Friday, April 29, 2011

Making Bread In A Bag

Nothing like soft warm bread on a rainy day. Or should I say week! It's been raining here on the East coast for almost a week!
I have had the recipe for bag bread for many years and have no idea where I got it but it's a gem. A very yummy science experiment. I will try to walk you through this recipe as best as I can.

First you will need the following:
A pan
2 pkg of fast rising yeast
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 c warm water
4 tsp vegetable oil
3 C Flour
1 1/2 tsp Salt

1. In a gallon sized Freezer bag place 1 1/2 c flour, sugar, yeast and salt. Close bag tight and ask you child to work the bag with their fingers to mix the ingredients.

2. Add the oil and water to the ingredients in the bag. Reseal and demonstrate to your child how to mix the ingredients. Gradually add the remaining flour, until mixture forms a stiff ball.

3. Grease your hands with solid vegetable oil and remove dough from bag and knead on a floured surface. (I did this part as I had 6 kids doing this activity with me. It can get very messy!)

Knead for about 5 minutes until small air pockets begin to form under the surface of the dough. when they appear allow your child to observe them.

4. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes. Grease a bread pan, divide dough into two equal pieces and place in pan.

5. Cover with clean cloth and let rise for 1 hour. In the mean time ask your child what she thinks will happen to the dough. Read a children's book about baking bread. We read the little red hen

I don't think I need to do a book review as I'm sure we have all read this book at one time or another. I will say that this book was an excellent choice for this activity:)

6. Show your child what happened to the dough once it has risen. Ask your child questions about how the dough got bigger etc

7. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degree F for 25 to 30 minutes

As soon as you take the bread out of the oven butter the tops of your loaves with paper towel. This helps your bread stay soft

Let cool for 20 minutes. In the mean time you can set up a self serve snack station

And Bon Appetit!

We toasted some too. There is a reason we don't do this activity too often, my waist line doesn't need it!

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Straw Painting

Straw Painting is an old favorite. It's raining here today so getting messy inside is in order.

Materials needed:
Paper, watered down paint, and a straw. I recommend teaching your child how to blow out the straw before beginning or your child will get a very unpleasant tasting surprise. Get your child to blow the paint around on the paper. Some pretty cool designs appear!

Boy did she get messy! The more messy the activity the more Jada loves it ha-ha

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Sensory Bin for May~Outside~

Inside our Sensory bin:
Sticks, worms, flower petals, spiders, eggs, feathers, birds, and bird seed.
We decided to take our sensory bin outside on a beautiful spring day. We emptied it into our water play table and boy was it a lot of fun. Jada loved running her hands through the bird seed and allowing it to flow through her fingers. Now that is sensory overload!
Some action pics:

Collecting all the worms

I used the inspiration for my sensory bin from this book:

Jada has had a thing for birds since she learned to say her first words. She started by calling them "shoo-shoo" because her dad used to "shoo" them away from our cars. We have a bit of a bird problem on our street.
Anyway this book follows the development of the bird in the egg right through to the birds adult years. very educational but I have to catch Jada in the right mood to get all the way through it. We often just look at the pictures. The book is geared towards the 3 years and up crowd. However, we enjoy it:)

After we played for 1.5 hours in the bin making nests, making piles, sorting etc we came inside to rest and read our book yet again.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Easter / Spring Sweet Treats

Easter/Spring sweet treats
We had our Easter party yesterday and here is the grub. Made from the Rice Krispie square recipe

So remember the other day I said I would try to dye eggs with the children. Well does this count?:

I even took the leftovers to Jada's gym daycare last night. Not sure how RIGHT taking sweets into a gym is but the kids were pretty happy:)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Easter Cookie Cutter Painting

Jada was itching to get messy this afternoon and I was out of ideas so when a cookie cutter caught my eye I thought PERFECT!

This kid could seriously sit and get creative for hours as long as it's messy HA-Ha I used a container our salad came in for a paint holder. We have those little paint cups but as you can imagine cookie cutters just won't fit.

Our creations drying on the change table. If I can gather some energy together I might attempt to dye some eggs with the kiddos tomorrow:)

The past two days we have been reading lots of Easter books but this one was our favorite. Actually the whole If you give a.... series. Anyway we enjoy helping mouse find different colored eggs hidden around his house. It really is a great book to tie into all those great Easter activities! Especially Easter egg activities. So as I said I will give it my best effort to make some with the children tomorrow:) Stay tuned.........

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Monday, April 18, 2011

What's new?

Well I haven't been feeling well over the past 2 months or so. This past week has been the worst as I'm sure some of you noticed that I posted only half posts, forgot spell check, linked up in the wrong sections and more. So embarrassing. I have been dizzy, exhausted!!!, headaches, stomach cramps, car/ motion sickness and lack of the monthly visitor. Before any of you think I'm pregnant, I'm not. 32 home tests have confirmed that I'm not.(yes I took 32 because I'm crazy) It's frustrating and confusing and the Dr suspects I have a thyroid problem.... Anyway I finally went for blood work today so I hope to have some answers soon! I passed out twice while the guy took my blood! very strange and again soooo embarrassing!! I won't be posting that much this week as I am nervous about my blood work and well I'm still exhausted! I will update as soon as I have some answers:)

Friday, April 15, 2011

Feet Chicks

Easter feet chicks...aren't they sweet?

I got this idea from a facebook friend:)

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sensory bin madness

I am going to try and do a new color every few weeks as we need the visual reminder on our colors. I got the idea of color sensory bins from Counting Coconuts.

In this bin are a wide range of items that are blue. Buttons, saw, beads, bottle caps, eggs, Easter grass, scoop, cookie cutters, people, bread tags, blocks, glass beads, pompoms and more.

We just got our new order of books in and this one is Jada's favorite. I am so happy she loves it as she needs practice with her colors. It's a simple read and great picture book:) The book tied in very nicely with our sensory bin activity

Have you noticed the sensory bin craze on the blog world? I bet you have! Anyway I'm exhausted because I went a bit nuts and made the next 7 months worth of sensory bins!! I have some babies starting the daycare soon as I have one child going off to school and one moving out of province. So I will be crazy busy with our school day and taking care of babies. There won't be much time for making and planning sensory bins. They aren't finished because I need a few things to add to them. However, for the most part they are ready to go!

Here are some of the themes:

Birds, Colors (Jada needs a good practice), Desert, Hawaii, Canada Day, Flamingos , Ocean life, Harvest, Arctic life, Halloween, Camping, flower shop...

These are not in any particular order just as I remember them I wrote them down. Just wanted to let you all know that you will be seeing a few changes around here in the way I blog. First of all I'm sure you noticed that I change the theme of my blog weekly. Yup I get board very quickly so this will probably continue to happen lol. Another thing Is we are taking a break from Play dough, it just isn't as popular as it once was. I figure absence makes the heart grow fonder and we will try again in a few months. The biggest change will be that I am not going to post all of our activity trays each month but will continue to share a few special ones that are particularly exciting for Jada. As summer is getting closer we are outside more enjoying the fresh air and experiencing lots of other fun and educational things. :)

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Spring Laundry

Yesterday was such a beautiful day I hung out some laundry on the line to dry. Jada was trailing behind asking "Me help mommy?" So it dawned on me maybe we should make this an activity

I removed the furniture from one side of our play room and set up a simple twine clothes line. I had some mini clothespins and a few pieces of baby baby clothes. Great activity but clothespins are very difficult for little hands to maneuver. We broke a few pins in the process of learning to use them correctly.

They had a mini clothes basket for storing the dried laundry. They were also encouraged to help fold the laundry. It's raining here in N.S. so when the sun reappears we will set this activity up outside with some bigger clothespins.

And later this morning Jada worked on her Easter lacing activity. Not before removing her pony tails SIGH.....
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