Tofu Boats

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Playful food is always fun for kids, especially when encouraging new tastes or flavors. Today the kids tried these little “boats” for a snack! Our boats ended up not very sea-worthy (they were prone to tipping over), but they were still cute.

Ingredients:

  • 24 snap peas
  • 1/2 pkg. firm tofu
  • 1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons butternut squash puree
  • Olive slices
  1. Slice open each snap pea pod, and press to open slightly. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, mash together the tofu, vegan mayonnaise, and squash. Spoon a little tofu mixture into each pea pod.
  3. Add olive slices along the sides as life preservers!

Paper Plate Bow Wreath

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Toddlers love tissue paper projects any time of year, but this is a fun way to play with the material around the holidays!

I cut the center out of two paper plates and then helped Veronika squeeze glue all around the outer rim.

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Next I set out cut squares of green tissue paper and showed her how to attach them over the glue. Veronika loved how easy this was to do, despite getting sticky a few times.

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I then gave her circles of red tissue paper and she repeated the task, placing them over dots of glue I had made at intervals on the wreath.

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That was it! Add a pretty red bow and it’s ready to hang.

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As a bonus, Veronika loved playing with leftover scraps of green tissue paper for a while.

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Brown Paper Bag Owl Puppets

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My kids love to play a game together involving a stuffed animal owl, so I knew they would go nuts for these easy owl puppets. We made two so that each sibling would have an owl to fly around.

To start, you’ll need two lunch-sized brown paper bags (ideally without any company writing on the front, but oh well…). I then cut out various features from colored construction paper, including triangle beaks, three sizes of circles for eyes, and a brown cut-out for each belly.

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Travis loved helping glue down all the pieces with a glue stick, especially the three-layered eyes.

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We added feather markings to the bellies with orange marker.

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And that quickly, the owls were ready to play.

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It was safe to say that the kids thought these puppets were a hoot!