Kids love playing with tiny creatures and shimmery gems. It's easy to make a DIY sensory box with things you may already have around your house. 5 key elements make up a good sensory bin for imaginative play:
- Miniature creatures, fake bugs or tiny animals.
- Fun textures such as tiny plants and rocks.
- Sparkly accents such as acrylic gems, large rhinestones or colorful marbles.
- Sensory medium such as dried beans or play sand.
- Box with a lid your child can play in and easily put away for later.
Once you've gathered the elements for a fun kids' sensory bin,...
Submitted by: Rhea
Blog: The Misguided Mom
A yummi recipe for a classic homemade dessert with a healthy toddler twist!
For this pumpkin pie baby food I used local pumpkins purchased at the summer farmers market. Farmer Nick turned us on to a specialty pumpkin that was more butternut squash shaped than classic pumpkin. The oblong vegetable had few seeds, thin skin and sweet meat! If you have access to fresh pumpkin, that's the best bet for sweet nutrition! If you are down to only store bought, canned pumpkin, make sure it's just pumpkin, not the pumpkin pie...
Avocado is one of the best first foods a baby could have, packed with antioxidants and also considered a super food. Avocados make great baby food because they are one of the most nutrient-dense foods, high in fiber and first among all fruits for folate, potassium, vitamin E and magnesium.
Age: 8 months +
Nutritional Benefits: Good source of protein, iron, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins A, B, C, E and K.
- 1 or 2 ripe avocados
- 1 or 2 ripe bananas
- 1or 2 Pears (steamed)
- 4 tablespoons plain or vanilla yogurt
- Peel, core, and slice fruits as...
Age: 6 months +
Nutritional Benefits: Very good source of fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Protein.
- 1/2 apple
- 4 asparagus spears
- Vegetable stock
- 1/2 washed and peeled carrot
- Peel and core apple and add to small saucepan with asparagus and carrot.
- Cover apple and veggies with vegetable stock and bring to a boil and simmer for 5-6 minutes.
- Scoop the apple, carrot and asparagus into a food processor or blender and puree until smooth, adding as much of the stock needed until the desired consistency is reached.
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Apple Pumpkin baby food is the perfect nutritional combination to start your baby on delicious solid foods and enjoy the fall harvest! This is especially delicious if you use apples from your own apple tree or pumpkins from your garden. Using home grown produce allows you to know you are getting the good stuff!
Age: 6 months +
Nutritional Benefits: Contains many antioxidant vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E
- 1 medium sized pumpkin
- 3 apples
- Cinnamon, nutmeg (optional)
- Halve the pumpkin and take out all the seeds, then place face down...