Friday, May 23, 2008

Looking ahead to long summer days with your children? Want a free activity? Go outside!!! Young children love going outside. I've posted a picture here of some sidewalk chalk artwork on our front steps--hours of entertainment. We even "jumped" into the pictures like Mary Poppins does....

You can also start a garden (see my post on The Tarnished Teapot) for my story. Here's a great website for gardening with kids: Children in the Garden.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Kids in the Kitchen

As summer fast approaches, you may be wondering what to do with those little hands during the expanded time you have with them. Get them involved in cooking! Sure, it will take longer than if you did it by yourself, but even two year olds love to "help" Mom. Baking is one of the easiest places to start since it generally involves cool or room temperature ingredients (until you put it in the oven) and does not involve sharp knives. (Make sure to keep little fingers away from a mixer.) Perhaps this summer will be the one during which you learn to make bread! Bread is a very easy thing to let your children help with since the ingredient amounts aren't generally as precise as something like a cake. Your kitchen will be a wreck, and so, most likely, will be your child--but the two of you will have some great memories and an edible finished product to boot! Simply clean up the kitchen while your baked goods bake. Then, sit down with your proud child and enjoy the fruits of your labors!