Cars and Colors

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Veronika loves to drive around her little cars, so today I turned it into a color game. Each car had a corresponding “garage” of the same color to drive into.

Okay, so these weren’t really garages, just flat pieces of construction paper. But Veronika immediately took to vrooming the cars onto them.

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I started out making things very easy for her, just two different color cars and their corresponding paper. “Can you drive the orange car onto the orange paper?” I asked her.

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Success! So we made it harder. I added a third color, and then a fourth, and so on.

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Each time she vroomed the right car. Some of this might have been coincidence of course, since I laid down the correct piece of paper directly in front of her. But it’s all about reinforcement and repetition at this age!

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Throughout the day, I kept up the line of “Can you…?” questioning with regards to color. “Can you hand me the green car?” I asked her.

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“Can you pull on the red ribbon?”

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“Can you point to the yellow sticker?”

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This is such an easy way to reinforce colors throughout the day. You can even make it more of a Simon Says game: “If you’re wearing pink, clap your hands!”

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Want more color learning ideas? Try picking a color of the day the next time you take a trip out of the house.

Moroccan Cauliflower Tagine

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Travis loved helping with the spices that went into this second recipe from his Made in Morocco Raddish Kids, especially after a spice lesson yesterday. The original recipe called for chicken, but as always I appreciate that Raddish provides full instructions for a vegan alternative, in this case, a beautiful cauliflower version!

Ingredients:

For the tagine:

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3/4 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons + 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 (15-ounce) drained can chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth

For the couscous:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 and 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 and 1/2 cups couscous
  1. To prepare the tagine, core the cauliflower and chop into florets. Toss with the turmeric, coriander, ginger, cumin, cinnamon, salt, and 2 teaspoons olive oil.
  2. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add the cauliflower mixture; cook for 5 minutes. Add the dried apricots, onion, and garlic; cook for an additional 6 minutes.
  3. Add the chickpeas and 1/2 cup broth, then bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the couscous: Combine 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 and 1/2 cups broth in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add the couscous. Cover and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork before serving.
  5. Top the couscous with the cauliflower mixture to serve!

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