Thursday, April 17, 2014

Celebrating Earth Day with the Weekly Kid's Co-Op

Recycled Play, Books about Nature and More!


\We love recycling and repurposing items we already have at home, and try to treat everyday like Earth Day and to always make sure we play outside, at least a little. These Earth Day, Nature and Recycled Play and Create posts from last week's Kid's Co-Op jumped out at me. Hope you get inspired to reduce, reuse and recycle -- and to get out and enjoy nature this Spring (or Fall if your down under)! 

Recycled Crafts and Activities
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Earth Day/Nature Books, Media and Learning Activities








Bringing Together Earth Day and Easter





Monday, April 14, 2014

{National Library Week} This Week's Meal Plan - Inspired by Books!


We love our local library (which is technically a bookmobile) and have so much fun exploring books, especially getting creative with snacks and meals inspired by our favorite books. So, in honor of National Library Week (April 14-20), I've created an entire meal plan inspired by many of our favorite books! Hope you get inspired too! 

Monday

For breakfast, I'm keeping it simple with cereal. For lunch (or snack time), we'll be tasting the rainbow courtesy of Freight Train by Donald Crews.

Apple, Carrot, Banana, Avocado, Yogurt, Raisins and Plums.

A Meatless Monday Dinner Inspired by Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. - Green Rotini Pasta, Breadsticks and Alphabet Pasta or Green Rotini Pasta, Cheese and Raisins. 


Tuesday

For breakfast, it's French Toast inspired by The Cow in Patrick O'Shanahan's Kitchen by Diana Prichard. My boys love this book that connects food to its origin/source. As we make french toast together, they love to look at the book and retell the story. Often, our farm animal finger puppets become a part of the fun too! I often find our chicken finger puppet sitting inside the egg carton. (I've never managed to get any photos because we're all wrapped up too much in the process). Click to find out how we make our favorite French Toast

The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been a source of many creative snack dishes and lunches. Check out some fun caterpillar-inspired food options and activities from NurtureStore.  

Why not make a yummy Edamame and Pea Dip/Spread from Inspired Taste to munch on before or with dinner? It pairs perfectly with Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.

Wednesday

Wild Thing (my 4 year-old) is really into learning Spanish right now, Huevos Estrellas (Starry Eggs) inspired by the book My Abuelita by Tony Johnston are always fun.

I love runny eggs and hot sauce,
but for the boys will go with scrambled eggs on top of fried potatoes instead.
A lunchtime favorite that my baseball-loving boys devour are these fun baseball cream cheese English muffins. We usually have other round (ball) fruits too like apples or grapes. Pair this with your child's favorite baseball book - one of ours is Hit the Ball, Duck! by Jez Alborough

We love making pizza. Pair your pizza night with I'm Fast by Kate and Jim McMullen, since one of the trucks in the book is carrying all of the ingredients involved with making pizza! Here's some of our favorite pizzas and other pizza posts from bloggers we love.

Thursday


For Breakfast, try Conveying Awareness with Jessica David's Apple Wedges with a Secret (honey is one of the secrets). We love books about honey, and the boys love eating too. The Honeybee Man by Lela Nargi and Krysten Booker is a great read and of course, any Winnie-the-Pooh book will do! 

Why not have some Lorax Lunch Fun? This Lorax Cheese Sandwich from JDaniel4's Mom is super cute!



Make it a Winnie the Pooh day with this Pooh-inspired dinner idea from Daisy at Home as part of the Family Dinner Book Club hosted by Growing Book by Book.

I love, too, the opportunity that Pooh, his honeybees and The Lorax provide for discussing the importance of honoring and caring for nature and exploring the way all living beings interact in the world. 

Friday

Too Many Toys by David Shannon inspired us to create "Blocks for Breakfast" (They had to be Legos, of course).
  

Plus, there's lots of colorful lunch and/or snack time fun to be had with Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle. 

Growing up, we'd often have popcorn for dinner once a week. Usually, we also grazed on cheese and fruit alongside the popcorn. My father always made it on the stove top, and I absolutely loved it. Why not read The Popcorn Book by Tomie DePaola and then curl up as a family with a big bowl of popcorn and a movie? 

For the Weekend


The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt become a fast favorite at our house the first time we brought it home from the library. I love Daisy At Home's colorful pasta to go along with this colorful book. 

Daisy At Home also has a great dinner idea inspired by Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

Plus, you can't go wrong with cookies! Consider baking (or no-baking) cookies this weekend -- you can also pair your cookies with The Duckling Gets A Cookie by Mo Willems, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Numeroff or even Boy, Bird and Dog by David McPhail (like we did) or Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Leonni.
We made cookies inspired by pages in the book.

Other fun books to pair with cooking/meal time include Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A-Z by Lois Ehlert, If You Give A Moose A Muffin and If You Give A Pig A Pancake by Laura Numeroff, Pancakes, Pancakes! by Eric Carle, Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss, and The Runaway Wok by Ying Chang Compestine.

Do you create snacks or meals that connect with your children's favorite books? If so, please share! I'd love to see your creative creations. Leave a link in the comments for me to pin and share on Facebook.

Sharing at: After-School Linky, Good Tips Tuesday, Mom's Library, and the Weekly Kid's Co-Op. 

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