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Labor Day Fun!

Labor Day is a celebration of the economic and social contributions of workers. Although most Handstand Kids want to grow up to be Master Chefs there are some who have other callings. Use your day off to have a fun picnic and talk to your kids about what they want to be when they grow up! The recipes below will make a fun picnic, so get ready for some good times!

Creamy Radish Dip from Tasteofhome.com is healthy AND yummy!

Grilled Peach BBQ Chicken Wings from TasteofHome.com will make any meal an easy one to have a conversation around.

 

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Picky Eater Tips

No matter how hard you try, sometimes you will be presented with a pint-sized picky eater. Since it is imperative to get kids to develop healthy eating habits, try some of these tips adapted from VegKitchen.com.
  • Let them get their feet wet with new foods – by introducing them surrounded by old favorites.
  • Introduce new foods slowly – because children can sometimes get overwhelmed by large quantities of food. They may feel more successful if they can finish a small quantity of food provided, so keep portions small.
  • Avoid food rewards – as punishment and enticement will confuse the fact that you can establish and enforce rules.
  • Let your kids cook with you! – Handstand Kids are less picky because they get to help plan meals! The below recipe for Shredded Chicken Tostadas from the Handstand Kids Mexican Cookbook is a favorite recipe of all kids – and parents will love the additions of lettuce, tomatoes and beans!

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Children’s Museums are where the fun is at!

Handstand Kids love going to museums and learning new things and children’s museums are the best kind! Not only do they learn new information, but they are in a space where they are not only allowed but encouraged to run, play and explore! Here are three of our favorite museums from around the country!

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is tops for plenty of reasons but one of the best may be their T-rex. As the third most complete T-rex fossil in the world, their friendly mascot Bucky will help immerse your children in the Cretaceous era!

The Children’s Museum of Houston has amazing galleries in which children can make-believe. From a mountain village in Mexico to an outdoor eco-station to a victorian playhouse, fun abounds in plenty of varied spaces. One of their best attractions however, is their TV studio that lets kids see themselves on camera, read scripts form the anchor desk and work the control panel.

The Minnesota Children’s Museum holds a place in this list because of their awesome Saemot restaurant. Kids here enjoy pretending to cook and serve a Korean meal to customers at their pretend Korean restaurant!

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Cute Cookies

If you’ve never been on the social networking site Pinterest we would definitely recommend it! There are a plethora of ideas – from books to crafts and of course, recipes! If you’re still wary of the fact that you might not need another social network, let us give you a round-up of the cutest cookies that we’ve seen!

These citrus slices from Sweet Sugar Belle are perfect for summertime!

Make these Olympic Ring cookies for the opening ceremonies on Friday!

To round out your summer theme, why not try these Hot Dog cookies?

Handstand Kids love Cookie Monster and these treats are adorable!

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Water Games

Summer means pool time for Handstand Kids! While there are always the fun stand by games like Marco Polo and Categories, we’d like to share three of our favorites that make us giggle and smile. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Atomic Whirlpool

Have everyone get in the pool and line up single file along the edge with very little space between them. Have everyone walk for a couple of minutes, then jog another couple of minutes, then “run” around the edge another couple of minutes. If done right the water will “carry” them around the pool. Finally, tell them to turn around and go the other way. It is almost impossible to go against the current!

Duck Push

If you have a swimming pool and lots of people together, throw in a couple of rubber ducks, and you can play Duck Push. Here’s how it works:

Put 3-4 players at one end of the pool and give them one rubber duck apiece. When you say go, they must use their nose to push the duck to the other end of the pool. They can also “blow” the duck forward; they just can’t bite the duck and swim to the other end with it in their mouths. Nor can they touch their duck with their hands or feet.

Further, the players can “distract” the other players by splashing water in their faces or splashing water toward their ducks to knock them backward. They just can’t actually TOUCH the other players or the other players’ ducks.

The first one to get his duck to touch the other end of the pool (obeying the rules) is the winner.

Numbers Crunch

Divide the players into two teams and have each team line up on opposite sides of the pool with a plastic bucket. Then scatter about 25-30 numbered ping-pong balls around the pool. The numbers represent the point values for each ball. With an On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! both teams jump in and try to retrieve the balls and place them into their team’s bucket.

The catch is that players are allowed to retrieve only one ball at a time. When all of the balls have been collected, each team adds up the numbers on their balls to determine their score. The team with the highest score wins. This game can be made more interesting by allowing teams to win extra points for collecting sets of consecutive numbers.

Each of these games came from SwimmingPool.com. If you’re having fun splashing and playing in the pool this summer, make sure to post pics to our Facebookand Twitter.

Language Lesson

Since your Handstand Kids are done with school for the summer, take this opportunity to get their intellectual juices flowing. We have a simple language lesson that shows you how to say the words for some common utensils in Spanish, Italian and Chinese.

Measuring Spoon

  • Spanish – Taza de Medir
  • Italian – Dosatrice
  • Chinese – Liang bei

Spatula

  • Spanish – Espatula
  • Italian – Spatola
  • Chinese – Gua chan

Bowls

  • Spanish – Cuenco (large – grande, medium – mediana, small – pequena)
  • Italian – Piatti Fondi (large – grande, medium – medio, small – piccolo)
  • Chinese – Wan (large – da, medium- jung, small – shiau)

Fork

  • Spanish – Tenedor
  • Italian – Forchetta
  • Chinese – Can cha

Plate

  • Spanish – Plato
  • Italian – Piatto
  • Chinese – Pan zi

Did you know that you can buy some of these items in our Cookbook kits?

Try labeling these items in your kitchen to practice learning the words when you’re cooking. If you’re going to try this idea out make sure to post pictures to our Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

Fourth of July Crafts

Everyone loves celebrating on the Fourth of July! Take a break from the kitchen to create some cute things for your table. All of these decorations from FamilyFun.com will make any celebration spectacular!

Any Handstand Kids table would be proudly patriotic with these cute napkin rings.

This fun loving robot can be filled with yummy treats!

These patriotic punch cups will light up your table scape!

If you’re getting crafty this Fourth of July, make sure to post pics to our Facebook and Twitter pages!

Three Cheers for Dads!

Father’s Day is this weekend so make sure that your Handstand Kids are ready! These crafts will be fun to make and dad will definitely smile!

This cute card from Danielle’sPlace.com uses a paper cup to make a cute, bright sun!

How about a World’s Best Dad award from Kaboose?

Since Handstand Kids can’t get out of the kitchen, you might also want to make this yummy Arroz con Pollo or Chicken and Rice recipe from the Handstand Kids Mexican Cookbook!

Ingredients

1 pound chicken (pollo) breast (about 3 to 4 breasts)

2 cups rice (arroz)

1 garlic clove (ajo)

4 cups chicken broth

1 large onion (cebolla)

1 can diced tomatoes (tomates), with juice

1 green pepper

1 tablespoon cumin

1 bay leaf

¼ cup vegetable oil (aceite)

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

Tools

Cutting board

Knife

Large bowl

Large pot with lid

Measuring cups

Measuring spoons

Oven mitt

Wooden spoon

Instructions

  1. On the cutting board, cut the pollo into bite-sized cubes, then place them into the large bowl. Season the pollo with the salt and pepper, then set the bowl aside. Thoroughly clean the cutting board before using it to chop the vegetables.
  2. Peel and chop the cebolla, ajo and green pepper and set them aside.
  3. In a large pot, heat the aceite over a medium-high heat. Add the cebolla, ajo and arroz. Wearing the oven mitt, stir continuously for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the pollo, broth, tomates, green peppers, cumin and bay leaf. Stir to combine.
  5. Bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Then reduce heat to low and cover with lid. Cook for about 35 minutes, or until pollo is cooked, arroz is soft and broth is absorbed.

Alternative

Substitute the pollo with a vegetarian option like tofu. Try brown rice for a healthier version.

Handstand Kids hope that you have a great Father’s Day with these recipes and crafts! Post a fun “daddy and me” moment to our Facebook and Twitter pages!

Fit and Fun for the Summer!

Summer sun can mean lots of outdoor lounging, but don’t let the light go to waste! Take this time to encourage your kids to get moving in the fresh outdoor air. Recent studies from CBC News show that children may be more physically active when their friends run and jump more. That means getting a gang together to engage in some activity will encourage them to be more active on a regular basis. Kids in peer groups that included others who were physically active were six times more likely to change their activity levels. Swimming, roller blading and skateboarding are a few fun group activities to get your kids’ energy levels up but why not play these fun biking games from Family Fun to put a little excitement into biking?

TIGHTROPE TOLLBOOTH

Using the side of a piece of sidewalk chalk, draw a 3-inch-wide, 50-foot-long chalk line on the sidewalk or driveway and challenge bikers to keep both wheels on the line at all times. Up the ante by giving each rider a penny and placing an empty soup can near the line’s midpoint. The player who can drop the penny in the can and successfully complete the course is king or queen of the road.

RIDE THE LINE

Draw a 3-inch-wide, 50-foot curving line and use a stopwatch to time riders. The rider who can stay on the line and complete the course the fastest wins.

After all of that activity, you’ll want to make sure that they stay refreshed and hydrated. Handstand Kids love the outdoors, but they’ll always find their way back to the kitchen. Try making this fun summer recipe from the Handstand Kids Chinese Cookbook with them in between play times!

 

Year of the Monkey Mango Smoothies

Ingredients

6 ounces silken tofu, drained

1 medium banana, peeled and cut in half

1 mango

1/4 inch fresh ginger root, peeled and grated (optional)

2/3 cup soy milk

1 tablespoon honey

4 ice cubes

Tools

Cutting board

Knife

Measuring cups

Measuring spoons

Fine grater

Blender

Tall drinking glasses

Instructions

1. Cut the mango by placing the mango with one flat side resting on the cutting board. Slice the mango lengthwise along the flat side next to the seed. Turn mango over and repeat on the other side. You will have 2 halves of the mango with pulp inside. Carefully cut lengthwise through the mango pulp down to the skin, being careful not to cut through the skin. Turn sideways and cut lengthwise again until you have a cross-hatch pattern. Turn the mango inside out using your thumbs to press the pulp outwards. Carefully slice out the diced pulp by cutting between the cubed mango pulp and the skin. Discard the skin and seed.

2. Place banana, mango, tofu, soy milk, and ginger, if using, into the blender. Blend on medium speed for 30 seconds.

10. Add the honey and ice cubes and blend again until smooth.

11. Pour into 2 frosty tall drinking glasses. Enjoy!

Alternative

Add 2/3 cup plain yogurt if tofu is not available.

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Veggies and Fruits!

Although our Handstand Kids love veggies, its no secret that parents are always looking for ways to encourage this particular food group into the diets of little ones. However, the Culinary Vegetable Institute in Milan, Ohio, has come up with a program titled “Veggie U” that has already helped many young children discover how exciting and tasty vegetables are!

Veggie U’s mission is to promote the well-being of children through a healthy lifestyle, with a focus on making wise food choices. Kids learn how food grows and participate in activities that help them develop a familiarity with healthy food. The program was created by educators, physicians and nutritionists, visit www.veggieu.org for more information and to see if a program is available near you!

In order to ensure that your kids get a full serving of fruits as well as veggies, whip up one of the delicious Handstand Kids Smoothies as a delicious snack!