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Thursday, September 26, 2013

A box full of possibilities: Transforming and Modeling for kids

I am very excited to be volunteering at Caine’s Arcade for their first Anniversary on Oct 5th. Those of you who haven’t heard about Caine’s Arcade yet, it is an arcade built by a 9 year old using cardboard boxes. It is a perfect example of what kids can do with open ended creative endeavors. What a fabulous exercise in transforming and modeling. You can read more about transforming in my long string post and I will be writing about modeling soon.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

5 activities for 5 senses that kids will enjoy around 1st birthday and beyond

Lot of you have been asking me about activities for younger kids. Although lot of my posts have ideas you could use with kids as young as 15 months old, here is one especially for kids nearing their 1st birthday or who just turned one. The best part is all of these activities can be enjoyed by toddlers and preschoolers too. So it can be fun for siblings to play together as well. I will try to do one such post every month or two.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

10 fun activities to teach Estimations to young kids.

We use estimations in our daily life more often than we can estimate. How much salt should I put in this soup? How long will it take me to get to my destination? How hard should I kick for the ball to reach the goal post? How much lumber should we order for this project? What should be the ballpark answer to this math problem? How fast do I have to merge the paints on my canvas before paint will start drying out? We constantly ask such questions to ourselves and most times we get the answer by estimating. Needless to say, it is an important skill for kids to have. Little ones need to practice many different skills besides grasping the mathematical concept of estimations to be able to approximate with ease.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

5 easy and healthy lunch recipes

We all need lunch recipes that can be made easily and are healthy. Something that kids will enjoy eating while it is good for them, makes it even more challenging. So here are five easy lunch recipes that will be liked by kids and adults alike. Best part is, your kids can help making all of these recipes.
I am very excited to include a featured recipe by Chef Maura Redmond. Hope your family enjoys them as much as mine.

Korean Pancakes feature recipe by Chef Maura Redmond

Maura Redmond graduated from New York University Tisch School of the Arts with a degree in Film and Television Production.  She moved to Los Angeles and worked in film and TV for over 10 years before deciding to go to culinary school.  She graduated the California School of Culinary Arts/Le Cordon Bleu Program with honors and received a James Beard scholarship to continue her studies at the Ballymaloe Cookery School in Cork, Ireland.  She then worked as a Food Stylist for film, TV and print as well as a private chef.  She now cooks exclusively for her two children and husband, who eat very well.

Apple, cranberry, and spinach sandwich

Raspberry – Zucchini Pancakes

Stuffed vegetable boats

Underground Latkas