Tambourine

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Well, it’s official. My preschooler has left behind the sweet tunes of childhood music class, and now demands pop radio when we travel in the car. But I adore his passion for music and dancing, and we had some quality time making this tambourine, which we then used to play along to his new favorite tunes!

To start, punch holes around the rims of two paper plates, making sure the holes line up. Place the plates so the bottoms are both facing outwards.

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Thread a ribbon through one of the holes, and tie on a bell. Continue threading and tying bells until you’ve worked all the way around.

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Travis helped with a bit of the ribbon…

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…but was far more interested in decorating the surface of his tambourine with foam stickers. We soon developed a symbiotic relationship, mama threading and knotting, Travis decorating, until the tambourine was finished.

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Time to play!

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What’s your child’s favorite instrument to play along when their favorite tunes come on? Please share in the comments!

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Kid-Friendly Granola Bars

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These granola bars are kid-friendly in two senses – both to make them and to eat them – and they are chewier and have far less sugar than store-bought brands. Adults love ’em too, especially to nibble on before or after a workout! Feel free to vary the ingredients below depending what kind of nuts or dried fruit you have at home.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 and 2/3 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 and 1/2 cups raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 6 tablespoons melted Earth Balance butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons cane sugar syrup or corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  1. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon, raisins, almonds, and coconut. Set aside.
  2. In a second bowl, whisk together the melted butter, vanilla, maple syrup, cane sugar syrup, and water.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, along with the peanut butter, and stir until the mixture is moist.
  4. Press into a 9-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. If it’s sticky, place a piece of plastic wrap on top so you can easily press the mixture into an even layer.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes.

Note: Our bars came out a bit crumbly. I would add a little more liquid sweetener or water next time, for even better results!

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