Monday, April 23, 2012

Duck on a Bike

Silly Goose and I went to the library for a Wee Read Berkshire County story hour. The story of the day was Duck on a Bike by David Shannon.

Duck on a Bike is a silly book about a duck riding a bike and passing all his animal friends. It incorporates all the animal sounds (moo, oink, neigh, etc) plus what the animal is thinking about seeing the duck on the bike. Silly Goose enjoyed it, and the next story, but lost interest after that.

We played awhile and then made paper a paper duck.

Paper Ducks
1 piece of yellow paper, folded in half
1 piece of yellow paper, not folded
1 piece of brown paper

1. Trace your LO's hand on the folded yellow paper. Cut out the hands to make 2 wings.
2. Trace your LO's foot on the other piece of yellow paper. Cut out the foot to make the duck's body.
3. Cut 2 triangles from the brown paper to make the duck's feet.
4. Glue all together.
5. Add eyes (either googly or with crayon).
6. Allow LO to color in the duck.

Silly Goose wanted to hang her duck on the wall with the other model duck. So there it stayed at the library.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Little Red Hen and the Passover Matzah

We got the children's picture book The Little Red Hen and the Passover Matzah by Leslie Kimmelman out of the library the other day. I remember fondly the story of the Little Red Hen, so I thought this would be a nice Jewish twist.

It's the classic Little Red Hen story, she wants to grow her own wheat to make her own Matzah. She asks her friends every step of the way, but they refuse to help her. At the end she makes a nice Passover Seder complete with homemade matzah and of course her friends want to come and eat.

Gaby loves reading. But she loves helping me cook and making our "own" food (own donuts, own pizza, own challah, own matzah!) even more. So we decided to make our own matzah. We even timed ourselves to see if we could stick to the traditional 18 minutes. But we ran out of time! Might be because the cookie cutter part took 10 minutes!

 The recipe is very simple.
Little Red Hen (& Gaby's) Matzah recipe

Preheat oven to 500 deg F.
4 cups flour (3 white flour, 1 whole wheat flour)
~1 cup water

1. Mix until incoporated.
2. Turn out on floured surface and kneed until smooth and no longer sticky. You may need to add water.
3. Mold or use cookie cutters to desired shape - make sure it's as thin as you can get it with a rolling pin!
4. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 5 mins, or until golden brown on top.