Category Archives: preschool activities

Mini Fruit Tarts

One of my favorite cooking activities with kids are mini fruit tarts.  They are a perfect project for kids of all ages.  Kids get an opportunity to practice cutting, mixing and presentation. They are a great way to introduce new fruits  and best of all they can be eaten right after making them, no waiting necessary

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The filling and crust are just as versatile as the fruit.  This time I use leftover sugar cookie dough for the crust, but you can also use a pie dough, graham cracker crumbs or any sweet dough.  For the filling I used cream cheese lemon curd, but again this could be substituted or a different flavor curd or a jam and or even pudding which is always a favorite with my kids.

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This is the perfect treat that gives kids the opportunity to create their own unique dessert that is a sweet treat for all!

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Mini Fruit Tarts

1 recipe sweet dough (sugar cookie or pie dough)
8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup lemon curd (or any jam) – amount can be adjusted if you want more or less flavor
Assortment of fruit, cut into small bite sized pieces.

Preheat oven to 350. Roll dough to 1/4″ thick. Cut into rounds slightly larger than the cups of a mini muffin tin. Press a round of dough into each cup. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden. Let cool. In a mixing bowl combine cream cheese and lemon curd. Stir until combined. Place mixture in a pastry bag.Fill each cup with lemon curd mixture, top with an assortment of fruit.

Snowmen

Looking for a fun project to keep the kids busy this weekend?  Make some snowmen.

You don’t have to bundle the kids up or worry about a lack of snow.  Just take some inspiration from Lois Ehlert’s book Snowballs

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This month the theme with my preschool class is snow and making snowmen was a big hit with all the kids.  We talked about how Lois Ehlert made her snow people and spent a lot of time looking at all the objects she used.  The kids hunted around the classroom, the playground and their homes collecting their own “good stuff.”

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After working hard at cutting out circles and pasting them down, the kids finally got to make the snowballs come to life using all the good stuff they collected.

snowmen (3)The collection of screws, shells, rick-rack and buttons made each snowman as unique as the child who created it.  And each was fantastic!

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