Aug 26

Taco Truck Lunch Box

Mackenzie & William eating their tacos

Mackenzie & William eating their tacos

I have subscribed this year to Kidstir, a cookbook type club just for kids.  Each month we get a new kit with recipes, kitchen gadgets, and this month, spices to make tacos and guacamole.  There was a download for a cute taco box to print and I let the children decorate them and cut them out and assemble them. That was fun but in addition they got to fill out menu selections for their tacos and help mash up avocados.  I put their tacos in the boxes and called out orders like a taco truck chef. The children got a kick out of it.  We did this before Mackenzie and William went off to kindergarten so it was a nice taco send off party.

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Jul 23

Splash Factory Grand Prairie

Today another Mother and I took 7 children to the Splash Factory here in Grand Prairie. It is a wonderful water venue and is dirt cheap.  It is interactive and there are no bodies of water, mostly just fountains coming out of the ground and through hoops and about every 30 seconds, out of a pelicans mouth.  The children had a wonderful time.

Jul 15

Books I Love

I am a connoisseur of children’s books.  I have a lot of them and I am always buying new ones.  If anyone EVER wants a list of best children’s books, just ask me, I’ll try to limit it to about 30 but am easily able to go way over that. One author I recently became aware of was John Rocco.  He has illustrated books  for the likes of Whoopi Goldberg and Rick Riordan’s multi-million copy Percy Jackson & The Olympians.  His illustrations are phenomenal!  My favorite of the ones I currently have is Moonpowder.  It’s a wordy book for the really young ones but the pictures captivate the preschool age. After I read the story when the kiddos lay down for their naps I sprinkled my own homemade moon powder on them for sweet dreams.  Here’s a sample of the book.

Jul 10

Exciting New Cookbook & Recipes

I have subscribed to Kidstir, a cookbook subscription service geared to children.  I love it because they have healthy recipes the children can make.  They start by sending you a cookbook and then every month send several new recipes along with some neat little kitchen gadgets. This month is making healthy beverages.  We made our own orange fizzy pop.

Jul 02

New Musical Instruments

I found on good old Craig’s list the other day a full sized electronic keyboard so I decided to get it for the children. It’s pretty neat in that if they get to the point they want to learn to read the music it has a display along with proper hand placement for the keys.  Right now they are just enjoying playing it.  They were doing some of the stuff our music teacher has taught them about fast and slow beat and high and low notes.

Jun 26

No Not More Rain!

Well today it is Thursday and it is the 1st day this week it has not rained.  And by rain I mean RAIN, as in about 3 inches in the last few days, at least.  So you get creative in bringing out the “Rainy Day Toys”.  Play dough is always a good rainy day medium to bring out. They can play for hours with play dough. They roll out pancakes, hot dogs, peas, you name it.  LaNiya was thinking cool thoughts, she made a snowman.

Jun 16

Splash Time 2014

Well after a few rain outs we have officially started our splash time for summer.  It’s one of the ways you can tolerate the Texas heat  and have fun.

Jun 09

No Not Rain

What do you do when it’s pouring outside and you just all got back together after a weeks vacation. This is how we chase away the rainy day blues.

Jun 09

Fingerpainting Is Fun

We love to fingerprint here at daycare and now even the youngest ones, which are 21 months, can join in the fun.

May 13

Making Homemade Pasta

One of the favorite cooking experiences for the children is making homemade pasta.  I have a pasta machine and they measure and add the ingredients and get to watch it mix and then extrude, which is always the word of the day when we do this. They then get to cut the pasta at (hopefully) the appropriate length with a butter knife.  Today Charles added the karate  HiYaa.… to it so that will now be a part of cutting the pasta I’m sure.

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