Satisfying Smoothies

With your child, experiment with this snack to try to make it the yummiest!

LET’S GO!

What you need: 

  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup yogurt (flavoured or plain)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen berries (strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries)
  • 4 ice cubes (if not using frozen berries)
  • Squeeze of honey (optional to sweeten)

What to do: 

  1. Put all the ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth.

DO IT TOGETHER!

Let your child help you measure, mix the ingredients, and push the buttons on the blender. Show them the recipe and talk about how you know how much you need of each ingredient.

Play with this recipe by adding your child’s favourite fruits, yogurt, or juice to create something different.

WHY? 

Cooking together gives you a chance to have some great conversations with your child. There will be new words, ideas, and fun along the way while you make something together.

By experimenting with the recipe, your child will learn how to start thinking differently, even critically, as they taste and decide how to improve their creation.

To get over 125 of the best activities to do with your children to boost and build key literacy skills from birth to 5 years, download the Centre for Family Literacy’s FREE Flit app (Families Learning and Interacting Together).

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Homemade Father’s Day Present!

I often find Father’s Day one of the most difficult days to make special. What am I supposed to get a Dad who has every power tool, every tie, and every “Best Dad in the World” coffee mug?

I started to think about what I used to do for Father’s Day when I was a kid. First there came the crafts from daycare or preschool. This gradually evolved into presents made in art class, and eventually the store bought coffee cups, ties, and finally the dreaded set of golf balls that seemed to re-emerge every year as a last resort.

Thinking back over all the gifts that I have given, it made me realize that it was the homemade crafts that really made an impression on my father. It’s not golf balls that my father keeps in a drawer with all the gifts that mean the most to him. In fact, I’m sure he can’t tell which golf balls I gave him from the multitude of golf balls he found in the bush while looking for the wayward shot he took.

I can remember how happy I was making those crafts for my dad, and I can remember how it made me feel when I saw his face as he opened them. It is the gifts that come from the heart that are often the most memorable.

Here is a Father’s Day craft that comes straight from the heart. All you will need to make this unforgettable Father’s Day gift with your child is:

  • Popsicle sticks or craft sticks – at least 8
  • Markers
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • White paper – thicker paper works best

Directions:

  1. Color the Popsicle sticks with the markers – if you are using paint complete step 2 first.
  2. Glue the Popsicle sticks together using the hot glue gun to form a square frame.  You will want to make two individual frames. *Note: If you would like to make your frame thicker you can place 2 Popsicle sticks side-by-side.
  3. Measure and cut a square piece from the white paper. You will want it to be big enough to be able to glue on the Popsicle stick frame.
  4. Get your child to draw a picture on the paper – it doesn’t have to be about Father’s Day. *Note: Writing a personal note to Dad on the back of the picture is a nice touch as well.
  5. Now it’s time to assemble the frame – you might want to double check that the picture will fit into the frame before you start gluing. Trim down the picture if needed.
  6. On the back of one frame, in each corner, place a dot of hot glue. Place your picture face up on the glue to attach it to the frame.
  7. Turn it over. On the back of the picture place another dot of hot glue in each of the corners and attach the second frame. Make sure the colored side of the second frame is facing outwards.
  8. The picture frame is now complete. Your dad will be able to hang it from either side.

Other suggestions:

  1. If you would like to hang up the picture frame on the fridge attach magnets to the backside of the frame. Only one Popsicle frame is needed for this purpose.
  2. You can glue a piece of thread on the back of the first frame – after you have attached the picture and before you attach the second frame – this will allow you to hang the photo up on either side. Please let us know how these crafts turned out and any other Father’s Day suggestions that you found worked for you!    

Searching for Signs

Doing this scavenger hunt will give you a chance to talk with your child about the print they see every time you go outside!

LET’S GO!

Go for a scavenger hunt—walk and look for signs.

DO IT TOGETHER!

When you go for a walk with your child, decide together what to look for along the way. It might be stop signs or signs with a picture of a truck on them—whatever your child is interested in looking for.

When you find the signs, talk about what you see. You can extend the activity when you get home by drawing pictures of what you saw on your scavenger hunt.

WHY?

This game helps your child notice the signs around them and gives you a chance to talk about what they mean. It will help your child understand that signs and the writing on them have meaning—one of the first steps in becoming a reader.

To get over 125 of the best activities to do with your children to boost and build key literacy skills from birth to 5 years, download the Centre for Family Literacy’s FREE Flit app (Families Learning and Interacting Together).

Click here for the iOS version.

Click here to download the Android version.