Birthdays are always a challenge when following a gluten-free, casein-free (GFCF) diet. What is cake made of? That's right...wheat and dairy! This year we threw a construction themed party. Our cake was a dump truck filled with dirt, and the dirt was brownies! I used a GFCF brownie mix, and instead of adding regular butter, I used half coconut oil and half goat butter. Goat butter still contains some casein, but much less. You could actually just use coconut oil but we didn't know if our guests liked coconut so we didn't want to use too much. Here it is!
I also wanted a watermelon bulldozer and I thought, surely it's been done before. So I found a picture online and my talented husband carved it!
We also had burgers, a veggie platter, and potato chips. And voila! A GFCF birthday party.
Both of these are calcium supplements. The one on the left is called OsCal. My husband picked it up for me after my thyroid surgery, as the surgeon told him to. He chose this specific one because it was cheap. Once I looked at the ingredients I decided to look for a healthier brand. The one on the right, OsteoSheath is the one my naturopath recommends. It's a bit pricier, but definitely worth it. Let's look at the ingredients in OsCal:
Now, as a general rule of thumb, if it contains more than ten ingredients it's probably not good for you. And if it has a number (yellow 5 lake) it's definitely not good for you. I also see some parabens in there (methylparaben, propylparaben), which are carcinogens (cause cancer). Now let's look at the ingredients in OsteoSheath:
Do you see the small ingredients list at the very bottom? That's what I'm talking about. It's not perfect, though. I do see Polysorbate 80 and PEG 3350 in the tablet coating. But it's much much better than OsCal. I actually just realized while writing this post that Polysorbate 80 and PEG 3350 were in this supplement. I somehow missed the tablet coating ingredients. But at least it's less than 0.5%. I think I'll keep looking around though.
It's an apple with a slice cut out of it. The grapes are held on with toothpicks, the tongue is a pepper, and the fly is a raisin. I had some help from my creative husband on this one.
I can't remember where I found these specific lifecycle sequencing cards but you can find so many different kinds online.
I found this matching activity at www.montessoriprintshop.com. My kids really enjoyed it.
I found these bag clips at Five Below and thought, "There has gotta be something I can do with this." So I printed off some pictures of organisms that frogs eat and don't eat. The kids then put the frog bag clip on the things that frogs eat. This was actually a great fine motor activity because the clips were difficult for them to open. But after a while they got the hang of it.
Pretty self-explanatory. Cut out some lillypads, write numbers on them, buy some plastic frogs, have the kids put the correct number of frogs on each lillypad. You could also use frog stickers.
This was such a fun activity. We sang the song, "Five little speckled frogs, sat on a speckled log, eating some most delicious bugs (yum yum), one jumped into the pool, where it was nice and cool, and now there are ___ speckled frogs." I had no idea my son could so quickly figure out how many frogs were left on the log.
This was a great speech activity because both of my kids are working on their F sound. So we decorated the letter F with words that begin with that letter. Before I gave them the sticker they had to pronounce the word for me.
Books We Enjoyed:
Face to Face with Frogs by Mark W. Moffett
Frog (Watch Me Grow) by DK Publishing
Frogs by Gail Gibbons
An Extraordinary Egg by Leo Lionni
The Wide-Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner
All About Frogs by Jim Arnosky
Frog and Toad Books by Arnold Lobel
Websites and Videos We Enjoyed:
http://gergana1.dir.bg/animals/frogmania.htm This is for older kids but little kids can practice clicking the mouse.
What I love about homeschooling is that you can do a frog theme in the middle of summer and it's all good. Usually this theme is implemented in the spring, but trying to find frog books at the library in the spring is crazy! We learned a lot about frogs this past week! Something very interesting that I learned is that in Panama, dart frogs lay their eggs on dry ground and when the tadpoles hatch out of their eggs the mom returns, the tadpole wiggles its way onto his mom's back, the mom climbs up a tree and places her baby into a puddle of water inside a leaf, and then she goes back down and gets the rest of her babies and puts them each into a different puddle of water so that if a predator comes along she doesn't lose all of her kids. How amazing is that?!