Tuesday Tots ~ Banana Cookie Crumbles

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3 ripe bananas

2 cups rolled oats

1 cup dates, pitted and chopped

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, mash the bananas. Stir in oats, dates, oil, and vanilla. Mix well, and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly brown.

Monday Moments

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“Sometimes when you pick up your child you can feel the map of your own bones beneath your hands, or smell the scent of your skin in the nape of his neck. This is the most extraordinary thing about motherhood – finding a piece of yourself separate and apart that all the same you could not live without.”

― Jodi Picoult, Perfect Match

Monday Moments ~ The Polar Express

Polar Express

 

This has been a favorite Christmas book of mine since I was a child. It is tradition in our household to read it every Christmas Eve.

The movie is also a love of mine. Everything about this story is magical!

Do you have a favorite holiday book to read with your children? Share with us!

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Cardboard Tube Telescope

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Perfect for ages 5 and up with mom’s help.

What you’ll need:

1 cardboard tube (from a paper towel roll)

Tape

1 sheet brown construction paper

½ sheet black construction paper

2 plastic rings from milk or juice jugs

White craft glue

Scissors

Pen

Twine or yarn

How to make it:

Cut 2″ off the end of the cardboard tube, set aside.

Cut the longer remaining piece of the cardboard tube open lengthwise.

Use tape to close the tube back up, overlapping the edges just enough so that its circumference is about ¼” or so smaller than it was originally. It should now be slightly smaller than the width of the plastic ring.

Cover the long roll with brown construction paper, securing with tape.

Cover the 2″ roll with black paper and secure with tape.

Insert the long, brown tube inside the small black tube. Push the black tube to the center of the brown tube.

Pipe white glue around one end of the brown tube. Slide a plastic ring onto the end of the tube, securing it with the glue.

At the other end of the tube, use a pen to poke a hole, about an inch from the end. Thread twine or yarn through the hole.

Pipe glue around that end of the tube and slide the second plastic ring onto the glue.

Tie the ends of the yarn into a knot.

Hang the telescope around your child’s neck. The black tube at the end can be turned to “focus” the pretend telescope.

Monday Myths ~ Teething Rings

teethingring

Is baby teething?

I was always told to freeze teething rings for relief. A super cold object to chew on was best for a teething, unhappy infant. Or is it?

To ease the pain of teething, babies chew on teething rings. But, it is always best to chill the rings in the refrigerator, not the freezer, as direct contact with extreme cold can harm your baby.