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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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Scrubbing Appliances

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Sweet Pea is 4 years old.

From: One day when I was cleaning the kitchen, Sweet Pea begged to help me. I found a spray bottle and a cloth and showed her how to wipe down the appliances.

Material:

Cloth. Spray bottle of water.

Procedure:

Show your tot how to aim the spray […]

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Cherry Pitting

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Sweet Pea is 4 years old.

From: Given the opportunity, I think I might be able to eat my weight in cherries. They happen to be in season around here right now so when I saw this cherry pitter at the grocery store, I thought cherry pitting would make a great activity for Sweet […]

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Shoe Polishing

Sweet Pea is 4 years old.

From: I first read about shoe polishing as a traditional Montessori activity in Maja Pitamic’s excellent book Teach Me To Do It Myself.

Material:

Uncolored shoe polish (We used beeswax sealer from The Walking Company, Montessori Services sells a natural shoe conditioner, and For Small Hands has a […]

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Portioning Nuts

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Sweet Pea is 37 months old.

From: I love these new Emerald Cocoa Roast Almonds and I bought a huge tub of them from Sam’s Club. However, if I let myself eat them straight out of the jar, I could devour my entire days worth of calories in one sitting. Faced with such […]

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Folding a Washcloth

Sweet Pea is 26 months old.

From: This was another activity from the book Teach Me To Do It Myself by Maja Pitamic. Sweet Pea likes to unfold everything help me fold the laundry so when I saw this activity I thought it would be great for her.

Materials:

Sharpie […]

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Unloading the Dishwasher

Sweet Pea is 26 months old.

From: This was an activity created out of desperation because Sweet Pea wanted to be so involved every morning when I unloaded the dishwasher. She liked to roll the racks in and out, hunt for sharp objects such as knives and vegetable peelers among the utensils and […]

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