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More Magic Making with Kids

The teachers at Creative Explorations, a wonderful child development center near me, are quite clever. Instead of sneaking veggies into kids’ food (yes—I admit to doing that to my own children for years…) they engage their young students in the joy of creation so they can…

One Potato, Two Potato…

…100 pounds of potatoes!  This morning I stood by the frosty window with my coffee and gazed over my garden, which is buried under more than two feet of snow. I tried to imagine what it will hopefully look like this summer when it’s bursting…

Curried Ginger Butternut Squash & Pear Soup

Thanksgiving is upon us, and I’m inviting readers to share their favorite VEGGIE RECIPES! I just made this wonderful soup from the squash I harvested last month from my garden. When it’s cooled down a bit, it will go into my freezer until feast day.…

Read to Me!

The Family Reading Partnership is a wonderful organization that promotes family reading and literacy. Each year they produce a big beautiful calendar with images by children’s book illustrators. I’m delighted that this image from RAINBOW STEW will be the October page of their 2014 calendar! Other…

Over the Rainbow

Maybe it’s because (because, because, because….) I was born in Kansas, but I am a big fan of The Wizard of Oz. Although I am a strong advocate for reading–as in real books—I must sheepishly admit it was the movie that captured my brain, my heart, and…

MUD!

It’s getting to be Fall here, and probably getting a bit too cold for playing in the mud. But dreams of next year’s garden brings mud to mind. This great piece, LET THE CHILDREN PLAY IN MUD, was posted a few years ago. Check it…

If they grow it, they will EAT it!

Although garden time is winding down, at least in my corner of the world, I thought I’d post these adorable photos of a friend’s child tasting the harvest from their family garden. When the winter winds blow, consider including your child in the planning of…

Family Fun at the Farmer’s Market!

  We’re launching the Rainbow Stew StoryWalk, made possible by the generosity of the Portland Public Library! There will be lots of other fun things for kids–story time, arts & crafts, and even a parade to join! Hope to see you there!

Make Magic!

It really is magic: from a tiny seed, a plant grows and makes food! Here’s an age-old simple way to show kids how the secret works.  You will need: • A clean, empty glass jar • Some seeds: dried beans, peas or corn • Paper…

Create a Tasty Lunch

With a little construction paper cutting preparation, you can make a crafty buffet. Add glue sticks and scissors, and invite children to make their own healthy lunch. Another time, try it with real food and encourage them to choose a rainbow of colors again. Children…

Portable Garden

    When I visit schools and libraries, I bring a LOT of materials– books, puppets, word cards, press sheets, rhythm shakers, game pieces, and sometimes even real vegetables. I also bring a folding screen backdrop that helps define the space and gives the kids…

Crunchy Colors!

Here’s a yummy salad that kids can help to make. Some of the shredding and chopping should be done by an adult, but kids can help measure, mix and toss! PURPLE CABBAGE, CARROT & KALE SLAW 2 cups of shredded purple cabbage 1 1/2 cups of chopped raw kale–use…

Story Hour Seed Packet

After a reading of Rainbow Stew in your library or classroom, why not have kids take come seeds to plant in their own yard? Lead them in the creation of a seed packet, the choosing of seeds, and the promise of vegetables to come with a Rainbow Stew…

In the Soup

The great thing about vegetable stew is that there are as many variations of stew as there are vegetables to pop in the pot. You can find directions for making your own delicious Rainbow Stew on the back page of the book, Rainbow Stew, but I…

Be an Egghead!

Its that time of year to start some seedlings on your window sills.  This gardening activity was always popular with my kids.  As the seedlings sprout, your egghead gets a hairdo! Download the Rainbow Stew Egghead Activity (PDF).

A Feast from Kirkus Reviews

I was that delighted that Kirkus Reviews made the connection between Rainbow Stew and my preschool picture book about families cooking and sharing a meal together, Feast for 10. “Vibrant multimedia collage harkens back to Falwell’s Feast for 10 (1993), this time with a homegrown feast…