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Guest Blogging @ What to Expect When You Are Expecting

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A couple of months ago, I was invited to write a post for the very popular What to Expect When You are Expecting website. They wanted me to write something for their “Real Mom Stories” series, so this isn’t one of my usual kid’s activity posts. Visit the site to read: The Tragedy that […]

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Cooking with Kids: Easy-Peasy Popsicles

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Sweet Pea is 6 years old.

 

From: I often freeze those tubes of yogurt for Sweet Pea. One day, when she asked me to make them, we were out of tubes, but had some yogurt cups, so I offered to try to make popsicles out of those instead and they turned out great!

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Using a Gravy Separator (and an Introduction to Density)

Gravy Separator (and introduction to the density of liquids) via Shannon's Tot School

Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

Intro: This is a super easy practical life lesson with a good dose of science. During the holidays, Sweet Pea saw my gravy separator and wanted to know what it was, so I set up this quick little activity for her on the spot.

Prerequisite: Your tot should be […]

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DIY Braiding Box

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Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

From: Lately, Sweet Pea has been very interested in braiding. There is a braiding board in her classroom at school that she often talks about which inspired me to create a version for her to use at home.

Material:

Cardboard box. Duct Tape. 3 Different colors of […]

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Cooking with Kids: Banana Ice Cream

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Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

From: I first saw this cool (ha!) and extremely healthy snack idea at The Kitchn.

Material:

Very ripe bananas. Cutting Board. Table knife. Small ziplock baggie. Milk (optional). A food processor, blender, magic bullet, etc. Toppings & Mix-Ins: 1/4 tsp vanilla extract, 2 TBS chocolate chips, 1 TBS […]

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Cooking with Kids: Peanut Butter Balls

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Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

From: I found this very kid friendly (and almost healthy) recipe in Family Fun Magazine. I have modified the recipe a bit for clarity and because I thought that original size of the peanut butter balls was too large.

Material:

Peanut butter ball recipe. […]

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20 Ways Your Preschooler Can Help In The Kitchen

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I call 5:30pm the “Witching Hour” in our house because I am usually up to my elbows in raw hamburger, my husband is texting me that he will be home late, the dog is scratching at the back door to be let out, and Sweet Pea is invariably whining about some article of […]

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Cooking with Kids: Tuna Peppers

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Sweet Pea is 4 years old.

From: This healthy recipe from my Great Aunt Grace is great for little hands.

Material:

6 oz canned / pouch light tuna. 20-30 Mild Whole Peppadew Peppers (The original recipe actually calls for Tennessee cheese peppers, but those are impossible to locate in our part […]

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Tea Party (and a Tea Giveaway!) (CLOSED)

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Sweet Pea is 4 years old.

From: Sweet Pea loves a good tea party, however, I partly posted about this activity so I could give away a bag of vanilla tea. 🙂

Material:

A tea set (real, toy or imaginary).

Procedure:

Help your tot set the table (or floor) for their tea […]

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Introduction to Sewing

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Sweet Pea was 46 months old.

From: This activity was inspired by a section on sewing in John Bowman’s book Montessori at Home.

Prerequisite: Your tot should be very good at lacing before you introduce him to sewing.

Material:

Shelf Liner. Embroidery Floss Sewing Hoop Dull needle. (We found a package of plastic beading […]

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