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Home Made Graham Crackers
- 2 ½ Cups Whole Wheat Flour
- ½ Tsp Salt
- ½ Tsp Baking Powder
- ¼ Tsp Cinnamon
- 1 stick of Butter
- 3/4 Cup Honey
Preheat oven to 375. Sift together the flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon into a bowl. Melt together the honey and butter. Pour this into the dry ingredients. Mix with a fork then push the dough together with your hands. Do not knead or over mix. Place the dough on a well-floured rolling pin to 1/8” thick. Cut rectangles (1 ¼” X3”) with a knife and prick them with a fork. Place on a lightly greased baking tray and bake for just 10 minutes. Cool on a rack.
Many children (and parents) remember the fresh baked bread from our Early Childhood classes with great fondness. This must be why so many people ask for the recipe! Well, here it is.
- 2 tbsp yeast
- 3 cups warm liquid
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp honey
- 1/3 cup oil (melted butter works)
- 3 tsp salt
- 6-8 cups of flour mixture (wheat, white-2 cups of the mixture can be oatmeal which gives a nice texture, millet, seeds,etc)
- Mix yeast, 1T honey and some warm water in a bowl. Leave it to foam up
- Combine with warm liquid, oil, salt, honey and yeast mixture in a large bowl.
- Add the sifted flour mixture until the liquid is absorbed. Let sit for 5 minutes.
- Continue adding the flour mixture until the dough is kneadable. Knead dough and form into rolls or loaves. (Recipe should make 2 loaves or 24 rolls)
- Place on a cookie sheet in a preheated 200 degree convection oven for 15 minutes to rise.
- Turn up to 300 degrees and bake (rolls) for 15-20 minutes until done.
Welcome to the world of outdoor play, EVERY day! Kids don’t care about rain and snow and at Spring Garden they get outside to move three times a day rain or shine, wet or dry, mud or mud. This is why Waldorf schools require proper outerwear for active kids.
Unfortunately, the big box stores don’t have these items on the list of back-to-school essentials, so finding a pair of rain pants locally, in August, can be tricky. Besides, if Target had four pairs of rain pants, one of the other 100+ Waldorf families in your area might have snagged them first. And so . . . here are some places where you can buy rain gear for the kiddos before August 27th (6 weeks from today!).
Need it all? Here are three retailers who sell jackets, pants and boots, all in one place:
If you only need Pieces Parts you can shop above or also try:
Oftentimes, each of these retailers will have all these items or run out of stock in one or more items. So, it helps to shop early. And, of course, there’s always thrift shopping and swapping with other families!
Sparklers burn around 1,000 people per year and around 50% of sparkler injuries happen to children under five. Sparklers reach 1,800° Fahrenheit when the chemical mixture on the wire is lit and stay hot after the sizzling is complete.
Kids love Sparklers and, even if you’d never buy them, you might find your child begging to hold one at your Fourth of July celebration. Don’t be afraid to say no, of course, but if you do say yes, children should be shown how to safely hold it and should be supervised closely.
Here are some other good tips to keep in mind.
- An adult should light one sparkler at a time.
- Children should be standing and holding the wire at arms length.
- Everyone using a sparkler should be more than an arms length away from one another.
- Instruct children not to throw or swing sparklers.
- Remind children the wire stays hot after it is extinguished.
- Have a glass or bucket of water for sparkler disposal.
Obstacle Course – For 1 or more — Give the kid(s) some basic supplies for creating an obstacle course – hula hoops, cones, logs, boxes, ropes, lawn chairs and anything else they can find. Then give them the kitchen timer!
Scavenger Hunt –For 1 or more — Have the kid(s) make the list themselves or you can do it for younger ones. No need to hide items. Use what nature provides with a list such as: pine cone, leaf, pine needle, stone, piece of tree bark, acorn, stick, bird feather, etc.
Kick the Can – For 3 or more — A fun variation of hide and seek. Place a can in the middle of the yard. Whoever is “it” (older child is best) counts to 20 while the rest hide. “It” tags each hider and puts them in a holding area. Any hider who kicks the can releases the captive kids as well. The game ends when the child who is “It” gets everyone in the holding area.
Red Light, Green Light – For 3 or more — One person is the traffic light and the other players are the “cars.” From Wired.com, “When the traffic light faces the group, he or she says, “Red light!” and everyone must freeze. The traffic light then turns his or her back and says, “Green light!” while the kids try to get as close to the traffic light as possible. The traffic light turns around quickly, again saying, “Red light!”, and if anyone is spotted moving, they have to go back to the starting place. The first person to tag the traffic light wins.”
Running Bases – For 3 or more — Needs two bases (about wide enough for two people to stand on it), a tennis ball, and two ball throwers. Set up the bases at least 20 ft apart for good running space (or as far apart as your throwers can throw (adults can play too!). The 2 throwers stand on or near the opposite bases and the rest of the players, or runners, divide themselves between the sides. As the throwers toss the ball, the runners try and make it to the opposite base without getting tagged by the thrower. Only the thrower holding the ball can tag a runner. The last runner standing wins.
Have fun this weekend!