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Whip Up Some Magical Moments With Your Budding Chef!

12 Dec

Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer for “rookie” parents, “third-time’s-the-charm” parents, or even “been-there-done-that” grandparents?  You’re in luck! Gryphon House is counting down our favorite picks for parents. Whether you’re looking to spice up a holiday road trip, explore some exciting art activities, or bring out your baby’s “baby smarts,” we’ve got a book for that!

Day 10:

The Budding Chef

This book is brimming with tasty kitchen adventures for you and your child to enjoy together! With a cup of wonder, a teaspoon of laughter, and a scoop of fun, the recipes and activities in The Budding Chef will help you share cooking’s magical moments.

Peanut Butter Play Dough (from The Budding Chef)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup honey or corn syrup
  • 1 cup powdered milk
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • Coconut or powdered sugar, optional

Tools:

  • Large Bowl
  • Measuring cup
  • Mixing spoon

What to Do:

  1. Help your child measure 1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup honey, 1 cup powdered milk, and 1 cup oatmeal.
  2. Once the ingredients are measured, help your child combine them in a large bowl. As he works with the ingredients, talk about how they are changing as he mixes them. This is hard work!
  3. Once the mixture is dough-like, he can spoon out some of the play dough and mix it using his hands and fingers. Ask him if it is sticky. If the answer is yes, add small amounts of oatmeal and powdered milk.
  4. Encourage your child to explore this edible play dough. If desired, your child can make “snowballs” by rolling a rounded ball of dough in coconut and powdered sugar.
  5. As he plays with the play dough, remind him that it is okay to eat as well!

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For more ways to whip up magical moments in the kitchen, visit our website to purchase your own copy of The Budding Chef!

Winter Gardening With Your “Budding Gardener”

6 Dec

Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer for “rookie” parents, “third-times-the-charm” parents, or even “been-there-done-that” grandparents?  You’re in luck! Gryphon House is counting down our favorite picks for parents. Whether you’re looking to spice up a holiday road trip, explore some exciting art activities, or bring out your baby’s “baby smarts,” we’ve got a book for that!

Day 6:

The Budding Gardener

Curious kids (and parents) will discover their green thumbs with the fun-filled gardening activities in The Budding Gardener. With a little dirt, some water, and few tools, the 50 fun-filled activities in this book will bring you and your child together to share some magical outdoor moments.

Mini-Terrarium

Kids will enjoy making their own mini-gardens in the winter!

What You’ll Need:

  • A clear glass or plastic container with a wide opening (a goldfish bowl or a small fish tank is ideal)
  • A few small plants (Visit a garden center and look for small houseplants. Ivy and asparagus ferns are hardy and usually do well. For flowers, you might choose violas, small petunias, or miniature African violets.)
  • Colorful aquarium rocks or other small gravel
  • Newspapers or an old plastic tablecloth to cover your work area.
  • Plastic measuring cup or other cup, for scooping dirt
  • Potting soil

What to Do:

  1. Spread old newspaper or an old plastic tablecloth over your work area.
  2. Set out the container. Your child should fill it about ¼ full with colorful rocks or gravel.
  3. Now, using the cup, he can scoop potting soil into the container, filling it to about the halfway mark.
  4. Demonstrate how to remove the plants from their plastic nursery pots.
  5. With his small hands, let him make holes in the dirt and plant the little plants in the fish bowl. Press the dirt firmly around the roots and add a little more dirt if needed to keep them in place.
  6. Water the terrarium.
  7. For clean-up, bundle the excess potting soil in the old newspaper or tablecloth and take it outside.
  8. Place the indoor mini-garden near a sunny window but not in direct sun, and water it about twice a week. Do not over water this enclosed space! Your child may need guidance, but he will enjoy the responsibility of watering.

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For more great ways for you and your budding gardeners to cultivate your love of the outdoors in imaginative, new ways, you can purchase your own copy of The Budding Gardener on our website.

The Budding Chef Named One of the Top 100 Best Children’s Products of 2011

7 Sep

Everyone at Gryphon House is thrilled to announce that The Budding Chef has been named one of Dr. Toy’s Top 100 Best Children’s Products of 2011. Recognized for its easy-to-follow instructions and easy-to-find ingredients, The Budding Chef joins this elite group of 100 wonderful new toys and products that meet Dr. Toy’s high standards for design, durability, price, quality, safety, and value!

Dr. Toy compiles this list of children’s products each year in order to help parents and teachers select the right products to enhance play and learning. After an extensive evaluation of this fun and fascinating parent resource, Dr. Toy found The Budding Chef to match her stringent criteria for excellence.

An introduction to cooking, The Budding Chef is filled with great ways for parents and their budding chefs to have fun together. Brimming with kitchen adventures, the recipes in this book are perfect for kids aged 3 to 6. The easy-to-follow instructions and easy-to-find ingredients help parents share their love of cooking in kid-friendly ways while creating special moments that they- and their child-will cherish forever.

The Budding Chef ($9.95, 72 pages, paperback, ISBN: 978-0-87659-372-1) edited by Kate Kuhn is available from Gryphon House, Inc.

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