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There were a lot of great ideas shared last week.  Here are just a few:

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October is Fire Prevention Month!  Growing Book by Book shares this great list of books about fire trucks.  Be sure to also check out our fire prevention activities and crafts.

 

 

 

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Play Eat Grow shares this fun idea for Growing a Monster.

 

 

 

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Check out these three ways to preserve leaves from Buggy and Buddy.

 

 

 

 

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Drinking Straw Sensory Tub

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I saw the idea for this colorful drinking straw sensory tub at Little Brother’s preschool.  It is so simple, can be easily reused, and provides a unique texture!  And since it is plastic, it won’t attract pests (like rice or beans)!

 

Please note:  This sensory tub is not appropriate for children under 3 as the straws could pose a choking hazard.  Please use caution when doing this activity around younger siblings.

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  several packages of colorful drinking straws (I found mine for $1 each at our grocery store), scissors, and a plastic tub.

 

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Just cut up the straws into small pieces.  Our pieces were about 1-2 inches in length.

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 I cut several at a time while Little Brother helped me cut too!

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Little Brother loved playing with the straws, making patterns, and sorting them by color!  He also attempted to fit the straws inside of themselves, which took lots of  fine motor control!  All in all, this sensory tub was a huge hit and something we can use again and again without worrying about it going bad or attracting pests!  :)

Check out more sensory tub ideas here.

Building Solomon’s Temple with Golden Blocks

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I am still working on supplementing our church’s curriculum for the unit on Solomon.  It is so intriguing to read about the building of the temple–how all the stones were pre-cut and no tool could be heard in temple while it was being built and all of the ornate materials used .  Since the temple was so magnificent, I didn’t want the children to build it with plain old building blocks.  It needed to be something extra special…hence building with golden blocks!

 

“And Solomon overlaid the inside of the house with pure gold, and he drew chains of gold across, in front of the inner sanctuary, and overlaid it with gold.  And he overlaid the whole house with gold, until all the house was finished. Also the whole altar that belonged to the inner sanctuary he overlaid with gold.”  -1 Kings 6:21-22

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  wooden building blocks and gold spray paint.  

 

 

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I purchased two sets of these blocks to make sure there was enough for a group of kids.

 

 

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 I laid them out on some plastic and then painted them with gold spray paint.  I let them dry for an hour, then turned the blocks and painted again.  All-in-all, I turned the blocks a total of four times.  Enough overspray got on the remaining two faces of the blocks that I didn’t need to spray 6 times.

 

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We used this blueprint to make the birds-eye view of the temple.

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Show-and-Share Saturday Link Up

Happy Saturday! There were a ton of great posts shared last week. Here are just a few:

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Planet Smarty shared some fun ideas for After School Math Learning.

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This list of Children’s Books About Maps and Globes from Gift of Curiosity has some great suggestions.

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If you’re short on time, Buggy and Buddy has 12 Science Experiments You Can Do Right Now!

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Next week I’ll be sharing my favorites from the ones you submit!

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Freezer-Friendly Crock Pot Turkey Curry Chili

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I am just dipping my toes into the world of curry, thanks to this recipe from my mom.  It is delicious, can easily be doubled or tripled to feed a crowd, and is only 185 calories per serving!!!!  Oh, and did I mention it is freezer-friendly and it goes in the crock pot?  THIS. IS. A. WINNER.

 

Crock Pot Turkey Curry Chili

Serves 4-6

1 lb. ground turkey
1 cup grated/shredded carrots
1 can diced tomatoes (do not drain)
1 can tomato soup
1/4 cup lite coconut milk (canned)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon dried minced onion
2 1/2- 3 tablespoons curry powder
Shredded coconut for a garnish.

*You can add garbanzo beans and/or chickpeas as well

Serve over coconut rice and/or with naan bread.  I think these sautéed sugar snap peas go well with it also!

(print the recipe here)

 

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1.  Brown the ground turkey over medium heat until cooked through.

 

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2.  Grate 1 cup’s worth of carrots.

 

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3.  Add your diced tomatoes and tomato soup (I didn’t have any tomato soup on hand, so I used tomato sauce and it turned out just fine–tomato soup is just slightly sweeter).

 

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4.  Add your curry powder.  If you are making it for your family with young children, I would err on the side of less spice (1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons, perhaps).  You can always add a little more at the end if it isn’t spicy enough.

 

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 5.  Add 1/4 cup of coconut milk (save the rest to make coconut rice to serve it with).

 

 

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6.  Now that everything is in your crockpot, stir it all together.

 

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7.  Cook on low 6-8 hours or on high for 2-3 hours.

 

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Spoon over a bed of coconut rice, sprinkle with a little coconut, and prepare for the deliciousness!  One of my children accidentally switched my crock pot to “boil” at some point during the cooking time (which I didn’t even know it could do)…so it turned out slightly thicker than it normally would.

 

To freeze:  Brown ground turkey until cooked through.  Add remaining ingredients and mix in a gallon size freezer bag.  Freeze.  When ready to cook, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then toss in the crockpot in the  morning!  

 

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