Category: Kidz Corner

Small Hands in the Kitchen

Small Hands in the Kitchen By Jamie Huynh, Quincy Natural Foods Cooperative [media-credit name=”stock photo” align=”alignleft” width=”300″][/media-credit]With developing motor skills and curiosity, children can be challenging to include in the kitchen. But the more involved children get the more interested they become and the more likely they are to eat their veggies. Mountain Passages’ Digging In program sees this first hand when they involve children in the growing and preparation process. Many program participants actually request and enjoy kale because they invest time and energy in the garden and the kitchen. Here are some simple ideas to involve children...

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Letting Kids Help Make Stepping Stones With Sedona

Mothers’ Day is Sunday, May 12th! Supplies: • A mold – about 12” X 12” to 15” round or square. (see options, right) • 1 bag Vinyl Concrete Patch (available at hardware stores) • Assorted Decorations: Decorative flat stones, marbles, shells, small tiles, Scrabble letters to form names or phrases (search thrift shops for this one!) large glass beads, • Small plastic gloves for kids – and big ones for adults (hands are sensitive to concrete!) • color pigment for concrete, if desired • cooking oil, silicone spray or liquid wax First you will need to find a mold. You can buy one in a craft store. A five gallon bucket works well if you can have someone safely cut the top off, leaving only about 3 ½” height. Another option is to search the aisles for a large plastic pan that is made to go under a plant. You want sides that  are perpendicular to the bottom (not angled sides) and about 3” deep. You can also build a square frame by nailing 4 – 14” boards together. “Grease” the mold with a thick layer of cooking oil, silicone spray or liquid wax. Place out a tarp then lay out your mold on a flat surface with approximately ¾” of sand smoothly and evenly over the bottom. (if mold is open-bottom, lay on a flat surface that you...

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Budget Meals – Getting Kids to Enjoy More Nutritious Foods

Mix up a nutritious smoothie! If it is tough to get the kids to sit down to enough servings of fruits and vegetables, try preparing some fun! For 4 or 5 to enjoy: Fill a blender 1/2 way up with ice; Add milk to just about 1 ” over the ice. Add 1/2 cup yogurt, a banana and your choice of strawberries, blackberries or raspberries. Go ahead and sneak in a little extra nutrients from the health food section. Makin’ Pizza Pie! All kids love pizza and they will love making their own. Lay out some whole grain English muffins opened on a cookie sheet (foil line it for easy clean up). Mix up a can of tomato sauce with garlic salt and Italian seasoning (to taste). Grate jack or mozzerella cheese and place in a bowl. Fill several bowls with healthy sides such as thin sliced vegetables including mushrooms, olives, diced broccoli, spinach and a favorite cooked meat such as ham or ground beef. Now let the kids spread on some pizza sauce with a spoon, sprinkle a little cheese, add ingredients, and cover them with a bit more cheese.  Mom or Dad can pop them into the oven at 375º for 7 minutes, then to broil at 450º for a minute or two, until slightly brown. Cool and serve. Rice Pudding: Heat leftover whole-grain rice with chopped...

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Music Enhances Learning

Does Music Make My Child Smarter? Yes, of course it does. When learning a song, a musical instrument, or a dance step, your child experiences the unique integration of body and mind that music provides. Sensory integration is a crucial factor in children’s learning readiness for school subjects such as reading, writing, and math. Music improves spatial-temporal reasoning according to research by the MIND Research Institute, a neuroscience and education research based no-profit corporation.  Music assists in  a neurological process needed to understand mathematics. The best way to enhance your child’s learning with music is to encourage listening to and learning music throughout the child’s developmental years. Do it in a variety of ways that are enjoyable and fun, then let your child’s own interest and aptitudes guide your choices of lessons and activities. A Piece of Guitar Heaven Comes to Westwood Music enhances learning and that’s why Doug Sheehy of the Lassen County Arts Council was contacted by Westwood’s Fletcher Walker Elementary School Principal Adele Emershaw to bring a piece of Guitar Heaven to students in Westwood. A show titled Guitar Heaven appeared at Lassen College the same evening featuring amazing acoustic sounds.  Very interested high school kids lined the floor in the cafeteria behind the entire elementary school which did not quite fill the room. However this small group of lucky kids were able to experience an...

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Internet Safety Tips for kids

From the FBI Internet Safety Tips for kids MAKE SURE YOUR KIDS KNOW THE RULES: If your child has access to a computer, here are some very important things for them to keep in mind when on the computer at home or at school. Go over these important FBI rules with kids who go online. * First, remember never to give out personal information such as your name, home address, school name, or telephone number in a chat room or on bulletin boards. Also, never send a picture of yourself to someone you chat with on the computer without...

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