Snake Straw Puppet

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Puppet play is always fun, and this one holds particular appeal since kids can easily grasp the straws to wiggle and manoeuver their reptile friend. Honestly, the craft felt a little simple and plain after some of the complicated things we’ve been up to lately, but it’s a cinch to make, and fun to play with, so a win-win!

To make the snake, cut a long rectangle from green paper – poster board or cardstock work better than a flimsier material like construction paper, which could tear easily. Adults, trim one end of the paper into a triangle as the snake’s tail, and make the other end rounded for its head.

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Show your child how to make accordion pleats along the length of the paper. Travis had a bit of a hard time with this, but I gave him a separate piece of paper to practice on while I folded up our snake.

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On the contrary though, Travis completely took over when it came to the face, deciding where the glue should go for two googly eyes and a piece of string cut for the tongue. Not bad!

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Once the glue dries, attach your snake to two straws with masking tape, and slither him around.

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Travis decided it looked more like a crocodile, since the straws almost look like legs. Crocodile or snake, have fun puppet playing!

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Oatmeal Breakfast Pie

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Similar to overnight oatmeal, here’s a recipe you can prepare the night before and it’s ready and waiting in your fridge when everyone is still sleepy and groggy the next morning. I like to top the oatmeal with roasted pears (pop them in the oven at the same time that the oatmeal bakes), but any roasted fruit would be delicious. You can also add a drizzle of maple syrup at serving time!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 cup plain non-dairy yogurt
  • 1 Ener-G egg
  • 1 mashed ripe banana
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Cooking spray
  1. In a large bowl, combine the oats, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt; set aside.
  2. In a second bowl, whisk together the milk, yogurt, Ener-G egg, banana, and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring until combined.
  3. Spoon the mixture into a 9-inch round cake pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

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