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Welcome to Wee Wellness Virtual Program brought to you by the Livingston Food Resource Center and MontanaPBS! This 3 week virtual program teaches social/emotional skills, along with child engagement in cooking (motor skills) health/safety tips and nutrition. The program is intended to build these skills through art activities and cooking simple, inexpensive, tasty, and healthy snacks and meals. The recipes will allow you to interact with your child by creating homemade foods together. This experience may also get your child eager to prepare some household meals!

Lesson One: Use Your Words!

We need to encourage children to talk about their feelings. Being able to use words to describe what they are feeling and their needs gives children power over their feelings. Giving words to feelings can make them become a lot less overwhelming or upsetting or scary. The videos, activities, and cooking together are all to help the children in your care learn to use their words to express how they are feeling and what they need. 

In this video we talk about some basic skills, how to use your words to ask for help and make GRRRRanola. Watch the video with you child and follow the recipe to make GRRRRRanola Together. Practice washing hands with your child and talk about using your words to stay safe in the kitchen Practice measuring, dumping, mixing with your child, let them get their hands dirty! See handout on how to adapt the recipe to your child's age.

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Wee Wellness Lesson 1 : GRRRanola Recipe - Crunch and Communicate

Welcome to week one of the Wee Wellness Virtual Program brought to you by the Livingston Food Resource Center and Montana PBS! This is a 3 part virtual program that teaches social/emotional skills, along with child engagement in cooking (motor skills) health/safety tips and nutrition. The program is intended to build these skills through art activities and cooking simple, inexpensive, tasty, and healthy snacks/meals

GRRRanola Recipe

Tools:

  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • One mixing bowl
  • One mixing spoon
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup fruit + nut mix
  • 3/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup honey (sub for maple syrup)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • Optional: yogurt and banana for a parfait!

 

Download the full PDF of tools, ingredients and directions by clicking on the recipe PDF link below!

Use Your Words Activity

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Wee Wellness: Use Your Words Activity

Lesson Two: Turn it Around

Disappointments are part of everyone’s life. Through the activity, cooking, communicating and reflecting, you can use video clips from DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD to help children learn to recognize this feeling, give it a name, and rehearse some ways to handle the disappointments in their lives. 

This program is intended to build these skills through art activities and cooking simple, inexpensive, tasty, and healthy snacks/meals. Week 2 Recipe & skill features: Cookie Cutter Pizza and safe little chef knife skills. The recipes will allow you to interact with your child by creating homemade foods together.

The Livingston Food Resource Center

Wee Wellness Lesson 2: Turn it Around Activity

Disappointments are part of everyone’s life. Through the activity, cooking, communicating and reflecting, you can use video clips from DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD to help children learn to recognize this feeling, give it a name, and rehearse some ways to handle the disappointments in their lives. 

Turn it Around Activity 

Materials: 

  • 2-Paper Plate
  • 4-Popsicle Sticks
  • Masking Tape
  • Emotions Face Chart, or use a mirror or a family member to show emotional expressions
  • Imagination!

 

Instructions: 

  1. Cut each paper plate in half.
  2. Using the Emotional Face Chart, your own image, or the image of a family member draw the nose, and mouth of the emotion you picked.
  3. Flip the same paper plate over.
  4. Draw the opposite emotion of the first emotion you drew. In the example the emotion on one side is “scared”. 
  5. Using one Popsicle stick for each mask, tape it on to the bottom to use as a handle.
  6. You are now ready to use your imagination and create a play, skit, story, or conversation about how to have a feeling and find a way to turn it around!

Download the full PDF of directions by clicking on the PDF link below!

Materials and Resources | PDF Downloads


 

More Resources from Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

Get Your Mad Out

Use Your Words

Turn it Around!

Try Something New

Thank you to our partner, the Livingston Food Resource Center!