Fun Stuff for Kids

Tell Me A Story Tuesday – Growing Vegetable Soup

Fall is the time of year where we harvest food. Once the weather starts to cool down, it’s natural to grab a sweater and start up a pot of soup for warmth. Growing Vegetable Soup,by Lois Ehlert, presents the perfect opportunity to talk about the things that we naturally do at this time of year. Children benefit by learning from relevant events in their lives. Read this book with your child. There are SO MANY ways that you can extend this book into so much more than it is alone. You can develop vocabulary by talking about the names of vegetables, develop taste buds by sampling different kinds of vegetables, develop narrative skills and numeracy skills by making a pot of soup, and so on.

Here is an activity you can do with this book:

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From the Garden to Soup 

  • Create vegetables using craft foam.
  • Place vegetables in some dirt you may have left over from your garden. You can also use a blanket to simulate earth.
  • Invite one child to be a “sounder” and another to be a “matcher.” Have the sounder secretly choose an item from the “dirt” and say the first sound of the item. For example, say “C-c-c” for carrot. Depending on your children’s ability level, you should be the sounder for the first few times that you model the game.
  • Once the sound has been heard, the matcher finds an item in the “dirt” that starts with the same sound. If that item is not the item the sounder has chosen, you can help the matcher by giving clues. Continue until the matcher holds up the correct item. When the matcher selects the correct item, he can put it into a soup pot. Play again using another set of children as a sounder and a matcher.
  • This activity can help younger children label things that grow in a garden. If you are working with younger children, you could ask them to find colors, “Can you please find me the white onion, orange carrot, red tomato….
  • You could also add some foam alphabet letters to the soup to work on letter recognition. Say, “Can anyone find a letter ‘A’ and or the letter that starts with the sound /a/ to add to our soup?”

 

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Different Ways to “Tell the Story” with children.

 

Retell the Story, Create a Recipe

  • Recall the story with the children and write down the recipe for making vegetable soup
  • Attach pictures to each step in the recipe
  • With the children, follow the recipe and make vegetable soup

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Flannel Board or Story Bag

  • Retell the story with a flannel board or Story Bag.
  • Place the object on the flannel board or in the bag and solicit vocabulary and story from children
  • Pass out pieces to children and as you retell the story, invite the children to place the pieces on the flannel board on the story bag
  • Place the flannel board or story bag in the reading area for children to recreate their own stories

Watch (or Make) a You Tube Video

  • Watch the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOidUBm_ZEU
  • Compare/Contrast the book to the video
    • pictures VS drawn pictures
  • Create your own video
    • Assign children jobs to create video
      • Cook
      • Narrator
      • Camera man
      • Props

What else would you do with this book?

 

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Vegetable Finds

MATERIALS (Needed per child and adult):

  • paper plates
  • small paper cups
  • large bowl
  • safety knives
  • small cutting board
  • 2 whole vegetables  (don’t have to be the same for each child – have 6 types for variety)

ACTIVTY:

Willie the Worm crawled into the vegetable bowl. Inch your forefinger along the table. “Which vegetable should I eat first?” he asked. Name the vegetables with the children. “His sharp teeth bit into the soft skin of a round, red tomato. He wondered what it was like inside of the tomato. Willie crawled in, and what do you think he found?” Cut the tomato, give each child a small piece and discuss their observations. Put extra pieces in the large bowl. “Willie ate ‘til he was so full he fell asleep. He didn’t try any other vegetables. But our stomachs are bigger so we can try them all and make a vegetable salad!”  Distribute materials, and say, “I wonder what we’ll discover about our vegetables.” Remind children to use their own cup and only put untasted pieces in the large bowl to share later.

Encourage children to use all five senses as they explore the vegetables. Describe and encourage them to describe visual characteristics, sound, texture, smell and taste. Ask what the attributes remind them of.  Encourage children to predict what a vegetable will look like or feel like inside and verify predictions when they cut open the vegetables.

FOLLOW UP:

Survey vegetables the children liked best and create a chart. Use information from survey to create a recipe. Send home the recipe with the children to re-create salad with their families. Encourage the children to represent the vegetable they cut up (draw or print). Create a book from their representations.

 

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What’s For Snack?

MATERIALS (Needed per child):

  • Small paper bag (lunch bag) with
  • 1-2 vegetables per bag and stapled shut
  • Paper
  • Drawing materials (crayons, markers, colored pencils, etc.)

ACTIVITY:

Hand each child the paper bag. I made a snack for each of us last night that I thought we could enjoy today. I stapled the bags shut so the snack would not fall out as I brought them to school. But now I have forgotten what I put in the bags for our snack. Do you think you could figure out what is in your bag without looking?

Encourage the children to feel the bags. What is the shape of the item(s)? Encourage children to use descriptive words such as round, hard, soft, rough, smooth, oval, oblong, large and small. For those children who are struggling, open up the bags and invite the children to touch the object, without looking. What do they feel now?

FOLLOW UP:

Encourage the children to draw what they think the item(s) is in their bag. Open the bag. Were their predictions correct? Draw what was actually in the bag. Ask the children for suggestions as to what to do with the vegetables.

 

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Where’s The Potato?

MATERIALS:

  • 10 cups or pots numbered 1-10
  • a potato

ACTIVITY:

Hank was making vegetable soup in the kitchen, and he had a mess. He had pots, spoons, bowls and vegetables all over the kitchen. He needed the potato, but could not find it. There were 10 pots in the kitchen upside down and he thought the potato might be under one of the pots. Do you think you can help me find the potato for Hank so he can finish his soup? Invite the children, one at a time, to guess a number.

If a child chooses 3, emphasize that the child chose the third cup and that the 3 is in between 2 and 4. If the potato is not under that pot, offer a clue. For example, if the potato is under the 7, provide the clue: the potato is not under the 3.  The potato is under a pot after the 3 but before the 8. Continue to use these clues, emphasizing before, after and between; what number the potato is not under; and using ordinal numbers to restate the child’s choice.

FOLLOW UP:

Place the game on a table for the children to play on their own at choice time. You could use colors, shapes, letters, symbols, or vocabulary pictures on the pots to reinforce concepts.

 

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Weigh In

MATERIALS:

  • Scale
  • Corn seeds, beans seeds, pea seeds, sunflower seeds
  • 2×2 inch cards with pictures of seeds
  • Large bar graph
  • 1 cup measuring cups

ACTIVITY:

Introduce the scale to the group. Ask if anyone knows what the scale is and what they would do with the scale. Take a measuring cup and scoop one cup of corn seeds on one side of the scale. Ask the children, What do you think will happen when I put this cup of  bean seeds into the other side of the scale? Take one cup of bean seeds in the other side. Ask, “What happened? Why is one side lower than the other?”   As children respond, restate their responses, emphasizing vocabulary that pertains to weight and measurement.   “I have 4 different kinds of seeds – corn seeds, bean seeds, pea seeds and sunflower seeds. I wonder which seed is heavier?” Ask the children to guess which seed they think is heaviest. Ask the children to place a picture of the seed that they think is heaviest on the chart.

“How do you think we can do that? What would we do first to find out which seed weighs the most?” Write down the process for answering the question, “Which seed is heaviest?” Carry out the procedure with the children.

FOLLOW UP:

Invite the children to draw the steps they took to find out which seed was heaviest.  Compare their prediction to their results. Discuss if and why their predictions did not match their results.  Place other materials in the science area for the children to experiment with weight.

 

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How to Make Vegetable Soup

MATERIALS:

  • Broccoli, onion, carrots, potato, green beans, cabbage, tomatoes, green pepper, zucchini, ear of corn, pot, spoons, safety knives, cutting boards, water, peas, seasonings (parsley, marjoram, salt, pepper, thyme, bay leaf)
  • chart paper
  • markers
  • stove
  • hot pads
  • bowls
  • spoons
  • napkins

ACTIVITY:

Ask the children to recall how vegetable soup was made in the book. “What happened first? What ingredients do we need? What kitchen utensils do we need? What do we need to do to prepare the vegetables for the soup? What do we need to do to be safe in the kitchen?”  Use the information to create a recipe with the children. Draw/Add pictures to the different steps in the recipe to help children “read” the recipe. Using the recipe, make vegetable soup.

While following the recipe, invite children to take turns reading the recipe and directing the class/group as to what to do next. Encourage children to talk about what they are doing, using vocabulary from the story.

FOLLOW UP:

Take pictures of process and create a book, documenting how children made vegetable soup. Solicit pictures from children of their favorite part of the process and include in the book. Include children’s comments in book. Send copies of the book home to parents or invite parents to come in and make vegetable soup with their children. Take a survey of the class – Did you like the vegetable soup? Yes or no? Graph their responses.

 

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Veggie People

MATERIALS:

  • Whole carrot
  • Various vegetables cut into different sizes and shapes
  • toothpicks

ACTIVITY:

Lay out a whole carrot (with leaves, stem and roots still intact). Discuss with the children the different parts of the carrot, naming the parts of the plant. Now, take the carrot and cut the carrot and clean the carrot. Lay out other various vegetables cut into various sizes. Invite the children to use the pieces to create a veggie person.

As they create their veggie people, encourage the children to describe their creations and how they are attaching pieces and what size, vegetable and shape they are using. Ask questions such as “who has a veggie person that has a round head?” or “does anyone have a person with a body made from a triangle shaped root?”

FOLLOW UP:

Display or take pictures of their creations. Invite children to dictate how they created their person – what pieces did they use, what shapes are the pieces, what parts of the plant were used?

 

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Close-up mid section of woman holding seedling — Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

 

Growing Plants

MATERIALS:

  • Recording of calming music

ACTIVITY:

Ask the children, “Where does a plant come from?” As the children come up with seed, invite the children to pretend to be a seed. “What would that look like?” (put your hand into a fist or your body into a ball) “What happens next? The seed sends out root into ground below. Can you show me how a seed sends out its roots?” (put fingers out or stretch out legs) “Then the sprouts begin to push their way through the ground” (move your fingers or arms upward). “What does the plant need to grow?”  (sun, water) Then the warm sun hits the plant, the rain sprinkles down, and it begins to stretch upward.”  (reach your hands and arms up) “Then the breeze comes along and the branches of the plant are blown gently” (sway your hands and arms above your head)  “Now we are ripe and ready to be picked.”

FOLLOW-UP:

Encourage the children to make their own drawings of a plant growing from a seed to a plant. Place sequencing cards of a plant’s life cycle in the science area and invite the children to place the cards in sequential order.

 

I created an Activity Handout with a printable version of the listed activities

Want more ideas? I also created a handout with Other_Fruits_and_Vegetable_Activities.
Have a Great Week!

Kacey

Kacey Deverell is the Mentor Supervisor at Early Childhood Alliance. She coordinates the mentoring team as well as provides mentoring and technical assistance for Paths to QUALITY programs. She has a Master’s degree in education from Ball State University. You can email or contact her at 800-423-1498 extension 2483.

Take A Walk

What is your favorite season?  Mine is fall.  I love everything about it – the cooler weather, the leaves changing color, football, the local street fair, etc.  On one of these beautiful fall days the kids and I are going to go on a walk around the neighborhood.  Here are some ideas I have for before, along the way, and after we get back home.  I can’t wait!

 

Have a Great Week!

Lisa

 

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Before we go on our walk we are going to make a snack to take with us.  I found a recipe from snackpics.com for a snack mix that I can make in the crockpot, and modified the recipe to make our own NatureWalkSnackMix

I have all of the stuff I need in the pantry so whenever the day comes for our walk, I will be all set.  If it is a day that Hank is in preschool, Faith and I will make it up while he is gone.  If it happens to be a Friday when he is off, we can all do it together.   We will then put the snack mix in snack bags to take along with us.  I will also take along some water bottles for everyone.

 

We are going to play our I Spy Nature game for a fun activity.  I printed all of the Nature I Spy cards from Spell Outloud onto cardstock. Then I put them on an “o” ring in for usability.  A quick, easy activity that is ready to go.

 

We are going to be collecting items (leaves, acorns, pinecones, sticks, etc.) to make a Fall Wreath inspired by a My Kids Adventures post.  I went to the craft store and bought a bare wreath to decorate.  While there I also found little bags for the kids to fill with the treasures they find.  When we get home from the walk, we will glue the treasures onto the wreath with a glue gun.  Then we can hang it on the door as a fall decoration.

 

We are also going to collect acorns and loose acorn tops to use after the walk for some math activities inspired by Living Montessori Now’s post about Outdoor Acorn Math Activities.  I made a template for the Acorn Number Cards, the Acorn Size Cards, and the Venn Diagram.  This way we can do the activities again inside even after our outside time is over.

 

After our walk we are also going to drink cider and read books about fall.  One of our favorites is Clifford’s First Autumn, by Norman Bridwell.  Clifford has been a favorite of mine since I was in kindergarten, and my kids love the stories as well.  Besides, Bridwell has Indiana (Kokomo) roots, and I love exposing my kids to Hoosier connections.

 

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Family Activity – Camping Adventure

There is something very appealing about unplugging, spending time in the fresh air and sunshine, cooking over an open fire, and relaxing with family.  What better way to do that than to go camping?  I grew up with a family that camped.  When I was younger, we would pitch our massive tent at the lake.  We spent our summers swimming, reading, relaxing, enjoying times with family and friends, and sleeping in that old tent.  Then Mom and Dad purchased a pop-up camper.  We took many a family trip with that camper exploring Indiana and staying at many of the state parks.  I was a typical child that went through phases with liking to camp and not wanting to camp at all.  However, as I get older, I look back on all of the memories of family campouts, and I wouldn’t change a thing.

Now as an adult, I enjoy the weekends where I can get away with my own family and leave everything behind for a camping trip. In fact, I like almost everything about camping.  I like being outdoors, not having a schedule, the food, and the memories made around a campfire.  Sure, it is a lot of work to plan and pack, but once camp is set, it is a very enjoyable time.  In fact, every August we go camping with a group of friends to Ouabache State Park in Bluffton.  This year, my parents and brother Bryan will be joining us, so we are taking both the camper and tent to accommodate our family.  Hank is soooo excited that we are taking the tent.  It will be his first experience with tent camping.  Or like my brother Scott likes to say, “Real Camping.”  Scott doesn’t believe that taking a camper (equipped with a refrigerator, stove, bathroom, and air conditioning) qualifies as camping.  However, with the crazy warm weather we have had the past couple of years and the time-saving convenience, I gladly disagree with him and love taking a camper.

Want to go camping, but don’t have equipment?  No problem!  Have a camping adventure around your home.

  • Sleep “under the stars” in the living room
  • Go on a bear hunt throughout the backyard or neighborhood
  • Read stories by flashlight on the couch
  • Fix camp food in the convenience of your own kitchen

Here are some of the menu items and activities we are planning to do on this year’s campout.  You can adapt them for your own campout as well.

Have a Great Week!

Lisa

 

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Camping foods:

 

S’mores

For Each S’more:

  • Marshmallow roasting stick
  • 1 large marshmallow
  • 1 graham cracker
  • 1 (1.5 oz) chocolate bar

Directions

  1. Heat the marshmallow over an open flame until it begins to brown and melt.
  2. Break the graham cracker in half. Sandwich the chocolate between the cracker and the hot marshmallow. Allow the marshmallow to cool a moment before eating.

 

Pudgie Pies

For Each Pie:

  • Pie iron
  • 2 Slices bread
  • Butter
  • Canned pie filling; apple, cherry, peach, blueberry, etc.

Basic Directions

  1. Place slice of bread, butter side down, on lower half of cooker. Spoon fruit filling on center of bread.
  2. Place second slice of bread, butter side up, on top of fillings. Latch the pie iron; trim off excess bread if necessary.
  3. Toast over campfire, fireplace or fire pit until golden brown on both sides. A delicious snack in 4 – 6 minutes.

 

Tacos in a Bag

For Each Bag:

  • Taco Meat
  • 1 (2.5 ounce) package corn chips or Doritos
  • Taco toppings:  shredded lettuce, chopped tomato, chopped green onions, chopped avocado, sliced black olives, shredded cheese, salsa, sour cream

Directions

  1. Heat your favorite taco meat.  I usually do this in the microwave in the camper, but it can be done over the fire if needed.  Note: I like to make and freeze the taco meat ahead of our camping trip.  Then when it’s time for camping, I let it thaw in the cooler or in the camper’s refrigerator.
  2. With the bags unopened, gently crush the corn chips. Snip the corners off the bags with scissors and slit open the bags along the side edge. Spoon in toppings. Serve in the bag and eat, using a fork.

 

Camping Crafts:

 

Rainstick

  • Mailing tube
  • Nails
  • Child-Size hammer
  • Duct tape
  1. Hammer many nails into the cardboard mailing tube. (I put dots on the tube with a marker where the nails would go to make it easier for Hank to see.)
  2. Fill the tube with river stones, pipe cleaner pieces, and rice.  (I put the materials that Hank was going to put in the tube into an empty water bottle.  That way, when it was time to pour it in we didn’t have to use a funnel.)
  3. Decorate with Duct Tape.  (I found some great duct tape decorated with leaves and pinecones on it to go along with the camping theme.)

 

Bubble Creature

  • 1 empty green plastic bottle (such as Mt. Dew)
  • Scissors
  • 1 sock
  • 1 rubber band
  • 2 Google eyes
  • 1 piece of green foam
  • Hot glue gun
  • Bubble solution
  1. Cut the bottom off plastic bottle with scissors.
  2. Place the cut end of the bottle into the sock and pulled it tightly onto the bottle.
  3. Place a rubber band around the sock to keep it in place and then fold the sock back over the rubber band.
  4. Glue the eyes in place.
  5. Cut 3 triangles out of the green foam for the back decoration and glue to snake.

To blow bubbles, dip your sock end of snake into bubble solution to get the fabric wet, and then blow through the mouthpiece of the bottle. To add color to the bubbles, put drops of food coloring directly on the sock.

*Original idea from Two-daloo.com

 

Camping Fun:

 

Frisbee

Bocce Ball

Ladder Golf

Bike Riding – The park has a wonderful bike trail for hours of fun.

Swimming

Balls

Scavenger Hunt (printable from Creative Homemakers.com)

 

Camping Games:

By now you know that my family plays games whenever we can, and camping is no exception.  We have accumulated a surprising number of outdoor-/camp-themed games that always seem to find their way on the packing list.  These come in very handy if there is inclement weather, or for late-night fun around the picnic table.

 

EcoFlux, by Loony Labs – In the wild, you must adapt to survive! Will you win by having your Bears Eat Fish? Or will some change the goal so that their Frogs and Insects can make Night Music? Play ecology-themed Actions and Rules like Scavenger or Composting, but watch out for Creeper cards, such as Forest Fire, that can hurt everyone! Discover a little about how things go together, with EcoFluxx – the nature game of ever-changing rules!

Scavengers, by Zombie State Games – Each year the Hamburger family escapes into the great outdoors for a little rest and relaxation. During their stay eager animals scavenge for food that has been left unattended to take home and make meals of their own.

Squarrels, by Home Lantern Games – If you enjoy playing card games, you will fall in love with S’Quarrels! S’Quarrels is an exciting (and addicting) card game built around the theme of squirrels collecting acorns before winter. Ambushing, Hoards, Quarrels, and Whirlwinds are all part of the fun. Get the Golden Acorn but watch out for the Rotten Acorn.

Hike, by Moosetache Games – Brave the Elements, Blaze the Trail in Hike! Go for a trek, get lost on a trail, ride out avalanches, and always remember to watch out for Poop! There’s no littering allowed in Hike: The Card Game!

Camp, by Education Outdoors – Camp is a game where both children and adults can play and learn fun facts about the great outdoors. The game is designed to grow with the player, starting at level one questions, which are primarily identification of animals. As the players increase in their knowledge about the outdoors, they grow into the higher level questions. A fun and educational game where parents and children can play against each other to get to camp first.

S’mores The Card Game, by Education Outdoors –  S’Mores the Card game is fun for the whole family. Be the first player to get all of the ingredients to make the perfect S’mores.

Hit The Trail, by Education Outdoors –  A unique, fast paced, nature-inspired family game that comes packaged in a handy mini backpack. Test your knowledge and have fun doing it, inspired by the great outdoors.

Bears, by Fireside Games – You and your friends are on a relaxing camping trip. But as you hammer in the last stake, you hear rustling. Bears are romping through the campsite. Who will survive the rampage? And who will be eaten by bears? Bears is a fast-playing, competitive game in which you score points by pairing dice. Shoot bears and run from tents for a few points, or take a risk and score big by sleeping through the attack. But watch out. If Bears are left at the end of the round, your sleeping campers are done for.

 

After Dark Fun:

 

Glow Toys – Instead of the usual glow sticks, this year I found some light up glow wands.  You press the button and the top of the wand (which looks like a pinwheel) starts spinning and changes all sorts of glow in the dark colors.  It runs on batteries so it can be used over and over again.

 

Catch The Firefly Game – The firefly carries a flashlight and silently counts to 10 as he walks away from the group. When the firefly reaches 10, he flashes the light once. Other players then count to 10 and take off to find the firefly, who tries to evade his pursuers. The firefly continuously counts to 10 and flashes the light at the end of each count. The first one to tag the firefly becomes the new firefly.

 

Campfire StoriesNo camping trip is complete without stories around a campfire. To make it easier to see, we read stories by flashlight. I know that typically you tell ghost stories, but since we have a 5-year-old and almost 2-year-old, ghost stories are a little too scary.

  • The Very Lonely Firefly, by Eric Carle
  • The Very Quiet Cricket, by Eric Carle
  • Let’s Have A Tree Party, by David Martin
  • We’re Going on a Nature Hunt, by Steve Metzger
  • Bear Feels Scared, by Karma Wilson
  • Owl Babies, by Martin Waddell
  • S Is for S’mores: A Camping Alphabet, by Helen Foster James

Tasty Treat Thursday – “A Who Feast”

One of my all-time favorite holiday stories and movies is Dr. Seuss’ “The Grinch That Stole Christmas” (the original cartoon version is a family favorite).  I remember as a child eagerly anticipating the holiday season and the visit from the not-so-friendly Grinch.  Now as a parent, I love the message that the movie offers that the holiday season (this or any other holiday season) isn’t all about packages, decorations, etc., but the true meaning is something personal to each and every one of us.

This year during December family activities, I decided I wanted to have a “Who Feast.”  I saw a post by Express Yourself Creatively about a Who Pudding recipe.  This post also led me to Seussville – a magically website that I haven’t visited in quite a while.  While visiting Seussville, I found recipes for Santy Claus Grinch Treats and Who Hash and a noisemaker for the kids to make and use during a reading of the story or a showing of the movie.

Here is the plan for our “Who-liday” evening:

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Read “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”

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Make Grinch Treats

 

 

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Make Noisemakers

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Have a “Who Feast”

  • Roast Beast Sandwiches
  • Who Hash
  • Grinch Greens (Green Beans)
  • Beezlenut Splash (Green Punch – Hirschy Family Tradition)
  • Who Pudding (pudding with m&ms)

 

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Watch “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

 

Have a Great Week!

Lisa

Family Fun Friday – Chopped Family Dinner

This month I have been sharing ideas from our families activity schedule:

  • Make it Monday (art exploration)
  • Tell Me a Story Tuesday (read old and new stories together – usually in our storytelling tent or a special place and then  do an activity based on the story)
  • Wonderful Adventure Wednesday (go on special outing or do a fun activity at home)
  • Tasty Treats Thursday (make a snack together)
  • Family Fun Friday (have family movie night, game night, themed dinner, etc.)

Last up is Family Fun Friday – Chopped Family Dinner.

Our family loves the television show Chopped, on the Food Network.  In each episode, four chefs compete. Their challenge is to take a mystery basket of ingredients and turn them into a dish that is judged on their creativity, presentation, and taste with minimal time to plan and execute. The show is divided into three rounds: “Appetizer,” “Entrée,” and “Dessert.” In each round the chefs are given a basket containing between four ingredients, and the dish each competitor prepares must contain some of each ingredient in some way.

Hank is always talking about wanting to do a Chopped Challenge here at home, so we finally did a modified version together one Friday night.  The night before the event, we looked in our pantry and fridge, selecting random items to include in our appetizer, entrée and dessert baskets.  Here is what we came up with:

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Appetizer Basket –

  • Fresh Cauliflower
  • Canned Salmon
  • Pineapple Chunks
  • Canned Garbanzo Beans

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Entrée Basket –

  • Chicken Apple Sausages
  • Fresh Cabbage
  • Vegetarian Vegetable Soup
  • Cheddar Cheese Crackers

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Dessert Basket –

  • Mini Chocolate Chips
  • Frozen Sweet Potatoes
  • Jiffy Popcorn
  • Salted Roasted Peanuts (in shell)

 

Our rules are simple –

  • Use everything in the basket
  • You can use items from the fridge and pantry as needed
  • No time limit.

On the day of the event, Hank helped me gather all of the ingredients together and place them in the baskets.  Then when my husband got home from work the fun began.  We started with a family meeting, talking about what we could make with the ingredients in each basket and coming up with a game plan.

We divided the tasks and got cooking – appetizer first.  We decided on salmon/pineapple patties with a side of roasted ranch cauliflower and garbanzo beans.

 

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Once things were underway with the appetizer, we also started the base for entrée – a cabbage/sausage soup with a butter cheesy cracker crumble.

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After both of those were well underway, we started on the dessert – sweet potato pudding w/whipped cream topped with homemade caramel corn flavored with roasted peanuts and chocolate chips.

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When all was said and done – Hank was so excited to try all of our creations.  To tell you the truth, we really did a pretty good job.  We had a lot of fun preparing the meal, and Hank learned a lot about working in the kitchen and communicating and working with others during the experience!  In fact he wants to do it again, but next time he wants to do “Guys Grocery Games” challenge.

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Have a Great Week!

Lisa

No School – No Problem

 

If your child’s schedule is like mine, we just got back into the school routine, and now we have a couple of scheduled days off in the near future.  Here are some activities that I plan to use to give my son something to look forward to for the days at home.

icymonsters

 

Icy Monsters from Best Toys 4 Toddlers

 

artbot

Art Bot from Hands On As We Grow

 

legochallenge

Lego Challenge Cards from Playdough to Plato

 

popper

Paper Cup Party Popper Craft from Red Ted Art

 

recipes

21 Fun And Delicious Recipes You Can Make With Your Kids from Buzzfeed Life

snowstorm

Snowstorm in a Jar from Growing a Jeweled Rose

 

jingle

Jingle and Seek Game from Fantastic Fun and Learning

picnic

Indoor Picnic from Hoosier Homemade

 

Do you have a special activity planned for your child?

Have a Great Week!

Lisa

A Rainbow of Fun

 

The other day I read a blog post from Preschool Book Club inspired by the book A Rainbow of My Own, by Don Freeman. This got me to thinking about having a rainbow day at home with my daughter. So I did some searching and came up with some activities that we can do some special day in the near future.

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Rainbow Activities

 

booksforstorytime

Books for Storytime:

  • A Rainbow of My Own by Don Freeman
  • Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
  • What Makes a Rainbow? by Betty Ann Schwartz

 

musicforrainbows

Music to use with the Rainbow Shakers:

  • Rainbow Connection by Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher
  • Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole
  • The World Is a Rainbow by Greg and Steve
  • Minnie’s Rainbow by Disney

*videos for each of these songs can be found on youtube

 

rainbowfood
Ideas for Rainbow-Themed Food:

  • Rainbow Pancakes
  • Rainbow Fruit Salad (Red – Strawberries, Orange – Mandarin Oranges, Yellow – Pineapple, Green – Green Grapes, Blue – Blueberries, Purple – Purple Grapes)
  • Rainbow Lunch (Salad with Red – Tomato, Orange – Pepper, Yellow – Cheese, and Green – Lettuce, Blue – Blue Tortilla Chips, Purple – Crangrape Juice)

 

Have a Great Week!
Lisa

 

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