Fun things to do with kids

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Posted by kat | Posted in Cooking, Gardening(herbs, flowers,veggies and trees), Holidays | Posted on 15-02-2011

Making Butter

Thursday, Feb 10th,  I read to my youngest’s, kindergarten class.  I took three books with me, I took Nobody Listens to Andrew, One Kitten for Kim and A Rose for Pinkerton.   I also took a long a craft of sorts to do with them.  I love learning how to make things and I love learning skills that were used back before it was easy to get them in the stores.

One of the things I like to do every so often is buy whipping cream and make butter.  There is two kinds of cream, Heavy and Regular whipping cream.  In order to get the cream, you let the milk sit for a bit, and the cream rises to the top, you then skim it of the top and  make butter with it.  The other thing that comes from the cream is buttermilk, but that is only after you start mixing it or shaking it.   I usually shake it, I but it in a container with a nice tight lid and we take turn, my kids LOVE shaking it and watching it start to get thicker as it turns into butter.  I then pour off the liquid, and make buttermilk biscuits or pancakes with it.

So as I read the books, we passed around the plastic jar and the kids got to shake it.  I had brought cracker’s, so they all got to try a taste of the butter they had made.

Planting Flower’s or Vegtables

Sometimes, I will take the kids to the store and let them pick out flower seeds or vegtable seeds and let them plant them in either the flower beds or the garden.  They don’t always remember to keep the patch watered or weeded, but they have fun planting the seed and then getting to watch them grow.   If you have a good sunny window, you can even do a mini garden in your house, just using a window box or even some pot’s.

Cooking

Cooking with your kids, can sometimes be more fun than you realize and it also helps with the kids learning their fractions.  The other day, I had decided to make bread the old fashioned way, which pretty much meant not using my bread machine at all.  My oldest asked what I was doing and I asked if they would like to help me.   All the kids each got a different ingredient and they got to pour it in the mixing bowl and then I showed them how to knead and shape the dough to make loafs.  Even if they never make bread by hand, they have at least seen what it looks like.

Making Wrapping Paper

Someone gave us a HUGE roll of paper, it’s not as thick as Craft Paper, but the kids love it when I pull it out and let them color on it.  We then use it to wrap, presents and I also will take apart a cardboard box, inside it out have them color on it and then tape it back up.  We did that this Christmas and it was really fun and everyone thought it was a great idea.

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