Rad Dog Treats

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We’ve been busy making holiday gifts for family and friends this year, but don’t forget any canine friends on your Christmas giving list! Travis loved making these dog treats (care of Raddish Kids) for his cousin’s dog.

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup flour
  1. Mash the banana in a large bowl. Stir in the peanut butter, then the flour, stirring well until you form a ball. If your dough is too floury, you can add up to 1/4 cup water, but we found we didn’t need any.Rad Dog Treats (1)
  2. Roll the ball to 1/4-inch thick on a lightly floured surface. Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes and set on a baking sheet. You can choose a classic dog bone shape, but Travis opted for holiday candy canes. We later added a few stocking shapes, too.Rad Dog Treats (3)
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Yes, your kids can eat these right alongside the puppy recipient! Travis loved eating one as a cookie, and little sister Veronika was a big fan of nibbling at the dough!

Paint with a Sponge

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I’m dabbling into art and paint projects with Veronika, and one fun idea for young toddlers is to paint with a sponge. The sponges are easy for little hands to grasp, and there’s not (too much!) mess.

I taped a thick piece of paper to her high chair, and set out a few sponges. Cut these into slightly smaller piece or even fun shapes like triangles.

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I put two blobs of washable paint on the paper. To my surprise, first she wanted to dip in with her fingers, since she’s resisted finger painting in the past.

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Then I showed her how to dip the sponges into the paint and dab back down. She was a quick study!

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We varied the way the marks looked by sliding the sponges across the paper instead.

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What a pretty final product!

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As a bonus, she loved playing with leftover (clean) sponge pieces in her playroom afterwards.

 

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