Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Turkey Penne With Lemon Cream Sauce

Made this the other night for dinner and it was delicious. I think it would also taste great with chicken or seafood instead of turkey. The kids loved it too!
Click the picture for this great recipe!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

B Is For Bugs and Butterflies

Art: Folded Butterflies
Cut out butterfly shapes. Have kids fingerpaint, fold in half and press to make a butterfly.

Rock Bugs
Have kids paint rocks and attach googly eyes.

Butterfly Collage
Cut out butterfly from contact paper. Have kids help tear construction and then stick on butterfly to make collage.

Songs and Fingerplays:

I'm Bringing Home a Baby Bumblebee
Won't my mommy be so proud of me?
I bringing home a baby bumblebee.
Ouch! It stung me.

Here is the beehive (put hands together)
but where are the bees?
Hidden inside where nobody sees.
Watch and you'll see them come out of the hive.
One, two, three, four, five (lift up fingers)
Buzz! (tickle)

Play the "Cooties" game

Go bug hunting. Find bugs outside and talk about them.

Bug cookies - decorate cookies as bugs

Ants on a log - cleryk peanut butter and raisins

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A is for Apple

Song: Johnny AppleSeed Song

Oh The Lord's been good to me,
and so I thank the Lord.
For giving me the things I need.
The sun and the rain and the apple seed,
oh the Lord's been good to me.

Way up High in the Apple Tree (make a tree with arms)
Two little apples smiling at me (Make fists and put next to your smile)
I shook that tree as hard as I could (Go back to being a tree and wobble back and forth)
Down came the Apples and mmmmm they were good! (Have hands fall down and then rub stomach)


Cut a few apples in half. Dip in red, yellow and green paints and the use like stamps on paper.


Observe an apple and record your findings. Use all five senses.
What does it look like? red, round, has a stem, shiny, etc

What does it smell like?

How does it feel? smooth, hard

What does it sound like?

How does it taste? sweet, sour

Sensory bags/boxes

Put parts of an apple in a paper bag or covered box and have each child feel what is inside and guess what it is.

For example: core, stem, leaves, seeds, peels, apple sauce


Apple Pizza

Toast english muffin halves and top with cream cheese, cinnamon, and apple sauce. Toast for 20 seconds.

Make an apple pie for family night!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

MMMMMMMM....Chocolate Cake

Some days you just want a good piece of chocolate cake. Look no further!


1 package devil's food cake
1 (5.9 oz) pack instant chocolate pudding
1 Cup Sour Cream
1 Cup Vegetable Oil
4 eggs
1/2 Cup warm water
2 Cups semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large bowl mix together cake mix, pudding, sour cream, oil, eggs and water. Stir in Chocolate chips. Pour into well greased bundt pan.
3. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until top is springy. Let cool in pan for 60-90 minutes before removing cake.