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Cooking with Kids – How to Series Part 2

Cooking with Kids – How to Series Part 2

Why and When: Cooking with Kids

As you start cooking with kids there will be moments when your child is not actively engaged and you need to be prepared with something for them to do while you work on the adult steps of the recipe.  This part of the series addresses why and when you have the children in the kitchen.  In those moments, then have them work on this list of cleanupCleaning up as you go is a very important step to teach children so they don’t create a hurricane kitchen mess that has to be cleaned up later- a job noone wants!
Why have your child in the room with you? So you can teach them, have quality time with them and protect them.  Learning to cook is a life skill that incorporates Science, Math, and Reading comprehension.   Whether you are homeschooling full time or part time (how I label parents who are involved after school hours!) cooking with kids provides an excellent teaching time and life skill.  Teaching them includes answering their questions.    If you have not had your children in the kitchen with you, then cooking with kids will allow opportunities to test your patience.  You need to answer the many questions that are sure to come.  If you don’t know the answer then look it up and even in doing so you will teach your child to seek out the answers needed! Online tools such as this conversion chart are great for printing and keeping handy while cooking with kids.   The questions may not be the only thing you need to be prepared for…my kitchen is super small.  I have to be careful not to trip over or bump into my children when they are with me in the kitchen so I have to be more aware of my surroundings and slow down a bit.  So, I can only have my children in the kitchen when they know what they are doing and or I am able to slow down my meal prep in order to accomodate them.

Curious Chef 17 piece measure and prep kit 

Both you and your child should be acclimated to having one another around in the kitchen before you start cooking with kids!

Read the  first Cooking with kids- How to series 1

Make sure you have the ingredients for these cereal bars in your kitchen so you are ready for a cooking with kids beginner recipe!
September 16, 2013

Fall Round-Up: APPLES

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Together with my friends from Mavens of Money we bring you our hottest posts this fall. This week we’re sharing all about APPLES.

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Cooking with Kids Pudding Cookies

Cooking with Kids Pudding Cookies

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Many flavors of pudding lends to a very versatile Cooking with Kids Pudding cookies recipe

Ever buy a bunch of something for pennies then wonder what am I going to do with this? Well, I actually did the opposite! When I saw the pudding on sale 3 for $.25 at Dollar General– I bought them knowing we had this super easy quick recipe.  This unique recipe only has 3 ingredients.  This Cooking with kids pudding cookie recipe is easy enough for your child to make.  The cookies are great to take to a cookout, ‘potluck dinner’, or tailgating so you can showcase your child’s efforts!

Use this Cooking for Kids Pudding Cookies recipe with your children!

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Having Fun with Summer Learning for Kids

Summer Learning for Kids

Summer Learning for Kids

Last year I had the pleasure of assisting a very fun first grade class. This year I was able to move up with them and assist them in second grade as well. I was totally shocked those first weeks of second grade! We would work on something I knew the students learned last year and it was like they never learned it. Then as a parent of 3 I was worried. What did my children forget? What could I have done so that my children don’t have to struggle so much? As the year went on I made notes of fun ways children of any age can keep their school skills up through the summer. Just a daily 15 minutes of any one of these summer learning for kids tips will make such a difference for your child when the school year comes back around.Continue reading

Free Summer Activities for Kids: Flying Kites!

Free Summer Activities for Kids – Flying Kites!

Need ideas for free summer activities for kids? Follow my family as we explore some of the free (or almost free) things to do this summer.

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As I mentioned in my last post, I live just a few miles from St. Augustine, also known as the “Nation’s Oldest City.” One of the most beloved spots in St. Augustine for both locals and tourists alike is the Castillo de San Marcos, commonly referred to as “The Fort.” This National Monument includes 20.5 acres and is the oldest masonry and only surviving 17th century fort in North America. It includes a 40-foot moat and double drawbridge, and the walls are uniquely constructed from coquina, a limestone formed from compacted shells and coral. For a great and inexpensive history lesson, you should definitely explore the fort – it’s free for kids and $7 for adults. You’ll see re-enactors, weapons demonstrations, and exhibits about colonial life.

But in my opinion, the best part of the fort is the green surrounding its exterior, which is open and free to the public. From the outer walls of the fort, you can see a spectacular view of St. Augustine and the Matanzas River. It’s a popular picnic spot, and on any given day you may see sunbathing tourists, dog-walking locals, and even the occasional wedding. We’ve enjoyed many family picnics here, and many years ago it was even the spot of one of my very first dates with my husband.

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And our new favorite activity to do there is flying kites! A couple of months ago, my husband spotted a beautiful, well-made unicorn kite at Sam’s Club for only $8! My girls absolutely love unicorns and couldn’t wait to fly their new kite. The Castillo de San Marcos is an ideal spot for kite flying – it’s a great, wide open space, and the high walls and adjacent river almost guarantee windy conditions. We’ve been out there to fly our kite several times now, and my girls are getting quite good at it. And my husband recently picked up two more sturdy kites from Sam’s Club – this time on sale for $5 each.

For only $8, we are able to enjoy the fresh air and gorgeous view – and create priceless family memories!

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What are your favorite Free Summer Activities for Kids? Please share in the comments below!

Planning to travel out of town this summer? Check out our Tips for Traveling with Kids HERE and HERE!

And find out why it’s so important to include educational activities in your summer fun HERE!

TOPIC: Free Summer Activities for Kids

Free Summer Activities for Kids

Free Summer Activities for Kids

Need ideas for free summer activities for kids? Follow my family as we explore some of the free (or almost free) things to do this summer.

free summer activities

I am the always proud, often frazzled mom of two active, spirited little girls. And like many one-income families (and many two-income families too, for that matter) summer camp is just not in the budget. So every summer, my job is to find fun ways to keep us busy – without breaking the bank. And whenever possible, I try to sneak a little education in there too! I’ve gotten pretty good at it, and I thought I’d share some of this summer’s budget-friendly activities with you. And I’d really love to hear your ideas, too – after all, other moms are our best resource!

My family is fortunate to live in an area that’s rich with state and national history. We live just a few miles from St. Augustine, which is commonly known as the “Nation’s Oldest City.” As local residents, we get free or discounted admission to many local attractions. Last week, we decided to pay a visit to the Fountain of Youth, a 15-acre waterfront park that commemorates Ponce de Leon’s discovery of Florida in 1513. And with free parking and free admission for local residents, it was the perfect spot for an afternoon excursion.

There are Native American exhibits, loads of ancient archeology, a cannon demonstration, and a planetarium. But we went for one reason – the peacocks! Big, beautiful peacocks roam freely and will eat straight from your hand! My older daughter wrote a report about peacocks during the school year, so this was a great opportunity for hands-on learning. We pulled out her report to find out what they eat, and we went through our pantry to find loads of snacks for our peacock friends (they liked the peanuts, Cheerios, and Wheat Chex, but they didn’t care for the dried apricots and the oats were hard for them to pick up with their beaks). We also talked about the life cycle of peacocks and were lucky enough to see a mama (peahen) and her baby (peachick).

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This is just one of the freebies offered in my area to local residents. There are historical sites like this all over the country in towns both big and small, many with similar discounts for residents of the area. Check your local newspaper, free publications, and blogs that cater to your specific area to learn about opportunities close to you. Explore our beautiful country this summer – maybe even for free!

What are your favorite Free Summer Activities for Kids? Please share in the comments below!

Planning to travel out of town this summer? Check out our Tips for Traveling with Kids HERE and HERE!

And find out why it’s so important to include educational activities in your summer fun HERE!

TOPIC: Free Summer Activities for Kids