Monday, October 20, 2008

Unplug Your Kids - Wax

I am going to call on all of the expat sympathy I can muster this week because I was stretching the theme a littlee tooooo much. But here it goes.

Germany does not have wax paper according to this website. (If you are an expat, this site is great for German cooking substitutions) They use parchment paper (which is great) but not for the project I had in mind. After figuring that out, I went to look for wax. Thanks to this blog, I found a craft store chain near me called Idee but still couldn't find any wax. Instead, we are going to do a theme around beeswax!

We found these great markers that write on windows but wash right off.

So I drew bees, a beehive and a honeycomb. I explained to Baby Bird that bees make honey from flowers. The honey comes from the bees home called a hive. (bear with comes the theme) Honey is stored in bees honeycombs made of beesWAX! Yea! After I described this, I told Baby Bird to draw a bee. He wanted to draw a flower instead so that is what the blue circles are.

Then he wanted to continue drawing on the window. Since our first window was full, we moved on to the next one!
Here he is explaiing the picture. The pink circles are flowers. The blue lines are also flowers apparantly.

He also added yellow "bees."
After we finished with the windows, it was time to make some Honey Weetabix muffins!

I gave Baby Bird the destructive job - crushing the Weetabix - perfect job for a 2 year old! He took this very seriously and had a lot of fun.
Then we mixed flour, baking soda, salt and allspice. He was a great helper!
Then we added the crushed weetabix to the "dry ingredients."
We then made the "wet" bowl with yogurt, milk and honey.
Then we mixed them together! Not too much though! Keep it lumpy!
Time to put them in the muffin tin!

As a final touch of love, we sprinkled a tiny bit of brown sugar on top.

Into the oven (don't worry-Mom did this and Baby Bird knows oven is "hot.") It was naptime so I finished cooking them.

When he woke up, it was time for the "King" to enjoy. The Leaf Crown below is an idea that his preschool/kita did. I had to recreate it because he insisted but I can't take credit for the idea. :)
This was a very fun project even though it can hardly qualify as following the theme. The thing that amazed me the most was Baby Bird's coordination. We have cooked many times before and I am so surprised at how adept he is getting at handling the equipment. He hardly spilled at all when he poured ingredients into the bowl. He is growing up so quickly! Before I know it, he will be sleeping in instead of helping his poor old Momma make muffins!

If you would like this recipe, click here. This is a slightly modified recipe from the side of a Weetabix box a long time ago.

(USA site) can be found in the organic sections of most grocery stores in the US.


Bobbie said...

that crown is fantastic!! so regal looking... and your challenge was perfect... those are the best ideas ones where you think outside the those pens.. I am sure you can buy them here.. but I havent seen any lately.. it looked so colourful!!

Katie @ said...

Looks like you have a very hard working helper! I love the picture of adding brown sugar.

juliekintaiwan said...

Your challenge fits right in because, as I understand it, the hostess likes it when we stretch the meaning. Drawing on the windows looks like so much fun, we might have to try it! And the crown is fabulous.

headbang8 said...

You found Weetabix in Germany? You're my hero!

I can get it at the odd Edeka but availability is patchy. Do you get the local German Weetabix, or real-live UK stuff? Where?

I am horrified that you took perfectly good Weetbix and (my god!) crushed them up into a pan. I would have paid you good money to seal each in an envelope and post them to Munich.

Now if I could just find Australian Weet-Bix, I'd be a truly happy expat. No more birdseed müsli!

So Smrt said...

Yay, giant leaves! And also yay if those markers come off the window EASILY. Our bathtub crayons are a downright pain!

Mom Unplugged said...

Love the crown, and the project! Kids love drawing on windows, and the connection to "wax" was perfectly fine, wonderful in fact! I like the projects that "stretch" the theme a bit.

The Weetabix muffins sound good. I have seen Weetabix in our grocery store, so we should be able to try them. Thank you!

Michie said...

Those markers look really cool - I think my daughter would love to draw on the windows!

The Sugar Fairy said...

Wow, markers for windows, I've never heard of them before!

Yum, we always have weetbix in our house so we'll give the recipe a go.

Yelli said...

@ everyone - The markers are called GelStifte which I think translates as gel crayons. They are super easy to get off windows - just water! I can't wait to have holiday themed windows...(or probably just circles) Baby Bird LOVES to draw on the windows. He asks almost everyday to "draw window" since I bought them.

@ headbang8 - Weetabix are at a grocery store called Ullrich. I have also seen them at Kaisers (which I think is also in Muenchen) Don't diss my muffins! Sie sind LECKER!

When we come to Muenchen for WEBMU, I will bring you tons! :)

Jessica said...

What a creative twist to this weeks theme. It looks like your little guy really enjoyed himself. The masterpiece on the window is beautiful and the crown of leaves is fantastic!