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Summer Rerun: Tips for Raising Healthy Eaters

by Gretchen Hofing (originally posted 2010) / Through my work in nutrition education, some of the most common questions I am asked have to do with feeding children, especially those who may be “picky eaters.”  Questions come from parents, grandparents, teachers, childcare providers—you name it. I recently ran across these “research-supported, mother-tested” strategies from behavioral…

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August Food Fun

Crunchy Frozen Bananas from General Mills’ LifeMadeDelicious.ca Cover baking sheet with waxed paper. Peel bananas; cut bananas crosswise in half. Insert wooden stick into cut end of each banana. Roll in yogurt, sprinkle with cereal. Place on baking sheet.Freeze about 1 hour or until firm. Wrap each banana in plastic wrap or foil. Store in…

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August Travel Tips

Will your family be traveling before the official end of summer? Here are some tips and ideas for helping little ones cope. Driving Keeping snacks and activities handy for little ones is always a great idea. Why not use a tacklebox as a unique road trip accessory? (Courtesy DisBoards.com)   Don’t just rely on screen-time…

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Vacations are Great! (most of the time)

By Suzanne Lopez / This past week, our family went on vacation. And this wasn’t just any vacation—this was a vacation covering 20% of the nation’s states in seven days. This was a journey that took us from Michigan to Virginia to Myrtle Beach. Then we traveled west into Georgia and back north to the…

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July Activities and Crafts

  With popsicle sticks and some tissue paper or ribbon, kids can make some star streamers (courtesy HappinessIsHomemade.net). Glue popsicle sticks into a star shape. Paint or decorate them with glitter, stickers, foam shapes or buttons. Then add streamers by gluing ribbon or tissue paper cut into thin strips to the star. A ribbon at…

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July Snacks and Drinks

Here are two great recipes with blueberries. First, a wonderful idea by TwoPeasAndTheirPod.com: blueberry, strawberry & jicama salsa! Eat with chips or use it to top your grilled chicken or fish on the 4th of July. Just mix together the following: 1 cup fresh blueberries 1 cup diced strawberries 1 cup diced jicama 1/3 cup…

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Real-World Outdoor Treasure Hunt

By Cathy Chesher / “I found it!” I yell to my husband who is pawing through a nearby bush. I reach into the hollow log, mentally crossing my fingers that there are no spiders, or worse, inside. I pull out the Tupperware-like container; open it; take note of the trinkets inside; sign the log, then…

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June Snacks

Here are some great snack ideas to keep you and the kids energized for summer vacation! FROZEN FRUIT KABOBS from 100 Days of Real Food. This is a great alternative to popsicles or fudgesicles. Ingredients: wooden Skewers grapes strawberries bananas melted chocolate Instructions: Skewer the fruit and drizzle with chocolate. Freeze on a baking sheet for 1-2…

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June Craft Ideas – Father’s Day

Father’s Day is June 21st, and it is a great idea to have the kids make something special for Dad. Here are some creative ideas to try.   Sandpaper Art T-Shirt: From Alex Nguyen Portraits blog — Have the kids use crayons to color a picture on a large piece of sandpaper. Then a grown-up can…

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Ideas for Sensory Bins

By Tricia Fowler / Children learn best and retain the most when they engage their senses of taste, touch, sight, sound, and smell. Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates your young child’s senses, and this type of play helps children develop cognitively, linguistically, socially, emotionally, and physically. One easy way to engage a child’s…