In the Kitchen Together Feed

Making Pumpkin cookies with his sister at 3 years old

Fall harvest, hay rides, pumpkin picking ... And, of course, pumpkin cookie making. Since Adrian is not reading yet, I made this simple recipe with pictures of the ingredients and the quantity (you can download it here). 

DSC_0244-002Happy and ready to make pumpkin cookies!


DSC_0251Beating an egg
DSC_0251Adding baking powder
DSC_0251Checking off baking powder

DSC_0251Adding brown sugar
DSC_0251Finally, adding baked pumpkin
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DSC_0296-002 Adrian spontaneously decided to add shredded coconut.

"Follow the child" even if such does not follow the recipe:)

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DSC_0282-001Making a "leaf" pumpkin cookie
DSC_0282-001"Yum!" - one in each hand, just in case :)

Read more about our Fall-Inspired Activities here


๐ŸFall ๐ŸŽƒ Inspired Activities for Children (2016)

Autumn is our favorite season! We love the vibrancy of deciduous trees as foliage changes color from green to golden-yellow to red. We love watching the leaves dance in the air as they gracefully fall on the ground, offering children a playground heaven to jump into! We love the cool crispness in the air during mornings and nights, while still enjoying the bright warm sun during the day. We love all the fun Fall inspired activities bring us: from going to the farm to pick berries, pumpkins or apples, to hay rides and corn mazes. The natural scenery is breathtaking, fireplaces are starting to burn, apple cider is being served, and anticipation of holidays fills us with much excitement. 

DSC_0015Our Fall-inspired area reflects our affection for Autumn.

DSC_0022Autumn-Inspired Practical Life shelves.

DSC_0092-001Shading over first Autumn leaves. (see here). 

DSC_0029Tweezing or Tonging corn kernel (see here). DSC_0065.JPGColoring with Pumpkins (see here). DSC_0002.JPGThe Cycle of an Apple and Apple Serving Activity (see here). 

DSC_04375 Layer "Pumpkin" Puzzle (see here). 

DSC_0462.JPGFall inspired Cutting with Scissors activity (see here). 

DSC_0486Counting with Fall leaves counters (see here ). 


DSC_0014.JPG  ๐ŸŽƒHalloween ๐Ÿ‘ป Inspired ๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸปSENSORY BIN with a ๐Ÿ”ขMath Twist (see here ).

DSC_0001.JPGFall Inspired Flower Arranging Activity (see here ). 


Fall & Halloween Inspired Tongs Transfering (see here). 

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DSC_0039-001 Instg Adrian on a pumpkin fieldPumpkin picking at the farm (see here). 

DSC_0125See here  ๐ŸŽƒPumpkin and Squash to Montessori 3 Part ๐Ÿ”–Cards Matching.


  Below: Working with Alphabet Pattern Blocks: P is for Pumpkin.

DSC_0161 Level 1 (overlaying the template's image - matching magnets to the shape underneath).

DSC_0225.JPGLevel 2 (re-building the template's image on an empty magnetic board).


DSC_0176.JPGFall-Inspired Watercolor Art (see here).

DSC_0138.JPGLife Cycle of a Pumpkin (see here). Adrian at 36 months can independently match both: pictures and labels since the words are pretty simple. 


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Fall Inspired Weighing Activity with Balance scales (see here).

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See here "Making Teens with ๐ŸŽƒPumpkin Counters (Montessori Math Intro to Teen Board)."

DSC_0282-001Making Pumpkin cookies (see here).

DSC_0297-001Thanksgiving Craft: Clay Turkey (see here). 

DSC_0257-001See here "๐Ÿ‚Fall and ๐ŸฆƒThanksgiving Inspired ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿฟ Forest Animals ๐Ÿ™Œ Sensory Bin.

DSC_0424.JPGFinally, see here Thanksgiving-Inspired pretend/role play with the Green Doll House.

For more on Thanksgiving-inspired activities, read here


Making Carrot Soup independently at 34 months

Adrian has been really enjoying cooking lately. Today, he is making a carrot soup. 

DSC_0001.JPGHe would need of course, a Carrot Peeling Activity from our Practical Life shelf.

DSC_0066Montessori aprons from Etsy

DSC_0066Adrian's Baking Toddler Apron
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DSC_0001.JPGvelcro makes the apron very child-friendly -  "I can do it myslef!"

DSC_0013this Mini-Vegetable Brush is a must - I use it all the time :)

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DSC_0023Peel one - eat one:)


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Adrian prefers this chopper to the one with the handle, since it is easier to apply the pressure to it with both hands.

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DSC_0028Using induction cooktop (read more about it here).


DSC_0028Once the carrots are cooked (5 min), while saving some of the broth, Adrian added locatelli cheese and olive oil.


DSC_0028I selected the pulse setting, so that the toddler has more control of the speed of the food processor.

DSC_0066Adrian's favorite Montessori bib (hand-made from Tibet by Michael Olaf).
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DSC_0066Yummy! Delicious and Nutritious!

"Julia always comes hungry from school, so it will be a nice surprise for her :)" Adrian said.



Independence = confidence  "I can do it myslef" = happy child = happy parent


Two-and-a-half year old cooking Givech together with his sister: independently from start to finish

I am loving this age: when my children work, play, read, and cook together! Today, Adrian and Julia are making "givech" - my favorite dish, which is a caviar of mixed vegetables (what ever you have in your refrigerator) sauteed with onions and garlic. This dish is really simple, very delicious and super nutritious!

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DSC_0095Montessori Toddler "Baking" Apron (the elastic neckband and velcro waistband allow independence for a child who does not know how to tie yet)

DSC_0103washing vegetable with a mini-vegetable brush 


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DSC_0107Adrian is using a Carrot Peeling Activity


DSC_0107... while Julia is using a regular serrated knife to cut vegetables Adrian just cleaned

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After a tremendous research, we decided to purchase an Electric Induction Cooktop, which uses magnet sensors to determine which surface can be heated or not. The cooktop activates electronic heating elements only on contact with the same magnetic sensors present only in magnetic ferrous cookware. So, a towel (or a baking mitt) laying nearby will not heat up because the cooktop sensors will not recognize the surface of a towel (which is not magnetized) as "induction-compatible" and thus will NOT heat it up even if you turn that burner on. Children of any age still need supervision with ANY heating elements, but I trust that this cooktop is pretty safe to operate, and that was the main reason we decided to go with this new technology. As you see, Adrian has to turn the cooktop on, choose the burner and selects the desired temperature. 

DSC_0131The cookware has to be induction-capable, or the cooktop will not "recognize" pots and pans, and will not heat them up.

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DSC_0143Adrian is using a wavy vegetable chopper - which is easier to press down into something hard, like a carrot.
DSC_0143Julia is using a regular serrated knife (purposefully not the sharpest in my collection :)

DSC_0150.JPGJulia is wearing an Apples and Pears Apron from Esty

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DSC_0156here, Adrian is using a blunt-tipped Serrated Knife to cut an eggplant
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DSC_0165adding salt, garlic powder and Italian seasoning 
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p.s. my secret recipe ingredient is adding ketchup and some brown sugar at the end. Lastly, squeeze some fresh garlic and let the dish stand (or you might want to skip the garlic the first time you introduce the dish, since not all children might like the fresh garlic taste (:

My children LOVE vegetables (in any form, in all forms:) but for those who have not acquired a taste for different vegetables yet, givech might be a good way to introduce such food since most likely, children will eat what they themselves have cooked, even if generally, the dish is not on the top of their menu list :)

I would love to hear what types of dishes your children cook.

 


Strawberries: from the garden to the plate

Today, we finally harvested from our "garden" our first strawberries for which Kids have been so patiently waiting for! There was so much excitement on Adrian's face when he saw within one week the white strawberry turning pink, and then eventually red :) He could not wait to show it to Julia and, of course, harvest it!

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"Yummy delicious!"

What about preparing a snack, independently at two and a half years, using a serrated knife and a fork? (Here is Adrian making his first banana snack  at about one year old.)

Strawberry Cutting Activity:

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A Montessori Apron, the child should be able to put on independently, without assistance. 

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DSC_0217Using a tong to transfer cut strawberries into a bowl 


DSC_0217Enjoying own snack! 

A self-sufficient child - from the beginning to the end!

p.s. Here, Adrian is using other tongs to transfer strawberries. And here, he is Making a Smoothie to his sister