Saturday, June 18, 2011

ABC Summer Weekly Report: H and D

Modeling self-designed t-shirts

If you need to get up to speed, here is an explanation of our ABC Summer, the summer-long project I am doing with my daughters this year. (Note: "summer-long project" makes it sound very difficult and complicated, but in fact there is nothing remotely complicated about it.)

In case you'd like to use these ideas for your own summer, here's a list of what we did for "H" and "D" this week. Note that some activities got rained out and did not make the list. Also that we did plenty of other things not alphabet-related. And, notice that these are not big-deal, hard-to-plan-or-execute activities. They're just things you do with your kids anyway. The only difference is that I did them during a particular week.

went on a Hike
played Hopscotch
did Hula Hoops
had a Hot dog dinner
checked out a book on Horses from the library
made Haystacks (chocolate-chow-mein-noodle treats; recipe below; very easy for kids)

Drew Dinosaurs
checked out a book on Ducklings from the library
had a hot Dog Dinner
had a Dolly tea party
made and wore Design-Your-Own t-shirts with fabric markers

Doll tea party (the real girls were at the table)

Peanut Haystacks

makes 24
(we made 2 batches, 1 each with semi-sweet chocolate chips and white chocolate chips)

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, or butterscotch chips
1 T. peanut butter (we used sugar-free, all-natural)
1 cup crunchy chow-mein noodles (in the cellophane bag at the grocery store)
1 cup roasted, salted peanuts

Line 1 or 2 baking sheets with wax or parchment paper. Put chocolate or butterscotch chips in a medium to large microwaveable mixing bowl. Add peanut butter. Microwave for 1 minute. Take out and stir, checking to see if chips are melting. If not, put back in microwave for 15 more seconds. Take out and stir until totally melted and smooth.

Add chow mein noodles and peanuts, stir to coat everything well. With a teaspoon, scoop up small amounts of mixture and drop on lined baking sheets, a couple of inches apart. Let sit at room temperature or in the fridge until hard and set. Store in a well-sealed Tupperware container in the refrigerator.

1 comment:

Mnmom said...

L loved your idea, and we made our own version -