Lunchbox idea: Stainless steel lunch tins from camping or disposal stores

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5Jun
stainless steel lunch tins

  Why I LOVE our stainless steel lunch tins   In 2000, my daughter began her schooling journey at Silkwood.  Some clever parent or teacher (goodness knows who but what a fab idea) suggested that the children could use stainless steel lunch tins, like the ones used for camping, as lunchboxes.   Almost 15 years on, here it is.  It…

Five Simple Ways to Overcome Mealtime Challenges

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7Aug
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Mealtime Challenges Five quick and easy ideas to try! Brought to you by Crayola.   The most difficult part of my day at the moment is the end-of-day rush trying to make a healthy nutritious meal (no, toasted cheese sandwiches for dinner doesn’t quite cut it!), put the dinner on the table, and tidy up afterwards so I’m not left…

How do I get my child to eat breakfast? 7 ideas to try.

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20May
how do i get my child to eat breakfast

How do I get my child to eat breakfast?   My 6 year old Ned is NOT a breakfast eater. He will do everything and anything to avoid eating before school. If he had his way, he’d wait until at least 9 or 10am before a morsel would reach his mouth. His dad is much the same, unlike Jack and…

DIY Nature Candle Holders made at Periwinkle Preschool

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23Mar
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DIY Nature Candle Holders using a teak pod A Month of Food Fun: Day Ten, Mealtime Candles   Ever since I began working in a Steiner kindergarten about 15 years ago, I have LOVED a candlestick on our dinner table. Most nights, we light it, then take turns snuffing or blowing it out. It is a tradition, along with saying…

Paper snack cup made from origami paper square

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10Apr
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In the same way we made the paper carry bag yesterday to carry little treasures, this origami craft can also be used as a quick and easy dish to hold snacks such as popcorn, crackers, or fruit like grapes, strawberries or blueberries.  Don’t have a plate?  Whip one of these up in a second using whatever paper you have handy….

“Help Yourself” Basket in the fridge

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29Jan

“Help Yourself” Basket I’m not a big fan of snacking but Ned is. We needed a compromise. I provide him with regular meals of breakfast, a fruit morning tea, lunch and dinner. But in between, he can go to his ‘Help Yourself’ basket. I keep a plastic basket at his eye level.  Each night before I go to bed, and…

Parent Tip: How to encourage child to eat vegetables

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21Nov
how to encourage child to eat vegetables

How to encourage child to eat vegetables Today, I’d like to quote my sage friend Maria. We were talking last week about our children’s likes and dislikes of food. Those with more than one child know that each child COMES with their own food temperament. Some children will eat whatever you put in front of them, with GUSTO!  And ask for more….

Sharing and Caring mealtimes with Waldorfmama

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19Sep

Just the other day, I read a post that grabbed my heartstrings.  Shelley, from Waldorf Mama , wrote of a special thing that she and her daughter Maya were doing that week. In a nutshell, it seems that the class families take it in turns to bring the children in the class their morning snack.  You must read the whole wonderful story here…