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I don’t know about you other moms out there, but I am loving Fall!  The apples, the pumpkins, cooler weather, heartier foods, beautiful foliage – all of that.  But one other thing I am truly delighting in are the leaves in my yard.  They have proven to be an endless source of work for my industrious children!

What better answer could I have for a small child who says, “Mom I’m bored,” than to respond, “Oh, great!  I was looking for someone to rake leaves.”  Brings a smile to my face.  They actually enjoy the work.  I sent them all out last week to rake and then transfer their leaf piles to my garden beds for composting over winter.  Kept them busy all day.

I can speak from experience when I say that productive kids are happy kids.  And my two-year-old can speak from experience when she says that yard work is more enjoyable when wearing a leotard.

Go Fall!

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True, right?  My kids are constantly trying to find ways to get me to let them use knives.  My kitchen tip for the day?  Start them while they are young!  I allow my seven-year-old (my oldest) to use a “real” knife with supervision, and the younger ones gather around like she is a knife goddess.  I do have kid-friendly knives, but I only ever think to let them cut Playdoh and pancakes.  Pretty boring if you ask my kids.

So, today I had a stroke of mommy genius.  Why not serve an entire lunch of things they can cut?!  Bread, lunch meat, cheese, avocado, peaches, bananas, cooked broccoli, green beans . . .  I don’t mean to say that these things need cutting – I just mean a whole plate full of stuff they can cut until their little hands grow tired.  Or they get full.  Or it’s time for dinner.

What a great way to practice knife skills and get permission (even encouragement) to play with their food!  Also, the perfect opportunity to be considered Super Mom for the day.

My fellow homeschoolers – this is your kithcne chore training and fine motor skills practice for the day with your little ones.  If you have older children, sneak in a little math!  Depending on their math maturity, see if they can cut in half, thirds or fourths.  Tell them to take a piece of food and have them cut it in enough pieces so that everyone at the table can have two, or three, or five pieces.

Just make sure you set the table with plenty of napkins.

For more great kitchen tips join me at Tammy’s Recipes.

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