May 24, 2013

Fruit Snack

cooking with children

Like other little children, my little one doesn’t like fruits and vegetables very much. That’s why it’s hard to me to find a good way to give her fruit and vegetable every day.

I have to find different ways sometimes, because she gets tired easily of the same recipe.

On the other hand, this fruit snack is her favorite, she likes it very much and she eats it anytime. It’s easy and fast to prepare and I make it for my children very often.



Ingredients (1 serve):

1 Pear
1 Banana
1/2 glass of milk
1 teaspoon of sugar

Peel the pear and the banana, put them in the mixer with milk and sugar and mix until smooth.

Taste it before serving, you can add more sugar if it’s not sweet enough or milk if it’s not liquid enough.

Serve it in a glass or in a mug with a straw.

If your children, like mine, don’t like to taste new snacks, straws will make the snack more interesting and funny to drink.



Bananas, milk and sugar are the basic ingredients for this snack, but pears can be changed and you can use other fruits instead of it: apples, peaches, apricots, strawberries, etc…
You can also try to mix more than one fruit to the basic ingredients, just try and put some creativity in your snack.

Adding some cereals, dried fruits or nuts on the top it will get more tasty and good as dessert after dinner too.


Don’t forget to ask your children to help you to choose the ingredients and preparing the snack.
Be carefully: knives and mixer must be used by adults and not children!

Follow my suggestion for cooking with children, also you will find other tasty and easy recipes to cook with your children.



May 9, 2013

Friendly Snake


Spring could be a very rainy season and children (and parents too) could get bored of it. When children are tired and bored of the same games in rainy days it’s time to “build” a new friend together to play with.

This project is easy and keeps children very busy for some time during the work and then they will play with it for days.

This funny project is a good one to make with little children too. Little children should be helped more but they will have great time.

Just my last suggestion: if you have more than one child, make a snake for each child. I made just one snake  with my two children and when we finished it they started to fight for the snake.

What you need

  1. 4 or more rolls of toilet paper
  2. Split pins
  3. Scissors
  4. Crayons
  5. White paper 
  6. Glue

I had 6 rolls of toilet paper and I gave three to each of my children to decorate with crayons.
My little one needed lots of time to decorate just one roll because she had no idea and she didn’t know what to do, so I helped a little bit decorating the rolls and giving her ideas on decorations.

Anything is a good decoration: colored circles, hearts, stars, lines, etc.

Anything your children like to draw.




When all the rolls are decorated, cut two small triangles  on each side like in the pictures.



In order to join the rolls together, make little holes on each side where you are going to put the split pins. Do not allow your children to do this step because it’s very dangerous!

Then join the rolls with split pins like in the pictures below.




Repeat this step for each roll.

On a white paper drawtwo funny eyes and a long red tongue with crayons and cut them out.

Remember to help little children during this step and please do not allow your little ones to cut with scissors.


Stick the eyes and the tongue on the very first roll.


And here your  Friendly Snake!



Don’t forget to give it a funny name!



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