Breakfast Tortilla Pizza

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This breakfast feels special enough for weekend mornings, but is quick enough to throw together even on a school day! Kids get to take charge of decorating the “pizzas” with their own choice of fruit topping.

Ingredients:

  • 2 whole wheat tortillas
  • 1 teaspoon Earth Balance
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup non-dairy cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons agave nectar
  • Mixed fruit, for serving
  1. To prepare the tortillas, place on a baking sheet lined with foil and spread evenly with the butter. Mix together the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl, then sprinkle evenly over the tortillas. Bake at 400 degrees F for 3 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, mix together the cream cheese and agave in a bowl with a fork.
  3. Spread the tortillas evenly with the cream cheese mixture, then invite kids to top their “pizzas”! We used a mix of bananas, strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, and blackberries.

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Play Dough Boredom Busters

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We’re getting a touch of cabin fever around here as cold weather lingers, and lately play dough seems to be Veronika’s favorite indoor toy to bust the boredom. So today we played with it in a few novel ways!

First up, since she was playing with an alien stuffed animal, we decided to make play dough aliens! These could be monsters, aliens, or just funny faces, whichever version your child wants to create. To help her imagination, I set out items from the craft bin like large wiggle eyes, feathers, and pipe cleaners, and showed her a few examples for how the creations could look.

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Pipe cleaners proved to be much easier for her if I snipped them into small pieces first, although she tested out big pieces, too!

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Next we added in a little learning with play dough letters! You can use cookie cutters in letter shapes if you have them, but I simply rolled these by hand for her. Preschoolers and kindergartners will benefit from shaping each letter by themselves.

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For Veronika, it was more about shape recognition. I was thrilled when I asked her what letter we needed for Veronika, and she immediately knew it was a V. Before I could even ask she said, “Mom, can you make a T for Travis?” Happy to oblige!

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Next up, we put on our engineering caps and tried to build towers. I showed her how to use playdough as a base to stick in toothpicks, and then we tried to build the structure as high as three layers.

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When our 3-D towers toppled down, she enjoyed connecting two toothpicks together with a sticky ball of play dough as “glue”. This was a great method to make flat shapes like squares and triangles. She kept the play going long after I stepped away to get some work done. I overheard her talking about making “drums” and adding “ears” and all sorts of other imaginative games with just a ball of orange play dough and leftover toothpicks. “And then he lost his ears!” she exclaimed.

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Squishy Button Sorting Bag

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This cute twist on a regular squishy sensory bag adds the concept of sorting into the mix! Squishing buttons through the hair gel inside will be an absolute delight for toddlers and preschoolers alike.

To set up, I drew two circles on a large zip-top plastic bag with sharpies, using colors that corresponded to buttons in our craft bin. Next, squirt in a generous amount of hair gel, then add buttons in at least two colors. (Note: You can make this harder for preschoolers with additional colors). Seal tightly, adding duct tape to the seal if you worry your child might want to open the bag.

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First I just let Veronika experiment with how the bag felt. She loved squishing the buttons through the gooey insides of the bag…

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…or pressing her hands down firmly on top of it.

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Once she’d had time to explore, I showed her that she could nudge the buttons deliberately, each one toward the correctly colored circle. She picked up on the idea right away, although occasionally I had to help her with the fine motor skills needed to scoot a button in the right direction.

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To mix up the activity, I then showed her how the bag looked with the buttons completely sorted. Then it was up to her to scatter them! In sum, this was a nice variation on an idea that never gets old.

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Tropical Celery Boats

Carribean Dream Boats

This fun snack actually encourages kids to play with their food! The bright colors and touch of whimsy from small drink umbrellas turn ho-hum celery into a little Caribbean “boat”. Serve this snack in the winter if you’re dreaming of warmer days, or save it for an actual summer day, where it would be perfect poolside.

To start, I like to steam the celery stalks for just a minute or two to make them easier for toddlers to chew, but you can also leave the celery crunchy. Spread the insides of the celery pieces with your favorite non-dairy cream cheese, then sprinkle with shredded coconut to taste. Spoon a little crushed pineapple over the top of each piece.

Add a drink umbrella as the “garnish”, and your boats are ready to set sail.