November 23, 2014

Poppin's Book Nook - To the Kitchen for Pancakes

This months Poppin's Book Nook theme is To the Kitchen! The kitchen is definitely one of my kids favorite places to be, but it gets pretty hectic with all the extra hands! Instead of just not teaching them to cook I try to keep the chaos down and my sanity intact by using the same method I did last year!  Of course I let them all help this time which means pretty much zero photos as I had to keep little hands away from hot things!

I wasn't sure what kind of book we would end up with when we headed to the library. I guess I figured we might find an interesting cook book, but instead my little guy come up with this Eric Carle book, Pancakes, Pancakes!  

081207: Pancakes, Pancakes Pancakes, Pancakes
By Eric Carle

The barnyard rooster crows to tell Jack it's time to get up. It's very early in the morning-and Jack is so hungry that what he really wants is a large pancake for breakfast. But first, Jack's mother needs flour from the mill, an egg from the black hen, milk from the spotted cow, and butter churned from fresh cream. Will it ever be time for breakfast and that large pancake?

I had never heard of this book, and since it is his favorite breakfast (which he requests daily), I thought it would be a good book for us! The book itself goes through the process of obtaining ingredients for a pancake.  

We didn't do anything specific to go with this book other then make pancakes! I did make the kids try them with strawberry jam like Jack did in the book. Always good to get them to try new things!

They all liked the strawberry jam on the first pancake, but opted for their typical nutella on their second. 

Some other great activities that would have fit in with this book would be Making Your Own Butter and "Milking Cows"

Both of these are a lot of fun for little ones and help them understand a little better where some of our food comes from!

As always, Enchanted Homeschooling Mom has a wonderful, free lapbook printable to go with this months theme of "To the Kitchen." Check it out for more learning fun!

Feed Our Small World:A Cookbook for Kids Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win a copy of the book Feed Our Small World: A Cookbook for Kids for the theme of To The Kitchen!

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November 18, 2014

Turkey Time Crafts on Mom's Library

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Crafty Journal used a Paper Plat to make this Pop Up Turkey!

A Little Pinch of Perfect got into a fall mood with this Corn Husk Turkey!

Sunshine and Hurricanes made some cute Grateful Turkeys!

Tiny Tots Adventures made some Turkeys from Toilet Rolls!

What Happen's at Grandma's made some Funky Fabric Turkeys! 

We were in the mood for Thanksgiving when we made these Thanksgiving Spice Turkeys!

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November 16, 2014

W is for Waitress (or Waiter)

I know it has been a while since we worked on our alphabet of community helpers, but we are back at it with W is for Waitress (or Waiter)!

Obviously my kids know what a waiter or waitress does, so I set up a pretend play restaurant. To do that I gathered up some of their play food and wrote out a little menu for them complete with prices. I wanted to get them practicing their money math skills at the same time!

With their current math skills, I made sure to vary the prices enough that they were actually going to have to use a variety of coins and bills. This could easily be changed to whole bills for little ones practicing simple counting.

I also provided the waitress with a small notepad and pencil to record orders and calculate bills. And of course the waitress and the customer each got some play money!

The girls were super excited to take turns being the customer or the waitress. Both parts had to count money, so either way they got to practice their math skills. 

The waitress also got to practice serving the other sister by taking and providing the food they ordered, and they made sure the orders were right! They actually enjoyed playing waitress so well that they continued for 2 hours while I was cooking! Lots of math practice there, and they didn't even realize it!

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