Daily Afternoon Activities Guide | Week 2

Daily Survival Guide Week Two 

So who THRIVED instead of survived during their afternoons last week? I would love to hear from you! Let me know if any of our activities were a hit with your kiddos or how you put your own spin on them! If you are still looking for the printable for the daily afternoon survival activities you can check it out here

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Welcome to WEEK TWO!! I hope some of these activities are a hit with you and your little ones. If they are, please share with your other mama friends and on social media. I would love to grow this community of mamas helping mamas so that we can all THRIVE! If you missed week one, click here!

Make It Monday

Smoothie PopsiclesSmoothie popsicles are EVERYONE’s favorite! The kids think they are getting a special treat, mama knows they are really having a healthy smoothie that has been frozen. Win. Win. We bought these silicone tubes at IKEA, of course, because they have everything, right? However, here are some similar ones on Amazon. We use this small blender to make our smoothies and always use a combination of fruits, veggies, flax seed & plain greek yogurt. A few of our favorite combinations are below.

Blueberries | Cherries | Banana | Kale | Flax Seed | Greek Yogurt | Water or Almond Milk

Strawberries | Peaches | Banana | Spinach | Flax Seed | Greek Yogurt | Water or Almond Milk

Banana | Almond Butter | Mango | Kale | Flax Seed | Greek Yogurt | Water or Almond Milk

Blueberries | Strawberries | Banana | Spinach | Flax Seed | Greek Yogurt | Water or Almond Milk

PSA: My next Make It Monday includes painting Halloween themed wooden cut-outs from the $1 section at Target, so grab some for your kiddos if you see them!

Teach It Tuesday

Number Practice

We worked on numbers this week. For Sprout, one to one counting using this awesome train pack I found on Teachers Pay Teachers. This website is a REALLY awesome resource for helping to teach your kids at home if you don’t have the time or desire to make your own stuff! Why recreate the wheel, right?

Preschool Number Practice

Chickadee practiced writing her numbers using this simple number book, also from a teacher on Teachers Pay Teachers. It had a place to trace the number, color the matching number of items, write numbers on their own, and then draw the number of items.  

Feel free to use these same learning activities or simply search for what you now your child needs to practice and roll with it!

Wander There Wednesday

Rockin' Jump

They opened a new “jumpy place” near our house called Rockin’ Jump. It is awesome. They have lots of in ground trampolines, but also rock climbing walls, aerial yoga bands that hang from the ceiling, and a ninja warrior course. It’s amazing. Most of these jumpy places have toddler times when all the kids are under 5 or 6 and they discount their prices. See if you have a trampoline park near by!

Thoughtful Thursday

FaceTime ATTACK! These days are always fun and the kiddos love catching up with family. We love calling their 88 year old great grandmother who has an iphone & knows how to FaceTime (she is pretty hip!). They also spread the love to aunts, their grandparents, cousins… They love holding the phone themselves and taking their guest on quite a “dizzy” ride as they walk around and chat.

Free For All Friday

Like clockwork we made our favorite two ingredient pizza and the kids chose The Incredibles this week! 

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I hope you are able to implement some of these activities with your little one next week! I’d love to see pictures of your kiddos enjoying and you surviving your afternoons. Tag @astepinthejourney or use the hashtag #kiddosurvivalguide if you share on instagram or Facebook! 

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Whole 30 | Cauliflower Fried Rice

Whole 30 Cauliflower Fried Rice

We have been making Chicken Fried Rice for a long time in our house (as you can probably tell by those old pictures). It is one of III’s favorites and also one of mine because it is super simple! So when we started to plan out Whole 30 and I saw all of the craze for cauliflower rice & coconut aminos , I started thinking about how I could modify my old recipe to make it work for us during our Whole 30 experience. 

As you probably realized when you started researching Whole 30, almost all seasonings and condiments are a no no….and soy sauce is definitely on the no list. But thanks to the magic of coconut aminos, a delicious and clean substitute has been found! Coconut Aminos (I bought the Trader Joe’s brand) is simply coconut tree sap, water & salt. JACKPOT. And I used it a lot during Whole 30 & still do. 

And as far as cauliflower rice goes, you can make it yourself…but this mama of 3 under 4 doesn’t have time for that. So thank you frozen section at every grocery store for joining me on the cauliflower rice train & helping a mama out!

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So, here is the recipe that will make all of your healthy Chinese take out dreams come true!

Whole 30 | Cauliflower Fried Rice
Serves 6
A Whole 30 take on a take out classic!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tbsp of coconut oil
  2. 1/4 cup chopped onions (I love Publix's frozen chopped onions in recipes!)
  3. 2-3 cloves of garlic (or 2-3 tbsp of minced garlic)
  4. 20 oz. frozen cauliflower rice (about 2 bags)
  5. 1 cup frozen cut green beans
  6. 1 cup of shredded/matchstick carrots
  7. 1 cup of frozen peas
  8. 2 eggs
  9. Salt
  10. 1/2 tsp pepper
  11. 1/4 cup coconut aminos
Instructions
  1. Pop your bags of frozen cauliflower rice in the microwave and cook according to package instructions.
  2. While cauliflower is cooking, in a large skillet or pot (I like to use my ceramic coated cast iron stock pot) over medium/high heat add one tbsp of coconut oil and allow to melt. Then add the chopped onions and cook for about 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add garlic and cook until fragrant.
  3. Add cauliflower, frozen green beans, frozen peas, and shredded carrots to the pot and stir. Place on the lid and allow to cook/steam for 4-5 minutes stirring occasionally until all veggies are thawed and tender.
  4. While veggies are cooking whisk together your two eggs with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  5. Once veggie mix is ready, make a hole in the middle by pushing everything to the side. Pour in egg mixture and scramble trying not to mix too much with the cauliflower rice. Once cooked, stir everything together.
  6. Last add in your coconut aminos and mix together until everything is well combined. Add salt and pepper to season to your liking.
  7. ENJOY!
Notes
  1. You can really do any veggie combination you like! I also like to add chicken to beef up the protein. You can cook the chicken separately, shred and then add when you pour in the coconut aminos. Allow everything to warm together for about 5 minutes before serving.
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Daily Afternoon Survival Activities | Week 1

Afternoon Activity Week One

Yay!! It’s is week ONE of sharing our afternoon activities with you! If you missed my post earlier this week about our afternoon survival activities you can check it out here! And below is what is in store each day of the week to help us all get through those LONG hour(s) between nap wake up and dinner/dad coming home!

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I’m thinking I’ll keep these posts pretty short and simple, linking to other posts or blogs if needed for visuals/directions. And of course if activities need explaining I’ll include more information or pictures. I’m excited to create an index of weekly activities that I hope we can all use for weeks to come! So without further ado…

Make It Monday

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This week we made oatmeal bites. We ALL love having these on hand to eat with breakfast, lunch or as a quick snack. Feel free to change up the peanut butter to almond butter, sun butter, cashew butter, etc. to make them work for you and your family!

Teach It Tuesday

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Fall is finally here! We talked about why leaves change color (they lose their chlorophyll) and created a super cute leaf banner

Wander There Wednesday

We had a friend invite us to the Botanical Gardens in Atlanta. We love visiting here and became members last year. They have lots of fun activities for the kids and there is a splash pad which is always a hit!

Thoughtful Thursday

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My sister just bought her first house! So we created these super cute house cards (and worked on our shapes!) to mail to her new address. Sorry, I can’t figure out how to rotate it!

Free For All Friday

It is still pretty (pretty hot) down here in Georgia, so we stuck with playing in the shade of our backyard before making our favorite two ingredient pizza and watching The Lion King.

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I hope you are able to implement some of these activities with your little one next week! I’d love to see pictures of your kiddos enjoying and you surviving your afternoons. Tag @astepinthejourney or use the hashtag #kiddosurvivalguide if you share on instagram or Facebook! 

 

 

Toddler Fall Leaf Banner

Fall Toddler Leaf Banner

Although the calendar says it is officially fall, we are still waiting down south for crisp, cool mornings and perfect fall afternoons. Yesterday we finally saw the highs dip below 90 degrees, so we are headed in the right direction. Just because it doesn’t feel like fall outside, doesn’t mean we can’t make it feel like fall inside. Around our house we are doing just that by breaking our all of our Auburn football, pumpkin & fall leaf decor!

The kids helped make a new banner for our bay window last week during Teach It Tuesday. We talked about how leaves change colors (check out this video or for a simple song about leaf colors, this one). Then we choose our favorite fall colors to make changing leaves of our own. The kids picked out green, brown, orange, red and purple paint to use. We use paint from this crayola pack my uncle & aunt gave them two Christmases ago. It lasts forever!

First, they cut the paper (hamburger style) in half. Then we accordion folded them & used a hole punch to make a hole at one end. 

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After flattening them back out slightly I folded each piece in half and cutting on the end opposite the holes and towards the fold I cut a leaf like jagged pattern.

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Now it’s time to paint! We paint a lot and I love seeing the kids having fun being creative. I usually have them wear the long sleeve bibs from IKEA as painting smocks if they are wearing something I would rather not get paint on. However, this paint is washable so it is not always necessary!

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After they dry, fold them back in the accordion style and tape over the hole. We used washi tape which is pretty thin and so we were able to use a pencil to poke the hole back open. Then fan out the bottom to give the leaf look.

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We used baker’s twine to string them all together and hung their banner in our bay window above the kitchen table.

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I love decorating for fall, but I love it even more when our decorations have my kiddos special touch!

Fall Toddler Leaf Banner

DAILY Afternoon Activity Guide

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Several months ago I realized that I needed a plan. What for you may ask? Well, for those two hours when all the kids are up from their afternoon nap but dad hasn’t called yet to say he is on the way home! Yall, know what two hours I am talking about. I decided I could either give into the “witching hours” or I could make a change. The kids are pretty good for the first hour or so, eating snack, reading, playing in the playroom or outside…but that 2nd hour, we needed some structure so that all of our sanity would remain in tact until dad made it home. And so, I came up with daily themes…corny, maybe? But all is fair in love and motherhood. Whatever it takes mamas. 

I thought I would elaborate a little on each daily activity here and then I have big hopes to post for you our actual activities each week so that you can get ideas and maybe save your sanity as well! My goal will be to post our activities each Friday and then if you would like to use them the next week, you have the weekend to prepare (I promise the “preparing” will be minimal!). 

Make it Monday

On Mondays we create. Sometimes we create food, sometimes an art project, sometimes a mess, haha. Most of the time we make oatmeal balls or muffins (usually banana muffins or applesauce muffins). These are great to have on hand for the week for snacks or to go with breakfast. Other times we do “arts and crafts” as Chickadee calls it. We paint, color, cut, make seasonal crafts, and sometimes we even use glitter.

Teach it Tuesday

We work on different skills during this time. Writing, reading, letters, and numbers. Sometimes we play learning games. Other times we try experiments or we talk about answers to questions kids like to ask like, “Why do leaves change colors?” or “Why does it rain?” They are always learning, but it is also always fun!

Wander there Wednesday

Wednesday in our house is the only day no one goes to preschool, so we “wander” in the morning. Since we are gone all morning the kids are very content playing for those two hours in the afternoon, but you could easily wander to close locations in the afternoon. Some of our favorite places include the zoo, botanical gardens, trampoline park for toddler time, pet store, play date at the park, walking by the river, meeting dad for lunch, the splash pad, and the library. Get out there and go!

Thoughtful Thursday

On Thursdays I am encouraging them to think about others. The kids draw pictures for their teachers, make cards for friends and family, cook treats for neighbors. We FaceTime with my grandmother or our parents. I would also like to add to their world view and begin making treats for community helpers or cards for the checkout lady at the grocery store. Go shopping for a food pantry, make blessing bags to keep in the car when we pass someone asking for assistance. I’d love to hear your ideas.

Free for All Friday

This day is pretty up in the air. Every Friday night we make pizzas and watch a movie as a family. So we usually spend some time making the pizza with my favorite two ingredient pizza dough. Sometimes we finish projects we started earlier in the week or head back over to the library to pick out a movie. Hold strong mama…the weekend is coming!

Wish me luck! I hope to be back on Friday with a post of this week’s fun activities.