"Do you know of any accessories for nursing in public?"
Last week during our visit from Preggers at our Community Corner, we couldn’t get enough of Maternal America’s Original Nursing Scarves. Even the girls without babies were inquiring about this super soft and stylish accessory. As a mom myself, I can tell you that convenience is its best feature. You can wear it all day long, and it's right there when you need to nurse to give you and your little one some privacy. Even better, you can look super chic and feel comfy while you are nursing anywhere, anytime!
Brrrrrrr! It's so chilly outside in Chicago. I suggest making a large cup of hot cocoa to drink while you paint your watercolor polar bear! This is an easy winter art project that looks great on the fridge!
1 piece of watercolor paper
Blue watercolor paint
1 piece of white chalk
Paint watercolor paper blue. Let dry.
Draw on top of paper with chalk the design of your choice. Have fun!
It was a holiday fiesta in Taste Buddies today. We made veggie chimichangas, nachos, and seasoned popcorn. We even took home candy canes for an extra surprise! Thank you to everyone for a great session. I can't wait to see you next year!
I love this recipe because you can use any veggies you have in the fridge. You can substitute whole wheat tortillas for an extra healthy meal!
We talked about about the difference between kidney beans and black beans today with our Taste Buddies. We also learned about cumin and how to season nachos with it. What a tasty snack!
SEASONED POPCORN:I love this recipe for children. They have so much fun shaking the popcorn bags to mix the seasonings. It's also fun to make lots of different flavors and have your child pick their favorite! Seasons' greetings!
Holiday Season! The halls are decked and we're surrounded by sugar plums
here at the Academy. No matter what holiday you celebrate in your
house, there are great books out there for your little bookworm, and lots
of ways to make reading a tradition in your family.
In the Emmerich
household, we all snuggled into bed with our brand new "embarrassing
Christmas pajamas" to read The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg every year. We started that tradition when I was just a wee one like your bookworm, and we still read it to this day.
"What's this new Community Corner all about, anyway?"
Our new Community Corner at Bubbles Academyis committed to connecting moms and dads with local organizations to meet the needs of their family. We invite local vendors to bring items from their stores to share with our families so parents can meet local businesses while their children have a blast in Open Play!
During a Community Corner visit from Urba Baby last week, I was struck by how carefully they have chosen the product lines they carry in their store. One product in particular that I thought I should highlight is the Mimijumi Bottle. It was obvious to me that these bottles were created with the help of a mother. Both “The Hungry Bottle” and “The Not So Hungry Bottle” were designed to look and be as soothing as a mother’s breast, which make the transition from breast to bottle much easier. Of course they are BPA and latex free, and they even have a bit of style. They also have a specific ventilation system to help babies with colic. Best of all, they are dishwasher-safe!
You can come see Urba Baby at our Community Corner on Monday, December 19, or visit their store at 1117 W. Armitage Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614.
Happy Holidays! We are celebrating Hanukkah today at Bubbles Academy, and next week we will be celebrating Christmas. Today in class we learned about dreidels and menorahs. We celebrated the Festival of Lights by making our very own menorahs out of tissue and construction paper. Happy Hanukkah!
Yellow and blue construction paper
Multi-colored tissue paper squares
Using a pencil, sketch an outline of a menorah on yellow construction paper.
Cut menorah out with scissors.
Glue menorah onto construction paper and decorate with tissue paper.
Make small glue dots above menorah and sprinkle with glitter to represent the flames.
The gloomy rain in Chicago could not stop us from cooking today in Taste Buddies. We bake rain or shine! It was a cozy menu today with hummus salad, spaghetti cupcakes and thumbprint cookies. We even served a little bit of hot chocolate at the end, just for kicks!
I love, love, LOVE hummus.
Rather than just eating it by itself, I prefer to dip veggies in it so I
can get some vitamins at the same time. We dipped carrots and celery
into hummus and served it on a lettuce leaf. I think hummus tastes
wonderful with radishes as well, and using a dip is a fun way to
introduce a new veggie into your little one's life.
This is a great way to change up an everyday meal. Kids love to eat cupcakes, so why not make them a main meal instead of a dessert? You can do this with any pasta, but spaghetti and macaroni are great to use because they mold easily into the cupcake wrappers.
I think these are a great winter dessert with hot chocolate. You can put jam or a chocolate kiss in the middle as well if you want to make them extra sweet. We just served them plain with hot chocolate today. They are great cookies for dipping in a hot drink!
Let's face it: ever since the movie Happy Feet, penguins are "in"! They are also at the top of the list when I poll my classes for "favorite animal." Who doesn't love those dapper little tuxedos? I personally think that toddlers find a kinship with penguins because they share that adorable waddle! If your little bookworm is penguin-crazy, this week's book is for you. It's one of my absolute favorites: Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger. It's a great book about being yourself!
Bring your little waddler out to Bubbles to hear Miss Becca read Tacky the Penguin at Open Play Storytime on Thursday at 4:00!
"Can you recommend any cultural events around the city that are fun for the whole family?"
One of my favorite places to take little ones is the theatre! You should not miss this season's Chicago Children's Theatre musical version of the beloved story "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown. Fun tunes will be played by live musicians, and of course, beautiful, colorful scenery will bring the
pages of this book to life onstage at Victory Gardens Theatre. It promises to keep the entire audience awake!
For more info, visit:
2433 N. Lincoln Avenue
October 27 - December 23.
Tuesday through Friday at 10:15 A.M.; Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M.
Cost: $25 children; $35 adults
We explored new terrain in Taste Buddies today with a menu that consisted of Falafel, Roasted Sweet Potato Salsa, and Cheesecake Bites. Everything was delicious, but I have to give a special shout out to the Roasted Sweet Potato Salsa. It is my new favorite dish, and would be a great recipe to make for a holiday party!
ROASTED SWEET POTATO SALSA: I absolutely adore this recipe. I think the lime juice really adds to it, and the cilantro complements the flavors, too. This is one of those dishes you can make for any occasion. I highly recommend it, and so do the Taste Buddies!
We tried a new dish in Taste Buddies, and it was so fun to make. We rolled it into balls, which reminded me of playing with play dough! This is a great dish that your kids can help you make.
These are so delicious, and they are a great crowd-pleaser. The only problem with this recipe was that the wafers kept disappearing before we were able to pour the cheesecake on top. I can't imagine where they went!
I saw snow today! That means that winter is finally here. Winter is
the perfect time of year to snuggle up with your little Bookworm, a cup
of cocoa, and this week's book: Polar Bear and the Rainbow, written by
Moira Butterfield and illustrated by Sanja Rescek.
This sparkly book
follows Ben the polar bear, who is tired of being the same color as his
mom, his sister, and the snowy world around him. In his quest to be
anything but white, he finds himself pink like the sunset, but only until
the sun goes down. He turns blue in the ocean, but is white again when he
hops out on shore. Despite his rainbow dreams, Ben has little hope of
being anything but white. Then the discovery of a happy white snowman,
his natural skill at hide-and-seek, and the beauty of snowflakes makes Ben
realize he likes himself just the way he is!
While Moira Butterfield's
story is simple and heartwarming, it is Sanja Rescek's illustrations
that make this book snuggle-worthy. The lovely watercolor illustrations
are whimsical with a soft cartoon feel, and to top it off, they're
embellished with glitter on every page! I know your little one will
enjoy rubbing his or her fingers on each page to see where the bumpy
glitter is. Worry not, this special sealed glitter stays on the
page, not on your hands. My favorite page features the animal friends
staring at the beautiful falling snow. At first glance, the page appears plain, but if you run your finger along the tiny flakes, you'll
feel the bumpy glitter. A simple tilt of the book makes each snowflake
shine- a magical book for a magical time of year!
Warm up at Open Play Story Time when Miss
Becca reads Polar Bear and the Rainbowthis Thursday at 4:00pm!
"Shopping with little ones can be so difficult- how can I find cute clothes for my child without the stress of shopping?"
If you know me, then you know that there is nothing more enjoyable for me than buying clothing for my little girl. I have scoured the web looking for cute frocks for her to wear, and by far the best site I have found is A Child's Closet. They have just about every designer out there for boys' and girls' clothing and shoes. They have great sales, too- and shipping is always free!
Did you know that polar bears' skin is really black? They are covered in protective transparent hairs that reflect the sun, making them appear white. This is slightly difficult to mimic in a craft, so we decided to cover our polar bears on glitter instead. Glitter + polar bear = awesome.
1 paper plate
Torn newspaper squares
1 piece of white construction paper
1 piece of black construction paper
2 sticker eyes
Cut two ears out of white construction paper and a black nose.
Cover paper plate with glue.
Glue newspaper squares on plate and cover them with glue as well.
Sprinkle with glitter and glue on eyes, ears, and nose.