Cooking with Kids: Tofu Scramble

We made a delicious Southwestern Tofu Scramble for lunch last week, and it was a big hit! Try this recipe at home with your kids – remember that the steps in italics are for adults only.

3 teaspoons canola oil, divided
1 14-ounce package firm water-packed tofu, rinsed and crumbled
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 small zucchini, diced
3/4 cup frozen corn, thawed
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/2 cup of prepared salsa

Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add tofu, and 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring, until the tofu begins to brown, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

Cut the zucchini and scallions.

Add the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to the pan. Add zucchini, corn, scallions and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Cook, stirring, until the vegetables are just tender, about 3 minutes.

Return the tofu to the pan and cook, stirring, until heated through, about 2 minutes more. Remove from the heat and stir in cheese until just melted.

Top each serving with 2 tablespoons salsa.

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Volcanoes. Rock. Art.


The Adventurers and Explorers classrooms are learning about fire and volcanoes! This activity is a fun way to help the children learn better by doing. Its objective is to demonstrate how many of Earth’s common rocks were made made by volcanoes, where rocks and minerals are melted and reformed.

The children were first read a story to introduce them to volcanoes. The Adventurers discussed rocks and their formations and the teacher showed them igneous rocks. There were lots of questions and observations.

Then, the kids were led outside and asked to collect rocks. As many as they would like, and of any colour, size and shape.

Once the rocks were collected, everyone gathered around and talked about they looked like. The students were encouraged to name colours, shapes and identify sizes.

Then, each child was given a sheet of cardrobe and encouraged to create an artwork using the rocks they had collected. This was really fun for them, because they had spent time in the garden choosing their materials.

If you try this activity at home, we recommend using tag board or cardboard to attach the rocks. If you plan on using glue, small rocks work best for this project. It’s also a great idea to build temporary rocks sculptures outside.

New Beginnings

The new school year started last week and we thought you might like to see how we welcomed our students, old and new, back. Lots of adventure, discovery and exploration for our little people to embark on. We can’t wait to share our new stories with you!

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Back to School

It’s that time of year again, and we have rounded up some wonderful, useful information for you, as kids head back to school.

Why is a routine or ritual important?

“Structure helps kids feel safe.” ~ Benjamin R. Chan, M.D., University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute

Some kids can’t wait to get back to class, see their friends, and excel at their scholastic work and extracurricular activities. Others loathe the pressure to fit in socially and fear they won’t “make the grade” intellectually.

Regardless of where your child falls on this continuum, implementing consistent back-to-school rituals and annual traditions provide children with the security and stability they need to thrive while reinforcing family bonds.

Our favourite blog, A Cup of Jo, has this great post by Joanna Goddard on her kids’ routines. We especially liked this little tip: “For each of the boys, we bring out a cake the night before the first day of school. When we turn out the lights and the boys blow out the candles, it always feels like the exact moment they’re finally ready for a new year.”

Over on Dinner: A Love Story, Jenny Rosenstrach offers menu ideas, which are lifesavers. We really want to try making the Hawaiian Pizza and Avocado Salad. Yum!

Finally, we loved this sweet story on creating rituals for your child.

Do you have rituals for your kids, or are you creating them now? Head on over to our Facebook page and let us know!

 

 

 

 

Cooking with Kids: Caprese Salad

This is a kid-friendly recipe from start to finish. Plus, it’s delicious. We highly recommend you make a big bowl of Caprese Salad this weekend – your kids will love making it and eating it. 

Ingredients

Cherry tomatoes
Fresh mozzarella
Olives
Fresh basil leaves
Olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
Salt

Wash, and chop the tomatoes.

Cut the mozzarella, and halve the olives. Tear up the basil leaves.

Toss all the ingredients together and eat immediately.

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