If your littles don't like to sit still during read-aloud time, don't worry! Kids are actually learning more when their hands are busy. One strategy you might try is reading while they're eating lunch. And if you prepare a fun snack that relates to the book, even better!
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree
2 power balls
Cut off bottom of banana and discard. Slice banana in half length-wise; place one slice on each plate, with cut side at the base.
Peel kiwi. Slice length-wise in sixths (like a pie). Arrange 5 kiwi slices to look like leaves on top of each banana tree.
Place power ball at base of tree to resemble coconut.
Chocolate Chip Power Balls
- 2 c. old fashioned oats (pulsed lightly in blender to break down)
- 1 c. peanut butter
- 2/3 c. honey
- 1/2 c. shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1/2 c. mini chocolate chips
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1/8 c. hemp seeds (may substitute extra oats or coconut)
- 1/8 c. chia seeds (may substitute extra oats or coconut)
- 1 t. vanilla
- dash of salt
Pulse oats in blender to break down slightly.
In bowl of stand mixer, stir together peanut butter and honey. Add dry ingredients and mix until combined. If dry, add 1 T. water.
Using cookie scoop, form dough into balls. Place balls on baking sheet and freeze. Freeze 15 minutes before serving or freeze for one hour, then put balls in sealed container (mason jar, tupperware, etc.). Frozen balls will keep well for 2 weeks.
Kids love to help mix this dough and form into balls! My little buddy calls these "cookies." They taste very similar to chocolate chip cookie dough, but are packed with nutrients.
Power ball recipe adapted from Clean Eats & Treats.