Teensy Tostadas

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Nachos for dinner? What kid wouldn’t say, “Yes please!” To give these a little extra protein boost, I serve over bean tortilla chips, but regular corn tortilla chips work just as well.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15-ounce) drained and rinsed can pinto beans
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
  • 18 tortilla chips
  • 1/4 cup shredded Daiya cheddar
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Shredded lettuce
  1. In a bowl, mash together the pinto beans, garlic powder, and chili powder, set aside.
  2. Arrange the tortilla chips in two piles on a baking sheet lined with foil. Top each pile with about 1/2 cup bean mixture and sprinkle each pile with 2 tablespoons cheddar.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees for 4 minutes, just until the cheese melts.
  4. Sprinkle with halved cherry tomatoes and shredded lettuce to taste before serving.

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Color Hopscotch

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Travis was late to jumping… so all the more reason to celebrate his new accomplishment with this fun game! It had us exercising our brains and our muscles. Instead of leaping from number to number, in this version you’ll be hopping from color to color or shape to shape.

To play, use foam sheets to cut out a variety of shapes. Ideally use two sheets of foam in each color so you wind up with two red triangles, two green squares, two blue circles, etc.

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Arrange the shapes in any pattern on the floor, then have fun calling out instructions to leap.

We had fun testing shape combinations, like “Circle, Rectangle, Triangle!”

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Or color ones: “Yellow, Black Green!”

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Travis also made up silly ways to cross the shapes, such as jumping feet onto one row, then putting your hands down on the second. I loved seeing his creativity with the suggestions.

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For bigger kids who are readers, consider making a spinner for the game. Write out different instructions in each space of the spinner, and then perform the motion on the space you spin to.

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