This fruit and nut salad is really easy for kids to make and a fun way to start talking about the rainforest.
1/4 cup mango juice
1/4 cup goji berries
1/4 cup sweet cacao nibs
1/4 cup cashews
Peel and slice bananas.
Bananas are an excellent food for kids to start practicing their knife skills. This crinkle knife is really safe and easy for the kids to handle.
We put on some samba music and the kids started drumming along to create more of a rainforest atmosphere.
This slicing knife from Curious Chef is also a great first knife to use.
Add mango juice
While we were cooking we talked about the rainforest as a natural habitat and what kinds of plants and animals live in the canopy.
Add goji berries, cacao chips, and cashews.
You could also try brazil nuts and coconut flakes.
Gently mix ingredients.
The kids are so sweet with the directions to be 'gentle' when they stir!
Enjoy with your friends!
We worked on this rainforest puzzle together and read 'The Umbrella' by Jan Brett. We learned about toucans, tapirs, tree frogs and more!
We love these 'Hexactly' hexagon blocks by Fat Brain Toys.
These magnetic wooden blocks by Tegu are also really fun to create with.
Our favorite homemade playdough!
We pressed playdough letters to match the letters in our names. We also tried to identify playdough letters with our eyes closed.
The kids love drawing with these beeswax crayons from Faber Castell.
We found a lady bug!
More Alphabet Play Dough! Does anyone have any fun ideas for playdough? Please share in our comments box!
Freeze tag! Not a lot of freezing, but a whole lot of fun!!
Here's the scientific evidence: boxes make you happy!
We found a lady bug and put her in the vegetable garden where she would have plenty of food to eat.
Making 'blueberry leaf cake' together.
Pumpkin still life... 'pumpkins don't have to be orange'... love that free expression!
We decorated our own masks and then had a masquerade parade! Thanks to the Zilker Mama that donated all the lovely bells with ribbons!!
The kids were so proud of themselves for making some delicious bean and cheese tacos! They are doing such a wonderful job learning how to take turns and manipulating tools.
We decorated our own birthday hats!
We planted 'Scarlet Nantes' carrot seeds and learned how to make tiny holes in the soil to tuck the baby seeds in.
We also dug holes and planted some Asian greens, Tat soi and Mizuna. A big thanks to the Zilker Mama that donated all the awesome vegetable and herb transplants from Johnson's Backyard Garden!
The kids love to gently pat the soil after planting, so sweet and loving.
We loved playing with oil pastels! We blended blue and green to create beautiful hues of turquoise using our fingers and sea sponges. It's fascinating how each child's picture was so unique!
We made cloud dough! So simple: mix 8 cups of flour with 1 cup of baby oil (other cooking oil will work too). First make a mountain with the flour and add the oil in a pool on top, then blend for 5 minutes with your hands.
We really enjoyed "making it snow!".
Once the oil is blended the dough can make shapes, here's some "turtles"! The cloud dough is so lovely and soft, this is definitely a sensory experience that we will repeat!
We set out some pictures of birds and collage materials for the kids to create freely with. As the kids noticed all the beautiful colors in the birds they began to match them to the colors of the feathers. This was an excellent example of child-directed learning!
We made pumpkin cupcakes and celebrated birthdays again!
A very creative choo choo train!
These magnet tiles are awesome! They are educational in so many ways: kids learn about geometry, patterning, magnetic principles... imaginative and innovative to build with too. If you don't already have some, put them on your Christmas list!
The kids did an amazing job cooperating to play our parachute games!
These guys played with this car park for a long time! They even made each car a member of the family and included "grandma".
We planted lettuce seeds and watered them in with rain water collected by our wagon.
Circle time and Yoga
Where did everybody's feet go?
We made box choo choo trains and rabbit houses.
On Wednesday we got out the shaving foam! Clean up afterward was fun too!
On Tuesday we made raised salt paintings:
We played with boxes too! We painted them, made box collages, drew a grocery store with all our favorite foods and built a box city. The kids love these open ended creative projects where they come up with the ideas. Thanks so much to all the folks who bought us boxes to play with!
We love using these training chopsticks at lunch to pack in some more fine motor development.
A chicken makes friends at circle time.
We played with contemplative charcoal art. We looked at different shapes of circles in rocks, on shells, in drawings, on mason jars... and then used different tools to blend and smudge the charcoal.
We also cooked up some sparkly green homemade play-dough. The kids especially enjoyed the hard work of kneading the dough
We had a blast in the bouncy house!
Thanks for a wonderful week kids!
We explored shapes, stamps and color. The kids were excited to create with a new artistic media!
We planted lemon grass and pineapple mint in our garden. We loved how easy the soil was to play with after the rain and experiencing the rich scents of the herbs.
We made nature sculptures! Each child bought nature items from home and gathered natural wonders from our back yard to create their own unique piece. It was wonderful to watch the kids delight in the sensory quality of the clay.
Here's a few blurry shots from yoga time!
The kids enjoyed making cucumber flowers for snack, but they all got eaten before we got to the snack table!
On Monday we made blueberry flax muffins for a Zilker Mama who just had a baby! Oh, how we love to bake in the early morning light!
We usually count to 5 to help take turns mixing, today we counted in English, Spanish and German!
We had an apple taste test to discern different qualities of sweet and sour.
Our panel took this taste test quite seriously and made predictions as to which apples would be sweet or sour and voted for their favorites... Fujis won the day!
And then things just got really silly!
The kids discovered that the rain soaked chalk had a different shade and consistency and was fun to draw with.
We made nature sculptures too!
We made fresh pesto from the garden again. We added cooked kabocha squash and collard greens to our pesto sauce and the kids ate it all up!
We experimented with a new water play table...
and with a little team effort and a wheel barrow it turned into a big mud puddle!
And we really enjoyed making new friends!
The intention of this blog is to include the community in our learning process and to inspire families to engage in fun and healthy activities together!