Racecar Apple Snack

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Fun, healthy, and delicious. What’s not to like about making snacks into crafts?

Recently, I’ve been having a lot of fun combining snack time and craft time.  Because, hey, what’s more fun than snacks and crafts, right?!  It’s been fun turning our snacks into kids’ crafts.  I really like the way these apple slice race cars turned out.  I can’t take credit for this idea, though, as that goes to Cristi from Bent on Better Lunches.  I did think I was being pretty clever when I used string cheese for the wheels, although, it really didn’t look as cute as the grapes.

What You Need to Make Race Car Apple Snacks

  • Apple
  • Grapes and/or String Cheese
  • Toothpicks

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Fun Racecar Snack Craft Supplies

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Stick two toothpicks through each of your apple slices.

 

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Cut your grapes in half to make wheels for your race car.

 

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We also sliced some string cheese to make tires for our race car snack.

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Affix your wheels to the toothpicks, and you’ve got an awesome kids’ craft that they can eat!

Finger Painted Apple

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Finger painting is a lot of fun for children … but it also can be a great learning tool. I love finger painting because it can be enjoyed by a wide span of age groups! It helps foster creativity, and develop fine motor skills. The kiddos had a great time getting messy!!

Materials:

  • Finger Painted Apple Pattern
  • Card stock paper
  • Clear contact paper
  • Scissors
  • Red, yellow or green finger paint
  • Crayons

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Instructions:

  1. Print finger painted apple pattern on paper to use as a template.
  2. Cut a sheet of clear contact paper to fit over the card stock paper. Use the template to cut the apple shape from the clear contact paper, being careful to keep the surrounding contact paper intact.
  3. Set the apple image aside and peel the backing from the remaining contact paper. There should be an apple shaped hole in the center. Stick the contact paper onto the card stock paper.
  4. Paint the card stock with red, yellow or green finger paint.
  5. Remove the contact paper to reveal the apple shape.
  6. Use crayons to add a stem and leaf to the top of the apple.

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Cognitive Skills-Shamrock Shape Matching

It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day. If you plan to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, consider this DIY shamrock matching game. This matching game is a great opportunity to support cognitive development. You can either buy shamrock templates or matching cards, or you can make them yourself. It’s really simple. But first let’s talk about cognitive development and how you can help children sharpen those skills.

Cognitive Development in Preschoolers
Cognitive development focuses on developing functions of the brain such as thinking, learning, awareness, judgment, and processing information. According to developmental psychologist Jean Piaget, children go through several stages of cognitive development and learning activities for toddlers and children should correspond to the appropriate developmental.

This St. Patrick’s Day shamrock matching game is a cognitive activity for preschoolers that helps them learn and practice the skills of classification and memory. This lesson plan includes preparation instructions, procedures, and materials list for this activity. The lesson plan also includes age-appropriate learning objectives and examples of the simple supporting verbal cues necessary to encourage participation and support learning.

St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Matching and Memory Activity Materials
Computer with Internet and Printer
Card Stock
Scissors
Markers

St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Matching Game Activity Preparation

Download the Shamrock Template from allkidsnetwork.com to your computer and print out the shamrock shape. For each child, cut out the shamrock and trace 12 on green card stock. Draw 6 different shapes on the center of each shamrock to make two sets of identical shamrocks with matching pairs (so, two squares, two circles, two rectangles, etc.) Glue one set of shamrocks to a piece of card stock or construction paper.   Each child will have a shamrock sheet with 6 shamrocks and 6 shamrocks for matching.

St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Matching Game Procedure

  1. Invite the children over to the activity area and let them know they can play a matching game with shamrocks.
  2. Have the children match the shamrocks by laying the correct shamrock on top of the shamrock on the shamrock sheet.

Learning Objectives

Objective 1: To develop an understanding of classification by encouraging children to find the likeness in two objects
Verbal Cue A: Let’s find the circle shamrock.
Verbal Cue B: Can you find the shamrock with a square on it?

Objective 2: To foster shape recognition skills
Verbal Cue A:  Which is the shape on the shamrock you are holding?
Verbal Cue B:  How do you say the name of this shape?

With this St. Patrick’s Day matching activity, children will learn important cognitive skills. They will improve their concentration skills and the ability to categorize.

Image from Activity-Mom.com

Shamrock Shakes

Shamrock Shake

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a pretty green milkshake that combines the tastes of lime sherbet and a banana. (If you’re not counting calories, add a “shamrock” of four chocolate cookies, too. The mixture of flavors is delicious!) The recipe for this easy-to- make shake comes from Kansas State University Research and Extension’s Family Nutrition Program. It makes two 1-cup servings.

Ingredients

1 cup milk

1/2 ripe banana

1 cup lime sherbet

Directions

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Pour milk into blender (or see Helpful Hints below).
  3. Add lime sherbet and peeled, chopped banana.
  4. Blend all ingredients until smooth and then serve.

Per serving

40g carbohydrate; 1g dietary fiber; 5g protein; 1.5g fat (1g saturated); 5mg cholesterol, 105mg sodium; 200 calories.

Helpful hints

“To blend” simply means to mix two or more ingredients. For some recipes, you can blend with a spoon, spatula or electric mixer. If you don’t have a blender for this recipe, however, try using a whisk. Or, mash the banana with a fork and then shake up the ingredients in a well-sealed container.

The only way to measure liquids accurately is to use a glass or plastic measuring cup and to bend down so your eye level is even with the cup’s side. If you look down as you pour liquid into a measuring cup, your result may appear to be the right amount. But, if you bend over to check, the liquid probably won’t line up exactly with the cup’s measurement line.

Safety tips

Most milk cartons carry a “sell by” date, indicating the last day the store can keep it on sale. Once you open a current carton at home, however, it still should stay fresh for about five days.

When milk starts to taste sour, throw the rest of the carton away. Sour milk won’t make you sick, but it certainly doesn’t taste good!

TAXES

My goal is to get all the tax reports out by Feb 1st, 2013. If you need your statement, please let me know and I will make arrangements! Thank You for a wonderful 2012!

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“Spray” painting

Materials:

  • Food coloring
  • Paper
  • Water in a spray bottle*
  • Newspaper
  • Smock

Instructions:

  1. Cover your work area with newspaper and put on a smock. This activity can get messy!
  2. Sprinkle a few drops of food coloring onto the paper.
  3. Spray the color spots with water.

*Important Note: As a safety precaution, be sure that the spray bottle has never been used to hold cleaners or chemicals of any kind.