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Friday, December 19, 2014

Week 15 of Nutrition Expedition: Cosmic Kids Yoga: We're Going on a Bear Hunt!

December 15-19

Cosmic Kids Yoga:  We're Going on a Bear Hunt!

Grrrr....oh, no, it's a bear! Run! We went hunting for bears this week in Nutrition Expedition! The children followed along to a version of this classic story through "Cosmic Kids Yoga". Cosmic Kids is a fun Yoga and meditation program for preschool-aged children, with plenty of videos on Youtube to watch at home. Their website has lots of free resources and follow-along stories, as well! Here is a link:

The children had tons of fun practicing all the moves for the bear hunt, from wading through the tall grass (lifting up one leg and swinging it back and forth) to trudging through a snowstorm (standing with legs apart and spinning from side to side at the waist). A PDF is attached to my weekly email, so that you can print it out and practice it at home with your child! If you have trouble accessing it, please let me know and I'll be happy to get you a copy.

Here is an example of a Cosmic Kids Yoga video:

We had so much fun, we could "bearly" contain ourselves!

*On a side-note, look at how much our beans have grown from our bean lesson a few weeks ago!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Week 14 of Nutrition Expedition: Cookie Dough Hummus

December 8-12, 2014

Cookie Dough Hummus

Cookie dough hummus? Sounds strange, I know, but the children loved it! Thanks to Ms. Chantal for the great recipe idea, we made our very own "Cookie Dough Hummus" this week in Nutrition Expedition! See the recipe below, along with a link to the blog it came from:

We started out by adding 2 cans of rinsed chick peas to the food processor (we doubled the recipe to accommodate a large class). Next, we added the salt, baking soda, vanilla extract, nut butter (we used soy, as we are a peanut-free center), brown sugar (we stayed with the 2/3 cup instead of doubling this part of the recipe), and oats. As it mixed, I added a few splashes of 1/2% milk to help make the hummus smoother. After we had the right consistency, I turned off the food processor and we stirred in mini chocolate chips. I served each child a bowl of the hummus, along with graham crackers for dipping. They absolutely loved it! Everyone was asking if I would "give their mommy the recipe"! I will leave a copy of this recipe in your child's cubby next week.

The infants had a fun time squishing the hummus through a ziploc bag, and practicing yoga!

Here are some neat pictures of our "cooking" project: