ABC Quesadillas

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Quesadilla are a great way to involve kids with cooking and feeling like they have real control over the ingredients, as in this easy recipe from High Five magazine. Made to order, these A(vocado), B(acon or bean) and C(heese) quesadillas are sure to please!

First, Travis helped spray 4 small flour tortillas with cooking spray, and place on a baking sheet.

Next up was slicing an avocado (adults: pit and peel it ahead of time). A blunt butter knife will go right through the soft avocado flesh, making this an easy first slice for kids.

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To assemble the quesadillas, Travis sprinkled on his own Daiya cheddar:

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Then we topped them with the avocado slices and either black beans:

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Or vegan bacon (which I had cooked and chopped ahead of time).

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Yum: extra bacon!

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Top each one with a second tortilla, pressing down slightly. Bake at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes and cut into quarters to serve.

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Textured Paint Collage

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This easy painting method is a neat way to add textures to your child’s next art creation… and all you need to do so is an old cereal box!

Cut portions of the cereal box so they are like combs that can be raked across a painting; I made Travis two version, one with boxy points and one more pointed like shark’s teeth.

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But first we needed to make artwork with really thick paint! Travis was delighted when I told him the thicker the better for this particular project.

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Once he’d covered the surface of his paper, he tried out the combs to see what kinds of lines or designs they made.

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At not quite four years old, Travis’s artwork is still very abstract. Big kids can be more purposeful in their painting – think of textures like the bark of a tree, the waves of the ocean, blades of grass etc. I made a picture with an ocean, sun, and sky for Travis as an example, as well as some abstract shapes.

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He filled two pages with color and shapes, which we left to dry overnight.

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The next morning, we cut one picture into smaller pieces and used a glue stick to add them to the intact picture – this added still more texture to the final product!

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