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Healthy Snack Ideas That Kids Will Eat & Love- Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Sometimes it’s awfully hard to come up with fresh new ideas and parents especially like new, good-to-eat, and good for their health ideas to prepare for their kids. We thought we would throw a few out there...Perhaps one or more might be a winner in your family.

Popcorn

Popcorn is a sure-fire hit with kids, and... it's a whole grain! Popcorn actually has 4 grams of fiber per 3-cup serving, which makes it a filling snack. Plus, it's endlessly versatile. You can transform air-popped popcorn with all sorts of toppings, including grated cheese, nutritional yeast, or cinnamon and sugar.

Peanut Butter

Natural peanut butter (no added sugars and other kinds of fats) is a great snack option. It gives your kids protein and healthy fats, and pairs perfectly with apples, bananas, celery and whole-grain crackers or toast.

Cheese

Cheese is super-flavorful and satisfying, and gives your kids protein and calcium. Just make sure it's not in every meal and snack. Pairing cheese with apple slices or carrot sticks (or whatever fruits and vegetables your kids like) is the ideal power snack.

Grilled Cheese

Snacks don't need to be made from snack foods. Serving a sandwich (or half of one) can be a smart solution for snack time. Even grilled cheese can be a good choice when you use 100-percent whole-grain bread and add in sliced apples for extra fiber.

Super Crispy Rice Treats

Everyone loves marshmallow and rice crispy treats. Give them a health boost by including dried apricots, apples or cranberries, some ground flaxseeds, and roasted unsalted hulled sunflower seeds. Use puffed whole-grain cereal to make them even better for your kids.

Healthy Chips and Dip

A serving of pita or tortilla chips is really fine nutritionally — it has filling fiber and can be a tasty vehicle for healthy dips, such as hummus, black bean dip or salsa.

 

Simple Easter Crafts for Kids- Tuesday, March 15, 2016

One of the best parts of any holiday is creating a fun, festive atmosphere for friends and family to enjoy. For children, holidays are particularly special because not only are they a break from the usual routine, but they often give children free reign with their imaginations.

Easter is one of those holidays where this is especially true. From the more traditional activity of coloring hard-boiled eggs, to creating garlands from paper rings and paintings from pastels, there are so many fun projects for kids to do, and so many colors and materials to choose from!

So if you want to give your children something to do while you are occupied with preparing for your Easter get-together, or if you want a great opportunity to bond with your children with a fun project (and brighten up your house at the same time!), try some of these great crafts courtesy of...

activityvillage.co.uk

 

Bunny Mask

"Use a paper plate and some craft cupboard bits and pieces to make a cute bunny mask..."

You will need:

A paper plate
Pink paint *
Pink card *
White pipe cleaner (chenille stem)
Elastic thread
Glue
Black pen

Instructions

Paint the back of the paper plate pink and leave to dry.

Cut out two eye holes. Snip the pipe cleaner into 3 and twist together in the centre. Glue to the centre of the face.

Cut out a nose from pink card and glue to the centre of the pipe cleaners.

Cut out two ears from the card and glue to the top of the head. Draw on a mouth with black pen.

Make two small holes, one either side of the face. Tie through the elastic thread.


* Of course, the mask can be any color your child prefers!

 

Polystyrene Egg Bunny

"This Polystyrene Egg Bunny makes a great table decoration that the kids will be really proud of! "

You will need:

A large polystyrene egg
Pink paint
Pink craft foam
Googly eyes
White pipe cleaner (chenille stem)
White pompom
Glue

Instructions

Paint the egg pink and leave to dry.

Cut the chenille stem into 3 short lengths. Glue these to the front of the egg as whiskers.

From the pink foam, cut two feet, two ears and a nose and glue these to your rabbit.

Add two googly eyes and a pompom tail and leave the glue to dry.

 

Easter Chick Thumb Prints

"Why not have a go at making some of these gorgeous thumbprint chicks! All you need are some yellow poster paint, scraps of orange paper or felt (or an orange pen) and a black pen. Children love making thumbprints, and even the youngest children will enjoy trying this with your help!

You could use the chicks to decorate Easter cards and gift tags for friends and family, or go into production and make some wrapping paper!

Pour a little yellow paint onto a pad of folded newspaper or a paper plate and gently dip the child's thumb into it. We found that the second print was usually the best. Practice a few times until you get the hang of it.

When your thumbprints are dry, add details with a black and orange pen (or cut snips of orange paper or felt for the beaks). Older children may enjoy adding speech bubbles with 'cheep cheep' or other chick-like noises inside."

 

Tissue Paper Stained Glass Egg

You will need:

Black card
Glue
Tissue paper (various colors)

Instructions

Fold the black card in half and cut out an egg from the center of the card. Carefully cut out sections from the middle of the egg to make a pattern.

Glue on pieces of tissue paper to cover each of the holes.

Stick your egg up onto the window and let the sun shine through.

 

The Neighborhood Lemonade Stand- Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The summertime lemonade stand is practically a tradition for children growing up in the U.S. In fact, the idea has been around, essentially unchanged, for over a century...and for good reason.

In addition to being a fun and engaging way to spend a fine day, setting up a lemonade stand is great way to teach kids a little bit about business and the worth of money. It also puts them in a position of learning how to interact with other people in a courteous and friendly manner, which is an extremely valuable lesson. Most importantly, giving kids the opportunity to earn their own money through entrepreneurship is a wonderful way to build self-esteem and confidence.

So, next time your child asks you for money this summer, why not suggest they open a lemonade stand? If they seem interested, present them with the following guidelines to help them get started:

(...info adapted from an article on wikihow...)

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  • Make sure you have plenty of ingredients! Having lots of lemons and/or lemonade powder, water, ice, and sugar (if making fresh lemonade) is essential. You don't want to run out while you have customers waiting!

  • Check city or state laws before opening up a stand; you will need your parents' help for this. Some areas require a permit. (Prosecutions of lemonade stand operations are extremely rare, but it's better to be safe than sorry!)

  • Get a stand. Card tables are the easiest to obtain, but you can also assemble your own if you have a parent to help. To attract more customers, use a pretty (but not distracting) tablecloth. Bright colors will get people to look at your table and consider whether or not they want to buy something.

  • Location is key. Make sure you are in a public place with high traffic. When cars pass by raise your hands -- you're more likely to get noticed.

  • Vary your products! Instead of just plain lemonade, offer pink lemonade, too. Maybe purchase or bake some cookies to offer as a snack along with the beverages.

  • Pay special attention to pricing. Often, lemonade stands are either under- or over-priced, and the kids running them don't earn much money. Think of what you would pay for your item(s). If you are selling pink lemonade, what would you be willing to pay for a glass?

  • Advertise. A simple flyer can get you a steady flow of customers. Post signs around your area. Be sure to have signs on your stand as well, showing what you are selling and the price(s).

  • Take turns. Have someone assist you so you can take turns doing different jobs. It's also more fun to have someone else there, especially when you need a break. If you are planning a long day of selling, set up shifts so that no one has to be on duty more than two hours without some time off.

  • Be polite! Potential customers won't want to buy anything if you get irritated with them. If they have kids, talk to them, or compliment their bike, clothes, hair, toy: something that they have with or on them. If there are just adults, smile, act happy and bubbly and just be yourself.

  • Health & Safety Last and most importantly, keep your stand clean. Have napkins on hand, pre-cut any baked items you have, don't cough or sneeze on the food/drinks, etc. Have a bottle of hand-sanitizer or a box of sanitizing wipes on the table so that customers know that you are clean and free of germs.