The wilt trick. If your children are fussy eaters, and it’s hard to get them to eat greens, consider reducing the actual perceivable amount of the portion without actually serving less. The picture below shows how 13 fresh spinach leaves can become one easily palatable spoonful by “wilting”. “Just one bite”! To wilt spinach, place in a saucepan with a table spoon of butter on medium heat. Turn off heat as soon as the spinach starts to wilt cover for 3-5 minutes. Stir and enjoy.
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This month I spent many wonderful days on Grandma Duty. What an absolute gift to share in the wild imaginations of my three boys. Boxes became spaceships, blankets draped over couches became forts and castles. As adults, we sometimes forget how simple play can be. Do we really need a $600 video console or thousands of dollars spent at the tennis club? Whether they’re stacking blocks or pretending they’re Captain of the Starship Enterprise, their play is a crucial part of their learning process. Especially for individuals with dyslexia. Play ignites creativity sending signals to the brain, making it grow and expand in strength and capability, not to mention the muscle coordination benefits and sociability involved as well. So, join in with careless abandon and know that “It is a happy talent to know how to play.”Ralph Waldo Emerson, American writer 1803–1882 – Dr. B
Why do we play? The National Museum of Play located in Rochester, NY says, “We play to be creative. We play to escape, in unplanned moments or structured games. We play to test our limits. Play can be cheery or furious, frivolous or sincere, simple or complex. When we play, we affirm our values and connect with others. When we are absorbed in play, we lose ourselves.” Contemporary American author Diane Ackerman says, “Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.” and Dr. Books agrees!
In her new book “Reversing Dyslexia“, Dr. Books dedicates a chapter to the importance of play in supporting learning among dyslexic children. She says, “During play, when you are laughing and seeing or hearing new information,this new information is absorbed without any filters or judgment. This fact is relevant to all ages and mental capacities, but is particularly important to a dyslexic individual, whose learning process is often sabotaged by self-judgment and poor self-esteem. Play actually helps people learn in many ways. It engages a variety of senses, spurs emotions, bolsters the imagination, and promotes the development of ideas. Although many people discount the power of fun and games, the reality is that they are very important for a developing mind.”
What kind of play is best? Dr. B says “Play is best when it is interactive. This does not, however, refer to online gaming with friends. It means being fully engaged with body and mind.” And what better way than to be in nature out of doors. Dr. B says that when children play and explore outdoors, their eyes are constantly changing focus from near to far and all around, therefore stimulating their visual pathways and stimulating information being sent to the brain. Of course, the added benefit of vitamin D from the sunshine doesn’t hurt either!
“We often overlook nature as a healing balm for the emotional hardships in a child’s life. You’ll likely never see a slick commercial for nature therapy like you do for antidepressants. Nature truly has a way of bringing a person back into a state of harmony. Spending time outside is great emotional therapy.” And a perfect way to share play time with the whole family.
Therefore, heed the words of the famous Greek philosopher Plato who said, “Do not keep children to their studies by compulsion but by play,” So, before the kids are stuck behind their desks, grab a beach towel, a soccer ball, or a hiking stick and get out in nature and play!
But Mom, what about ants on a log, birds nest cookies, ginger bread figures …. Today we are giving special permission to play with food ideas!
Hot Dog Snakes
We used “Immaculate” Crescent Rolls, organic sausage (pre-
cooked), and hot dogs. If you are going to boil the hot dogs you get more results with the snakes and smiles as well as funny hair.
Take a sharp knife and slice along opposite sides of the hot dog. Make your slices about 1 inch apart on opposite sides to make a snake. Cut the end with several slices to make funny hair, use the tip of a knife to cut eyes and a smiley face. We used the crescent roll dough to make long strips to wrap around each hot dog. Add smiles and eyes with mustard, ketchup and other condiments.
The instructions on the Immaculate Crescent rolls say to bake 12-14 minutes at 350 degrees. To get a golden color, I baked for 17 minutes.
If the kids are doing the decorating, send us your fun pictures, or post them on our facebook or google + page.
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