Banana Ice Cream

Banana Ice Cream (1)Better known in our house as “Banana Swirl” (thanks to Daniel Tiger!) this healthy and yummy treat is easier-than-pie to whip up, and will delight your kids.

The first step is to peel your bananas, as many as you want, depending how many kids want the ice cream. Figure on 2 bananas to make 1 serving of banana ice cream for a toddler. Ripe bananas work best!

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Travis loved helping to peel them and then use his butter knife to slice them into imperfectly-perfect chunks. Freeze the bananas for at least one hour.

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I wish we’d frozen the bananas a little longer, but Travis was impatient! Soon it was time to give everything a whirly swirl in the blender until perfectly smooth.

Yum, banana ice cream.

Pasta Bead Sequencing

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Here’s another fantastic activity for the Kool-Aid dyed pasta we made a few weeks back. We’ve already strung together bracelets with our pasta beads, but this time I used the pasta for a slightly more educational purpose.

Using the template available from Kiwi Crate, I printed out pictures of the pasta beads arranged by color, and then had them laminated. You can skip the lamination, but doing so means you can do this activity again and again!

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Encourage your child to line up the beads in the order that’s shown on the card. As an alternative, give him or her a pipe cleaner, to thread the pasta in order.

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Travis is a little young to accomplish a task like this from start to finish still, but he loved selecting a pasta piece from his bag and placing it on the correct color. We’ll work up to completing the whole sequence on pipe cleaners as he gets older!

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This activity would be perfect for on-the-go moments when you need to keep your kiddo occupied, like a restaurant or waiting room.

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Update: At closer to 3, Travis now loves doing this activity directly onto a pipe cleaner!

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