Kids Cook

Fruit Kabobs (printable kid friendly recipe page)

Babs can be picky when it comes to food and just because she liked it yesterday doesn’t mean she will like it today! Kids cook is something we try to do once a week and it is intended to be done with an adult at all times. Doing a kids cook project is one way we work through some of those picky eating habits. It tends to be a very simple cooking project which many times doesn’t actually require cooking! The goal is to get her exposed to food she tends to shy away from. It’s a great way to get kids to touch the new food, because let’s get real sometimes even that is a struggle. 🙂 I try to only include one new ingredient so she will continue to enjoy the activity and not feel to overwhelmed by the new food. I create kid friendly recipe sheets that include pictures and simple directions. I print them and put them in a binder that we call her cookbook! Last week we make fruit kabobs and the new/she used to like them and now she doesn’t food was blueberries. I have included the recipe sheets for you to download and use if you would like! Good luck! I would love to hear how it goes!

Check out the kid friendly recipe sheet for Fruit Kabobs!

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science, Sensory Play

Bring Summer Inside!

I love fall and all the wonderful things that come along with it like apple cider, donuts, bonfires….but if you are anything like me I am still not ready for summer to be over. 😦 I could have handled hanging out at the beach for just one more weekend. Okay, that’s a lie, maybe two or three more weekends. 🙂  Babs isn’t ready for summer to be over either. We had such a great time this summer planting flowers and harvesting vegetables from the garden. She has a wonderful Aunt who bought her one of those potted plant grow kits they have for kids. You can get them in the clearance section or sometimes the Target dollar spot has them also. This turned out to be a great way to bring summer inside and continue some of those learning opportunities. Today we used a bowl and spoon to saturate the soil pellet included with the kit. Other times she has just stuck her hands right in the soil and water to break it up.

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We were able to focus on many different skills during this activity such as following directions, waiting, and independently scooping aWP_20150928_11_33_17_Prond pouring. This can also be a very language rich activity! We talked about how the soil feels and different sizes of seeds.

Planting a potted plant inside provided more opportunities for responsibility as well! Letting her do this independently did mWP_20150928_11_35_29_Proake a mess, however, then she was able to be involved in the clean up. Watering her new plant has also been added to the list of chores (or as well call them Toddler Tasks)… you know making her bed, cleaning up toys, and now watering her plant.

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developmental

Activities for Infants

When Babs was an infant I was always looking for different ways to engage her. Sometimes I just ran out of ideas. I found these great activities for infants online and I used many of them with her. She enjoyed most of them! Some of the activities are out of the box ideas which I really like. The are developmentally appropriate based on how old they are. They have newborn all the way to 12 months. For each month there is a different weekly activity. Thought I would share!
http://www.babycenter.com/0_lets-play-weekly-activities-for-your-babys-first-year_1501475.bc