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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Easy Omelette Muffins

Easy Omelette Muffins

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This is a really quick and easy recipe to make and also a great way to get some veggies into your kids.  Getting my girls to eat all their veggies can be a bit of a chore sometimes, my eldest in particular won’t eat much more then broccoli, carrot and cucumber.  This muffin takes the idea of an omelette and puts it in muffin form, which is good if you aren’t good at making traditional omelettes and because of the cheese the veggies aren’t really that noticeable.

The ingredients can be whatever veggies you have on hand.  This time around I used cauliflower and spinach, but I’ve also used peppers. broccoli and asparagus.  Really you can put in whatever you want.

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For the three little ones and myself I used 5 eggs (which made 6 muffins).  Decide what veggies you are using and dice them pretty small, you will need 1-2 tablespoons of veggies per muffin cup.  Grate some cheese if desired, you will need 1-2 tablespoons per cup as well.  Scramble the eggs and add any spices you wish, I stuck with salt and pepper but some fine herbs would be delicious too.  If you’re using metal trays I imagine you should grease them, I use silicone.  Spoon an even amount of eggs into each cup and then add the toppings and stir.

Place the muffin tray in an oven at 350 and bake for about 25 minutes, I would check periodically after 15 minutes with a toothpick to ensure they don’t get overdone.

Toss them on a plate with some toast or more veggie slices for a quick, nutritious, kid friendly lunch.

Loaded Veggie/Fruit Muffin

Loaded Veggie/Fruit Muffin

With the fall coming I’ve felt the need to bake, I’m not sure if it has to do with school starting or the abundance of fresh apples or the change in weather but we we’ve been baking up a storm here.  This recipe is one I found in a parenting magazine years ago but have recently baked a few different versions of, however its made its a huge hit and loaded with nutrients.

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The original recipe looks like this;

  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup apple sauce
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 cup grated zucchini
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt

My two variations are as follows – first I omitted the sugar and replaced it with a few tbl maple syrup, add 1 tbl molasses, I also omitted the apple sauce and carrots and replaced them with grated apples and a few tbl of plain yogurt, lastly we sprinkled some sunflower seeds on top.

The second variation is similar- again omit the sugar and replace with a few tbl of maple syrup, omit the apple sauce and replace with a few mashed bananas, and last we added a few raisins.

Both versions were delicious as is the original.

Mix all the wet ingredients together, mix the dry in a different bowl and then fold it into the wet.  Bake at 400 F for 15 mins in mini muffin pan, for large pan try closer to 18-20 mins.  My oven seems a bit wonky though and so I check the muffins earlier then this, closer to 10 and 15 mins.

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I baked these with my daycare children and they had a blast mixing, pouring, whisking the egg, smelling the spices and of course eating the muffins.