in turns for one child to be blindfolded and walk around the circle, touching the other children's heads. When the music stops, the child that the person who is 'it' has their hands on must let out a ghostly wail.
The person who is 'it' must try and guess who it is. If they guess correctly they swap around. If they do not guess correctly they go around the circle again.
Let Ontario Bakery have the honor of making some great sweets for your spooky night! We can't wait!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Important Things To Remember When Planning A Birthday for a Tween

Important Things To Remember When Planning A Birthday for a TweenTweens are a category of people all in their own and it's so good that they finally have a recognition of this stage in life. It is a time to be celebrated, but carefully so.  This age comes with budding hormones and needs to go with them.  When a tween has a birthday, it's important to be considerate of the individual you are honoring.  We want your tween to have a special day and would like to share these ideas with you for a great party!

1. Three parties. Not one. Not two. But three.  Really.  One with your family. One with their older 'more grown up' friends. One with their friends from the younger crowd. With 3 parties - be prepared for three cakes (lemon, chocolate, and another lemon) and five flavors of ice cream. For each party.  Why? Because this individual is feeling both old and young.  He/she needs to feel safe in that and able to be given balance for the confusion that can come with it.  

2. Either get them a pet or commit to caring for a neighbor's or family member's, if you can't do that. Pre-teens love knowing that they have something/one to nurture and with this idea also comes responsibility.  If you decide it's best to donate your time and love, encourage the child to feed, walk and play with the nearby animal on a scheduled basis!

3.  Give back to the environment. Ask your child how they would like to help take care of the earth. Learn to recycle, clean up the park once a month, or gather a group to volunteer to clean up around the school.

4. Encourage their personal style.  Sure, they may not always get the colors and textures right, but giving them the freedom of self expression will increase their confidence and self esteem. Let them experiment with their hair - hair is important in self expression and it's a temporary way to enjoy their freedom.

5.  Tweens get more frustrated and angrier when things don’t go right.  It's called asserting yourself and growing up. It's understandable and natural, as they are right between child and teen. Give them space to have their own opinion and voice.  It will prove it's return later on.  Be patient.

So as that day approaches, try not to fear it, rather embrace it for all it has to offer.  Plan and prepare for the parties.  Ask your child what *they* want and don't be surprised if it's filled with contradiction.  In fact, that's the best time to filter each request and place it into the most suitable party.  Expect high imaginative moments and extreme emotions as they subconsciously deal with this milestone. They won't fully understand what they are going through, so be supportive and be excited. Grab the baby photos and reminisce about their baby years.  Remember that first lost tooth.  Find time to be thankful for the current blessings and relationships.  Ask what their goals and aspirations for the future are.  Maybe even set a plan in motion now that activates their dreams and talents.  

Of course, we'd love to hear from you as you plan for that exciting time!  Stop by Ontario Bakery and let us know how we can make your celebration as memorable as possible.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

10 Great Birthday Games for Toddlers and Preschoolers!

10 Great Birthday Games for Toddlers and Preschoolers!All kids want to have fun at a birthday party and toddlers and preschoolers definitely want to have their share! Just because they're small, doesn't mean they can't live up the experience! Below, we're going to pass on some great birthday games for toddlers and preschoolers that we discovered that we think your birthday kid will have a blast with too!
1.  Pass the Ball – A toddler-friendly version of pass the parcel.  Littler kids are notorious for either holding on to or ripping open any parcel that is placed in front of them.  An alternative for the younger kids is to pass a plastic ball around.  Whoever has the ball when the music stops gets to leave the circle and pick a prize out of a bag.  As the circle gets smaller the game gets faster and by the end everyone has a prize!
2.  Musical Statues – Play some music and get the kids to dance around.  When the music stops they need to freeze.  The ones who stop the quickest get a prize and then sits down as the game then continues.
3.  Follow the Leader – All kids love to follow the leader.  Get the kids to line up behind an adult and with music playing go on a little snake trail of the yard.  It’s more fun if there are some obstacles to go over, under or around and also if you get them to follow funny actions (arm waving, leg kicking) that you do.  Kids can take turns being the leader too.
4.  Duck Duck Goose – An old favorite.  Kids sit in a circle and one walks around the outside tapping the others on the head one at a time and announcing “duck, duck, duck” as they do so.  Then, randomly, they say “goose” as they tap a child’s head and when they do that kid must stand up and try to chase them around the circle.  If the original tapper gets back to their spot without being caught then the person that chased them becomes the new goose.  If they do get caught then they have another go going around.
5.  Whats the Time Mr Wolf – One player is chosen to be Mr Wolf.  Mr Wolf stands at the opposite end of the playing field from the other players, facing away from them.  A call-and-response then takes place: all players except for Mr Wolf chant in unison “What’s the time, Mr Wolf?”, and Mr Wolf will answer in one of the two ways.  Mr Wolf may call a clock time (e.g., “3 o’clock”). The other players will then take that many steps out loud as they go (“One, two, three”). Then they ask the question again.  Mr Wolf may call “Dinner Time!” Then Mr Wolf will turn and chase the other players back to their starting point.  If Mr Wolf successfully tags a player, that player becomes the new Mr Wolf for the next round.
6.  Bottom Shuffle Race – All kids hop onto their bottoms and shuffle their way to the finish line.
7.  Dance and Sing – For the really young you really can’t go past sitting them in a circle, pop on a nursery rhyme CD and get them to do the motions with you.
8.  Pass the Balloon – Exactly as it sounds except when music stops that child had to find a parcel hidden in the garden with a specific number on it.
9.  Bubbles – You cannot go past a bubble machine at a toddler party.  Kids can take turns trying to catch as many as they can or just let them run around near a bubble machine.  You may not even need another item of entertainment!
10. ‘Fishing’ for Loot Bags – Wrap small presents (multicolored pencils, mini cars etc) and sticky tape a metal washer to each one.  Make a ‘fishing line’ with a rod and a short piece of string and attach a small magnet to the end of it. The children stand on a small stool/chair and fish to catch a present. 
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Of course, we share these ideas, because we believe children deserve to be celebrated!  At Ontario Bakery, celebrate is what we do best!  Whether traditional or custom made, our cakes and treats always rise to the occasion. Let us know how we can make your next party even sweeter!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Change is Hard! Here Are Some Simple Ways to Help Your Child Adjust Back to School!

Change is Hard! Here Are Some Simple Ways to Help Your Child Adjust Back to School!Going back to school can be hard on a child who's had the luxury of having his or her parents around more frequently. Change can be hard for anyone, really.  But we care about your family and want to leave you with some simple ways to help your child adjust back to school.

Stay Positive

Parent's attitudes have as stronger influence on children than they often realize.  If the parents are stressed about the change, it's almost promised that the child will too. A parent’s attitude has a strong influence on how children view the beginning of school and they easily pick up on and react to their parents’ feelings, and even magnify them.  If instead, parents can choose to be at peace with the situation, and try to share that positivity with the child, they will be more likely to have a pleasant experience. You may suggest to your child that somewhere in their class, there is a child who is waiting to be their friend. You can then ask your child how they will discover this friend!  This sets them up for success and to understand that their anxiety can also be excitement for what's new and undiscovered. 

Consistent Routines

Routines have been helpful in every family since day one.  Going back to school is no different. Having daily routines before and after school can help a child feel a sense of stability amidst their possible feelings of confusion. You could create a checklist even, for children to get organized and stay on schedule. It will also reduce feelings of being rushed in the morning when your hurrying out the door. For after school, have the kids help you with what should be the routine for homework, snack, chores etc... For night time, remember that children between the ages of 5 and 12 need 10-11 hours of sleep. Choose early bedtimes for children who will need to or naturally wake up early. This allows them to feel more rested and be better apt to deal with further challenges. 

Make it Good
Make sure they feel good. This can be with a tradition you create, like Friday Fundays or Taco Tuesdays. But give them things to look forward to in the week.  Perhaps something dependable like milk and cookies.  Who wouldn't love that?  Just make sure that your children feel that this rite of passage they are walking through is beautiful and worth the memories. 

Of course, we want to be your go-to for those delicious after school treats.  Let us know how we can help celebrate your next big step.  Ontario Bakery wants to be with your every step of the way!