Snack Ideas

Toddler Tree families have shared their ideas for fun and tasty snacks that are much better than the prepackaged ones. A little forethought will get your kids eating, feeling and growing better. Please email me to add your personal suggestions to this list and check the following links: Snack Ideas for Kids and Switch Up Your Lunchbox for even more inspiration.

Fruits and Vegetables…

Mango, Papaya, Star Fruit, Cantaloupe, Honeydew Melon, Watermelon, Cherries, Pear, Grapes, Oranges, Plums, Kiwi, Grapefruit, Pineapple, Figs (good with goat cheese)
Cooked Green Beans, Jicama, Cooked Snow Peas, Frozen Peas, Mashed Sweet Potato (good with butter and cinnamon)

Good with peanut butter: Apples, Banana, Celery (and raisins a.k.a. “Ants on a Log”))

Good with  hummus: Apple (good with peanut butter), Carrots, Raw Cauliflower or Broccoli

 

Good with ranch dip: Carrots, Celery, Cucumber Slices, Cherry Tomatoes, Raw Cauliflower, Raw Broccoli

Good with yogurt: Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Peaches

Good with soy sauce: Avocado (and brown rice) or Edamame

You may want to try: Applesauce, Unsweetened Raisins, Fruit Leathers, Freeze Dried Fruit (like mango, banana, blueberries or strawberries), Dried Apple Rings, Canned Fruit like Mandarin Oranges (Native Forest brand does not use sugary syrups in their cans), even Olives!

 

Whole-Grain…

Whole Grain Crackers (like Triscuits, Multi-Seed, Ak-Mak, Whole-Wheat Matzos, Brown Rice Crackers/Snaps, Whole-Grain Rye Crackers topped with cheese, peanut butter, or a cream cheese and jelly combo)

Popcorn (make it using “The Popcorn Trick”)
Oatmeal (served warm in a Thermos)
Shredded Wheat (look for brands that contain 1-ingredient)
Arrowhead Mills Puffed Whole Grain Cereal (corn, brown rice, wheat or millet variety)
Brown Rice Cakes
Whole-Wheat Pretzels
Whole-Grain Toast
Small, Cooked Whole-Grain Noodles

Nuts and Seeds…

Peanuts, Cashews, Almonds, Pecans, Walnuts, Pine Nuts (they are good lightly toasted), Pistachios, Sesame Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Nut Trail Mix including Dried Fruit

Other… Hard-Boiled Eggs, Garbanzo Beans, Cheese (cubes or sticks…with or without crackers), Plain Yogurt (flavored with a little honey or maple syrup and vanilla extract), Organic and/or Local Bacon

Homemade…

Homemade Granola Bars
Homemade “Larabars”
Whole-Wheat Toaster Pastries (a.k.a. Pop Tarts!)
Smoothies or Smoothie Pops
Whole-Wheat Banana Bread
Zucchini Chips
Whole-Wheat Zucchini Bread (made into muffins)
Whole-Wheat Pumpkin Bread (made into muffins)
Whole-Grain Cornbread (made into muffins)
Whole-Wheat Berry Muffins
Pecan Maple Breakfast Cookies
Easy Cheesy Crackers
Kale Chips
Homemade Powerballs
Whole-Wheat Biscuits (good with butter and jelly) or Buttermilk Cheese Biscuits
Cinnamon Glazed Popcorn
Whole-Wheat “Baked” Donuts

Mother’s Day Quali-Tea Time

Next week we will be offering “Quali-Tea Time” for students and mothers as a celebration for Mother‘s Day. Groups will be divided into 2 shifts to avoid crowding everybody in together at the same time. 

Your child’s teachers wish to invite you to join them in a special project they have planned. We suggest that everyone wear comfortable clothes and shoes for this event. Once the projects are finished, mother and child will share tea time provided by Toddler Tree. 

It is important for you to take note of the date and times sent in the invitations so everybody can enjoy their time with us. Also, please do not to bring toys, treats or gifts for your child.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Down on Grandpa’s Farm

Monday, April 30th, 2018 @ Toddler Tree Kinder

All students will take part in our Children’s Day Celebration! Toddler Tree teachers have prepared different centers for the kids to have a full farm experience. Between finding the milk bottle caps in the haystack, milk bottle bowling, milking the cow, egg and spoon racing, wheelbarrows, everyone is sure to have a great time. No need for lunchboxes, as April room mothers will provide the snacks. Please dress children in jeans and white top with sneakers or comfortable shoes.

Easter Parade And Party 2018

Valentine’s Day

This week the Crawling Caterpillars got to enjoy Valentine’s Day so much. We celebrated this special holiday with a fun party! Students exchanged candies and treats with their friends; they enjoyed a snack and got a visit from the mail man (Mr. Mike), who gave them a special treat. These activities helped encourage sharing and friendship.

This week, during Exploration, we had fun with the dentist. Students enjoyed playing with tooth brushes. During art class we used for the first time markers and had so much fun with them doing a heart. Then in Circle time, Mr. Mike had some of the Crawling Caterpillars role play the book “The Lady With The Alligator Purse.”

Such a fun time!

Bye Bye, January!

Hello parents,

This week we had a lot of fun!!! We learned to use different materials, such as crayons, paint and shaving cream. We started practicing rules and following instructions. Also, we focused learning about colors, shapes, numbers, weather, ABC and reviewing the winter theme. The Crawling Caterpillars are still adapting to our learning environment, but are no longer crying. We are starting to share and learn about friendship!

Hope you have a wonderful long weekend!

Keep in mind we won’t be having class on Monday, so see you next Tuesday!

Post-Thanksgiving Post

We are happy to have you back! During this week we started working with Christmas decorations. Big Bears had a great time using their fine motor skills. Also, they are also practicing with Miss Mely for the Christmas Program and are eager to show you!

Everyday when our students arrive to school they tell us what they asked for Christmas and how Santa is always watching them. Next week, Santa will visit us and the kids will have the opportunity to put their wishes in his mailbox and take a picture with him!

We will continue preparing for our “Toy Stories Winter Festival” which will be presented for parents and grandparents at Candy Gum Party Place on Monday December 11.

Thank you dear Big Bear Parents for coming to the parent-teacher conference.

A quick reminder: please remember to label all jackets and sweaters to avoid mix ups.

A Vintage Halloween

What was your favorite childhood Halloween costume? Do you make costumes for your kids? You can find a large variety of Halloween costumes available at stores in your neighborhood. However, homemade costumes can be more original and fun, especially if you involve your children in creating them. Here are some crafty and cute costume ideas to make for your kiddo this Halloween…