Earth Day is fast approaching and all month long we have seen people, businesses and organizations showing their support and efforts in different ways. Teaching our children about the responsibilities we have for our planet can be fun and educational at the same time. Here are a few fun ways to teach them about “reduce, reuse and recycle” in a kid-friendly way.
1) Growing plants in up-cycled containers. For a “how to” guide on how to make these fun and individual planters, click here>
2) Looking for a family friendly science experiment? Try this “Oil Spill Cleanup” scenario and launch a hands-on cleanup effort with your kids. Click here>
3) Do you have a builder and inventor at home? Build this wind powered car together – made from recycled materials – and see where their imagination takes them next. Click here>
4) And here is another vehicle powered by an “alternative energy source”. For this Rubber Band Racer, click here >
5) Take a closer look at Mother Earth by making one. If it’s for a party or to decorate a room, here is how you do it >
6) To appreciate nature we need to get outside. Have your kids collect things they find beautiful or interesting and then turn them into neat little treasures with these “nature prints” made from air dry clay. This and other fantastic ideas are featured in the book “The Garden Classroom” >
7) This has to be one of my favorites, because it combines crafts and science and results in a decorative masterpiece (sort of). Try it for yourself >
8) Paper-making is an ancient art and the perfect excuse to get your hands dirty. Here is how to do it > And for additional “earthiness” add flower or plant seeds to the paper and watch the creation grow. Wheat grass seeds are great, because they grow so fast, even an impatient toddler can stand the wait!
Playing an April Fools’ joke on the kids is tricky. You want it to be clever but not mean, childish but not silly, funny but not messy. And above all, when it comes to my kids, I try to make them laugh and not cry.
Sounds easy but if you have an emotional and sensitive 5 year old at home things can go sour quickly. From experience… hiding his favorite stuffed animal, not a good idea. Dying the dog blue would probably end up with some hearty belly laughs but is out of the question because of the mess.
If you are like us and are still looking for some crafty, tear-free ideas here are a few that are sure to provide some harmless fun on April 1st.
We recently asked our fans to share their favorite toddler-friendly recipes with us. We got some great ideas to try with our own kids and selected 2 winners to be featured here. Find the previous feature here: Easy Peasy Mac ‘n Cheesy
The second recipe we would like to share is form Kate Corbett.
We loved how this easy and kid-friendly meal gets our kids acquainted with the idea of eating “sushi”. We strongly believe that the littles will often dismiss a certain meal simply because they are convinced that they couldn’t possibly like something called “sushi”. So by serving them “sushi” they love at home might make them be more open to try it next time you order them a California Roll at the local sushi place.
Turkey Dog Sushi
1 Turkey dog or regular hot dog
1 Six-inch (whole wheat) flour tortilla
1/3 c. Shredded Mozzarella
Spread the cheese evenly on the whole wheat flour tortilla, then take the turkey dog and starting at one end of the tortilla roll it up into the tortilla – ensuring the end flap is tucked under so it won’t come unrolled. Then cook in the microwave for 45-60 seconds. Let it cool for a few minutes. Then with a knife cut into half inch slices to create little Turkey Dog Sushi Rolls!
Courtesy of my husband & stay-at-home-dad to our boys
We recently asked our fans to share some easy and delicious toddler-friendly recipes with us. We enjoyed reading all your submissions and will definitely try some with our own picky eaters at home. We chose 2 winners from all the submissions to be featured on our blog. Here is the first one from Carrie Lee.
Thank you Carrier, we loved this healthy yet deliciously creamy adaptation of the traditional Mac ‘n Cheese! (And so did my 5 year old…)
Easy Peasy Mac n Cheesy
whole wheat noodles
1 small butternut squash
5 cups of vegetable broth
3/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cups shredded cheese
Cook noodles as directed. Remove skin and seeds from squash and cut into small cubes. Bring the broth to a boil and add the squash. Cook for 5-7mins until it’s fork tender. Drain and save 1/2 cup of broth. Place the squash in blender and add the broth, salt, milk and purée until smooth. Pour the puréed sauce on the noodles and add the cheese on top and mix to melt the cheese.
You can add extra milk if necessary to get to desired consistency and voila😋