Are your kids so cute you could eat them? We don’t advise cannibalism, but we do think that NotSoCute.Com had a great idea when they suggested, following along with the parents in the book Pete’s a Pizza by William Steig as they entertain their bored son with kneading and tossing that leads to an all out gigglefest. After you have built up an appetite, have your preschooler help with lunch by making individual Pita Pizzas!
Instructions: spread a light layer of sauce over the top of each pita with a spoon. (Younger children can do this if you show them how and help them once or twice.) Next, let your child add cheese and vegetables and place on a foil-lined cookie sheet. Place in a preheated 375 degree oven until the cheese is melted and the pita is brown.
Octopus with Macaroni & Cheese
Instructions: Prepare Macaroni & Cheese according to directions. Take each hot dog and split in half lengthwise, leaving about one-inch intact on one end. Roll 1/4 turn and split again. Drop in boiling water. "Legs" curl up making it look like an octopus. Serve on a mound of Macaroni and cheese
I'm just back from two big technology shows: ISTE (formerly called NECC) and E3 (the video game show). Both have "Es" in the title; one for education (ISTE) and the other for entertainment (E3). Which show, do you think, offered the most innovation for helping children learn? The video game show.
Don't believe me? Have a look at Measure Up [LINK http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6StKvvY3DOM] a title to be released on Nintendo's next generation Wii sometime next fall. So perhaps next year we should swap the labels on the two shows and not tell anyone. The life and enthusiasm of the video game industry could greatly inspire teachers to look beyond the smart board. Besides Wii U, some other new hardware you should be keeping an eye is a wave of Google Honeycomb tablets, like the Toshiba Thrive, on display at ISTE (http://bit.ly/nzcCwo). This is important because it is the first of a wave of high quality iPad competitors. Not only is it cheaper, but it has replaceable batteries and can take standard USB peripherals.
Another ISTE highlights this year was a pasta dinner with my Computer Explorers friends Deb Evans and Cyndee and Perk Perkins. So naturally, Pasta would make an excellent LittleClickers column. We hope you agree, but be warned -- it might make you hungry!
Warren Buckleitner, PhD, Editor
Children's Technology Review