Apple or Banana Yogurt

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If you want to introduce yogurt to your baby, adding fruit is a great way to incorporate a little sweetness without buying a sugary variety. For both of these recipes, I use almond milk yogurt.

Apple Yogurt:

  • 3 tablespoons plain non-dairy yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons applesauce
  1. Stir together until combined.

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Banana Yogurt:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 (5-ounce) container plain non-dairy yogurt
  1. Mash the banana with a fork until very smooth. Stir in the yogurt.

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The latter recipe is best served immediately, or you can freeze it in the cubes of an ice cube tray for high chair shenanigans.

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Shall I Pour?

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Pouring dry items from cup to cup is a fantastic way to build the fine motor skills that will one day allow your little one to pour liquids. Don’t expect your baby to be pouring his or her own water and juice after this game, but it is great practice and cute fun!

I put a soft blanket down on the kitchen floor, then filled two cups with O cereal and left two cups empty (one set for me, one for Veronika).

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Once I had her attention, I showed her how to pour the cereal from a full cup to an empty one.

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“Watch me pour!” I instructed.

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Well at first she was simply delighted to discover that the game involved a snack. Yum!

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She also seemed to love the visual of the cereal trickling from one cup to another.

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After showing her a few times, her hand reached out to mimic me, which I had anticipated; ten-month-olds are fantastic mimics!

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She tried her own hand at pouring…

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…and then just wanted to play with Os and cups. As I said, don’t expect your baby to be a pro after the game (your play space will probably look like mine, below), but your little one will have a blast!

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Magical Realism

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This lesson on a popular Latin American genre was meant to accompany the chimichurri sandwiches in Travis’s Raddish Kids crate. It was a bit advanced for a kindergartner, but Travis got into it!

First I taped a large piece of craft paper to the wall with two columns and labeled them “real” and “magical”. I asked Travis to name real items first. The list he came up with certainly isn’t the one I would have, but that was part of the lesson’s charm!

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I thought “magical” might be harder for him but he was familiar with concepts from favorite stories, including “magic wand” and “the Force.” I pointed out to him the key to the magical realism genre: a story that takes place in a real setting, but that has magical elements that the characters accept to be real.

With that definition in place, we followed up with concrete examples: a book and a movie. First he watched James and the Giant Peach, a great example because it starts out with live actors and then transforms to animation once the magic sets in.

Next was a read-aloud of Where the Wild Things Are and Travis pointed out the magical components of the story as we came to them.

As a final task, we made up our own magical realism story. You can run through the elements of a story with your kids first, namely:

Characters

Setting

Problem

Solution

Travis’s tale was a bit simplified, but it centered around a vortex that opened up (magical!) while he was playing with his friend on the school playground (real!) where an alien came to meet them.

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The alien had 14 eyes and 34 legs. What creativity! There wasn’t exactly a problem or solution to his tale, but for a kindergarten, it was a great first intro to this genre.