R is for Red…& Raspberry Jam! ( Adventures in Preschool )

Do you love the smell of homemade bread, baking in the oven? It’s one of my favorite smells! So, while looking over the Preschool Alphabet Lesson Plans for February, I was a bit excited about the suggested book and bread-making exercise.

1.) Activity #1 : R is for Raspberry Jam

I love to squeeze seeds and avocados into the kids’ diet any chance I can get. They occasionally complain, but not with this recipe for 5-Minute Chia Seed Raspberry Jam! It is seriously delicious (& healthy)!

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Since the recipe author gave a range for some of the ingredients, I’ll encourage you to look at her original post, but will also let you know that these are the proportions we used, and loved…

Raspberry Chia Seed Jam

Ingredients

  • 2C Frozen Raspberries (run under water for a minute to defrost)
  • 2Tbsp. Chia Seeds
  • 2Tbsp. Raw Honey
  • 2Tbsp. Hot Water
  • 1/2tsp. Vanilla Extract

Instructions

  1. Have kids measure and pour ingredients and Blend!
  2. Let it set in the fridge for about one Hour.
  3. And check out the original source (Happy Healthy Mama) for more wonderful, kid-friendly, recipes!
http://www.janemarieblog.com/2016/02/r-is-for-red-raspberry-jam-adventures-in-preschool/

2.) Activity #2 : Circle Time / Story Time

We sang a song, talked about the letters in our names, and then I showed them a book of colored construction paper and we flipped through to find the color that starts with the letter “R”, Red!

We then red this book: “The Little Red Hen”, making funny animal noises for the dog, pig & cow. If you haven’t read the book yet, it’s a classic tale of a hardworking Hen on a farm who, not only makes her own teas from flowers (cool!), but also harvests some wheat one day and goes through the laborious process of milling the wheat and baking bread. 

3.) Activity #3: Bake Bread

We used this simple recipe for easy baked bread. The kids loved being a part of the process. They helped to knead…

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…and they helped to “decorate”…

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…and taste…

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4 .) Activity #4: R is for Red

While the bread was baking, we used red play-doh on our giant “R” sheets.

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And O practiced writing the word, “Red”.

5.) Activity #5: Homemade Bread & Raspberry Jam (Snack Time!)

Raspberry Jam Snack

Just to Re-Cap, last week was our first week of “Blue School” (as the kids call it). It’s basically our attempt at having some fun preschool lesson plans for Z (age 3) throughout the week, since he is not yet in school, but shows interest in this type of playful learning process. And O (age 5) loves it too! We’re following the Preschool Alphabet Blog’s plan for February, as a structure, and picking/choosing, adding/subtracting activities to suit our needs & interests. 

Last week we did 4 days of “Blue School”; R is for Rocks (& More), Groundhog’s Day, R is for Rain, and R is for Red & Raspberry Jam! 

We have some fun ideas for this week as well – We shall see where it takes us! I’m thinking about Rockets, Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Activities & reading “Wacky Wednesday” to the kids. 😉

Have you ever tried to do lesson plans at home with your kids? What types of activities did they like best? I’d love to hear thoughts/suggestions!

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