Back To School Fuel

School is back in session! Whether you are sending your tike off to pre-school, half-day kindergarden or 2nd grade you want to make sure they are ready to start the day. You don’t have to make a gourmet breakfast to fill up with the essential nutrients for prime learning, you just have to get creative. Check out some healthy, fun (and easy!) ideas below!

Chocolate-Peanut-Butter-Mug-Cake

Mug Cakes – What child wouldn’t want cake for breakfast? And guess what the best part is? It is filled with whole grains and protein with no added sugars so their brain is ready to work! Perfect for those hectic mornings we all have, it can also be taken on the go!

Try this chocolate nut butter mug cake (YUM!). Mix the following ingredients together:

  • 3 tablespoons oat flour
  • 1 tablespoon organic cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon almond/coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • PINCH of salt
  • 1 egg white OR 1 tablespoon coconut oil (melted)
  • 3 tablespoons almond/soy/coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon of your favorite nut butter

Once mixed, poor into greased mug (I usually spray some coconut oil) and microwave for 1-1:30 min. Eat out of the mug or slide it out onto a plate to make it fancy. Feel free to top with chopped nuts, berries and/or some greek yogurt!

30078_banana_english_muffin_620

English Muffin Breakfast Pizza – A great way for your kids to create their own breakfasts! Toast an Ezekiel english muffin and top with whatever their little hearts desire! To get even more flavor, feel free to pop these bad boys in the oven until they are toasted to your liking! Some ideas to get you started are below.

  • Peanut Butter, Bananas, and a drizzle of honey
  • Cream Cheese, Apricot Reserves, and Almonds
  • Nutella, Strawberries, and Raspberries
  • Greek Yogurt, Blueberries, Peaches and a sprinkle of Cinnamon
  • Flavor Burst! Avoacado, Tomato, and Arugula topped with crumbled Feta and a touch of balsamic glaze

What are some fun ways that you play up breakfast in the morning? Let us know!

Written by: Leana Varvella

Photos: thenovicechefblog.com, chow.com

Father’s Day Activities

109864249

With Father’s Day only a few days away, what better way to show Dad how much he is loved than by spending time with him and playing games.  Here are a few games and activities the entire family can play and can be done with kids of all ages!!

Competition With Dad

If Dad is just a bit competitive, but does his best to play nicely with the kids, on Father’s Day tell him it’s okay to play to win. Any game is fair play and whether it’s an intense game of checkers, chess, tennis, or soccer, the only requirement is that the kids are good losers when Dad does his victory dance.

Have A Picnic With Dad

If Dad never gets enough of the great outdoors, plan an outing to one of his beloved nature spots. Pack a picnic that includes Dad’s favorite sandwiches and side dishes. Remember to bring along a blanket large enough for the whole gang, and plan a few fun games for when you’re done eating such as catch, frisbee, or simply a good game of tag and tickle.

Cook With Dad

Do the kids enjoy mixing things up in the kitchen? If so, plan a cooking project that dad can do with them. You supply the ingredients, they make the mess, and you do the clean-up when they’re done. If you’re lucky, they may let you sample their creations. Good cooking projects for young children include dipping pretzels in melted chocolate, preparing a cookie dough mix and dropping the cookies on a baking sheet, mixing up a batch of pancakes and letting Dad wield the mighty spatula, creating homemade play dough which is a fun project to mix and play with after they’re done.

I Love Dad Game
The I Love Dad game brings the family together for a word game that challenges players and makes Father’s Day special for dad.

What You’ll Need:
Dictionary (optional)

Gather your family members together. Dad will be the audience. The first player says, “I love Dad with an A because he is so Athletic” (or whatever nice thing you want to say about Dad that starts with A.)
The next player repeats what the first player says and then says, “I love Dad with a B because he is so Brave” (or another word that starts with a B.)
Players keep repeating what has already been said and adding to it until they have gone all the way to Z. (When you get to the letter X, you can cheat a little and say something like “because he is so X-tra great.”)
You might want to have a dictionary handy, just in case. This will surely be one of the best shows Dad has ever seen.

Homemade Finger Paints!!

200463903-003

Looking for a new craft idea for the little ones?!?  Why not get creative by making your own finger paints!  Since they are made with corn starch, they are also gluten-free for those with allergies!!  Even better, let the kids help you determine the colors so they can have their own custom paints!!

  • 3T Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Cornstarch
  • 2 Cups Water

Combine all in saucepan and warm until it thickens.  Cool and pour into containers.  Add food coloring of your choice and mix well.  Grab the paint brushes and have a fun day of painting with the kids!!

What Better Way To Enjoy Play Time Outdoors Than With A Nature Color Hunt?!?

97936807

With the warm weather finally here, our little ones want nothing more than to play outside most of the day.  You can use this time to turn play time into a learning experience as well by having a nature color hunt!!  The tray is easy to make and can be used several times! While children enjoy learning about colors in books, when they are actually able to apply their knowledge to real things that they can touch, it helps them retain the information!  Here is what you need to do.

1. Take an ice cube tray or egg carton and then take scissors to cute small squares of different colored construction paper or you can take acrylic paint and do the same thing to the bottom of each section in the carton.

2. For younger kids choose colors that you know they have a chance of finding a match. You can use primary colors that are easy to find outside and for the older children, you can add a few colors that might be more challenging.

3. Start finding things to match. Start off by choosing a color with your child and both go looking, if they have a hard time finding a match find one, and go to it but don’t announce you have found it, simply help guide them. If they still can’t pick up the object and have them match it in the tray.

4. Continue working together or if they prefer to work independently, just observe and see if there are specific colors they tend to have difficulty with so that you can work with them after.

5. After you have made all your matches, discuss what objects they found, what they are used for, how they feel, how they look, etc.  Turn the nature hunt into a true learning experience for everyone!

Rainbow Wind Catchers!!

rainbow wind catcher

It is a rainy day here in New York, so what better way to brighten everyones spirits than with a rainbow wind catcher!  They are not only easy to make but it also allows your little ones to get creative and is a great way to welcome spring!!

Supplies:

  • paper plates
  • paint
  • glue sticks
  • a stapler
  • streamers

How To Make Them:

  1. Cut paper plates in half. Have your children paint both halves of the paper plate (the backside works best).
  2. Allow them to dry.
  3. Cut streamers in half if your child decides to paint smaller rainbow lines on the plate so that when you add the color of streamer under the color of paint they line up or let them decide where they want to place them to create their own masterpiece!
  4. Glue streamers to the inside of both halves of the plates. Then staple both plates together.
  5. Tie a knot in a loop of yarn and then staple it in when putting the plates together so that you can hang it!

Source: http://www.aprettycoollife.com