5 Kid Friendly Outdoor Snow Projects

5 Kid Friendly Outdoor Snow Projects

Our Snowed in Adventure

When snow hits in the south, you can guarantee a few days snow-days. An unheard of 4 inches blanketed our area with gorgeous, soft flakes of snow. It was magical… for the first couple of days. However, when we received the call yesterday that again school was canceled, (it’s been 6 days since the snow fell) my first instinct was “Noooo”!  Being cooped up in the house with three kids well, the magic has worn thin.  They need to get out, have some purpose and be challenged by someone other then me and my husband (and goodness knows, I need time to work, LOL!).  But then, inspiration hit this morning.  With weathers warming up, the snow will be soon gone and we need to take advantage of what remains.Time to get busy, play outdoors and learn in our environment! Here are our Top 5 Kid Friendly Outdoor Snowy Projects!

 

  1. Snow Art

Materials:

  • Spray Bottles or recycled bottles
  • watered down paints or food coloring
  • leftover sprinkles from holiday cookies

Grab a large patch of snow and let the kids explore mixing colors and painting the snow.  Challenge them to create patterns or simple patterns.  See where their imagination takes them.

2. Snow Writing

Materials:

  • Sticks
  • Leftover snow art paint

Find a patch of snow and practice writing letters, words or messages in the snow.  Erase with leaves or pine branches and try again.

3.  Snow Prints

Materials:

  • Leaves
  • Pinecones
  • cars, trucks or anything with wheels
  • Other objects that will make imprints or patterns in the snow

Have the kids lightly press outdoor objects such as leaves and pinecones into the snow to see the imprint. Hunt for tracks in the snow made by outdoor critters  such as birds or deer. Use indoor objects like cars and trucks to see the impressions created.

4.  Snow Science- Melting Snow

Materals:

  • Buckets
  • Pots and pans
  • Stove (either hot plate or indoor range)
  • Cheese cloth or towel
  • oven
  • space heaters

Query 1: Can we Drink Snow?  Have the kids learn how melt snow and use as drinking water. Collect water into a couple pots. Fill to the top so they can see how much water comes from snow.  Melt the snow on the stove and observe the change in property from a solid to a liquid.  Boil snow for 10 minutes, cool and strain over a towel to get rid of any twigs, dirt and leaves.

Query 2: How fast does snow melt indoors. Have the kids place snow into buckets and place in different parts of the house such as the garage, in doors and by the heater.  Have them predict how long they think each bucket of snow will take to melt.

Query 3: How fast will snow melt with heat.  Use a heat lamp, hair dryer or space heater. Predict of fast each bucket of snow will melt.

As the water melted, we watched a Water Cycle Video and discussed what temperature needs to be present to make snow fall.

5.  Snow Books and Games

Snow was a way of life where I grew up so I sure enjoyed teaching the kids a few of my snow-fun filled games.

Snow Games

  • Fox and Geese – a Game of Tag in the Snow
  • Capture the Flag- I recall once playing this in thigh deep snow!  It was crazy but always a fun adventure
  • Building a Snowman or Fort
  • Having a snowball Fight
  • Creating Snow Angels

Recommend Reading for Snowy Day Fun

Snow by Cynthia Rylant

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll

Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Write

All you Need for a Snowman by Alice Schertle

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

 

Our Weekly Menu and Acorn Squash Pecan Bake

Our Weekly Menu

This weeks menu is ready! We follow the guidelines of Trim Healthy Mama developed by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison and we encourage you to check out their websitebooks and various social media platforms. This week is Thanksgiving and with family coming into town, we have some creative meals for our guests.

Menu

Monday: Eggroll in a Bowl (S or E) page 63 of the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbookwith our own added additions such as water chestnuts, baby corn and sprouts

Tuesday:  One Pot Bean Mung Dal  (E) My husband and I enjoy the flavor and high protein found Mung Dal. This week we searched for a kid approved recpie. Hopefully the kids like this hearty dish.

Wednesday: Drive Thru Sue Chicken Quiche (S) page 118 of the Trim Healthy Table Cookbook

Thursday: Thanksgiving!! (S) Insta-pot turkey with our recipe of Acorn Squash Pecan Bake (See below) and a side of veggies is our simple but healthy plan!

Friday: Low Carb Pizza, crust made with cheese flower Biscuit on page 248 of the book Trim Healthy Table. 

Saturday: Bacon Crusted Chicken Bacon and Chicken!  Yumm!  This is going to be a crowd pleasing meal.

Sunday: Southwestern Meatloaf  Simple yet delicious, this meal will be happy ending to the busy week.

For my Sweet Tooth

Mocha Roll (S)-Take a look at the picture of this decadent treat and you will want to try this recipe, too!

Lemon Bars (S)-With Lemon flavor a favorite with my kids, Buttery Lemon Bars are sure to be a hit.

Acorn Squash Pecan Bake

1 egg
2 Acorn Squash
¼ cup xylitol
1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cups milk or whipping cream

Special Ingredients
1/2 cup baking blend
1/4 cup xylitol
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Cook acorn squash in the instapot for 12 mins on manual, cool, peal, cut and scoop out the seeds. Mash squash and ad ¼ cup of xylitol, 1/4 cup butter, 1/2 teaspoon allspice, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg.  Mix well.  Beat in cream and egg.  Whip well with mixer.  Pour into greased baking pan.  Combine special ingredients and mix until crumbly.  Mix in pecans and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.  Sprinkle over the top of the squash mixture.  Dot with butter.  Bake at 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes.

Our Weekly Menu

Our Weekly Menu

This weeks menu is ready! We follow the guidelines of Trim Healthy Mama developed by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison and we encourage you to check out their websitebooks and various social media platforms. We just arrived back from our weekend getaway to Washington DC and what a fantastic weekend we had with good friends.

Menu

Monday: Addictive Greek Chicken  (S) (page 224) with Cucumber Salad (S) page 224 in the Trim Healthy Table Book.

Tuesday:  Tortilla Soup (S) with Just Like Red-lobster Biscuits (S) With the weather getting cooler, we love our soups with biscuits.  These biscuits are easy

Wednesday: Loaded Philly Cheese Meatloaf (S) page 216 of the Trim Healthy Table

Thursday: Chicken Bake (E) Page 123 of The Trim Healthy Table Cookbook.

Friday: Low Carb Pizza, crust made with cheese flower Biscuit on page 248 of the book Trim Healthy Table. 

Saturday: Salmon Patties (E) page 244 of the Trim Healthy Table Book with Zucchini Fritters page 235 of the Trim Healthy Table Cookbook

Sunday: Breakfast for Dinner with Chocolate Chip Pancakes (S) page 341 of the Trim Healthy Table Cookbook. Just today we tried our order of Trim Healthy Mama Chocolate Chips arrived in the post. We sampled a few today and boy are they delicious.  Sunday night we will try them in some yummy pancakes!

For my Sweet Tooth

Mocha Roll (S)-Take a look at the picture of this decadent treat and you will want to try this recipe, too!

Lemon Bars (S)-With Lemon flavor a favorite with my kids, Buttery Lemon Bars are sure to be a hit.

 

 

Rodan+Fields Update

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Letter L is for Leaves

November is here and with it Fall themed activities for Preschool. Our first full week in fall is all about leaves.  With 16 pages of activities and other creative learning projects, your preschool child will enjoy learning all about leaves! This set includes a letter L word hunt, a color by numbers, a pattern and simple counting page and a pumpkin song.

Throughout next week, I’ll update this blog post with pictures of my little 4 year old working on some of the creative projects designed especially for preschool learning fun.  Here is a glimpse of the projects created (for more, click here):

  

Click here for a link to my Etsy site for a PDF of our leaf activities.

Suggested Books for letter L Leaf Reading

Leaves 

There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves 

Why Do Leaves Change Color?

Fletcher and The Falling Leaves

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf

We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt

The Leaves on the Trees 

Leaf

Other Activities for Leaf Week
  • Colorful Leaf Rubbings
  • Outdoor Walk and Leaf Collection
  • Bake Leaf Cutout Cookies and Decorate
  • Leaf Stained Glass Art, (Press leaves, crayons to melt between wax paper and heat on low with an iron.
  • Silly Leaf art- using googley eyes and pipe cleaners make “pet” leaves.
  • Pictures from our leaf activities this week!

P is for Pumpkin

Halloween Preschool Projects

P is for Pumpkin

This little collection has Halloween themed learning with the letter P for Pumpkin which includes a letter P word hunt, a color by numbers, patterns and simple counting page and a fun little interactive pumpkin song. For a link to my Etsy page and more Pumpkin Activities. Here is a small sample out of the 18 pages I created.

created by venture2learn.com

Pumpkin Books

Looking for Pumpkin Books to read?  Here are some of the titles we are using:

Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington

The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll

My First Halloween by Tomie dePaola

Corduroy’s Best Halloween Ever! by Don Freeman

Sixteen Runaway Pumpkin by Dianne Ocholtree

The Runaway Pumpkin by S.D. Schindler

The Pumply Dumply Pumpkin

 

Other Activities for Pumpkin Week:

Graphing Candy Corn and Candy Pumpkins (or rainbow goldfish)

Sorting and Counting Candy Pumpkins.

We happen to have play handcuffs sitting around the house to use as sections.  Grab a couple of pumpkin plates or string to make circles and you are all set to sort and count.

Halloween Preschool Projects

Halloween Preschool Projects

The past several weeks my little preschooler and I have been busy creating, learning and having fun.  From writing books, identifying letters and learning to count, my son has picked the theme and I’ve developed projects to meet his needs.  In this post, I will cover the following:

  • M for Monster

  • H for Halloween Haunted House

  • Bat for -at week

M is for Monster

maze

This little collection has Halloween themed learning with the letter M for Monster which includes a letter M word hunt, a color by numbers, patterns and simple counting page and a fun little maze. For a link to my Etsy page and more Monster activities, click here.

Here are some of the hands-on extra activities I added into the letter M, Monster Week.

Books we read for Monster Week:

There’s a Nightmare in my Closet

Where the Wild Things Are 

Goodnight Little Monster

Go to School Little Monster 

 

From the 40% off Hobby Lobby special I found a pack of Monster crafts.  We decorated and labeled each monster with a letter from some alphabet work. My little guy spent time putting the letters in order and making words.

With big sister home sick from school Lego blocks came in handy to build a maze for letter M week!

M&Ms for letter M week are sure a fun treat when sorting, counting and graphing.

 

Letter H for is Halloween Haunted House

Halloween themed learning with H week. Words focus on the letter H. This set includes a mini book, letter hunt, patterns counting, dot to dot and other interactive activities for your preschooler. Contains about 22 pages with 12 pages a mini book. We also purchased a haunted house gingerbread kit to do as a family.  Walmart had them for $7.00 and change (FYI: the icing didn’t work so well to hold the house together so I used hot glue — sorry kids, you won’t be able to eat this candy house). Here is a couple examples of my haunted house activities for more, click on my etsy page.

Books we Read for Haunted House Week:

In a Dark, Dark House

At the Old Haunted House

Room on a Broom 

Halloween Hustle

 

 

B for Bat -at week

Halloween themed learning with -at week. Words focus on the at family such as: bat, cat, sat, mat, hat, pat, vat, rat, flat, at, slat, fat. This set includes a mini book, a fun song and rhyme, dot-to-dot, patterns word hunt and other interactive activities for your preschooler or kindergartener. Here are some examples of the projects created for bat week. For more, click on my Etsy page:

Bat Books we have Read

Bats at the Beach

Bats at the Library 

National Geographic Reader: Bats

Bats by Gail Gibbons

Stellaluna

(we also found a Reading Rainbow Recording video on Amazon!) Episode 13

Next week we will work with pumpkins so stayed tuned for some fun projects headed your way including sorting and graphing autumn mix candy!

 

Our Weekly Menu

Our Weekly Menu

This weeks menu is ready! We follow the guidelines of Trim Healthy Mama developed by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison and we encourage you to check out their websitebooks and various social media platforms.

Menu

Monday: Butternut Squash Chili (E), this favorite fall recipe is perfect for leftovers this week before Halloween.

Tuesday:  Easy Tacos (E or S) Made with beans, low carb tortillas and mozzarella cheese, we are rushing off to our 1st graders school musical.

Wednesday: Creamy Chicken Enchilada with Spaghetti Squash (S) I’ll omit the beans and corn but add a bag of riced cauliflower for this tasty meal.

Thursday: Teriyaki Beef and Broccoli (S/E or FP), Page 82 of the book, Trim Healthy Table. Beef is a favorite meat in our family and one we don’t often create.  This kids will be excited!

Friday: Carb Friendly Pizza & Movie Night (S).  There are a couple new recipe’s for crusts in the book Trim Healthy Table that we’ve been meaning to try!

Saturday:Hot Dogs with Green Fries  (S), Our green fries are simply green beans or zucchini strips cooked in the air fryer a perfect alternative french fries.

Sunday: Traditional Chili (E)- Twice in one week, why yes!  My husband is cooking dinner so I’ll take it! 

For my Sweet Tooth

Pumpkin Gummy Candy I’ll be using the tart cherry recipe but with pumpkin juice to make these gummy candies.

Creamy Pumpkin Chocolate Fried Taco (S) 

Our Weekly Menu

This weeks menu is ready! We follow the guidelines of Trim Healthy Mama developed by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison and we encourage you to check out their websitebooks and various social media platforms.

Menu

Monday: Addictive Greek Chicken  (S), Page 224 of the book, Trim Healthy Table This is Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison’s newest book and it is filled with yummy delicious wholesome recipes to try. We had a request this week for steak from our middle daughter.  Our kids love black olives so I bet this meal will be a winner.

Tuesday:  Out to Dinner- Rodan+Fields Product Launch-Choose S

Wednesday: Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti Casserole (S) page 120 of Trim Healthy TableMade with THM Noodles, I may have to keep the noodles and chicken separate for the kids. But, this meal looks amazing!

Thursday: Loaded Broccoli and Cheese Soup (S), Page 152 of the book, Trim Healthy Table. Creamy and filled with nutrients, this will be a perfect make-ahead meal.

Friday: Carb Friendly Pizza & Movie Night (S).  There are a couple new recipe’s for crusts in the book Trim Healthy Table that we’ve been meaning to try!

Saturday:Blackened Shrimp Tacos (E), Click on the link and you’ll see why I picked this yummy meal. It looks and sounds amazing. Instead of using mayo, however, I will use non-fat yogurt to keep it an E.

Sunday: Breakfast for Dinner (E)- Waffles! Blender Freezer Waffles page 336 in Trim Healthy Table

For my Sweet Tooth

Low Carb Rolls (E)- This recipe calls for two eggs which would make it a crossover so I’ll add extra egg whites to stay within an E.

Creamy Pumpkin Chocolate Fried Taco (S) 

Our Weekly Menu with Light and Fluffy Quiche

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Our Weekly Menu

This weeks menu is ready! We follow the guidelines of Trim Healthy Mama developed by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison and we encourage you to check out their websitebooks and various social media platforms.

Menu

Monday: Good Grub (S), Page 64 of the book, Trim Healthy Table This is Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison’s newest book and it is filled with yummy delicious wholesome recipes to try. We had a request this week for steak from our middle daughter.  This delightful, easy and quick meal will be the perfect fit.

Tuesday:  Quiche (S) Our kids love their tea parties and who doesn’t like a tea celebration at dinner!

Wednesday: Spaghetti (E) Made with Dreamfield Pasta and sugar-free sauce. For the weeks the kids have been asking for a noodle dish, spaghetti with low carb pasta is the perfect match.

Thursday: World’s Laziest Lasagna Skillet (S), Page 69 of the book, Trim Healthy Table. I’m pretty sure it was the name of the recipe which made me add it to this week’s menu. Easy, quick and delicious -yes, please!

Friday: Carb Friendly Pizza & Movie Night (S).  There are a couple new recipe’s for crusts in the book Trim Healthy Table that we’ve been meaning to try!

Saturday:Blackened Fish Tacos (E), page 60 of the book, Trim Healthy Table. Crispy fish packed with a yummy beans and low carb tortillas.

Sunday: Chicken Nuggets (S)- One of our favorite family recipes, our chicken is baked not fried but just as popular.

For my Sweet Tooth

Lemon Cream Pie (S) page 408 in Trim Healthy Table.

Pumpkin Cream Cake (S) 

Light and Fluffy Quiche

Ingredients:

  • Optional Pie Crust
  • 1 cup Shredded Mexican Blended Cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese
  • Green Onion
  • Handful of Kale
  • Cooked Sausage Bites
  • 4- slices Cooked and Bacon Crumbles
  • 8 Eggs
  • 1 cup Whipping Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Spice Blend
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Layer the Pie Crust or Baking Dish with Cheese, Kale, Sausage, Cooked Bacon and onion.  
  2. In medium bowl, combine eggs, milk or cream, and then add salt, pepper and Italian Spice blend . Beat until smooth and pour over cheese and meat.
  3. Place prepared pie in preheat oven (375 degrees F)  If using a crust you may choose to cover with foil to protect it. 
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until filling is set and crust is golden brown. Remove the foil, if used and continue to bake for 15 mins if the quiche is not set.