Nursery Rhymes

We’ve done so many winter related crafts lately that I’m finally getting a bit sick of it, by chance my daughter picked ‘the three little pigs’ book at the library and it was the perfect inspiration for a nursery rhyme themed week.

We read and sung a variety of rhymes but focused on the three little pigs, three little kittens and humpty dumpty.

Three Little Pigs

We had a blast building homes and little pigs with pink dough and a variety of beads, googly eyes, straws and twirled pipe cleaners.

 

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Here are some more ideas, a paper plate pig with googly eyes and an old bottle cap nose, a circle pig, and three little houses (straw, sticks and bricks).

 

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Three Little Kittens

For the three little kittens we did two activities.  The first being a fun craft with a drawn kitten who needs mittens- the children glued the mittens on for the kitten.

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The second we pretended to be kittens hanging our mittens to dry.  For this you will need a length of rope, clothes pins and mittens.  I hung the rope across my kitchen and attached the ends to the cupboard door knobs.  I filled an old coffee tin with mittens and filled the rope with clothes pins.  Grasping the pins and actually attaching the mittens to the rope was quite difficult for the toddlers and so they lost interest pretty fast, but the baby loved pulling all the mittens that I hung off the rope.

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Humpty Dumpty

This rhyme was fun to work with.  We did a few activities where we put humpty together again and the kids seem to enjoy that they could do it though in the rhyme all the kings horses and men could not.

With some old poster board I created egg shapes and then cut them into pieces for a puzzle.  For my group I did two big zig zag cuts to make them easy, you could make many smaller pieces for older children.  We played with them for awhile and then glued them completed to a paper to send home.

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We also had a humpty dumpty snack- he didn’t get put back together this time.  I boiled some eggs and once cooled had my girls draw on faces with sharpie markers.  For lunch the following day I got all the children to break their humpty’s and then peel him and eat him, they found this amusing too.

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Nursery rhymes are such fun whether you are crafting as above or snuggling and reading together.

 

 

 

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Oat and Fruit Breakfast Cookies

Oat and Fruit Breakfast Cookies

We are still preparing for back to school and here is another recipe we’ve whipped up.  I also recently bought some kamut flour and wanted to try it out.

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ingredients;

  • 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup kamut flour or other type
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cin
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar (I would recommend using less or using another sweetener such as honey- I used nothing and the cookie ended up being a little bland)
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup grated apples
  • 2 1/3 cup large flake oats
  • 1/3 cup cranberries or other dried fruit
  • 1/3 cup raisins

Combine the dry ingredients in one bowl, combine the wet and add to the dry, lastly fold in the dried fruit.  Place 1/4 cup of batter for each cookie on a baking sheet- bake at 350 for 17-20 mins.  Should make around 16 cookies.  Enjoy!

Banana Cookies (flour, egg and sugar free)

Banana Cookies

A few situations led to us making these delicious little cookies.  For one we had lots of ripe bananas, two its time to get ready for back to school and three it was a rainy day.  This recipe is very easy to make with your little ones, mashing the bananas, and pouring and mixing the ingredients are easy ways the children can help out.

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Here are the ingredients;

  • 4 bananas
  • 1 tsp cin
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup chopped dates
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 cup oats

we also added in some chopped apricots, dark chocolate, and pumpkin seeds

Mash the bananas and add all the other ingredients, put tbl sized blobs onto a greased pan, bake @ 350 for about 12 mins

They are especially delicious warm but are great at any temp, they also freeze very well.

Pop them into your child’s lunch, they are the perfect snack for school and are allergen free.

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Ocean`s Breakfast Smoothie

Ocean`s Breakfast Smoothie

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For a few years now my husband and I have been enjoying a green smoothie most days for breakfast.  It really helps us start our day right and is fast and delicious.  My daughters aren’t huge fans of the greenness of them and so together we created a smoothie they could enjoy.

Ocean`s favorite is banana, plain yogurt and honey but due to a recent explosion of eczema we’ve switched to a dairy free option and have added in some other ingredients to help out her skin;

  • banana
  • frozen/fresh berries
  • tbl hemp hearts
  • tbl flax oil
  • small portion of greens powder or handful of fresh greens (spinach etc)
  • unsweetened almond milk or plain yogurt (enough to get the blender moving)

You can adjust the amounts for personal taste and of course add in different fruits (avocado is great) or veggies (cucumbers are good in smoothies).

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For the girl who only wants buttered toast in the morning this is a great addition to her breakfast, give it a try its pretty addictive.

 

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Healthy Chocolate  Chip Cookies

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So what makes them healthy you ask?  Chickpeas.  A few years back I received “Deceptively Delicious” by Jessica Seinfeld as a gift and have since found ways to hide veggies/fruits/beans etc in my meals.

The book has many wonderfully deceptive recipes and though I like my children to try foods as a whole (i.e. not hidden in their meals) I also like to squeeze in extra goodness when I can.

I’ve altered the original recipe to suit my needs and it is as follows;

  • few tbl of maple syrup or honey
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 15 oz can of chick peas
  • 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips (though 1 cup would be plenty)
  • 2 cups wholewheat flour
  • 1/2 cup old fashion oats
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cups raisins, nuts (optional)

preheat oven to 350F

blend the honey, butter, eggs, vanilla, chick peas

combine the dry ingredients in a bowl

add the wet to the dry, fold in the chocolate chips, use your hands to form a dough if needed

drop a tablespoonful of dough on a cookie sheet (greased depending on the type), flatten with a fork and bake about 11-13 mins.

 

enjoy!!

Sweet Potato Pancakes

Sweet Potato Pancake

Pancakes are a favorite around my home and so today I made a batch of sweet potato pancakes for my day care lunch.

Over the years I’ve added a few recipes together and have come up with this;

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup sweet potato puree (or squash, pumpkin, or 1/2 cup beet)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 veg oil
  • 1 Tbl baking powder
  • 1 Tbl sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

put it all in a container with a tight lid and shake till mixed and no clumps, heat up a pan to med heat, add enough oil to coat pan

laddle a few pancakes into the pan, after they start to bubble and are brown on the under side flip, wait another minute or two and done

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I usually make a double batch and freeze three or four pancakes per bag, they make a fast breakfast for the girls before school (just toss in the toaster oven)

Ideas for Toppings/Sides

  • apple sauce
  • yoghurt
  • cottage cheese
  • nut butters/ jam
  • maple syrup/honey

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enjoy!

Canada Day Popsicles

We have been getting ready for Canada Day and our first activity is the Canada Day Popsicle.

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you’ll need;

  • raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • orange juice
  • bananas
  • plain yoghurt
  • honey

 

blend about 2 cups of raspberries with 1/4cup orange juice, fill your popsicle molds about half way and then freeze for a few hours

next blend 2 bananas with 1/2 cup of plain yoghurt and a good squeeze of honey (more or less depending on your tastes)

add the banana blend to the rest of the posicle mold, I filled mine too full with the raspberry and so I couldn’t insert the sticks (just use a knife to push into the frozen section to make space for the stick)

 

Delicious and nutritious, perfect for a Canada Day celebration, enjoy!!