Cooking with Kids: Apple Cider Doughnut Holes

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The apple orchard we visit every year makes apple cider mini-doughnuts and they are DELICIOUS. They are also the main reason we drive so far to go to that particular orchard! So when I came across this recipe for apple cider donuts, I couldn’t wait to test it out! And boy, did they deliver! They are so tasty, but need to either be frozen or (my personal preference…) eaten within a couple of days!

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The kids love to mix and measure the ingredients!

And who doesn’t like to like the spoon?! 😉

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Letter of the Week ~ D

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Although my philosophy of letter learning is that they cannot be studied in isolation and should be learned in the context of words, as this is how we see them most often, we have a letter of the week at Mommy School.

Why, you may ask, do I do something opposite to what I just finished saying I believe in? Well, for one, we don’t study the one letter in isolation. Typically, we complete a letter craft, create a search and find sensory bin using items that begin with that letter, learn about the various sounds the letter makes in different parts of words (because the English language is crazy!) and plan our weekly fieldtrip to somewhere that begins with our letter. Sometimes, I include the letter in other ways throughout our week, but that’s often just a sweet combination of luck and coincidence!


Here’s what we got up to for Letter D Week:

Letter Dictionary:

Each of my children gets the chance to find a hidden object that begins with our letter of the week from the rice bin. Little Momma chose a doll and Mr Man selected a digger.

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I take a photo of the kids with their chosen objects and then have them complete their dictionary page. Little Momma’s writes a sentence and illustrates, “D is for doll.” and Mr Man copies the upper and lower case letter and then draws his object.

Letter Craft:

D is for Dalmatian and Dog.

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To make your own: Pre-cut an upper-case letter D from white paper. Provide black spots, ears, google eyes and collar cutouts for the details. I also included a small tag for the collars, so the kids could name their pups!

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Field Trip: 

Our field trip was to the Diefenbunker, the Cold War Museum, here in Ottawa (and we even brought my Dad along!). The kids had an awesome time exploring the older machines and discovering what living underground would have been like.

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Big Announcement from an Absent Blogger!

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As I slowly drag myself to the 13 week mark, I am happy to announce we will be welcoming a new family member in May 2015! I also want to apologize for my lack of blogging, this pregnancy has KICKED. MY. BUTT., and so I have been stuck in survival mode, just trying to make it through the day, which has meant the other activities I enjoy….like blogging and bathing, have taken a back seat. I will try to do better as I hopefully begin to regain some energy in the upcoming second trimester!

And as much as I’ve been feeling like poop, I am over the moon excited to be adding to our family. I have always dreamed of having a large family, (although Hubby and I have different visions about what number constitutes large!) and love watching as we grow, shift and evolve as a unit through the years! I love my clan like crazy!! ♥

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Oh, and I will try to minimize the pregnancy spam (read:whining!)….but newborn baby spam, come Spring, holds no such promises 😉

Turkey and Leaf Craft

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Do your kiddos enjoy picking endless fallen leaves, like dandelions in the Spring?

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Here is a fun and simple craft that will allow you to put some of their marvelous collections to good use!

I came across the idea on Pinterest, but there was no clear original poster, so I only feel it fair to comment that the idea was not my own!

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To Make your own Leaf-Turkey:

– Pre-cut your turkey pieces (head, wattles, beak and feet)

– Collect some leaves

– Have your child glue the pieces into place on a piece of construction paper

– Add leaves as the turkey’s feathers

– Don’t forget googly eyes!

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Even my youngest little artists enjoyed pushing the leaves onto the glue and moving the googly eyes around, although I had pre-glued their turkey pieces for them ahead of time!

Our finished turkeys will make cute Thanksgiving decorations or even holiday greetings for loved ones!

Cooking with Kids: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Nothing says “Fall is here” like the smell of pumpkin spice wafting through the kitchen!

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We made these delicious cookies, they were the perfect amount of pumpkin and sweet complete with yummy chocolate chips. Also, they are this wonderful cake-like texture, that is melt-in-your-mouth good!

I try to focus on a few specific skills each week when we bake together. This week I focused on having the kids identify the required ingredients and helping use the can opener.

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As always, we also had lots of fun measuring and mixing, too!

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These yummy cookies have just earned their way into our Fall baking rotation…and we may need another batch for Thanksgiving this weekend!

Letter of the Week ~ C ~

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Although my philosophy of letter learning is that they cannot be studied in isolation and should be learned in the context of words, as this is how we see them most often, we have a letter of the week at Mommy School.

Why, you may ask, do I do something opposite to what I just finished saying I believe in? Well, for one, we don’t study the one letter in isolation. Typically, we complete a letter craft, create a search and find sensory bin using items that begin with that letter, learn about the various sounds the letter makes in different parts of words (because the English language is crazy!) and plan our weekly fieldtrip to somewhere that begins with our letter. Sometimes, I include the letter in other ways throughout our week, but that’s often just a sweet combination of luck and coincidence!


Here’s what we got up to for Letter C Week:

Letter Dictionary:

Each kid gets the chance to find a hidden object that begins with our letter of the week from the rice bin. Little Momma chose a candle and Mr Man selected a carrot.

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I take a photo of the kids with their chosen objects and then have them complete their dictionary page. Little Momma’s is an illustration and a sentence, “C is for candle.” and Mr Man copies the upper and lower case letter and then draws his object.

Letter Craft:

C is for crab.

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To make your own: Cut a letter C from red paper, along with arms and claws. Have your child assemble the pieces using a glue stick and add googly eyes.

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Have a baby you need to keep busy while your older children craft? Try paper tearing with scraps or scribbling on paper! Worked for us 🙂

Field Trip: 

We managed to squeeze a little trip to a candy store in on our road trip to a family wedding! We also may have selected ‘some’ treats 😉

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Cooking with Kids: Bread

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Homemade bread…yum! Tastes delicious and had me feeling extra accomplished, despite the numerous steps and time consumption!

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It was also a fun recipe to make with the kids given the many sensory opportunities found in the hand mixing and kneading of the dough!

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We followed the white sandwich bread recipe from here, the bread was AH-MAZING and we will be making it again…soon!

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Letter of the Week ~ B ~

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Although my philosophy of letter learning is that they cannot be studied in isolation and should be learned in the context of words, as this is how we see them most often, we have a letter of the week at Mommy School.

Why, you may ask, do I do something opposite to what I just finished saying I believe in? Well, for one, we don’t study the one letter in isolation. Typically, we complete a letter craft, create a search and find sensory bin using items that begin with that letter, learn about the various sounds the letter makes in different parts of words (because the English language is crazy!) and plan our weekly fieldtrip to somewhere that begins with our letter. Sometimes, I include the letter in other ways throughout our week, but that’s often just a sweet combination of luck and coincidence!


Here’s what we got up to for Letter B Week:

Letter Dictionary: 

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Each week we will be adding a page to our cumulative alphabet dictionary. For Mr Man, this consists of tracing both the upper and lower case letter and choosing a letter object from the sensory bin to draw. Little Momma also chooses an object and dictates a sentence to copy – “B is for Bear.” (I also take a photo of each child with their chosen item to add later to their dictionaries!).

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Letter Craft:

This week we made a Letter B – Bumblebee!

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To make your own, you’ll need the following:

– letter B, cutout of yellow construction paper

– stripes, wings and stinger, cutout of black construction paper

– wing cutout of parchment or wax paper

– black pipecleaner antennas

–  googled eyes

Field Trip:

This week has to have been one of my favourite field trips we have ever had at Mommy School. We took a BUS to the mall and visited BUILD A BEAR!

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Riding the bus was an exciting adventure in itself.

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Add the excitement of building and dressing their own stuffed animal – these kiddos were over the moon!

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Meet “Dunks”, the basketball monkey and “Good Kitty”, the glamorous cat, newest members of our clan!

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