BUSY Kids Have More Fun!

Kids beg to sit in front of screens today. There are so many choices: TV screens, computer screens, movie screens, phone and Ipad screens to name a few.  The temptation is very real – for tired, overworked moms – to allow such convenient behavior.

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May I encourage you to find alternative projects for your kids to do that will help them use their minds and bodies actively while having fun this summer?

I promise you, physically busy kids have more fun…AND temperaments play into this part of life as well!

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RED kids love competitive projects.  (They thrive on challenges.) Depending on their interests, REDS can build things, paint, enter marathons, fly kites and even be in charge of a neighborhood project. They like to lead.

YELLOW kids prefer exciting, fun fast paced projects. (They lose interest easily.) It is best when they can see the end results soon – cooking, dress-up, putting on a play, building sand castles, etc.

BLUE kids enjoy thinking games and projects. (They have staying power.) Some ideas might be: working puzzles, reading books, organizing drawers, playing bank, building model cars, trains, etc.

GREEN kids are more relaxed, playing at a slower pace. (They enjoy stress free projects.)  They are able to play alone, for hours, with coloring books, Legos, easy puzzles, dress-up, etc.

My last post suggested The Ultimate Dandelion Recipe Book, as a great way to discover the valuable nutrients’ found in dandelions. My 10-year-old granddaughter spent the following afternoon with me. After reading my post, she was on a quest to create something from the book!

She is YELLOW/RED in her temperament, so her YELLOW side wanted to cook! She found a recipe for Dandelion Sorbet!

Her RED side urged me to drive the neighborhood in search of dandelions! She literally ran from yard to yard picking wild dandelions. Homeowners cheered her on, assuming she was ridding their lawns of weeds. Ah ha! But, we know better, right?

We arrived home with about 4 cups of little flowers, bulging from an oversized freezer baggie, and quickly began cutting the petals, from the plants, while throwing away the stems and washing off all tiny bugs.

Ingredients:  1 quart just-picked dandelion blossoms, harvested from a pesticide-free area

3        cups water

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup mild honey

3 tablespoons lemon juice

Procedure:

As soon as possible, after picking the blossoms, use a pair of sharp scissors to snip the yellow portions of the petals from the green calyxes (the cases of the buds).  Leaving the bitter white bottoms of the petals still attached to the calyxes, discard them.

Heat the water, sugar, and honey in a small saucepan. As soon as the syrup comes to a boil, remove it from the heat and stir in the yellow petals. Cover and let steep for at least one hour. Strain the syrup through a fine sieve. Stir in the lemon juice and chill. Freeze the mixture in an ice cream maker or small cups.

Two hours later, dinner was served and out came dessert – dandelion sorbet!

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It was very tasty!  Seven family members enjoyed her homemade dandelion sorbet!

I promise you, the adventure is one my granddaughter will never forget! What a fun afternoon – costing only a couple of lemons!

Making memories with my grandchildren never gets old! I would love to hear some physically ‘busy’ ideas from my readers- I’ll pass on your ideas too!

 

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