Work It, Own It: Kidz in the Kitchen

I don’t know about you but I have kids that sometimes struggle to eat their meals.  So.  Frustrating.

I don’t really enjoy sitting and reminding my children to eat.  Yeah… less than that, even.  However, I have learned a little trick that I can use from time to time.

Let them do it.

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Pudding Fingerpaint: Crafting With Kids

Ms. Marlene from Bumblebees Family Centre (Next Tuesday’s the vision screening day for your thee-year-old, by the way) has offered up a few of her secret recipes!!  Ms. Marlene is an Early Childhood Educator and mama to three wonderful kids.  We tried it out, at home.  Yummm…

This instant pudding artwork is finger-lickin’ good!

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Little Farmers Petting Zoo

Meg Wallner is Mommy to one,  jewelry-maker, and a freelance writer from Kamloops.

My family and I just visited the Little Farmers Petting Zoo in Westsyde. My daughter, who is 16 months, had a blast! Never had she seen so many different animals that children don’t get to see on a daily basis. There were a variety of exotic birds, like Polish and Bantam chickens, along with regular barnyard chickens, ducks, emus, peacocks and pheasants. Also a sight to see, are the large turkeys, called Bronze Wild turkeys. The animals were rather friendly too, the goats and ducks come right up to the fence, hoping for a treat or two. At one point during our visit to the zoo, one of the goats was in the old car in the goat pen. It was quite comical.

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Homeschooling with a Large Family: One Parent’s Perspective

This post is by KamloopsParents.Com reader, Miranda Brown – Kamloops Mom to 6 children and homeschooling family for 7 years.

I often get asked while I am out with my six children in tow, “How do you do it?” It’s one of those questions that stumps me every time it is asked.  Homeschooling 3 children and having 3 little ones at home brings some very full busy days but wonderful, too. A schedule is one of the best ways I have achieved our homeschooling goals and to help feel encouraged by what we are doing. With a schedule, I have a goal to work toward.  At the same time, homeschooling with many children… the biggest lesson I had to learn was flexibility. Life happens when you are at home.  Spills happen, kids get sick and some days just get hairy.

For us, having some routine for our day brings balance and order. The school-aged children have their routine and the three little ones look to me for what they can do.  Times when I let them “just play” are times when the house gets turned upside down and all the blankets are pulled off the beds and couch cushions dumped (which is great every now and then) and when we are done our schooling I look around and have a ton to clean up.  That just can not happen everyday.  So I have come up with activities I can do with my babies, toddlers, and preschoolers during our school time and still teach the older kids.

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Easy and Delicious Cinnamon Buns: Kidz in the Kitchen

I recently discovered that Superstore sells frozen loaves of white bread.  All you have to do is thaw them and then bake them.  Easy peasy (if you like white bread), right?  Now, we have a favourite family recipe for Monkeybread (sorry, I am going to keep some of my favourites a secret) and it calls for that bread.  In order to make that delicious special-occasion treat for my kids, I bought a package and tossed it in the freezer.  It’s been there for over three months, I think… maybe it’s time for a special occasion you say?  Well.. maybe.  The other day, while I was flipping through my favourite cookbook (Crazy Plates) looking for things that I still hadn’t tried, I came across a recipe for low fat cinnamon buns (yeah right, you say) that called for a loaf of frozen bread dough.  What?  How easy is that?  So, I gave it a whirl, they were delicious and while I’m not going to toss my bread machine (my normal cinnamon bun assistant and bread-making essential) anytime soon, I did want to share it.

My kids enjoyed rolling out the bread dough and mixing (spilling – oh, shucks, someone has to clean that up, right?) the sugar and spreading it onto the dough.  They did a pretty good job, I think.  Plus, my floor got a good kid-cleaning, too (as it was kid-spot-mopped after the mess).

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