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Monster Jam madness!
Valentine's for less,
20 random things,
the best of moments,
Adjusting to 2 under 2. A stressful time with many obstacles. Learning to juggle individual needs. Adjusting to new sleep (mostly awake...) schedules. Making sure my love and attention was spread evenly. A stressful time, in the moment. But now that the moment has passed, I miss my babies being this young. Each age has it's unique struggles. Identify the temporary issues and come to terms that they will pass. Enjoy your growing child!
Rotting food turns black,
Boy am I hungry!
Looking to get out of the house this winter? Consider taking your littles on an "eat like the animals" snack date at the zoo!
Check out your pantry and pack a healthy snack for your trip. Involve the kids in the process and have them help you prepare some goodies for your excursion. Kids are always more likely to eat food they have helped prepare!
Ideas for a quick and easy "eat like the animals" snack pack:
-Grapes and Strawberries
Bundle up and head to the zoo! Enjoy observing your favorite animals, and focus on the chosen topic of "eating like the animals".
Work on observation and language skills as you watch your favorite animals and investigate if they have any food out. Ask your child to describe what they see, then ask them open ended questions to get them thinking! Curiosity is a wondrous thing.
For younger kids, discuss what foods various animals eats (You may choose to focus on herbivores, depending on your child. My 4 year old saw the King Cobra enjoying a mouse lunch and asked a lot of questions- it was a good learning moment. You know your child though, so gauge their possible reactions and proceed!) Talk about fruits and vegetables. Can they name 10 fruits? 10 vegetables? How are fruits and vegetables grown? Where do we get the food we eat? How much do they think the animal eats- a lot or a little? What colors are the animals and their favorite foods? What animals live around here in nature? What do they eat?
If your child is older you can discuss carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. What shape are the animals teeth? Another great topic is predators and prey. Is their favorite zoo animal a hunter or the hunted in the wild? How does the animal get their food? What adaptations do they have to get their food (Camouflage? Speed? Height? Intelligence?)
Then, whenever you feel the need, enjoy the healthy snack you packed! Our zoo allows outside food, so no need to sneak and eat. Settle into a booth and nosh. Eat like a ravenous animal, the fruits and vegetables will fill up your belly and give you fuel to play more and to grow strong.
A few minutes of thinking up a theme will allot you endless educational conversations with your littles! Once you are home, you can ask if they would like to draw their favorite animal or their favorite part of your outing. Perhaps you can read books about fruits and vegetables or animals! Maybe you have a zoo toy or a play kitchen? Keep the theme going and have your kids help with dinner, too! Are you preparing any foods that your zoo friends would enjoy?
Try having a snack date with your kids and their favorite zoo animals next time you have winter cabin fever, I guarantee you'll have fun.