Friday, April 28, 2017

Boat Building

Last week for Earth Day we did our annual boat building
at Brooklyn Creek.
We are so grateful to Grandpa Ben who made all these boats for us.
He even drilled a small hole and included doweling for a mast.
Other materials we used was sandpaper, tape, hammer, nails, screws, screwdrivers,
 markers, fabric for a sail and yarn.
The families got busy gathering their materials to build.
Some started with sanding their boat,
others decorated their sail,
and others started with hammering.
Once they had it decorated and the sail attached they had to do one more thing before launching.
They needed to tie a string to their boat and the other end to a stick.
Time to launch.
And launch again and again.
A few boats had issues staying upright so some modifications had to be made.
"Oh, oh my boat is sailing away!"
Grandma to the rescue.
After playing in the creek for over an hour we walked to the beach
for snack and story.
I read "One-Dog Canoe" by Mary Casanova.
It's a cumulative tale that includes lots of animals.
We then attempted to sail our boats at the beach but it was quite windy
and the waves kept pushing our boats back in.
This picture sums up our Earth Day.
We love the earth and love spending time outside.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Cooking with Cauliflower

This week we made Cauliflower Bread for our snack.
Costco sells cauliflower already chopped which made it easier to work with the children.
I found the recipe at ifoodreal.
First you bake the cauliflower at 375 for 20 minutes.
When you take it out turn your oven up to 450 for the next step of baking to come.
Place a tea towel over a bowl and scoop all the baked cauliflower into it.
It is still hot so let it cool a bit.
I did this part myself while the children watched me magically
make water come out.
Once you have most of the liquid squeezed out place it in a bowl.
I had saved some of the original cauliflower and we did a comparison.
Next add 1/4 cup of egg whites,
and a half cup of cheese.
Sprinkle in a teaspoon of italian herbs and some pepper.
Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and
flatten it out.
Put it in the oven (at 450F) for 18 minutes.
Remove and sprinkle on another 1/2 cup of cheese.
Finish baking another 5 minutes.
Put it under the broiler till golden brown.
All that is left is to cut and eat.
Most of the children tried it and liked it.
I think because of the cheesy flavour.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Visiting a Garden Centre

This week we visited one of our local garden centres.
I visited last week and took some pictures so I could create a scavenger hunt.
As the children arrived they picked up a clip board and started touring
the green houses looking for the items that matched the images.
By providing a do it yourself scavenger hunt the families
didn't have to worry to show up at the same time.
Many of the children stopped to enjoy this water feature.
It made a nice sound.
After they finished the hunt they headed to the hedge maze.
There they found some instructions and a basket with blank booklets.
Throughout the maze I hung pictures, ink pad and a stamp.
They were meant to help the families find their way through.
I put them at intersections like arrows.
When they found a picture they took out the stamp and ink pad
and stamped their booklet.
When their booklet was full then they made it to the middle of the maze.
It was an achievement to make it through and then climb the platform 
to look at the whole maze.
Once everyone made it through the maze we enjoyed a snack and story.
I set up the snack area under the platform because the weather
was uncertain if it was going to rain or not.
But as we finished our story and started to sing some songs the sun came out.
If you have a chance to visit Paradise Garden Plant Centre, take
some time to go through the maze
it is a lot of fun.