Best Tea in the World (guest post)

We’d like to thank education.com for this post. They have contributed a nice activity that can be linked to Geography while having a fun tea party with a variety of tea from around the world. Hope you like it as much as we did.

 

Best Tea In the World

Invite some of your child’s friends over for a series of international tea parties where you feature various teas from around the world. Find and save your favorite recipes, and enjoy cookies and biscuits with the wonderful company.

 

What You Need:

  • Tea cups
  • Tea pot and/or kettle
  • Different kinds of tea
  • Different kinds of cookies or various ingredients

 

What To Do:

  1. If you and your child like to bake, make some of your favourite treats or find some biscuits from around the world in your local grocery store.
  2. Buy various teas from around the world. Here are some great suggestions of diverse flavored teas to try:
    1. Noon Chai (from Pakistan): pistachios, cinnamon, Bengali tea, cardamom, almonds, milk, and salt.
    2. Masala Chai (from India): cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, pepper, and milk.
    3. Pearl Milk Tea a.k.a. Bubble Tea (from Taiwan): fruit, tea, milk, and chewy tapioca balls, served cold.
    4. Maghreb Mint (from Morocco): mint leaves in green tea with sugar.
    5. Po Cha (from Tibet): yak butter, black tea, salt, and milk.
    6. Cha Yen (from Thailand): condensed milk, sugar, Ceylan tea, and evaporated milk (served with ice).
    7. Matcha (from Japan): powdered green tea and water.
    8. British Tea (from England): black tea, sugar, water, and milk.
  3. If you’re having issues finding these teas, you can try to find alternatives.
  4. Have a series of tea parties with your child and her friends. Feature a different tea and matching snacks at each tea party. At each party, talk about the culture from which the tea originates.

 

Enrichment/Variations/Modifications:

  • If you don’t have the time to have 10 different tea parties with your child and her friends, spread out over a few months, have one tea party that features all of the drinks and their snacks. Talk about each culture. Print flags that match each tea.
  • Talk about trading and the economy in the area. Mention the environment as well. See if you can relate the different types of teas to their environments.
  • Go to a local ceramic painting store with the students before the “tea party.” Paint your own tea cups or coffee mugs to use during the party. If you want to go after the tea party, have them paint a theme onto the cup that represents the country that had their favorite tea.

 

 

Let us know what you thought and if you try the tea party, what combinations you try.

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Weaning on the go!

For baby number two, life is automatically more adventurous. There’s less pyjama days and more school running and after school activities. To make life easier but remain as healthy as possible it helps to be prepared in advance and for this it helps to have specifically designed and tested equipment.

Last month I received a food flask and set of 6 baby potz from Siobhan Berry at Mummy Cooks to review.

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The flask was something I had been actually looking for for my 6 year olds school lunches so when I heard it could also be used to keep baby food warm for up to 6 hours I was happy to accept it for review.

To use the flask you simply fill it with boiling water for 5 minutes, then either fill it with fresh food or if it’s for baby, put a baby potz (with warmed food) into the warm flask and close.

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I have to say it is a great product. We were out and about with friends over the Easter hols and served baby sous chef fresh food at an ease.

We have lived in Portugal where schools provide dinner style lunches to the kids which I really liked. To know that they are having healthy home cooked warm food is comforting especially when they are gobbling them up. MM (the eldest) is now very protective of her food flask that she doesn’t see a day go by shes not thinking of a lunch request. Maybe I’ll do a separate blog post someday to share her meal plan for the week. When I asked her what she’d give it out of 10 she said “one thousand, one hundred and ten thousand thousand” so its fair to say she was impressed too! She enjoyed personalising it too! Check out the letters on the front.

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As for baby sous chef, we’ve been on the go eating warm lunches without the panic of looking for warm bowls of water to heat food when we’re out and about. The baby potz are great for food storage, portion sizes and having food on the go.

Mummy Cooks sells both online and in selected stores nationwide. A food flask will set you back €15.99 (price as per 27/4/2017) and baby potz vary from €3.99.  All My Toddler Cooks readers can avail of a 10% discount at http://www.mummycooks.com by entering promotional code “ToddlerCooks” at the checkout.

Note: I received the food flask and 6 baby potz for purpose of review. All opinions are my own and there are no affiliate links or commissions in this post just an honest review by one Mummy who cooks for another!

 

 

Rathwood Easter train

We were kindly invited by Rathwood to experience their Easter event last weekend as they prepare for the chocolate eating, egg hunting, bunny chasing season!

We were scheduled on the 1:20pm train and advised to arrive 20 minutes early (We arrived slightly after 1pm). We took sleeping baby sous chef and put her in her sling as MM got herself out and we headed for the train. The staff in Rathwood were very accommodating in helping us find our way to the “train station”!

Our event began by meeting a “bunny detective” she was going to help us track down the Easter bunny and get some Easter eggs. She had a very eager persona with the kids, was very interactive and got responses from them so I think it’s fair to say she did a good job. The Easter Bunny also made a quick appearance to say hello.

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Next the kids made bunny detector glasses and were given bunny ears headbands. The glasses were made using an individual craft type box with all the items needed to make the final detector glasses. Parent’s helped with the glasses and it was a nice activity to do.

We were also all given a bunny ears headband (the kids) which were soft enough for me to put on baby sous chef (7 months old). They were lovely and we still have ours. while we waited for the train to arrive, some kids sang songs and chatted with the bunny dectective.

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Once aboard, we headed for Goose Island where the Bunny Dedective got off in search of the golden egg while we on board shouted panto phrases at her to direct her to where the egg was! She climbed back aboard and we headed for the woodland where the egg hunt began. Kids ran in all directions, mine at top speed, filling her bucket with eggs. The eggs were decorative and so it didn’t really matter how many each child collected.

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Next we entered a barn for a colouring of an Easter egg and returned the baskets and eggs. The picture would be entered into a competition.

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The train ended by dropping us off at a yard with silegae bales where again the kids ran in all directions in search of more eggs. This led us to a garden with a tellitubby like house and wooden door! Who could live here?

After a polite knock on the door the bunny himself answered! The kids were very excited and each received a very generous sized golden wrapped Easter egg!

The tickets are good value for money. A child costs €10 and an adult ticket is €6. We also received a free hot xhocolate per child which we enjoyed in the main restaurant with a bowl of soup and slice of cake (which by the way is the size of a cake). Both were reasonably priced considering the portion size.

We thankfully had a fantastic day of sunshine which meant we could avail of the playground so all in all we were at Rathwood for about 4 hours. We had a really good day and would recommend it.

Note: We were given free entry to the Rathwood Easter Train in return for this review. All opinions are our own.

 

 

Milton Baby

IMG_8365Last month we received a pack of Milton  wipes and a mini soother steriliser to put to the test. The wipes were put to use straight away and have been very handy for cleaning up food from weaning baby sous chefs highchair tray . I’ve also used them for cleaning anything from plastic bibs, toys that are usually put straight into baby sous chefs mouth to trolley handles & restaurant seats. The pack of wipes is a handy travel size and is great for exactly that.

We also used the on the go soother steriliser. Although baby sous chef refuses the soother most of the time, we have it handy on journeys just in case. We set it up following the step by step instructions which at first made me think it was going to be complicated but turned out to be very easy and would be very useful for anyone with a doodie/soother addict!

Thanks to Milton, we have been offered one portable soother steriliser to give to one lucky reader. All you have to do is like our Facebook page here and Instagram here .

We’ll announce the winner on Monday, April 10th.

Both products were sent to us from Milton for the purpose of a review. All opinions and thoughts are our own.

 

 

 

Where does food come from?

I’ve previously written a piece relating to Geography and how it can make an appearance presenting an amazing learning opportunity while packing away the shopping simply by looking at labels and pinning/highlighting a map.

More recently I have ventured closer to home to answer the question not focusing on the subject of georgraphy but science.

For the past year I have been attending an agricultural college studying food production and science among other subjects of interest to me, relating to the blog and enabling me to answer questions like “where does this come from?” taking a new approach and more scientific stance.  My last class was a practical afternoon spent milking. No I wasn’t sitting on a stool, using my hands. I was operating a highly technical machine which milked 120 + cows in 30 minutes. I was amongst people who have their own dairy farms who have robot milking machines where the farmer does not even have to be present!

I have another 6 months remaining until I complete and graduate and I am feeling very ready to answer questions for the kids out there who wonder how and where their lunch has come from and the steps it took to get from farm to fork. The food industry is our largest export industry and maybe by educating our children on it, we not only encourage fussy eaters to eat but educate them for the possibility of employment in the future.

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My Toddler Cooked

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My Toddler Cooked, she’s now 6! 

For the past few months (since the addition of the sous chef 4.5months ago) I’ve been thinking about how My Toddler is not really a toddler anymore but she’s still cooking and I’m still blogging at My Toddler Cooks. I’ve been thinking about how I can now adapt our new family dynamic to the blog but still keep My Toddler Cooks. I’m attached to the memories that we have created in the kitchen and all that we have learned together. I am attached to the early childhood learning opportunities that are in the kitchen. I want to keep these as MM moves to the next stage and baby sous chef begins her own journey.

As I sat at the counter in the kitchen this afternoon holding baby sous chef and watched MM, My Toddler, now aged 6, making pancakes for me and her Nano it came to me….. My Toddler Cooked. All the encouragement, allowing independence, messy moments, stirring, pouring, spooning, counting, sorting, recipe creations and writings, patience had now developed into this little confident chef who is 6 and is making pancakes, totally edible pancakes with a proper pancake recipe that she has chosen because she prefers the fluffy ones.

I thought about how she cooked from such a little age and all the help she needed along the way but now she had reached the stage where she can work independently. Of course I was watching carefully for safety and we had a good talk about it before she started. Safety is important and it should be taken seriously but it shouldn’t discourage independence.

My Toddler Cooked, she’s not a toddler anymore! And so can yours. Whatever time you can give, don’t worry about the mess,!