Danish Parenting and Felt Ice Cream Cones

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I just started reading "The Danish Way of Parenting", and I am finding it fascinating. I have made parenting a huge area of study in my life. I love caring for my own children, and find children in general to be perfectly fascinating. 

This fascination drives me to be continually studying the art and science of parenting, sometimes to my detriment. The fact is, there are many completely opposite opinions about the best way to raise children, and it can lead to a confusing swing of the pendulum as I read and try to apply what I have read. Thankfully, my children are patient, and my husband level-headed. We all survive somehow.

This book did highlight something that I think we can all agree on though. There may be many reasons why Danish people score so high on happiness surveys; their reasonable expectations, and positive outlook are just two possibilities, but one big point in regards to parenting, is that they are serious about play. The Danes acknowledge the important work that is being done, when young children are allowed to play. 

We hope that as you are using The Peaceful Preschool, that you are encouraging a playful and fun atmosphere with your child, and giving them plenty of time to make up their own imaginative games. All of the stories and activities included in the curriculum, are geared toward stimulating even more independent exploration and play. Just add time.

If you are on the letter "I" week in the curriculum, we included the book "Ice Cream Summer". Although for most of us, summer is gone and we are enjoying the first joys of fall, ice cream is always on the menu with young children.

Simply gather some colored felts and cut out a cone shape, and several scoops. Your children can use the felt cones and scoops for counting, for a play ice cream store, or even for reviewing colors.

This can also be done with colored construction paper, using fun scissors to add texture to your scoops. It makes a great scissor skill activity as well.

Make Some Ice Cream!

Another fun activity with an ice cream theme is making ice cream in baggies. 

  • You need a quart size ziplock bag, and a gallon size bag.

  • Inside the quart bag place 1/2 c. heavy whipping cream or half and half

  • Add 1 T. sugar and 1/4 t. vanilla.

  • Seal the bag tightly.

  • Place the bag inside of a gallon sized ziplock and add 8 T rock salt and lots of crushed ice.

  • Seal the gallon bag and then have your child shake, knead and squeeze the bag for about 15 minutes or until the ice cream has thickened.

  • Discard the rock salty ice, wipe the exterior of your quart bag, and then scoop the ice cream into a dish and serve.

  • The results; Delicious fine and large motor fun!

What letter are you on? Share, by tagging #thepeacefulpreschool on Instagram, or in our encouraging private Facebook group, available with your curriculum purchase. 

For a complete list of picture books used for The Peaceful Preschool click here.

For hands-on learning with your K-6 grade students, check out The Playful Pioneers and The Precious People.


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Edible Bird Nest Treats

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One of the most well loved aspects of The Peaceful Preschool curriculum is the many easy projects which promote connection between parents and children. As we read books together and then create crafts and recipes that correlate with the books, our children are experiencing multi sensory learning at it's finest.

This spring, we are diving into lessons about trees, birds, and butterflies, and are fascinated as we watch caterpillars turn into chrysalis, blossoms turn into fruit, and hear the birds singing their joyful song.

One of our favorite activity for any bird study, but especially in spring is to make edible bird's nests. We spend time searching for nests in the trees around us, and even attempting to make our own from bits of hay and grass (a great object lesson in how hard nest building really is!), but when all this learning in nature is done, we head inside to make this edible version.

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Edible Birds Nest Treats

 

INGREDIENTS

1/4 c. butter (1/2 stick)
4 c. miniature marshmallows (I used one package)
1/2 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. chocolate chips
5 c. crispy rice cereal
1 c. dry chow mein noodles
1/2 c. sesame seeds
1 package Cadbury Mini Eggs, or other egg shaped candy

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Melt the butter, marshmallows, peanut butter and chocolate chips on low heat in a large saucepan, stirring occasionally.

  • While melting, measure cereal, dry noodles and seeds into a bowl. When first four ingredients are melted and combined, add cereal mix and mix well. Drop ping pong ball size mounds onto waxed paper.

  • Allow your helpers to press down the middle to form a nest shape. When cool, fill with candy eggs.

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Homemade PlayDough

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Play dough is one of the key elements of our preschool at home. We use it all the time. Making our own play dough is not only cost effective and natural, but the addition of essential oils really makes it unique.

INGREDIENTS

1 c. flour
1c. salt
1/2 c. cornstarch
2t. cream of tartar
1 T cooking oil
1 c. water
several drops essential oil  
(lavender is great for its calming effect)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Mix all ingredients in a heavy saucepan and stir vigorously over medium low heat until it forms a ball. When cooled to touch, give your child a ball to shape, or separate into four balls and stir a different color or essential oil into each ball. Store in an airtight jar. Keeps indefinitely.


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