September Back-To-School Food Ideas

Need some ideas for filling those lunchboxes or finding healthy snacks for after-school time? How about a batch of Lunchbox Muffins (from Melissa Clark of the NY Times), jam-packed with fruits and veggies but sweet and filling enough to be a hit with kids. Ingredients 1 & 1/8 cups whole-wheat pastry flour 1 teaspoon baking soda…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

May: Mother’s Day Cooking Fun

Little ones love to help in the kitchen, and what better way to show Mom you love her by making her a Mother’s Day breakfast treat?       This Blueberry Mug Muffin by Budget Bytes is a single-serving made in the microwave, but I am guessing you might want to make more than one! All you…

May Crafts – Memorial Day and Parades

With all the flags out for Memorial Day, what a great opportunity to talk to kids about our country’s flag. This craft from Mama’s Nook is a nice way to allow a toddler to create their own flag. Simply start with a large rectangle of construction paper as a base. Pre-cut stripes of red and…

April Activities & Crafts

Show children the ‘magic’ of plants by letting them see how a seed sprouts and grows. Place a few bean seeds in a plastic bag with a damp paper towel or a couple of damp cotton balls. Tape to a window and watch them grow over the course of a week! Maybe this will inspire…