Let the kids help you cook. It lets them take ownership of their diet and will make it easier for them to try new foods.
Let them help you shop. It is so much fun for them to pick out fruit and veggies maybe they will be more interested in eating them.
Be aware of how texture affects your child. In our households we have children who hate squishy, some who hate crunchy and some who can't swallow anything smooth, (like hot cereals). We try to provide something in every meal that will entice everyone.
Gluten-Free Play Clay
2 cups baking soda
1 cup cornstarch
1 1/4 cups cold water
4-5 drops food coloring
1. Combine all ingredients in a medium sauce pan. Stir to blend.
2. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for 10-15 min. or until mixture is the consistency of mashed potatoes. (If clay is overcooked, it may crack after drying).
3. Remove clay from stove and spoon the mixture onto a plate. Cover plate with a damp cloth until clay is cool enough to havdle.
4. Shape clay however you like. To join pieces, dampen and scratch surfaces then press together.
5. Dry molded Play Clay items overnight on a wire rack. To dry quickly, place items on a cookie sheet and bake @ 250 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
6. Paint Play Clay creations with poster or acrylic paint. Protect with a coat of clear acrylic of nail polish.
* Unused clay can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
2 cups fruit juice ( apple, grape, or pear )
2 tablespoons lemon gelatin
1. In a small saucepan, combine fruit juice and gelatin.
2. Cook over medium - low heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin is dissolved.
3. Remove from heat and cool at room temperature for 5 minutes. Pour liquid into popsicle molds of small paper cups.
4. Freeze until set. (If using paper cups, freeze just until firm enough for popsicle sticks to stand up, then insert sticks and freeze until set.)
* To remove pops from molds, briefly dunk into a bowl of lukewarm water.
1 package blue gelatin
24 gummy fish
1. Make gelatin according to package directions. Place mixture in mixing bowl in refrigerator for 18 minutes.
2. Remove from refrigerator and gently stir in gummy fish.
3. Spoon into small clear glass cups or bowls. ( I like clear plastic disposable cups) Return to refrigerator until gelatin is set.
Yummy Fruit Dips
Picnic fruit dip
1 cup sour cream
5 Tbs. brown sugar
1 tsp. sweetened powdered lemonade mix
Mix all ingredient together in small bowl. Serve with your favorite summer fruits. We like pineapple, oranges, strawberries, bananas, apples, and grapes. It is also fabulous over peaches, fresh of canned.
Fall fruit dip
1 cup sour cream
4 Tbs. brown sugar
2 tsp. sweetened powdered lemonade mix
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
Mix all ingredients together in small bowl. Serve with your favorite fall fruits. Our favorite include apples, bananas, pears and other low acid fruits.
Kid Friendly Fudge
To wet and yucky to play outside? Try this activity to keep them busy for awhile and have a chocolate treat when finished.
Kid Friendly Fudge
- 4 C. powdered sugar
- 3oz softened cream cheese
- ½ C. softened butter or margarine
- ½ C. baking cocoa
- 1 t. vanilla
- ½ C. nuts (opt)
This is so much Fun!
This is really hard!
Pressing the fudge into the prepared pan.
This is a super fun activity for a Saturday morning. Really easy for kids to do with a bit of help.
It works best with our Buttermilk, Honey Harvest, or Hannahs Honey Oat Pancake mix
With spring just around the corner and Easter creeping up on us, try this festive spring activity. When you are done you can patch a bare spot in your yard.
You will want to start this soon, so it can be ready for Easter.
You will need:
- Grass Seeds about 2-3 Tbs. We like to get the seeds with a vaiety of grasses, so that they will grow in most any condition
- Potting soil
- Plastic water catchers for house plants
- Plastic wrap
- Optional: Spray Bottle, Easter Decorations (plastic eggs work well)
|Gather all supplies|
Fill container 3/4 of the way full.
My sister used Easter Baskets lined with plastic for her baskets this year.
Moisten the dirt just a little bit so that
it is easier to handle
|Sprinkle seeds liberally over soil.
| Sprits with water.
|Cover with plastic wrap. Place in a sunny area. Once your grass starts to sprout remove plastic wrap and keep moist. The grass will lean towards the light you will need to turn the containerto keep it growing straight.
|Watch your grass grow, and grow, and grow
|It can be trimmed with a pair a scissors, and then add your very own festive touch.
Mini Taco Bowls
My kids love to help prepare this easy lunch, which is quick and fun. Let kids help chop olives, grate the cheese or shred lettuce.
Mini Taco Bowls
- 6 Gluten-Free Corn Tortilla's
- 1lb Hamburger
- 1/2 packet Gluten-Free Taco Seasoning Mix
- Snake River Ranch Dressing Mix Prepared according to directions
- Your favorite taco toppings
- Large Muffin Tin or 6 custard cups
Spray corn tortilla with pan spray
Heat Tortillas on a skillet heated to about 350 degrees
Place 1 tortilla in muffin cup. I like to place a 1/2 pint
jar into the shell. Repeat with all 6 shells. Bake in a 400
degree oven for 15 min. till crisp. Remove from oven and cool .
While shells are baking, fry hamburger til brown and add 1/2 package of taco seasoning mix preparing as directed.
Spoon taco meat into shells.
|Add your topping and favorite salsa, drizzle with ranch dressing and serve.|
Kids get tired and bored with the short winter days. This is a great Saturday activity for those cold or rainy days.
Just mix up 2 parts corn starch (try Mom's Gluten-Free Corn Starch) and 1 part water.
This is a fun tactile learning experience for children.
Pat it, pour it or pick it up. Add cookie cutters, funnels, cups and other utensils and let the kids have fun.
If you smack it, it acts like a solid. It won't splash or move. If you move it slowly it acts like a liquid.
Even the big kids loves it.
Clean up is easy: soap and water, or let it dry and vacuum it up.
You could also dry it out on the cookie sheet, crumble it, and use it again another day.