Week of the Young Child (WOYC) is an important annual event organized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) to celebrate the importance of early childhood education and the amazing humans who make it happen. High quality early learning is a whole community effort and we wanted to share ways to celebrate WOYC in your own home.

Tasty Tuesday

Mia Pritts, Wonderschool’s Head of Early Care and Education, employed the help of her six-year-old to curate some Tasty Tuesday recipes for your inspiration. These are tried and tested for both the cooking and the eating.

Guacamole

  • 2 avocados 
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced, or 1/2 tsp powdered garlic (or to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp pepper (or to taste)
  • 1/2 lime squeezed for juice
  • 1 spoonful mild salsa

Place all ingredients in a ziplock bag and seal. Have your child squeeze/mash together until smooth.

Pancakes or Waffles – the hidden nutrients version

  • 1/2 whole wheat flour, 1/2 white flour
  • Add 2-3 Tbsp ground flaxseed 
  • Add cinnamon (1 tsp), ground cloves (1/4 tsp), ground ginger (1/2 tsp)
  • Optional: add 2 fruits or veggies
    • 3/4 can pureed pumpkin or sweet potato
    • 1-2 mashed bananas
    • Diced apple or pear
    • Fresh or frozen berries
    • 2 large handfuls spinach (if using spinach, mix wet ingredients in blender to really hide it well)

Freeze leftovers for easy breakfasts – reheat in toaster or microwave.

Looking for additional ideas? Nomster Chef has a whole library of illustrated recipes for kids. 

What We’re Learning:

  • Pre-math skills (measuring, one-to-one correspondence, number recognition)
  • Pre-literacy skills (words carry meaning, the purpose of writing)
  • Instruction-following
  • Science (cause and effect, chemical reactions)
  • Hand-eye coordination