Hide Small Toys

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This game has elements of surprise, tactile learning, and early language development. And it couldn’t be easier to play!

I filled two small gym socks with a few toys for Veronika to find. Older toddlers may enjoy a long sock to reach into, but the short shocks were just right for my one-year-old.

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At first, she pulled out a round ball. I named the object for her, and described it. It felt round and smooth.

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She immediately wanted to try putting it back inside the sock, which I helped her do!

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But – surprise! – there were more treasures to find inside. Next she pulled out a little pig.

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And you can see from her lips here, she tried to say “pppp” (she’s testing out new words daily!).Hide in Sock (3)

She kept digging and found a car. Again, I said the name of the object and described what she was feeling. This time she made a “vroom vroom” sound.

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You could keep going with this game with as many toys as your little one likes before losing interest. Once the socks were empty, Veronika even tried to put them on!

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Sticky-Treat Sushi

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There is an international festival coming up at Travis’s school, which has us talking about food from around the world. Here’s a sweet spin on the classic Japanese dish! This candy sushi was so fun for Travis to put together.

To start, make the “rice”: melt 2 tablespoons Earth Balance butter in a microwave-safe bowl, heating at 10 second intervals for a total for 30 seconds, or until melted.

Add 2 and 1/2 cups mini Dandies marshmallows. Microwave at 15 second intervals until melted (we needed about a minute total), stirring after each interval.

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Stir in 3 cups rice cereal. If you need to use your hands, I recommend having a grown-up do so, as the sticky marshmallows will still be hot.

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Spoon the mixture onto parchment paper. Cover with additional parchment paper and use a rolling pin to flatten about 1/4-inch thick.

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The rolling pin ended up being a little tricky, so we found it easier to pat with our hands.

Use a pizza cutter to cut into rectangles. Travis was so proud I let him use this tool!

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Now you can make sashimi or sushi rolls!

For “sashimi”, place a Swedish fish candy (Wholesome DelishFish are vegan) on top of a rice rectangle. Cut a strip of fruit leather with a pizza cutter and wrap around the fish.

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For a rolled version, cut a strip of fruit leather and cover with a rice rectangle. Top with pieces of candy (Travis chose organic Red Vines) and roll up.

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If you really want to get creative, tint a little vanilla frosting with green food coloring for “wasabi”!

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