Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Car Games

  • I Spay with my Little Eye

  • What Animal am I describing?

  • On the way to or from your house count how many stop signs or lights you can count

  • Pick a color - count how many cars, trucks, or houses do you see that are that color

  • Hold up one hand: hold up various fingers, have your preschoolers count your fingers

  • Play rough or smooth: how does your hair feel? Rough or smooth? The bottom of your shoe? Rough or smooth?

  • Sound Recognition: Say a word to your children. Ask them to tell you what the word begins with.

  • Make up your own story in the car: you start out, then your chaldren add to it, and then back to you, etc.

  • Rhyme games: what rhymes with cat?

  • Make up your own game!

Family Activities

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory Minnehaha Falls Baker Park Reserve, Lake Independence Minnesota Transportation Museum Eden Prairie Center's Soft Play Area (lower level near kohl's) Mionneapolis Institute of Arts (closed Mondays. Select Sundays they host family days) Imagination Saturdays - Michael's Craft Stores Story time at library Movies in the Park (Osseo and Maple Grove Movie Nights) Elm Creek Park Reserve The Landing - Minnesota River Heritage Park Science Museum of Minnesota Minnesota Children's Museum Foshay Tower Bell Museum St. Paul Saints Baseball Minnesota History Center American Swedish Institute Bakken Museum

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Berry Delightful Spinach Salad

1/2 cup sugar 1 cup chopped pecans 1 pkg (6 oz) fresh baby spinach 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries 1 cup fresh blueberries Dressing: 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 2/3 cup fresh strawberries 1 tsp sugar 1/4 tsp onion powder 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper 2/3 cup olive oil 1. Melt sugar over med/low heat until melted. Stir often to make sure it melts evenly. When all melted (will turn dark color) mix in pecans and spread on foil lined cookie sheet. Cool. Break apart 2. Mix spinach and berries 3. Combine first six ingredients of dresing in blender. Cover and process until pureed. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Got from TOH March/April Magazine - was SUPER good!