I know, I know, it seems like a daunting task to make a lasagne from scratch with children, but take the leap and I promise it will be surprisingly easy and you will have a delicious dinner all while your children have fun and learn! Too many positives not to give it a chance, no?
This easy homemade lasagne recipe is the newest cooking addition to the Homegrown Friends Back to Basics Series. Cooking with kids is such an enriching experience. I hope you will join us! As always I am one comment away from helping you! If you have a question please comment below. I love interacting with readers!
"I didn't know it was going to be that easy" is the phrase people always say to me after making our playdough recipe. You do not need to be an expert chef to cook up a batch of your own playdough. If you have wanted to make playdough, but are not sure where to begin this is the post for you! Step by step instructions with photographs make the process easy. Do you have questions? Comment below and I will write you back ASAP!
PREP TIME: less than 5 minutes (if you have the ingredients)
AREAS OF DEVELOPMENT
My son and I were lucky enough to see Cathy Rigby this summer flying through the air in the play Peter Pan. So much fun! We left singing the songs and my son has practiced being Peter Pan and Captain Hook since that magical day. When it came time to pick the theme for Quinn's 5th Birthday Party it was a simple choice- we were going to think happy thoughts and fly off to Neverland! So sprinkle a little pixie dust, believe in fairies and join us on a magical journey.
I always start a birthday party with a theme. Decorations are an easy way to transform your normal house into a world of lost boys, fairies and a boy that won't grow up.
As guests approached our home they were greeted by a line of blue, green and yellow balloons that led to our front door. I used helium balloons and secured them with small metal garden stakes. Using white butcher paper I created a sign that read "Welcome to Neverland" by painting letters with glue on the paper and then generously sprinkling with green and gold glitter.
I absolutely love having a playdough table at birthday parties! It is so easy to transform our favorite playdough into whatever theme you are currently celebrating. Tinkerbell Playdough seemed like the perfect addition to our Peter Pan Birthday Party!
For our Peter Pan Birthday Party we made our own treasure chests. There is so much room for creativity with this activity! Prior to the party I collected egg cartons that we cut in half to use as our treasure chests.
YOU WILL NEED: egg cartons (1/2 carton per person), markers, glitter glue (we made ours by mixing half glue, half glitter and poured into small squeeze bottles), glitter paper cut into squares and triangles (you could also use regular colored paper), rhinestones, plastic gold coins
Growing up all my birthday parties included a piñata. I loved making them with my mom and will never forget the super cute Strawberry Shortcake Piñata when I was three. Some of the traditions from my childhood continue at my children's birthday parties. I hope their memories are as lovely as mine.
Pinatas are surprisingly easy to make!
Nutrition is an important aspect of education that is often overlooked. When I was a kindergarten teacher I worked with a diatician to transform my student's snack time into a more positive experience. For each families' week to bring in snack they chose items from a list I designed including healthy vegetables, fruits, and protein sources. We avoided foods laden with lots of sugar, artificial dyes and hydrogenated oil. Focusing on healthy foods transformed the behavior of many of my students creating a more positive atmosphere conducive to learning.
Today I am encouraging you and your children to participate in the Homegrown Friends Eat the Rainbow Challenge. The challenge is simple- try to eat all the colors of the rainbow in one day. When you eat one of the colors put a check on your Eat the Rainbow Challenge Sheet. There is one rule: foods cannot be colored with artificial dyes. A pack of Skittles doesn't count! When you fill your plate with naturally colorful foods you are likely to automatically be filling your plate with healthy foods full of necessary vitamins and antioxidents.
My kids love Halloween and I love experiencing Halloween through their ideas. Isn't that one of the most magical parts of being a parent? My world is so much more because of them. As Halloween approaches here is a round-up of our Halloween Activities and Recipes. Happy Halloween!
Don't you love when an idea pops into your head and you know it will be great? I was looking through my 25 Days of Winter Activities and immediately knew that my Stained Glass Cookies would love amazing as Jack-O-Lanterns. The cookie is a simple sugar cookie with crushed lollipop pieces as the stained glass. Stained Glass Jack-O-Lantern Cookies look really cute as a decoration on a windowsill, but probably won't last long there as your little ones will want to gobble them up! These are perfect for a Halloween Party!
Today for the Back to Basics Series I am going to demonstrate how to paint with children to make it a rewarding experience for everyone. What materials you have, how you present them to children, the importance of focusing on the process of painting and the language you use all help build a positive, enriching experience.
YOU WILL NEED: red, yellow, blue, white and black tempera paint, paint brushes, paint pallet/paper plate, water cup, paper towel/small sponge, white paper This post contains affiliate links for you convenience. Purchase here from the Homegrown Friends aStore)
PREP TIME: 5 minutes (if you have all the materials)
AREAS OF DEVELOPMENT: artistic expression, fine motor development, gross motor development, creativity, language development, color exploration