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Witches’ Hats Cookies

Witches’ Hats Cookies

I saw these adorable witch hat cookies on Pinterest but the link just led back to a photograph. As far as I can tell, the photo I saw originated from Explore. Dream. Discover. but I couldn’t track down any specific instructional post. Pin It We made these to go along with our chocolate pretzel bats for my daughter’s Halloween play date. I let the kids make them so they aren’t perfectly even but I still think they … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Featured, History and Culture, Home Arts

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Bats: Halloween Snack

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Bats: Halloween Snack

My daughter is very into “themes.” We were discussing a play date and I mentioned that we would have some Halloween crafts for her friends. “What about snacks?” I had been thinking fruit salad and cheese puffs. “Can’t we make Halloween snacks?” So, we decided on chocolate-covered pretzel bats and spider cracker sandwiches, despite last year’s banana ghost debacle. Chocolate-covered pretzels are a favorite treat around here. We also enjoy learning about bats–the kids are fascinated … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Featured, History and Culture, Home Arts, Taste

Blackberry Jammin’

Blackberry Jammin’

Have you been enjoying the summer? I cannot believe it is almost fall! We were able to join the tot cooking classes at Garden of Eve this summer and made blackberry jam. I love the whole fields-to-table experience as it gives the kids an idea of where we get our food. It is also a wonderful insight into the how people lived in a time before supermarkets–or refrigeration. Pin It The kids were able to: 1. Pick the blackberries. Pin … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), All Ages, Ecology, Featured, Home Arts, Summer, Taste

Pasta Pasta- homemade pasta making

Pasta Pasta- homemade pasta making

Pin It   I absolutely love when I find the opportunity to turn a chore or fun activity into a science lesson.  I was making some homemade pasta at a cooking class when I the light bulb in my head went off.  This is the perfect lesson for the kids! We had a cooking class, math lesson and science lesson rolled into one. My two older children ages 3 and 6 eagerly went to work on this … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Featured, Home Arts, Mathematics, Science, Taste, Touch

Patriotic Ice Pops

Patriotic Ice Pops

Pin It Nothing quite cools during hot summer days like an ice pop. We love our Tovolo Star Ice Pop Molds and wanted to try to make red, white, and blue patriotic Popsicles. The challenge is a natural, non-toxic blue food dye and, after much experimenting, came up with this recipe: Ingredients one ripe banana 6-8 large strawberries a quarter cup of blueberries (optional) chilled lemonade 4 oz cup of banana or vanilla yogurt honey or sugar (just for the blue layer) red cabbage Directions: 1. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Home Arts, Summer, Taste

Live Chat with Jessie Hartland, author of Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child.

Live Chat with Jessie Hartland, author of Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child.

Pin It I hope you will join the Random House Children’s Books Read and Play Community tonight (June 4, 9pm EST) for a Live Chat with Jessie Hartland, author of Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child. My daughter loves this book and I cannot wait to hear more about the author’s process! If you cannot make the chat, feel free to leave a question below and we’ll make sure to ask it during the … Read entire article »

Filed under: 6-8 (Early Elementary), Home Arts

How Sweet it Is: Maple Sugaring

How Sweet it Is: Maple Sugaring

Each year we visit a local family farm for their Maple Sugaring demonstration. What a hands-on (and tasty) way to learn about Native American and Colonial culture and history, chemistry, the weather, and ecology! We followed the maple sugaring process from start to finish. First, we learned a bit about the sugar maple (which is so important that New York, Vermont, Wisconsin, and West Virginia share it as their state tree). Farmer Bob gave a talk on how … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), All Ages, Bodily-kinesthetic, Ecology, Featured, History and Culture, Home Arts, Logical-Mathematical, Science, Spring, Taste, Weather, Winter

Easy, Edible Sugar Skulls (Calavera) for Dia de Los Muertos

Easy, Edible Sugar Skulls (Calavera) for Dia de Los Muertos

Today, we made easy, edible calaveras for Dia de los Muertos with the kids.  Traditional Mexican Sugar Skulls for Dia de los Muertos are time-intensive handicrafts. Although most would technically be edible, you probably would not want to eat them. Since I have young children who are learning about Latin American culture and Spanish language with their Latino friends, I wanted to find a way to make the sugar akulls simple enough for the kids. Plus, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Art, Featured, History and Culture, Home Arts

How to Make Banana Ghosts (or “Learn from my #CraftFail”)

How to Make Banana Ghosts (or “Learn from my #CraftFail”)

Last week, I promised the kids we would make Banana Ghosts. I bought my white chocolate and bananas and chocolate chips. Pin It I cannot recall where I first saw them but I had made chocolate covered fruit and pretzels before and so I did not do any research before diving in. Big mistake. At least you can learn from my #craftfail because at the end I will tell you what finally worked! I am not particularly crafty. No, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Featured, Home Arts, Taste

Criss Cross Applesauce

Criss Cross Applesauce

We went apple-picking and have two pecks of apples–and now the kids know what we mean when we sing “a bushel and a peck”? So, we made some applesauce and I think we’ll make baked apples and apple crumble and possibly some apple muffins. This is a great addition to our study of apples as well as a prelude to the (very basic) colonial lifeways studies we do in November. I need to get a canner, though, so … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Fall, Featured, Home Arts, Taste