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Pancake Topper Taste Test (Who Needs IHOP?)

Does anyone else have a Sunday morning brunch tradition? Does it involve pancakes?

How about making your weekend pancake family tradition a bit more exciting with a pancake topper taste test? We did a very simple one recently, but you can certainly get really creative and fancy (or do a Waffle topping taste test instead) -- I'm thinking whip cream, cherries, berries, apple get the idea.

I used 4 items we had on hand: maple syrup (of course - the real stuff), agave nectar (recently on sale at Sprouts), orange blossom honey from a local farmer, and applesauce.

Our pancakes were actually corn pancakes made from a corn muffin mix (that's my toddler's favorite pancakes).

The winner: ORANGE BLOSSOM HONEY! (Although, Wild Thing liked the Agave Nectar bottle the best -- yes, these things also matter very much to a toddler - he also seemed to like that the most after the honey, so maple syrup actually came in at #3).

I think honey goes especially well with corn mix …

Kid's Co-Op: We Love Maps! Link Up + Play

Wild Thing loves maps. It all started when my brother (AKA "Uncle Thomas") moved to Thailand, and we explored Google Maps to see where he now lives for our Mama Smiles Exploring Geography: Thailand post.

We've discovered some map activities that really come in handy in a pinch (like a hotel where run around room is limited) or at the kitchen table while I make dinner. 

That's why from last week's Kid's Co-Op, I absolutely loved the "Where in the World is your Food From?" map activity from Kid World Citizen.

Since we live in Southern California and are able to support local farmers, I would love to use a State of California map and look at all the distinct places in our own state that allow us to eat healthy and delicious fruits and vegetables that require less transit! 

What are your favorite map activities? Please share!

Wordless Wednesday: Simple Toddler Car Wash

Psst...Not only great for quiet time, but also great for fine motor skills  

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Teaser for Tuesday

I've got A LOT going on right now, so I'm just sharing a little Teaser for Tuesday...

...Are you intrigued? Find out what this bag means/represents next Tuesday when I (finally) feature another Ten for Tuesday post with Ten Ways to Go Orange!

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Kids Co-Op: Book Giveaway + Link-Up

Earlier this week, I posted the food, art and pretend activities we did along with the Kevin Henkes book Little White Rabbit as part of the Summer Virtual Book Club. There's also a great Kevin Henkes Book Giveaway sponsored by Harper Collins being hosted by several other participants in the Book Club, including Summer Virtual Book Club host/coordinator Toddler Approved

If you head over to her site, you can enter for a chance to win Chester's Way and see the list of all of the other blogs participating in the giveaway. The giveaway is my Kids Co-Op member(s) feature for this week. 

I wasn't brave enough to take on a giveaway myself, but wanted to share this great opportunity to get a free book or 2 (or 13) for your home library.

Wordless Wednesday: Siblings

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Summer Virtual Book Club for Kids: Kevin Henkes Blog Hop

We've enjoyed being a part of the Summer Virtual Book Club these last few months, starting with  Mo Willems in June and then Audrey Wood in July. It has helped us explore new authors as part of our #SummerReading.
This month's author is Kevin Henkes, and we read the book Little White Rabbit.

When possible, I like to try and Eat, Draw, Learn! with books, like we did with My Abuelita for Cinco De Mayo. This format worked again with this great book - perfect for my toddler. This book would be great for Easter too!
1. Eat - Often when it comes to the eat portion, we would do a cooking activity, but this time we kept it simple: bunny animal crackers and then trying out different vegetables that rabbits like to eat, such as carrots, radishes and lettuce. (Wild Thing really only went for the carrots!)
2. Draw - Art Activity - When I read this book, the possibilities for an art activity really excited me. The little white rabbit explores his world and wants to experience what he s…

Lavender Playdough: How I Learned to Love Playdough Play for Baby & Toddler

The Imagination Tree and Famiglia and Seoul convinced me that I should give Herb Playdough a try. I loved that the recipe from The Imagination Tree required no cooking, just boiling hot water (so having Wild Thing help required close supervision). For the herbs, we used primarily lavender, and a little rosemary and dried basil. We made this a couple of weeks ago, but it still smells so good every time we get it out -- and I just keep it stored in a bag on a shelf in the kitchen.

I used to avoid playdough with the baby, but really enjoyed discovering great ways for the baby to play with the playdough. Plus, when we make it ourselves at home with safe ingredients, I don't have to worry if a little goes in his mouth and I have to remind him that the playdough is not to eat. (If he eats a little, he's eating flour, salt, herbs and water -- no biggie!)
Putting playdough balls in an egg carton with toys worked well for Caterpillar. He had fun taking the items in and out of the egg …

Simple Ideas for Baby Play at Home

Yes, the toy market offers many toys for babies, but it can sometimes be hard to choose. I say, don't bother (okay, within reason) because my experience with both of my boys has been that often simple household items that I already have entertain, challenge and engage them, especially during the first eighteen months. Here's some of Caterpillar's favorite "toys," play items and activities. Other items he loves, but aren't pictured, include measuring cups and any and all containers and spoons. I love that many of these items also promote motor skill development, hand-eye coordination and problem-solving.