Tot School: Food

Reagan might be picky about which plate he uses during mealtimes, but I am very fortunate to say that he is not at all picky when it comes to food.  He will happily munch away at raw broccoli & salad greens, asks for fruit constantly, & is always helping himself to mama's baked salmon or quiche.  So when we did our Food week, it was really more of a bonding experience as we read food related stories & prepared a  meal together; & bonding is what homeschool is partly about!

The food related books we read:

  1. Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.  I purchased this book on a whim & I'm really happy I did.  This little board book teaches larger words like "compassionate" & "cooperate" with the use of cookies.
  2.  The Turnip by Jan Brett.  I have fallen in love with Jan Brett books (thank you to my sister who gave us The Mitten as our introduction).  Not only are the illustrations GORGEOUS, the stories themselves are classic.  The Turnip is based on a Russian folktale with an unique twist.  
  3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Our board book copy gifted at Reagan's birth has been well-loved & we continue to love it as this is again, another classic story.
  4. Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin. This is a laugh out lough picture book.  Dragons love tacos; every kind of taco! But whatever you do, don't give them anything spicy!!
  5. Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast by Josh Funk.  One of my favorites that we own; Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast are the best of friends, but will it stay that way as they race to see who can get the last drop of maple syrup?
We did plenty of hands-on activities this week including creating our own "salad".  Really it was as easy as cutting out a few vegetables, drawing a plate, & letting Reagan use a glue stick to create a salad.  Super simple, & it provided a nice half hour of quiet work time.

Reagan has a lovely basket of wooden food that came with a cutting board & wooden knife (here is a similar one).  The food pieces are held together with Velcro so kids can "cut" their food while practicing safe knife skills. 

To practice more responsible knife handling, I skinned a banana & gave Reagan a plastic butter knife to cut the banana into slices.  I supervised & Reagan was so incredibly proud of his own skills he couldn't wait to do it again...until I told him he had to eat the banana first.  Obviously don't do this activity if you feel your child isn't ready to handle a sharper knife.

We both enjoyed reading The Turnip so much that we decided to do a story project to go along with it.  I traced a turnip on a blank piece of paper, while Reagan used his new kid scissors to practice cutting small pieces of craft paper in purple & pink.  He then glued those pieces (with some help) into the body of the turnip.  I added a green top, then we traced his hand on brown paper, cut that out & glued it onto the top of the turnip to signify the attempt it took to pull it out of the ground.  Another simple activity to keep those little hands busy.

Reagan usually helps me in the kitchen during mealtimes.  P built him this wonderful stepstool that allows him to be at counter top height without the hazard of falling.  Reagan's job is usually to put the chopped veggies into a bowl (the ones that don't make it into his mouth that is), season food, sprinkle cheese, or place freshly rinsed dishes onto the drying rack.  Allowing your child to help you in the kitchen is not only a wonderful bonding experience, it's also a confidence booster, knowing that they can do "grown up" things themselves.  How about you?  Do you let your child help in the kitchen?  Where else do you let them help you?  Let me know in the comments!


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