Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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Tuesday: Tell Time Games

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Tuesday is a great day for Time!  And these Tell Time games are sure to make your Tuesday a little more fun for your little ones.
We try to focus on one area of “extra” math each school day – in addition to our regular math worksheets/homework.  Mondays are more/less statements, Tuesdays we practice with clocks, Wednesdays we count backwards as we drive places, Thursdays we play with money and Fridays are for fun (aka Lego math or some building activity).
Kids Activities Blog is excited to share with you these fun activities to do today to help you child understand the concept of time.Tell time: a collection of activities for kids


Here are 10 of the ideas we’ve found to help us with our Tuesday learning!
Make a playdough globe.  As you find hours on your “clock”, put a stick into your globe about the area that you think it would be that time.  Discuss how time is different in different places.  Thanks to A Little Learning for inspiring this earth activity – they used things they are thankful for on their “sticks”.
Count down to a big event, like New Years Eve.  Hoosier Homemade made a bag of treats that her kids could open up, one on each hour as they counted down to midnight.  This would be a great “telling time” activity for a long road-trip too!
Wear a watch.  The act of wearing a watch has helped give my children a concept of time pretty quickly.  I love the “Time Teaching” watches.  These have the hours and the minuets on the face to help your child learn to differentiate between the hours and minuets.
Get Physical.  Make a giant clock outside on your driveway like the kids over at Who Would Have Thought It.  They used their bodies to make the time.  Looks like a blast!!
how to make a "telling time" plate

Tell Time Games

Play with Paper Plate “Clocks”.  I first saw a version of the clock pictured above at Mrs. Nielsen’s 2nd grade.  She cut flaps into her paper plate that she could lift the hour and show her kids the minuets.  Brilliant.  We had to make our own paper clock (pictured above).  The kids love it.
Use worksheets.  Here is a terrific telling time worksheet that we have used to help our kids diagram “time”.  Put it in a page protector and use with dry erase markers to ask questions like: “What time did you eat breakfast this morning?”  “Erase that and tell me what time is one hour earlier than breakfast.”
Skip Count 5s.  The part that is the hardest for my kiddos is learning the hour “number” with the minuets – ex: 8 = 40 minuets.  Skip counting has really helped them figure it out!  SchoolHouse Rock has a fun song where they skip count as fast as they can their 5′s.  The kids love counting along.
Make a Time Wall.  We used cardboard boxes to create “clocks” with the common events of our day on the face.   Our daily “events” included: morning snack time, the time they can get up from naps, time that Daddy is home from work, etc.  This helps my toddlers know to “match” the time.  Ex:  “You can’t get up from quiet time until 4pm, when the clock looks like this (pointing to the correct time)”.
Have a wall of common times near your clock to help your kids anticipate daily events.Work with Analog.  Help your child realize that time is documented in many formats.  Teach Mama has a great collection of worksheets and lesson plans to help your child see the big picture.
Race each other to the Time.  I remember as a child in classes, I loved the wipe-board activities.  This is a board that you can purchase to have time-telling races with each other. .

What do you do to learn together on a Tuesday?

Monday, December 30, 2013

Guacamole Deviled Eggs

Guacamole Deviled Eggs


Every morning, a hardboiled egg stares me in the face for breakfast. I pop out the yolk, chomp into the rubbery white, and give a little wriggle as it goes down. I can’t stand it. Why? It is just so. so. bland.
But it’s good for me, right?
You’d think this would totally turn me off from eggs altogether, but man do I still love a deviled egg! And, in an unrelated note, guacamole… Unrelated until now!

I found it high time to have some fun with my boring boiled eggs. So, I skipped along a few favorite food blogs and uncovered this scrumptious idea from SkinnyTaste! Gotta love that Gina.

A mash-up of avocado, egg yolks, tomato, red onion, lime juice, and fresh cilantro stuffs these egg white appetizers. Delicious and pretty cute, to boot!

Mix up this tasty twist on a classic appetizer for your next get-together, or for an Easter party. These devilishly delish eggs are super easy to make, very nutritious, and everyone will think you’re a flippin’ genius!
They’re the perfect protein-packed snack for your little partygoers!


Guacamole Deviled Eggs

YIELD: Makes 24 filled egg halves


12 large eggs, hard boiled
1 medium avocado

Juice from 1/2 lime
1 teaspoon minced red onion

1 Tablespoon diced tomato
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
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Peel the hard boiled eggs and cut eggs in half lengthwise. Add two of the egg yolks to a medium bowl; discard the remaining yolks. Add avocado and mash with a fork or potato masher. Gently stir in lime juice, red onion, tomato, cilantro, salt and pepper. Adjust seasonings to taste.
Place egg halves on a platter and scoop guacamole evenly into each halve. Sprinkle with a little additional chopped cilantro and serve.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Healthified Crispy-Coated Chicken

Healthified Crispy-Coated Chicken
200 calories • 87% less sat fat than the original recipe. Ready for some crunch? Bite into this mouthwatering crispy chicken.
  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 35 min
  • Servings 4


Nonstick cooking spray
cup finely crushed multigrain tortilla chips
teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
teaspoon ground cumin
teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (1 to 1 1/4 pounds total)
Shredded romaine (optional)
medium chunky style salsa (optional)
Avocado slices (optional)


  • Step1Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside. In a shallow dish combine tortilla chips, oregano, cumin, and pepper. Place egg in another shallow dish; beat lightly. Dip chicken in beaten egg, then coat with tortilla chip mixture.
  • Step2Arrange chicken in the prepared baking pan. Bake about 25 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink (170°F). If desired, serve chicken on a bed of shredded romaine with salsa and avocado slices.

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2 tablespoons butterNonstick cooking spray
1 1/2 cups finely crushed multigrain tortilla chips1 cup finely crushed multigrain tortilla chips
1/4 cup all-purpose flour4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (1 to 1 1/4 pounds total)
4 skin-on chicken breast halves
Nutritional Highlights
380 (before)
200 (after)
Saturated Fat
8 g (before)
1 g (after)
210 mg (before)
125 mg (after)
Total Fat
22 g (before)
6 g (after)