Posts Tagged ‘vegan kids’

Personality in Paper

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Nicholas, age 9, decided to use his natural creativity this past Father’s Day to make a dog appear almost out of thin air.  I had been saving old newspapers for some time just for such an occasion. We made a messy goo of flour and water paste, tore up the papers into strips, and began to create something that he decided would become a dog. Nicholas had the vision long before I did, because the first day we worked on it, it was a soggy, gooey lump that I had waning faith would be anything recognizable, ever.

On the second day, Nicholas calmly and confidently worked on his dog. We scaled down on the gooey factor and let the strips dry a bit more. We had begun the creation by wadding up some paper into balls for the foundation.  But now a nose was shaping, a sitting posture was becoming visible, and ears and a tail appeared.  It still looked all out of proportion, but Nicholas assured me that, “It IS the thought that counts, isn’t it?”  He was not concerned with painting it or putting eyes on it – no, this was pure art and it needed no adornment.


Vegan Kids Learn to Love Food

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

girlwithfoodHelping children develop good eating habits is an important goal towards their ultimate good health and nutrition.  With childhood diabetes on the rise, very young is a good time to instill healthy habits in those children around us. Keeping meals appetizing and colorful can attract the most rigid palate.  A few tricks can really help kids learn to appreciate new food, vegan food, and healthy food.

First of all, include them in the process. If you are trying out a new recipe, set things up so the younger children can help out.  If they invest in the creation, they are more likely to want to try it out and feel a part of it.  For the very young, call it something intriguing to garner their interest.  Peanut butter toast with brown sugar on it (cut into the right shapes each slice becomes eight or ten) is called “Dirty Toes” at our house – and may even include some “toenails” (banana slices) if we are feeling particularly wicked.  The little ones think it is so much fun to hear what we are eating.  (Tofu was called “toe food” at our house for a long time, so eating “Dirty Toes” was not that big of a stretch.)  We have some small red bowls which are used for snacks such as raisins and celery, or apple slices with peanut butter. (Be sure the children are old enough for bits of food before trying this one.)  Those little bowls usually mean something good is about to be served and they are now considered the harbinger of “treats.”