Happy Thursday all!
In preparation for a warm Wednesday, earlier this week we got together with a small group of our older kiddos and made popsicles of all different kinds: different flavors of Kool-Aid, Capri Sun and pink lemonade! However, this project was a little different than how our our typical cooking activity goes, because we made popsicles for ALL of Sockeye Club to enjoy. I was super proud of our volunteers to make some tasty treats not only for themselves, but to share with their peers as well. Yum!
Happy Thursday all!
We're in the home stretch! As we wind down and count the days until summer, it gets easier and easier to get a bad case of 'senioritis.' For me, the best way to fight that off is by planning super fun (and sometimes super tasty) activities! One of my favorite things to bake at home are biscuits, and my go to recipe is not only delicious, but super easy to make! All of our kiddos at Sockeye have a strong cooking and baking foundation from previous activities, so I knew they had the know-how to follow a recipe with only minimal help from me. Watching them bake all on their own made me so proud. All of the biscuits turned out tall, fluffy, and delicious! I'll include the recipe below so you can whip up a tasty batch!
Knowing our kid's made biscuits and jam last year, of course I had to add a fun twist to keep things fresh! I recently got a Chia Pet and was so intrigued by the way the seeds produced a gel when soaked in water. It got me thinking- what can you cook with these things?? I've heard of chia 'pudding' and Ms. Alaina told me that they're often used in smoothies, but I wanted to do something different. I decided that the perfect addition to our biscuits would be some chia jam! We blended up some fresh berries with some water and a little honey, until we had a thin mixture. Then we added a bunch of chia seeds to create a tasty jam with no added sugar! It tastes just like the real thing, but has a super healthy twist. The kiddos loved it! Everybody who made biscuits got to take home a jar of strawberry or raspberry-blueberry chia jam.
Happy Thursday! Let's hope we get the sunshine back soon :)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons butter, cubed
3/4 cup milk
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together. Cut butter into mixture until it begins to look like cornmeal.
Make a well with flour mixture and slowly add milk into the middle. Knead dough with your fingers and add milk when necessary. Roll out dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll out to desired thickness. Cut with small biscuit cutter or with the rim of a cup.
Butter bottom of skillet and place biscuits in pan. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown.
Back in April, I had this super awesome cooking challenge on the calendar and sadly had to miss it - but I really wanted to be there to see it through so we put it right back on our May calendar, which just gave me that much more time to jazz up my plan. My goal was to give kiddos as much creative freedom as I possibly could to create the pizza of their dreams, with the possibility of adding things they probably wouldn't find at your typical pizza joint. They each received one raw biscuit round and got to shape their pizza themselves. Without further a-do, check out our Before and After pictures of our deliciously crazy creations below! :)
We had a few different pizza combinations in mind when Ms. Amber and I went shopping for ingredients (which was a blast, as you can imagine). First, we got your typical pizza fixings like tomato sauce, cheese, pepperoni, olives, onions, Canadian bacon, etc. Then came the fun part: we went through the snack-y aisles and grabbed crazy things that you wouldn't normally find on a pizza, like pizza rolls, cheez-its, and even pizza flavored Pringles. Last but not least, we got ingredients for my personal favorite, the "Sweet-zza"! These toppings ranged from their choice of chocolate fudge or caramel sauce, different types of cookies, chocolate chips, marshmallows, Strawberry Frosted Mini Wheats and more.
Some of us got real adventurous and mixed sweet ingredients with salty, but even the pizzas that looked "interesting" were happily devoured. All in all, I think it's safe to say our Pizza Party was a total success!
Happy sunny Thursday and enjoy the three day weekend!
Last week at Sockeye, we had multiple art stations open for kiddos to spend time making a little something to give back to their teachers and show them how appreciated they really are. My personal favorite were our mini painted flower pots - some kiddos decided to cover theirs with chalkboard paint, creating an awesome canvas that can be re-purposed with new art or personalized notes, while others painted their own unique designs with bright Spring colors.
We love you Sunset teachers, and hope you know how thankful we are to be a part of this community with you!
-All of Sockeye Club staff <3
This week in Avatar Club we made some air gliders from the show! Each kiddo made their own design based on Aang's glider, or based on what they thought would fly the farthest! We didn't use any directions or pictures, so everybody had fun trying to figure out the best methods and designs. As always, I loved seeing the different routes each kiddo took to get their version of the best result, even though we were all working from the same original product! This week on the show the characters learned about progress vs preservation, and whether it's right to limit people based on gender.
Have a lovely weekend!
This week at Sockeye, we put a silly twist on Spa Club and Wacky Hair-ed it up! After we did our friends' hair in the craziest ways possible, we got in some good old fashioned hang out time, playing lots of fun games ranging from Heads Up 7 Up to Here Comes the Judge. Sometimes, little unplanned improvisations like these are just what we need at the end of the day. I know these crazy kiddos sure brightened mine!
Have a fantastic weekend, Sockeye Club fam!
As a reward for a scavenger hunt we did a couple weeks ago, we offered the winner an opportunity to not only create but LEAD their very own club! Our humble and deserving winner, Sophie I., took that idea and really ran with it - she enlisted the help of a fellow Sockeye and together they created an awesome club dedicated to their love of Harry Potter that has occurred every Tuesday of the month of April. It was a blast to personally plan this out with them, watch their excitement inspire their planning and ultimately help them further develop their leadership skills. So far, we have taken our Sorting Hat Quizzes and found out our destined houses at Hogwarts, designed our own Sorcerer's Stone necklaces, and created personalized Golden Snitches in preparation for their own game of Quidditch, Sockeye Club style. We regularly encourage our kiddos to share their ideas for daily projects, clubs, group activities, etc. and are always eager to incorporate their hobbies and interests into our calendars. Nice work, Sophie and Aubrey!
Happy sunny Friday and enjoy the weekend :)
Today is a super special day for someone we sure have missed around here lately, and we thought he deserved a shout-out just for being awesome. We got together to make some surprise birthday cards, walked them around for everyone's signature, and sent him some Sockeye Club love to remind him he'll always be part of the fam!
WE LOVE YOU MR. B!
<3 Ms. Alaina (and all of Sockeye)
This week Sockeye Club had our first ever Emoji Day! We started with some cute emoji Perler beads, and then moved on to emoji magnets and some very expressive emoji masks. I loved seeing which faces each kiddo chose to make. There were a ton of heart eye magnets and a bunch of different rainbow mouth masks! Each kiddo's personality really shined through. We all got to practice our tracing and cutting skills, which was an added bonus!
Have a great weekend, see you in April!
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