Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Chip Shoppe Spring Warehouse Sale 2015

The snow has melted, the birds are chirping and it is time for the Spring The Chip Shoppe Warehouse Sale!

The Chip Shoppe Warehouse Sale will be:

  • St. Cloud, Minnesota
4759 Heatherwood Rd. St. Cloud, MN 56301
    • Thursday, May 7th, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • Friday, May 8th, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, May 9th, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  • Jackson, Wisconsin
N169 W21177 Tower Dr. Jackson, WI 53037
    • Thursday, May 14th, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • Friday, May 15th, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, May 16th, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The warehouse sale will be filled with great items for you and your family. All food items are $6.00 and Gift items are 75% off! You can stock up on your favorite Chip Shoppe foods, like our famous Chip Shoppe cookie dough, gourmet soups, delicious cheesecakes, pies and braided bread.

We also have great gift items such as gourmet chocolates, trendy jewelry, kitchen items, candles and other household decorative items. Remember to get here early, once an item runs out, it’s gone!

Friday Special: Sausage & Cheese Egg Bake only $3.00 each

Saturday Special: Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Pockets only $3.00 each

As our gift to you, feel free to print the coupon below to receive 1 free gift item with purchase. We hope you find just what you are looking for at the sale. Be sure to like our Facebook page to keep an eye on any specials or updates we may have.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Little Curiosities; Science for Your Kid

Inspire, occupy, and incite wonder with these easy-to-do children's science experiments! From the colorful to the totally gross, head to your kitchen for a few quick lessons in science, sure to produce plenty of Oohs and Aahs of amazement!

The Color Changing Carnation
A pretty cool staple of children's science experiments, the color changing carnation experiment is a must-see for tiny nature lovers. Where does the water go when little hands help water mom's garden? Let your children explore the importance of water and the functions of roots and stems.
You'll Need: -6 white carnations  -Food coloring   -4 Plastic cups -Water -Knife (for parent's use only)
1. Fill the plastic cups half full with water. Add 15 drops of red food dye to the first cup, adding blue and then green to the other cups. The last cup should be left without coloring.
2. Cut each carnation stem at an angle, creating a fresh cut. (Tip: cut the stems under water to prevent air bubbles from filling the stem, which will not allow water to be carried through the stem.)
3. Place a freshly cut carnation in each cup and wait for the results

-May take up to 24 hours for the colored water to reach the white petals. Check back every few hours for results!

Magic Rock Candy

Test out a 'supersaturated solution' using a childhood favorite- sugar! In this experiment, the water and sugar mix creates a supersaturated solution in which the water is only able to absorb and hold the sugar while both are hot. During the cooling process the sugar is leached out of the solution, becoming a crystalline work of art on your skewer!

You’ll Need:
-2 to 3 cups sugar
-Wooden skewer or chopstick
-1 clothespin
-Tall glass
-1 cup water

1. Clip wooden skewer at the top, between the clothespin (this will hang down into the glass, held in place by the clothespin).
2. An adult should bring 1 cup water to a boil. Add 1/4 cup sugar to boiling water, stirring until dissolved. Continue adding sugar to boiling water until no more will dissolve. The process of dissolving will take a bit of time, don't give up!
3. When no more sugar will dissolve, remove boiling water from the burner and allow to cool for 20 minutes.
4. Pour sugar solution into the glass, almost full. Place skewer into the solution so that it hangs without touching the sides of the glass.
5. Take a few guesses as to what will happen! Allow the glass to sit undisturbed for 3-7 days, and watch your rock candy form! (Tip: for colored rock candy, add food dye to sugar water)

Watch Bacteria Grow!
Your kids have been told time and again to wash their hands; bring this simple lesson to life with a petri dish, and some guesses about germs! Are there really germs on your hands? Is your cat's mouth cleaner than a human's? What's really living on your toilet seat?! Let's play with some microorganisms, and find out! (Hint: your petri dish and warm conditions provide the optimal place for bacteria to flourish into colonies; which samples produce the largest amounts of bacteria?)

You'll Need:
-Cotton swabs
1. Using a separate cotton swab for each petri dish, swab a door handle, the floor, or the bottom of your shoe. Choose your own area to test for germs- maybe places you child needs to be reminded to clean
2. Rub the cotton swab gently over the agar in the petri dish, and seal when finished. Repeat steps for each new test you wish to complete.
3. Place petri dish in a warm area for 2-3 days, and observe as your bacteria begin to multiply!
4. Once finished with your experiment, leave petri dishes tightly sealed, wrap in newspaper, and discard.

A Secret Message

Enter spy mode with this secret message maker. Diluting lemon juice in water allows the mixture to be undetectable when written with on paper. Because that handy kitchen lemon is an organic substance that oxidizes (becomes brown) when heated, adding a little heat to your secret message will reveal it to wondrous little eyes!
You'll Need;
1.Half a lemon
2.White paper
3.Lamp or light bulb
7.Cotton swab

1. Squeeze lemon juice into a small bowl, and add a few drops of water. Mix with spoon.
2. Dipping cotton swabs into the lemon juice mixture, write out or draw a secret message on white paper. Allow juice to dry and become invisible.
3. To reveal your hidden message, heat paper by holding it close to a light bulb and watch what appears!

Inspire some curiosity in your kids with some of these science experiments. Not only is it fun for you and your children, but your kids will learn a thing or two along the way. School is nearly out for the summer- keep your child’s brain stimulated and their imagination buzzing this summer!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

How to Plan a Kid's Birthday Party

Is your child’s birthday soon approaching, but you have yet to start planning their party? Not to worry, here is your guide to a birthday bash that your son or daughter and their friends will remember for years to come.
Follow these simple steps to create an awesome kid’s birthday party:

The first step you want to make is to find a theme for your party. Whether you choose Disney princesses, SpongeBob or any other themed party, make sure the ultimate choice comes from your child. Do they have a favorite cartoon or animal? These make for an obvious choice that your kid is sure to love.

The first step in choosing a venue is knowing whether or not you want a handful of sugar-filled kids running around your home, the local community center, Chuck-E-Cheese or another location. If you choose your home, you need to decide if you would like it to remain indoors or in your yard. Be sure to give yourself time for clean-up to make sure your home is safe for fun and games.

Although you may think that invitations should be the first step on your list, it is important to include the theme and address of your event along with any items the party guests may need to bring (ex. swimsuit). Don’t forget to include the date and time of the event and send it out at least two weeks in advance so they receive their invitation in time to plan around your event.

With choosing decorations for the party, you can go all out or keep it simple. A great option is to go to your local dollar store or party center and get amazing party supplies at a fraction of the cost.

There are many inexpensive and easy-to-make party snacks, entrees and desserts to choose from. Just search one of our Snack Time, Quick and Healthy Supper Ideas or Desserts Kids Will Love Pinterest boards for fun and delicious ideas. Don’t forget the cake and ice cream!

Once the rest of the party starts coming together, it is time to start planning the fun part... games! Whether you go with the traditional pin the tail on the donkey or piƱata, or decide to outdo yourself with more creative ideas, remember that this is the part that the kids enjoy the most. Make sure to choose games that aren’t too complicated and keep the kids laughing and having a good time.

Party Favors
Although games are fun, having a goody bag filled with toys and candy or a prizes for game winners will make it even more fun! Just be sure to make the games equally balanced so that no one gets left out.

We hope this helps you to plan an unforgettable birthday party for your child. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for more fun crafts and activities to do with your kids. If you have any other fun birthday party ideas, we would love to hear them in the comments below!

Monday, March 16, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun Crafts for Kids

Ring in St. Patrick’s Day with these fun Leprechaun themed crafts for the kiddos! Most of these crafts can be made by using things around the house and art materials you may already have on hand. Once you have gathered your materials, roundup and the kids and let the fun begin.

Leprechaun Craft

What you need:
  • Cylinder (Toilet Paper Roll)
  • Orange Pipe Cleaners
  • Green Paint
  • White Paint
  • Black Marker
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Green Construction Paper

First, paint the entire cylinder green. Once this is dried, paint a half circle around the center of the cylinder, this will be the leprechaun's face. Curl the pipe cleaner into a beard and glue it to the bottom of the half circle. Next, use the green construction paper to trace your leprechaun's feet and glue them to the bottom of the cylinder. Now it is time to get creative. Using a black marker, draw a face, belt and line indicating the legs of the leprechaun on the cylinder. Finally, trace a medium size circle with a small circle in the middle on the green construction paper. This should look similar to a donut. It is important to use the end of the cylinder as a guide for the small circle in the middle. Once this is done you can pull the cylinder through the middle of the circle. This will be the leprechaun's hat. Congratulations, you created a cute leprechaun craft that your kids can be proud of!

Hand-Print Leprechaun

What you Need:
  • Brown Construction Paper
  • Green Construction Paper
  • Black Construction Paper
  • Tan Construction Paper
  • Black Marker
  • Scissors

First, place your hand flat on a sheet of brown construction paper and trace your hand. Once you have successfully traced your hand, cut around the edges. Next, trace a perfectly round circle for the face and bumps on each side of the circle for the ears on the tan construction paper. Use the green construction paper to cut out a rectangle for the hat and the hat brim. Use the tan or brown construction paper can be used for the belt on the hat. Don’t forget to add the buckle. Finally, glue it all together and draw the face. Get creative with the face drawing and this will be a fun craft to look back on!

Leprechaun Wind Catcher

What you Need:
  • Green Construction Paper
  • Black Construction Paper
  • Yellow Construction Paper
  • Orange Construction Paper
  • Black Marker
  • Stapler
  • Scissors


Start by folding a 9 inch x 13 inch sheet of green construction paper in half. Make a line 1 inch along the end of the paper that does not have the crease, so you know where to stop when cutting your fringe lines. Make 1 inch cuts from the crease of the paper up to the mark you made, do not cut all the way to the ends. Next, unfold the paper and roll it into a long narrow tube, stapling the ends together. Using a separate piece of paper, cut out two long strips about and inch thick to make the leprechaun's arms. Fold the strips at 1 inch intervals in opposite directions to make a fan effect. Then, staple a tan circle to one end of each strip for a hand, and stape the other to the top of the lantern. Cut a third tan circle larger than the hands to use as the leprechaun’s face. Cut out and attach orange hair and a black hat to the leprechaun’s face. You can add a yellow bow, freckles, eyes nose, and a mouth with bits of paper or a marker before adding the face to the lantern.

We hope you enjoy these fun crafts with your kids. At The Chip Shoppe, we love to see families enjoy bonding with their children through crafts and activities! Stay tuned to our various social media platforms for other ideas: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+ and Blogger.

Monday, March 9, 2015

A+ School Lunch Ideas

Packing your kids lunch before school can be a difficult task. You want to give them the healthiest options for brain power but they also need to be delicious. Change up your normal school lunch routine with these A+ School Lunch Ideas:

Sandwich on a Stick
Make lunch fun with sandwich ingredients piled on top of each other on a stick. It gives a little twist to the average meat and cheese original.

Did you make an awesome casserole or dish for dinner the night before? Use some leftovers for lunch. (Just make sure it is in a microwave safe dish and they have access to a microwave to heat it up.)

You can make these your own by using various meats, cheeses, veggies and more … It is an easy meal that kids are sure to love.

Spice up your kids favorite greens with meat, cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, croutons and a little treat on the side. If your kids don’t like vegetables, not to worry… try a pasta salad instead.

Homemade Pizza
Have a build your own pizza night with your kids the night before and let them choose their own toppings. All you will need to do the next day is heat it up and their lunch for the day is good to go.

Peanut Butter and Banana Roll-Ups
A peanut butter and banana sandwich is always a tasty option. Its quick and easy and is a great source of protein for your kids.

The Sidekick
Don’t forget to pair your meals with a healthy side of fruit, veggies, string cheese or crackers.

At The Chip Shoppe, we believe children need a well balanced meal. Whether preparing your children’s meals yourself or having them eat the lunch school prepared, make sure to let them know the importance of eating their vegetables first. For more healthy food ideas, refer to one of our blogs “Healthy Snacks for On-The-Go” or “Simple Snacks Kids Can Make.”

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids

Get your kids excited for Valentine’s Day by creating fun family crafts. From cards, decorations and tasty treats, there is no better day to show that someone special how much you care for them. Here are some fun Valentine’s Day Crafts that you and your kids will have a blast with:

Homemade Cards
In our opinion, handmade cards are more personal and special than anything you can buy in a store. Give your children the supplies to glue on hand-cut hearts, write a meaningful message and draw a picture, and it will be the best card your child can give. Find some great DIY options for kids to make their teachers, classmates, siblings or parents here.

Make Cookies
You can’t go wrong with a creating a delicious batch of homemade cookies. Decorate with frosting and sprinkles to bring out the special day. Make enough for your child to bring along to school and for you bring to work. Don’t forget to save some for yourself! Find a great cookie recipe example here. You could even bake delicious Chip Shoppe cookies and put them in specially crafted red, pink and white boxes to represent Valentine’s Day! No matter how you craft them, you can’t go wrong with a batch of cookies.

Create a Valentine’s Box
With all of the Valentine’s cards your kids will be receiving at school, have them make a creative box to keep it in. Start with a small box (shoe boxes or empty cereal boxes work great) wrap them in blank paper and decorate. See some great ideas in this blog to use this year.

Candy Heart Experiment
Perhaps the most popular candy given out on Valentine’s Day is the candy heart. If your child ends up with an abundance of these (or simply doesn’t like them) create your own candy heart experiment. Using different liquids, drop a heart in different bottles, and monitor the reactions. Have your kids guess what they think will happen when they drop them in the bottle and watch the reactions. For more tips on how to make your experiment go smoothly read these instructions.

Suncatcher Craft
Put your old Christmas present wrapping supplies to good use with this easy to make Valentine’s Day suncatcher craft for kids. You can use it as a fun way to spice up your home for Valentine’s Day.

Remember that Valentine’s Day is a day of love to celebrate your friends and family. Sometimes a homemade card, craft or cookies can say it all. Don't forget to make each gift come from the heart. If you have any other great Valentine’s Day craft ideas, we would love to hear them in the comments below.