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Pinterest for the little ones

Pinterest is a great resource for recipes, crafts and pretty pictures. but did you also know that it is a great resource for the little ones? These three pages are chock full of tips for parents, but kids can get in on the fun too – see below!

Zina’s boards have over 270,000 followers. We love the creative kids recipes and different ideas for fun seasonal activities.

Zulily maintains 27 boards of clothes, art and accessories for kids and moms. The cute pictures on their boards feature themed clothes so your kiddos can help pick out their threads!

Kathy James’ boards may be some of our all time favorites. Games, crafts, science experiments, ideas for holidays and of course recipes! All geared for little eyes, ears and hands.

Just because we don’t have a board, doesn’t mean we’re not on Pinterest! Check out some of our friends who have found us and pinned us!

Bean here, bean there, beans everywhere!

Beans are a wonderful, useful cooking resource. Although many children do not care for eating them, Handstand Kids know that they are important to healthy cooking! Sometimes it is easier to get kids to eat something if they know more about it. That is why today we will be giving your little ones a short lesson on beans. Why don’t you buy a large mixed bag – many groceries sell them near mixes from soups – and take the lesson below and see if your children can identify the different types of beans? Then take their favorite and make a recipe!


Adzuki- A small, deep red bean. Somewhat sweet with a delicate texture.

Black Beans – A small, oval, black bean. with an earthy flavor and soft texture.

Black-eyed peas – An oval, creamy white bean with a “black eye.” Soft textured and an excellent source of fiber and iron.

Chickpeas – Large, round, cream-colored beans with a nutty flavor and crunchy texture. An excellent source or folate and a good source of fiber and iron.

Fava Beans – Oval-shaped light brown beans with an earthy flavor and creamy texture.

Kidney Beans – A large, kidney-shaped, deep reddish brown or white bean with a bland taste and a soft texture.

Lima Beans (butter beans) – Flat, oval, creamy white beans. Small and dried with a mild taste.

Mung Beans – A tiny, round dried bean with a thick outer skin that may be green, brown or black in color, originating from India.

Navy Beans (Yankee beans, Boston beans, Fagiloi, Haricot) - A small white bean with a good, strong flavor. An excellent source of folate and fiber and a good source of iron.

Pinto Beans – Medium-size, beige and brown speckles beans. Earthy flavors and mealy textures. Oval shaped and good for making refried beans.

What beans are you cooking up? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter!

Language Lesson: Arroz and Mi fan

Have you ever been so hungry that you could eat a thousand of something? Well the answer would be to eat rice! Today we’ll teach you two new ways to say rice:

Spanish:

Chinese:

Now continue to practice these words by using them. The best way to use them is to make a recipe with them, like the Chicken with Rice Never Tasted So Nice from our Handstand Kids Mexico Cookbook and Shrimp Fried Rice from our Handstand Kids Chinese Cookbook!

What recipes are you making with rice? Sorry, we meant arroz or mi fan! Post pics to our Facebook or Twitter!

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!

Do you have tips for feeding tricky tots? Send them our way via Facebook and Twitter!

Childhood Obesity

An infographic is a visually appealing representation of information. The infographic below was recently released by the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and shows some alarming statistics about childhood obesity. Did you know that one in five children are obese or overweight by the time that they enter school? Read on to find out more.

What can you do when faced with these staggering statistics? Encourage your children to become healthy Handstand Kids and create their own meals! Instead of going to McDonald’s for lunch, try making these Panini’s from our Handstand Kids Italian Cookbook.

If you’ve got other ways to be healthy, post to our Facebook and Twitter!

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!

Have you been to a fun children’s museum recently? Let us know where and why it was so fun by posting your pictures to our Facebook and Twitter!

Rock Your HSK Gear!

Above everything, a Handstand Kid’s favorite past time is cooking in the kitchen. While you can wear anything that’s safe and won’t obstruct you from moving around, our favorite things to wear are of course our Handstand Kids accessories! Check out these pictures from some of our fans and friends, modeling some of our best products.

The best way to feel like a professional chef is to wear your chef’s hat while cooking recipes from our Italian Cookbook!

Ian loves recipes from the Chinese Cookbook and looks swell in his apron and hat!

These ladies had a great time baking up a storm with all of the recipes in our Baking Cookbook!

Sophia was so busy playing in the new apron and hat that she got from our Mexican Cookbook that she barely had time for the camera! (We still managed to snap this great shot :D )

If your Handstand Kids are using our products and you’d like them to be featured in a future blog, post them to our Facebook and Twitter!

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!

Even though we’re recommending Pinterest, don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter!

Excited about Eggplants

A great rule of thumb for creating a healthy meal is that the more color you add, the healthier it is! That’s why we’re excited to feature eggplants – their vibrant purple color will add a playful punch to your Handstand Kids’ plates.

Before you dive into our awesome Italian recipe, here are five things that you may not know about eggplants:

  • Although we like to think of them as vegetables, eggplants are botanically classified as a berry with numerous small, soft, edible seeds.
  • Eggplants are a part of the nightshade family and are closely related to the tomato and potato families.
  • China is the world’s top eggplant producing country.
  • Other names for the eggplant include aubergine, melongene, brinjal and guinea squash.
  • As you will learn below, in Italian, eggplant is called “melanzane” which means “crazy apple.”

Now that you know a little bit more about eggplants, you’re ready to make The Leaning Tower of Eggplant from our Handstand Kids Italian cookbook!

If you’re making the Leaning Tower of Eggplant, we want to see those towers rise tall – post pics to our Facebook and Twitter!

Kebabs for Kids

The word Kebab generally refers to meat served on a skewer cooked over or next to flames. Not only are these skewers a snap to make but they’re extremely easy for even the youngest chefs to help put together – just make sure to watch out for those sharp points! Even though Handstand Kids love meaty recipes, we love making new twists, so we’ve provided our favorite kebabs made from meat, veggies and fruits!

You can’t go wrong with these traditional Beef Kebabs from SimplyRecipes.com!

These Veggie Kebabs from RecipeShack.com can be eaten as a side or a complete meal!

These Fresh Fruit Kebabs from AllRecipesIn.com will bring vibrant color to your table scape!

If you’re kebab-ing it up, make sure to share what you’ve made on our Facebook and Twitter.