Banana Muffins

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After tons of play with our Baking Crate from KiwiCo, we still wanted more adventures in the kitchen! To wit: these easy banana muffins, the perfect recipe to make after returning from vacation to find three very ripe bananas waiting on the counter.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted Earth Balance butter
  • 2 Ener-G eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 3 mashed ripe bananas
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. Mix together the sugar and butter in a bowl, stirring until combined.Banana Muffins (1)
  2. Add the Ener-G eggs and coconut milk.
  3. Stir in the mashed bananas – mashing these was definitely the best part of the recipe!Banana Muffins (2)
  4. Stir in the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Divide the batter evenly among 12 greased muffin cups. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes.

 

Sign Your Name

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Learning to read and write your name are key pre-K skills, and ones which I know Travis’s teachers are going to emphasize this year. He has name recognition down, but writing it himself is a bit harder. Before school starts tomorrow (!) we made writing practice fun, working on his name in three different ways.

First, tear two strips of paper – colored construction paper made this more exciting than standard white.

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Going one letter at a time, I spelled out Travis’s name, and had him copy each letter after me. This was really useful so I could see which letters came easier (T, v) and which were a bit of a struggle (a, s).

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Then we upped the ante with a little bit of sensory play. Squirt out fingerpaints (or shaving cream even!) onto paper or another surface, and make a nice smeared frame that you can write in.

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Travis used the handle of a paintbrush to trace each letter this time. He got a bit frustrated since not all of the letters showed up clearly, but here was my example version:

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Finally, chalk! This method was his favorite of the three, and once again I wrote each letter first, then had him fill in underneath.

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Not only did this reinforce handwriting, but also the order that the letters of his name go in.

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What other fun ways does your preschooler practice writing his or her name? Please share in the comments!