Weekly Kid’s Co-op

It’s time for the Weekly Kids Co-op!

As moms, we are constantly on the lookout for great teaching tools and resources to use with our children.  I know I always benefit from seeing the creativity of others as they share lessons, activities, crafts, food, and more in their various blogs.  Mommy bloggers have become popular for a good reason: information is power.  Right, ladies?

The Weekly Kids Co-Op

The Weekly Kids Co-op is one of my very favorite such resources.  I have been linking my snacks to this link party for months now, and I am excited to be able to co-host it here at Creative Kid Snacks.

If you are a blogger, link up your kid related posts to share with all of us eager beaver mommas.  If you are a mom, take some time to look through all of the great ideas for teaching and playing with our kids.  Pin what you love.  Like I said before, information is power!

This party will take place every Thursday at Creative Kid Snacks.  You will find it hosted on several other blogs, but the days the party goes live will vary from blog to blog.

Get ready for all the great ideas!  Link, share, and enjoy!


Weekly Kid’s Co-op

It’s time for the Weekly Kids Co-op!

As moms, we are constantly on the lookout for great teaching tools and resources to use with our children.  I know I always benefit from seeing the creativity of others as they share lessons, activities, crafts, food, and more in their various blogs.  Mommy bloggers have become popular for a good reason: information is power.  Right, ladies?

The Weekly Kids Co-Op

The Weekly Kids Co-op is one of my very favorite such resources.  I have been linking my snacks to this link party for months now, and I am excited to be able to co-host it here at Creative Kid Snacks.

If you are a blogger, link up your kid related posts to share with all of us eager beaver mommas.  If you are a mom, take some time to look through all of the great ideas for teaching and playing with our kids.  Pin what you love.  Like I said before, information is power!

This party will take place every Thursday at Creative Kid Snacks.  You will find it hosted on several other blogs, but the days the party goes live will vary from blog to blog.

Get ready for all the great ideas!  Link, share, and enjoy!


Gone Fishin’

Today’s lunch takes almost no time to prepare, and features foods that all kids love: peanut butter sandwich, string cheese, and goldfish.

As we all know, the aforementioned aren’t the most healthy foods in the world, but they are being served in moderation here, and I will share with you a couple secrets on how to make even a peanut butter sandwich more healthy.

How to create a simple "Gone Fishin'" lunch for your kids today! | CreativeKidSnacks.com

Ingredients:

1 slice whole wheat bread

1-2 T homemade peanut butter (see below)

1 piece string cheese

1 grape

1 goldfish

1 pretzel stick

1 strawberry (or other small fruit for a hat)

Create your Gone Fishin’ Lunch:

Today’s lunch features a boat that is half of a peanut butter sandwich.  Because I always like to strive to feed my kids the healthiest possible version of their food that I can, I’m going to show you something I just about when I purchased our awesome new toy – a Vitamix.

Make your own peanut butter:

You can make your own peanut butter if you have a Vitamix or a food processor.  When you make it yourself as described below, you avoid all of the extra sugars and hydrogenated oils found in even the “healthiest” brand name peanut butters.

Vitamix Peanut Butter

Vitamix Peanut Butter

Combine 1 jar of lightly roasted peanuts with several handfuls of almonds (raw, roasted, unseasoned) and set the Vitamix to high for a minute or two.   I bought lightly roasted because they have great flavor for turning into peanut butter and they also have less additives than regular roasted peanuts.  You can also add any other kind of nut you would like to this mix.  Just choose nuts that are not highly processed so that you will avoid that extra salt, sugar, and other chemicals and keep that great nutritional value.

Once you are done, you will have warm, delicious peanut butter with fantastic flavor and so many less ingredients to serve to your kids.

Next, you will slice the string cheese in half width-wise.  Place one half on top of the “boat” to be a fisherman.  Peel thin strings from the other half and use them to place beneath the boat for waves.  Use one thin string for the fishing line.  Place two thin strips of cheese on either side of your fisherman’s body for arms.

Add a pretzel for a fishing rod.

Next, slice a red grape, blueberry, or other dark fruit into small strips.  Arrange two of them to look like a hook at the bottom of the fishing line.  Use two tiny bits of that same fruit for your fisherman’s eyes.  (If you have a food marker, you may also use that to draw your man’s eyes and smile).

Place a goldfish near the hook, and you are done!

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And now it’s time for the Weekly Kids Co-op!

As moms, we are constantly on the lookout for great teaching tools and resources to use with our children.  I know I always benefit from seeing the creativity of others as they share lessons, activities, crafts, food, and more in their various blogs.  Mommy bloggers have become popular for a good reason: information is power.  Right, ladies?

The Weekly Kids Co-Op

The Weekly Kids Co-op is one of my very favorite such resources.  I have been linking my snacks to this link party for months now, and I am excited to be able to co-host it here at Creative Kid Snacks.

If you are a blogger, link up your kid related posts to share with all of us eager beaver mommas.  If you are a mom, take some time to look through all of the great ideas for teaching and playing with our kids.  Pin what you love.  Like I said before, information is power!

This party will take place every Thursday at Creative Kid Snacks.  You will find it hosted on several other blogs, but the days the party goes live will vary from blog to blog.

Get ready for all the great ideas!  Link, share, and enjoy!


5 loaves and 2 fish

Today’s lunch is going to be used to teach a bible story.  John 6 tells the story of Jesus teaching a large crowd, 5,000 people.  It became late in the day, and the disciples told Jesus to send the crowds home because they would need something to eat.  Jesus said, “Let us feed them”.  A boy was carrying 5 small barley loaves and 2 fish and offered them to Jesus.  Jesus prayed and thanked God for the food, then started to break it up into pieces to put into baskets for the disciples to pass out to the people.

After everyone, all 5,000+ people had eaten their fill, there were 12 baskets left over!  This is one of Jesus’ awesome miracles and today’s lunch celebrates that.

Teach the 5 loaves and 2 fishes story

1.  Read the story aloud to the kids.

2.  Talk about how the disciples must have felt, what the miracle showed them about Jesus, and some of the things they think the crowds of people might have said as they watched this happen and ate the food.

3.  Pray and thank God for showing us his supernatural power through miracles like this one.

4.  Act out the story together.

5.  Make this lunch.5 loaves and 2 fish lunch and learning activities by creativekidsnacks.com Create the fish by combining 1/2 of a can of tuna with several tablespoons of mayonnaise or miracle whip.  Here is a great recipe for homemade mayo made with much less fat and far better ingredients than store-bought.  Shape two little fish using your fingers.  Add a little raisin eye to each.

Serve with 5 “loaves” of bread.  Shown are garlic chips, but you can serve any kind of bread that will be easy to eat with the tuna.  I wanted something onto which the kids could spoon their tuna and eat.  Also perfect on the side are celery sticks.  The kids can spread tuna on the celery sticks to eat as well.
5 loaves and 2 fish lunch and learning activities by creativekidsnacks.com

One can of tuna was plenty to make two plates like this, one for each of my girls.

I was very pleasantly surprised at how much they enjoyed this meal.  They have not eaten much tuna, as it’s not something I regularly buy.  However, tuna is perfect for making a fish, thus the “5 loaves and 2 fishes” lunch.

And now it’s time for the Weekly Kids Co-op!

As moms, we are constantly on the lookout for great teaching tools and resources to use with our children.  I know I always benefit from seeing the creativity of others as they share lessons, activities, crafts, food, and more in their various blogs.  Mommy bloggers have become popular for a good reason: information is power.  Right, ladies?

The Weekly Kids Co-Op

The Weekly Kids Co-op is one of my very favorite such resources.  I have been linking my snacks to this link party for months now, and I am excited to be able to co-host it here at Creative Kid Snacks.

If you are a blogger, link up your kid related posts to share with all of us eager beaver mommas.  If you are a mom, take some time to look through all of the great ideas for teaching and playing with our kids.  Pin what you love.  Like I said before, information is power!

This party will take place every Thursday at Creative Kid Snacks.  You will find it hosted on several other blogs, but the days the party goes live will vary from blog to blog.

Get ready for all the great ideas!  Link, share, and enjoy!


Weekly Kid’s Co-op: Great Ideas from Real Moms

We’ve been hosting a link party for a few weeks now here at Creative Kid Snacks, called the Weekly Kids Co-op.  Moms from all around the world share fun and educational ideas for children.  I’ve been loving what I’m seeing, and I hope you’ve gotten a chance to get some great ideas to do with your own child.

This week I’d thought I’d share a few great ideas that have caught my eye over the last few weeks.  I’d also love to invite you to follow the Weekly Kids Co-op Pinterest board, so that you can also see the best of the best of these learning activities show up in your Pinterest newsfeed.

The titles of the posts alone will hopefully intrigue you enough – please click through to take a look at these great ideas!

Teaching Symmetry With Do a Dot Markers from Mess for Less

Reading Readiness Ideas for Preschoolers from Carrots are Orange

Outdoor Play Prepares Your Kids for School from The Golden Gleam

Turn Off Technology and Play from B-Inspired Mama

And now it’s time for the Weekly Kids Co-op!

As moms, we are constantly on the lookout for great teaching tools and resources to use with our children.  I know I always benefit from seeing the creativity of others as they share lessons, activities, crafts, food, and more in their various blogs.  Mommy bloggers have become popular for a good reason: information is power.  Right, ladies?

The Weekly Kids Co-Op

The Weekly Kids Co-op is one of my very favorite such resources.  I have been linking my snacks to this link party for months now, and I am excited to be able to co-host it here at Creative Kid Snacks.

If you are a blogger, link up your kid related posts to share with all of us eager beaver mommas.  If you are a mom, take some time to look through all of the great ideas for teaching and playing with our kids.  Pin what you love.  Like I said before, information is power!

This party will take place every Thursday at Creative Kid Snacks.  You will find it hosted on several other blogs, but the days the party goes live will vary from blog to blog.

Get ready for all the great ideas!  Link, share, and enjoy!


Easter Snacks + Weekly Kids Co-op

Easter Snacks to make with the kids from creativekidsnacks.com

Easter is coming!  Easter has always been one of my favorite holidays to celebrate.  How about some cute snacks for this special season?

Bunny

I don’t think this bunny has ever been posted on Creative Kid Snacks, we made it over a year ago.  This little guy has bananas for ears, a cottage cheese face, hard boiled egg slices for eyes, an almond nose, cheese whiskers, and raisin eyes.  Cute and filling for the kiddos!

Lamb snack for Easter - part of a collection of cute Easter food from creativekidsnacks.com

This little lamb is a perfect spring time, Eater-y alternative to the bunny.  It’s a fresh and fun lunch.  Check out how to make it here.

Jesus on cross: part of a collection of Easter snacks from creativekidsnacks.com

My daughter actually requested to have make a Jesus on the Cross plate on Good Friday.  Although it may sound strange, it was a great way to remember and celebrate what Jesus has done for us.  It was her way of honoring that special day, and, just like a pendant on a necklace or an illustration in the kids Bible, this is one more way this event is portrayed.  See our post about it here.

 Chick - fun for Easter and Springtime.  Part of a collection of Easter food by creativekidsnacks.com

This chick is another one that has not been posted on CKS.  We made our chick out of cheesy pasta, added carrot feet and a beak, a raisin eye, and some fresh celery for grass.  Easy, adorable, and delicious!

Teach the story of Jesus' resurrection and the true meaning of Easter with this snack by creativekidsnacks.com

Tell the true story of the meaning of Easter with this snack – the Empty Tomb.  Check out our post about it here.

How to make "resurrection eggs" to tell the Easter story as you color eggs this year.

I highly recommend making these four special eggs this year as you color your eggs.  You can tell the whole story of Easter, and each egg has its own directions and explanation.  Check out all the directions here.

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Did you enjoy today’s snack?  Learn more about this blog here.

And now it’s time for the Weekly Kids Co-op!

As moms, we are constantly on the lookout for great teaching tools and resources to use with our children.  I know I always benefit from seeing the creativity of others as they share lessons, activities, crafts, food, and more in their various blogs.  Mommy bloggers have become popular for a good reason: information is power.  Right, ladies?

The Weekly Kids Co-Op

The Weekly Kids Co-op is one of my very favorite such resources.  I have been linking my snacks to this link party for months now, and I am excited to be able to co-host it here at Creative Kid Snacks.

If you are a blogger, link up your kid related posts to share with all of us eager beaver mommas.  If you are a mom, take some time to look through all of the great ideas for teaching and playing with our kids.  Pin what you love.  Like I said before, information is power!

This party will take place every Thursday at Creative Kid Snacks.  You will find it hosted on several other blogs, but the days the party goes live will vary from blog to blog.

Get ready for all the great ideas!  Link, share, and enjoy!


Come and Play at the Weekly Kid’s Co-Op

As moms, we are constantly on the lookout for great teaching tools and resources to use with our children.  I know I always benefit from seeing the creativity of others as they share lessons, activities, crafts, food, and more in their various blogs.  Mommy bloggers have become popular for a good reason: information is power.  Right, ladies?

The Weekly Kids Co-Op

The Weekly Kids Co-op is one of my very favorite such resources.  I have been linking my snacks to this link party for months now, and I am excited to be able to co-host it here at Creative Kid Snacks.

If you are a blogger, link up your kid related posts to share with all of us eager beaver mommas.  If you are a mom, take some time to look through all of the great ideas for teaching and playing with our kids.  Pin what you love.  Like I said before, information is power!

This party will take place every Thursday at Creative Kid Snacks.  You will find it hosted on several other blogs, but the days the party goes live will vary from blog to blog.

Get ready for all the great ideas!  Link, share, and enjoy!

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