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Jun
13

Watermelon Cakes

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wm cake 2Thanks to Tanya from Tootle for Toddlers for writing this guest post…

When it came to my youngest sons birthday I wanted him to be able to take something into preschool to share with his friends.  I had to bear in mind that there are many children with allergies and lets face it, a container full of icing coated cupcakes isn’t sending the healthiest message to our toddlers.

I decided that I would make a “cake” from a watermelon, I had carved one into a dinosaur head and filled it with fruit for a previous party so my creative mind was set in motion and I thought “seriously how hard can it be”!

At first I was going to make a school bus, quite fitting as he was taking it to school, but a little boring all the same.  It was then that the lightbulb turned on – Fire Trucks are red and surely all little boys love Fire Trucks.

I bought a whole watermelon and chopped the bottom so that it was flat and then cut the sides so that I was left with a brick shaped chunk of watermelon.  I removed a slice so that the front cabin was formed and then embellished it with other fruits, kiwi for the wheels, rock melon for the windows and pretzels for the ladder on top.  Half a banana with blueberries and grapes formed the lights and a couple of slithers of watermelon skin finished it off with windscreen wipers (yes I know these aren’t edible).

My boys helped with the creation offering words of encouragement “wow mum how did you do that” It was a big hit at school and I received lots of lovely feedback through my facebook page, and so when asked to share my creation in a guest blog I decided to attempt something for the little girls parties out there, I was pushed for time but think that this little princess carriage would also be a winner.  It shows that fruit can be made into whatever your imagination decides, why not grab yourself a watermelon and get creating for your next party/bbq.

The food picks and shape cutters are available from my website www.tootle.com.au

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Tanya is a local Mum and owns www.tootle.com.au , which does not only sell fantastic little backpacks specially designed for toddlers but has heaps of great recipes and activities as well. Make sure you have a look at the website and Facebook page.

 

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Jan
29

How to combat Lunchbox Blues…

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*Thanks to Tanya for writing this guest post*

Well the school holidays are nearly over and I’m sure I can hear a few of you breathing a sigh of relief!

My eldest is starting “big school” this year and so I have been wracking my brain as to what to pack in his lunch box. I have done heaps of research on the internet and it appears that bento is creeping into western lunch boxes in a big way. For those of you wanting to jazz up the traditional lunch box it can be as simple as placing fruit into a cupcake holder and cutting sandwiches into imaginative shapes with the help of a cookie cutter.

Although I’m not an advocate of playing with your food, being the creative person that I am, I think imaginative presentation is a wonderful idea. After attempting a couple of different things with my youngest, he even started trying new foods and so I was hooked.

I went in search of some bento products and had so much fun creating new meals that I decided to expand my tootle business by becoming a stockist. These wonderful products give you even more options to liven up your toddlers meals!

If you’re interested I will also be branching out to provide tootle parties which will include a demonstration on livening up a lunchbox!

How about the following examples to combat the lunchbox blues?

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Tanya is a local Mum and owns www.tootle.com.au , which does not only sell fantastic little backpacks specially designed for toddlers but has heaps of great recipes and activities as well. Make sure you have a look at the website and Facebook page.

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Nov
19

Guest post: Photo table!

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*Thank you* to Tanya Hart our newest guest-writer for Coffs for Kids.

Since moving to Coffs I have met several mums who live away from family.  I too, have lived away from my family, immediate and outlaws in-laws since my first child was six months old.

I wanted to ensure that my little ones knew who these people (that would come to stay at the house every now again) were and so I decided to cover their meal table in photos !!  We have everyone from great nans, aunts, uncles, nan, pop, Grandma and Grandad.  We have also printed out some of our favourite photos just of us on adventures.

The boys love to point at the pictures and say who the people are and I love it when they ask questions like “how old was I in this one mum?”  or “where were we in this photo mummy?” it’s also pretty special to hear my eldest telling his younger brother what happened on an adventure if he was too young to remember.

As our relatives live oversaeas and interstate it is a great way for the boys to still be seeing them as they don’t always want to sit in front of the computer and talk on skype !

At the very least it’s a great way to redecorate a “tired” table.  I printed the photos on my home computer and bought a piece of clear plastic tablecloth from bunnings a simple renovation with great rewards !

 

Tanya is a local Mum and owns www.tootle.com.au , which does not only sell fantastic little backpacks specially designed for toddlers but has heaps of great recipes and activities as well. Make sure you have a look at the website and Facebook page.

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