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178 Learning Websites and free resources for Preschool – 12th grade

178 Learning Websites and free resources for Preschool – 12th grade

Life around us is quickly changing. As parents we have quickly changed to teacher and parent. I am passing on to you websites geared towards grades preschool-12th grade. And adults too! Here we are practicing social distancing to help prevent the spread of covid-19 and ensure our health and to the people around us. I hope everyone is safe and in good health! Below is a very long…(sorry) but very helpful list of websites to help your at home learning. These websites can be used to do lessons, team up with the lessons given by your child’s teacher, give them (and You) a break, get them out of the funk from learning at home, explore new and fun learning! Look at the ones that will interest your child(ren) and pass along these resources to friends and family around you! Just a reminder: We are all in this together, we will get through this, and reach out to people around you through a simple text, call, FaceTime. If you have any questions reach out to me @spoonfulofsugarbaker on Instagram!

177 Learning Websites & free resources pre-k thru high school

✅become a Disney Imagineer with this free course https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/hass-storytelling/imagineering-in-a-box

✅The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games. Enjoy the tour!https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/

✅Tour Yellowstone National Park!
https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/photosmultimedia/virtualtours.htm

✅Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover.
https://accessmars.withgoogle.com/

✅Indoor Activities for busy toddlers
https://busytoddler.com/2020/03/indoor-activities/?fbclid=IwAR3tYXAqw7tJRAzLExpPcJo4rApLsKtgL0AwghzxgnhwOajc4auX6o12_xw

✅Play games and learn all about animals
https://switchzoo.com/

✅Play with fave show characters and learn too https://pbskids.org/

✅Travel to Paris, France to see amazing works of art at The Louvre with this virtual field trip.
https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne

✅This Virtual Tour of the Great Wall of China is beautiful and makes history come to life.
https://www.thechinaguide..com/destination/great-wall-of-china

✅Math and Reading games https://www.funbrain.com/

✅Phonics skills https://www.starfall.com/h/

✅This iconic museum located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies. https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/

✅ Read, play games, and hang out with Dr. Seuss https://www.seussville.com/

✅300,000+ FREE printable worksheets from toddlers to teens https://www.123homeschool4me.com/home-school-free-printables/

✅Geography and animals
https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

✅Math practice from counting to algebra and geometry http://www.mathscore.com/

✅Fave kids books read by famous people https://www.storylineonline.net/

✅Crafts, activities, mazes, dot to dot, etc, https://www.allkidsnetwork.com/

✅High school chemistry topics https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/resources/highschool/chemmatters/articles-by-topic.html

✅Math and reading games https://www.abcya.com/

✅Math and language games https://www.arcademics.com/

✅Hands on Elem science videos https://www.backpacksciences.com/science-simplified

✅Voice based learning… learn through Alexa https://bamboolearning.com/resources

✅Fun games, recipes, crafts, activities https://www.highlightskids.com/

✅ClickSchooling brings you daily recommendations by email for entertaining websites that help your kids learn. https://clickschooling.com/

✅Math as a fun part of your daily family routine http://bedtimemath.org/

✅Games to get “into the book” https://reading.ecb.org/

✅Online history classes for all ages preteen through adults https://school.bighistoryproject.com/bhplive

✅Biology https://www..biologysimulations.com/

✅ Elem Math through 6th grade https://boddlelearning.com/

✅Educational games K-12 https://www.breakoutedu.com/funathome

✅Digital archive of history https://www.bunkhistory.org/

✅Test Prep for SAT, ACT, etc. https://www..bwseducationconsulting.com/handouts.php

✅Geometry https://www.canfigureit.com/

✅Resources for Spanish practice https://www.difusion.com/campus/

✅Chinese learning activities https://chalkacademy.com/

✅Music is for everyone https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Experiments

✅Science, Math, Social Studies https://www.ck12.org/student/

✅Grammar practice for middle grades https://www.classroomcereal.com/

✅Daily free science or cooking experiment to do at home.http://www.clubscikidzmd.com/blog/

✅Chemistry https://www.playmadagames.com/

✅Reading passages for grades 3-12, with reading comprehension and discussion questions. https://www.commonlit.org/

✅Vocabulary, grammar, listening activities and games in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Korean, and Latin. https://conjuguemos.com/

✅35,000 pages of online content on the cultures and countries of the world. https://www.countryreports.org/

✅K-5th Science lessons https://mysteryscience.com/

✅Tons of free classes from leading universities and companies https://www.coursera.org/

✅Free printable K-8 Reading and Math activity packs (available in English and Spanish) https://www.curriculumassociates.com/supporting-students-away-from-school

✅Digital learning content for preschool through high school https://www.curriki.org

✅A wide range of math content from middle school through AP Calculus. https://deltamath.com/overview

✅Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

✅Classes for older teens or adults https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/lp/t1/freemo?source_id=FREEMO&utm_source=Social_Media&utm_medium=Facebook&utm_campaign=1000614&fbclid=IwAR1vaJx-3_aCdyE75S0fTJg4JZ_jI6KJvsJb4CnXY03tnfTm3FdgflaNpYs

✅Online homeschool platform & curriculum for Pre-K to 12th grade. All main subjects are covered, plus extra curriculum courses. http://discoveryk12.com/dk12/

✅Printable board games, activities and more for phonics and reading all using evidence-based methods. Can be customized to any student’s needs including creating flashcards for other subjects. https://dogonalogbooks.com/printables/

✅K-8 online math program that looks at how a student is solving problems to adjust accordingly and build a unique learning path for them. https://www.dreambox.com/at-home

✅Engaging reading game for grades 2-8 that combines strategy, engagement, and imaginative reading passages to create a fun, curriculum-aligned literacy game. https://www.squigglepark.com/dreamscape/

✅Higher level math series… online video series with detailed solutions to more than a thousand publicly-released College Board SAT Math, Subject Test Math Level 1, and Subject Test Math Level 2 problems.https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbQoCpvYRYRkRRvsObOPHaA?reload=9

✅Foreign languages https://www.duolingo.com/

✅Interactive video earth science based curriculum supplement. https://www.everyday-earth.com/

✅A safe research site for elementary-level readers. They are offering — free 24/7 access
USERNAME: read (case sensitive)
PASSWORD: read (case sensitive)
https://www.facts4me.com/

✅Resources for AP students including live reviews, live trivia, and study guides! https://app.fiveable.me/

✅Educational brain breaks to help students review essential literacy and math skills, while getting in some exercise. Find over 900 videos to help your child keep learning at home and burn off some extra energy. Our site is best used for ages 4-8. https://fluencyandfitness.com/register/school-closures/

✅Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. https://www.gonoodle.com/

✅7,000 free videos in 13 subject areas https://hippocampus.org/

✅Carmen Sandiego videos, stories, and lessons for all subject areas https://www.carmensandiego.com/resources/

✅Math Videos with lessons, real life uses of math, famous actors https://www.hmhco.com/math-at-work

✅Entertaining & educational videos for all levels and subjects
https://www.izzit.org/index.php

✅Online education program for toddler through high school… https://www.khanacademy.org/

✅Free Printables for PreK-2nd Grade https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Literacy-With-The-Littles/Price-Range/Free

✅Free printables library with activities for children 0-6 https://www.littlesparkcompany.com/printables-library

✅Free at-home kids yoga lesson plans https://littletwistersyoga.com/online-store/

✅Resources for AP students https://marcolearning.com/

✅Enter your math problem or search term, press the button, and they show you the step-by-step work and answer instantly. 2nd grade through college. https://www.mathcelebrity.com/online-math-tutor.php

✅Elem Math games, logic puzzles and educational resources https://www.mathplayground.com/

✅Poetry and music https://www.thewell.world/mindful-music/mindful-poetry-moments

✅3D printing projects and Coding projects, involving math and other K-12 subjects https://www.instructables.com/member/EdgertonCenter/instructables/

✅Introductory and intermediate music theory lessons, exercises, ear trainers, and calculators. https://www.musictheory.net/

✅Scads of free resources, games, learning resources, and lesson plans for teaching personal finance https://www.ngpf.org/

✅Improve your typing skills while competing in fast-paced races with up to 5 typers from around the world. https://www.nitrotype.com/

✅Illustrated recipes designed to help kids age 2-12 cook with their grown-ups. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, math, and science. https://www.nomsterchef.com/nomster-recipe-library

✅Online curriculum that builds better writers. https://www.noredink.com/

✅80+ do at home science activities https://elementalscience.com/blogs/news/80-free-science-activities

✅Daily lessons and educational activities that kids can do on their own https://www.superchargedschool.com/

✅Adaptive curriculum in Math and ELA for Grades K-8
https://www.scootpad.com/

✅Novel Effect makes storytime a little more fun for kids (and grown-ups too!) As you read out loud from print books (or ebooks!) music, sound effects, and character voices play at just the right moment, adjusting and responding to your voice. https://noveleffect.com/

✅Quick & easy at home projects curated for kids 2 and up
https://www.kiwico.com/kids-at-home

✅Teaches students how to write a paragraph through interactive online tutorial http://www.paragraphpunch.com/

✅PreK-12 digital media service with more than 30,000 learning materials https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/

✅Curricular content hub specifically designed for K-3 students.
https://pebblego.com/free-pebblego-capstone-interactive-access-school-closures?fbclid=IwAR0ldr6TT3grhEDzJ_fEpYvNGG13kqYo5ogwEqYneW7QBkX8L4u7cEIS0nE

✅Science and math labs and simulations https://phet.colorado.edu/

✅An online physics problem and video bank designed for conceptual, standard, honors or AP1 physics. https://www.positivephysics.org/home

✅Prodigies is a colorful music curriculum for kids 1-12 that will teach your kids how to play their first instrument, how to sing in tune & how to understand the language of music! 21 for free https://prodigiesmusic.com/

✅Free videos from around the world from grade 3-12
https://www.projectexplorer.org/

✅QuaverMusic is offering free access to general music activities to all impacted schools, including free student access at-home https://www.quavermusic.com/info/at-home-resources/

✅For students to practice and master whatever they are learning. https://quizlet.com/

✅ReadWorks is an online resource of reading passages and lesson plans for students of all levels K-12. https://www.readworks.org/

✅Critical Thinking resources for K-6 students https://marketplace.mythinkscape.com/store/redtkids

✅Music Based Spanish Learning https://rockalingua.com/

✅Science simulations, scientist profiles, and other digital resources for middle school science and high school biology
https://sepuplhs.org/

✅The Shurley English program for grades K-8 provides a clear, logical, and concrete approach to language arts. https://www.shurley.com/

✅Sight reading and sight singing practice exercises. https://www.sightreadingfactory.com/

✅Music practice transformed https://www.smartmusic.com/

✅Spellingcity is free right now with code VSCFree90
https://www.spellingcity.com/

✅Kid-friendly workouts — choose from Strength for Kids, Agility for Kids, Flexibility and Balance for Kids, Warm-Up for Kids, Cooldown for Kids, Stand Up and Move for Kids, OR create your own custom kid workout. https://app.sworkit.com/collections/kids-workouts

✅A collection of hundreds of free K-12 STEM resources, from standalone models and simulations to short activities and week long sequences of curriculum materials. https://learn.concord..org/

✅Course sets (Levels 1–5) that combine and thoroughly cover phonics, reading, writing, spelling, literature, grammar, punctuation, art, and geography—all in one easy-to-use, beautiful course. https://www.goodandbeautiful.com/

✅At home OT, PT, and ST resources designed to build skills in children through movement and play. https://www.theottoolbox.com/

✅Science projects that can be completed with or without Internet access https://sciencespot.net/Pages/classhome.html

✅Keyboarding practice https://www.typingclub.com/ or https://www.typing.com/

✅Next Generation Science video game focused on middle school where students directly engage in science phenomena as they solve problems. https://www.tytoonline.com/

✅Short videos and readings that answer various burning questions for students. There are vocabulary challenges and comprehension questions. http://wonderopolis.org/

✅Math practice https://xtramath.org/#/home/index

✅K-5 curriculum that builds deep understanding and a love of learning math for all students https://www.zearn.org/

✅A quick start resource to help families pull together a plan for surviving the next 1-2 months at home with their kids, but it can also be a time of slowing down and enjoying kids as they learn.
Preschool through 8th grade https://abetterwaytohomeschool.com/learning-at-home-everything-you-need-in-one-place.html?fbclid=IwAR0Lo2FZ5cWLMt-6nto19auqTtI5kztqLqwi3japOPl1rcR_rLaNuCUcaYw

✅450 Ivy League courses that you can take https://www.freecodecamp.org/news/ivy-league-free-online-courses-a0d7ae675869/?fbclid=IwAR0tbYeSJTzmrzgs1z1Brpoh-Lg8zoqnThQAUTFqR-bBX9O6AEh2_lnLhTs

✅Spelling 1-4 grade
https://www.spellingtraining.com/

✅2,500+ online courses from top institutions https://www.edx.org/

✅22 languages to learn https://www.memrise.com/

✅Learn to code https://www.codecademy..com/

✅Miscellaneous games for all subjects k-8 https://www.funbrain.com/

✅Phonics and learning to read https://readingeggs.com/

✅PreK – 5 games for all subjects https://www.turtlediary.com/

✅Online digital coloring pages https://www.thecolor.com/

✅Every course you could possibly want to homeschool preschool – 8 https://allinonehomeschool.com/

✅Every course you could possibly want to homeschool for high school https://allinonehighschool.com/

✅Phonics worksheets for kids https://www.funfonix.com/

✅Free stories online ages 3-12 https://www.freechildrenstories.com/

✅National Geographic Young Explorers is a magazine designed specifically for kindergarten and first grade students. Children can listen to the magazine being read to them as they follow along with the highlighted text. https://ngexplorer.cengage.com/ngyoungexplorer/index.html

✅Learn all about earthquakes https://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/kids/

✅Learn all about the periodic table https://www.chemicool.com/

✅Farmer’s almanac for kids… Date, weather, moon phase, etc. https://www.almanac.com/kids

✅Guide to gardening for kids https://web.extension.illinois.edu/firstgarden/

✅Website allows students to play basic games to reinforce math skills and compete against the computer or others https://www.mangahigh.com/en-us/

✅Space science for kiddos https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html

✅Math Games, Logic Puzzles and Brain Builders https://www.mathplayground.com/

✅Games, quizzes and fact sheets take kids on a journey through time. https://www.bbc.co.uk/history/forkids/

✅NGAkids interactives offer an entertaining and informative introduction to art and art history. https://www.nga.gov/education/kids.html

✅News and more for kids https://www.youngzine.org/

✅Randomly generates 356,300,262,144 story starters
https://thestorystarter.com/

✅Immerse yourself in cryptography https://www.cryptoclub.org/

✅Math games galore https://gridclub.com/

✅Tons of science experiments that you can do at home
https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/

✅An interactive way to learn history
https://www.mission-us.org/

✅Just explore, have fun, and learn some science along the way. https://thehappyscientist.com/

✅Interactive games based on the book series
https://www.magictreehouse.com/

✅Work on the 8 parts of speech https://www.grammaropolis.com/

✅Learn all about cells https://www.cellsalive.com/

✅All sorts of learning here if you dig in https://www.google.com/earth/

✅Scratch draws students of all types into coding and lays a foundation for future learning. https://scratch.mit.edu/

✅A wonderful, endlessly detailed way to get kids engaged in the world of art. https://www.metmuseum.org/art/online-features/metkids/

✅Tests kids’ geography skills. Using images from Google’s Street View, it plops players down in the middle of the street and asks them to figure out where they are. https://www.geoguessr.com/

✅Allows students to type in any city, state, or country to view an archive of historical photographs and other documents. It’s a unique way to help them learn about history.
http://www.whatwasthere.com//

✅Short videos about numbers that help kids explore complex math topics and make math more fun. https://www.numberphile.com/

✅A human visualization platform that allows students to explore the human body in really cool ways. https://human.biodigital.com/login?returnUrl=/dashboard

✅Helps kids learn to appreciate the arts by providing them with the opportunity to play games, conduct investigations, and explore different forms of art.. https://artsology.com/

✅Lets kids play instruments online. Instruments include the guitar, piano, pan flute, drums, and bongos. https://www.virtualmusicalinstruments.com/

✅Crafts, activities, bulletin board designs, and finger plays for early education teachers and parents to use with kids.
http://www.preschoolexpress.com/

✅A large selection of fun songs to help teach preschool and kindergarten students https://www..songsforteaching.com/preschoolkindergarten.htm

✅Resource section includes free flashcards, coloring pages, worksheets, and other resources for children, teachers, and parents. https://supersimple.com/

✅Life skills curriculum for students in grades K-12. Their resources include strategies for teaching social and emotional skills. https://www.overcomingobstacles.org/

✅Coding for ages 4-10 https://www.kodable.com/

✅No need to travel to one of the Smithsonian’s zoos or museums — this website brings your child everything from live video of the National Zoo to the Smithsonian Learning Lab right to their screen https://www.si.edu/kids

✅Cool Kid Facts gives your child access to educational videos, pictures, quizzes, downloadable worksheets, and infographics. They can use these to learn about geography, history, science, animals, and even the human body.
https://www.coolkidfacts.com/

✅This interactive website, hosted by the U.S. Government Publishing Office, allows your child to see the ins and outs of the U.S. government by taking a series of learning adventures with none other than Benjamin Franklin. https://bensguide.gpo.gov/

✅This NASA initiative covers a wide range of topics including weather, climate, atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals. https://climatekids.nasa.gov/

✅Ask Dr. Universe is a science-education project from Washington State University. Kids can send Dr. Universe any question they may have about history, geography, plants, animals, technology, engineering, math, culture, and more.
https://askdruniverse.wsu.edu/

✅Your child can play games, learn fun facts, and find out how to turn coin collecting into a hobby. https://www.usmint.gov/learn/kids

✅From rainbows to tornadoes and winter storms to tsunamis, meteorologist Crystal Wicker breaks down the fascinating world of weather. http://www.weatherwizkids.com/

✅Kids Think Design explores careers in fashion design, graphic design, interior design, book design, product design, film and theatre, architecture, animation, and environmental design. http://www.kidsthinkdesign.org/

✅This educational website hosted by the Smithsonian Museum takes a deep dive into ocean life. https://ocean.si.edu/

✅Brainscape offers over a million flashcard decks for every subject, entrance exam, and certification imaginable. https://www.brainscape.com/

✅The Theta Music Trainer offers a series of online courses and games for ear training and music theory.
https://trainer.thetamusic.com/en

✅Banzai exposes students to real-world financial dilemmas to teach them the importance of smart money management. https://www.teachbanzai.com/

✅Innerbody explores the 11 bodily systems in depth. With interactive models and detailed explanations, this website will help them learn more about the internal mechanics of the amazing human body.https://www.innerbody.com/htm/body.html

✅Alcumus is specifically designed to provide high-performing students with a challenging curriculum appropriate to their abilities https://artofproblemsolving.com/alcumus

✅Find and fix learning gaps https://www.mobymax.com/

✅Algebra games for kids https://www.dragonboxapp.com/

✅Fractions practice http://www.mathchimp.com/freddysfractions.php

✅Education for kids all topics https://www.ducksters.com

✅Math and logic problems for ages 5 and up to adult
https://www.aplusclick.org/

✅Science podcasts to listen to with your kids https://medium.com/kidslisten/19-great-science-podcasts-you-can-listen-to-with-kids-6fe46ac506b8#.rb23iuaw6

✅Alaskan Wildlife cams http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=viewing.webcams

✅Coding with Star Wars https://code.org/starwars

✅Tons and tons and tons of games some learning some just fun https://www.crazygames.com/

✅Crafts, projects, science, recipes for young children https://www.funology.com/

✅Amphibian unit studies https://premeditatedleftovers.com/naturally-frugal-mom/amphibians-unit-study-resources/

✅Engineering challenges with things you have at home
https://thehomeschoolscientist.com/paper-structures-engineering-challenge/

✅Online photograph jigsaw puzzles You can set the pieces from 6-1000+ https://www.jigsawexplorer.com/

✅Toddler and preschool age ideas https://preschoolinspirations.com/

Concha (Pan dulce) Recipe

Quarantine has got me going un poco Loco!!!.. ok I had to LOL! Here is the most requested recipe!! Please read💖 also tag me if you try this!

I love conchas and was so excited to try to make these. It took a few tries to get the perfect airy, soft, bread. So let me tell you BREAD FlOUR is a must!!! With regular flour they are still delicious but more dense like. So depending on the texture of the bread you like but I highly recommend using bread flour for these!! ****See notes below how to turn your flour into bread flour

No long stories here we are jumping straight into the ingredients and directions on this one. With any bread or recipes with yeast don’t rush the rest time on your dough. Letting it rest for 1-2 hours is definitely with the wait!

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ teaspoons yeast
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • ½ cup evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup butter, melted
  • 1 xl large egg or 1 large egg plus one egg yolk
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla

TOPPING:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon evaporated milk if needed

Concha Dough Directions:

1. Add yeast and 1 tablespoon of sugar to a mixing bowl. Next add in warm water and gently stir. Let it sit for 7 mins. It should be foamy and bubbly after the 7 mins. If not this step needs to be redone.

2. Once your yeast mixture is ready add in 1/4 cup sugar, evaporated milk, vanilla, cinnamon, egg, melted butter. Stir with a spatula to break up the yolk. Next add in bread flour one cup at a time. If you are using a stand mixer add on dough hook and add remaining bread flour and salt.

3. With the stand mixer hook attachment on mix on medium for 5 mins. (If you are not using a stand mixer mix ingredients 5 mins and then knead the concha dough on a floured surface 5-10 mins.) Dough should be soft and elastic.

4. In a clean bowl spray with cooking oil, add in dough, and cover with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap for 1-2 hours. Dough will double in size.

Dough is ready to sleep! Cover and be patient!

5. While dough is rising make the topping! See instructions below!!

Topping recipe:

  • In the bowl of stand-up mixer with the paddle attachment or by hand if needed, add the butter, sugar, flour and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth, about 1-2 mins add 1/4 teaspoon of evaporated milk if needed.
  • Divide the topping in two. To one part of the topping, add a drop of food coloring gel like pink or any color you’d like. To the other topping, add the cocoa powder and mix until it’s like a dry paste.

6. Dough is now ready. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or grease cookie sheet. Divide into 12 pieces for 12 large conchas or 24 mini ones. I love the mini size and of course making them Mickey shape by doing a large and two small for the ears.

7. Add conchas 1 1/2- 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet. Using a tablespoon of topping for each concha. Form a ball flatten thin in your hand by pressing down and then place on concha. Repeat till all are covered with the topping. Use a pearling knife to cut the shell lines through or design you’d like.

8. Cover and allow to rest an additional 30 mins.

9. Once they done resting uncover and place in over at 350 degrees for 15-20 mins till light golden brown. Allow to cool and place on a cake platter with cover once cooled or plastic container. These will stay good for 3 days up to a week.

Seriously deliciously amazing!!!! Topping on these is my favorite!!! Now if you use regular all purpose flour this will be dense but still none the less great flavor! Perfect with my coffee and a snack for the kids💖 Enjoy!!!

If you bake these please tag me on Instagram @spoonfulofsugarbaker

*****Notes: I didn’t try this but I looked up bread flour substitute and this is what I found. Since it may be hard to find right now here is an alternative.

I hope everyone is safe and healthy! And happy baking!!!!

3 Easy Smoothies that kids will love too! We got a code ’23-19′!!!

3 Easy Smoothies that kids will love too! We got a code ’23-19′!!!

We have a code 2319! We have a code 2319!

Monsters inc inspired smoothies!

We tested 3 smoothie recipes this week and they are kid approved! Cheers to this because there is hidden ingredients like spinach, spirulina, oats, chia seed, and kale!!!

If your having trouble getting your child to eat veggies or even fruits here’s my tricks to get them to try it out! :

1. Have them pick out veggies and fruit on your grocery trip.

2. They can be helpers to prepare the meal!

3. Make it cute! Food that looks like a animal! We really become master chefs!

4. Or hide them in the food so they don’t know!!!! LOL!!!

And what I did today! Kinda a mix of all 4 and they were loved by my 1 year old & 5 year old! Now I’m not a nutritionist or anything but we added a veggie, fruit, and protein for each of these smoothies!

3 kid approved smoothies and perfect for adults too!

Mike Wazowski green smoothie recipe:

  • 1 Banana
  • 2 spears Pineapple
  • 1/2 Mango
  • 1 tablespoon Sunflower butter or your favorite nut butter
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds

Cut all ingredients and add to a blender! That’s it and blend on high for 30 seconds mix and blend on high 45 more seconds!

Blend till smooth!
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Boo strawberry oat smoothie

  • 6 strawberries
  • Handful of raspberries
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • Banana
  • 1 tablespoon blue nectar agave
  • 1 table spoon chia seeds
Raspberries not pictured

Rinse berries and add to blender, add oats, banana, sweetener, chia seeds and 2 cups almond mild and blend high 45 seconds and again 45 seconds. Add liquid based how you prefer.

Sully’s Blue Smoothie

  • 2 Handful Blueberries
  • 4 Strawberries
  • 1/4 Oats
  • 1 tablespoon Agave nectar
  • 1 leaf of kale with stem cut
  • 1 tablespoon blue spirulina powder (link to spirulina: https://amzn.to/39rIqxv )

Wash berries and kale, add to blender. Add in oats, agave nectar, Greek yogurt and spirulina. Blend until smooth!

Now for the cups each I just added a little decorations with card stock hoping they would try it! London was a lil nervous to try the green smoothie but loved it! Her favorite was the blue Sully smoothie and Antonio‘s fave is the Boo strawberry smoothie. But fun cups also help or conceal what’s in the cup!

Now these are all perfect for breakfast or a snack! Preferred to be enjoy immediately after making them but the night before is ok too! Let me know if you try these recipes and tag me in your smoothies on Instagram @spoonfulofsugarbaker here ——-https://www.instagram.com/spoonfulofsugarbaker/

There is a few afflicted links that I literally earn penny’s but here are links if your looking for a high powered blender or blue spirulina!

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Blue spirulina:

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Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy these as much as we did!!! Comment below your favorite!

Beignets- Disneyland copycat recipe (vegan/dairy free friendly)

Celebrating Madri Gras with the Famous Disney Beignets but with a dairy free/Vegan option! Yes, that’s right! I replaced all the dairy with vegan/dairy free and added a egg substitute if you need it! Tested and approved and if your like me beignets are one of my favorite snacks at Disneyland! This recipe makes a LOT! like 500 man-catching beignets!! So if you’d like 1/2 the recipe or have 3 dozen mickey sized beignets or several dozen mini squares its totally up to you! I included a affiliate links to the Mickey cookie cutter I used to make these beignets.

(If you are not vegan or dairy free you can use eggs and cows milk in replacement but I wanted to make a vegan recipe since I was visiting my vegan cousin when I made these and because I love using dairy free recipes lately! Vegetarian option too if you eat eggs!)

So here they are!! Vegan/Dairy free Beignets:

Ingredients-

  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 envelope active dry yeast
  • vegan egg replacement – 2 teaspoon baking, 2 tablespoons vinegar OR for vegetarian/non vegan- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup coconut milk (any non dairy should work. I used coconut which was on hand)
  • 7 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup vegtable shortening
  • crisco vegtable shortening for frying
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

 

Directions:

1. Mix lukewarm water, sugar, and yeast in a large plastic bowl and let sit for 10 minutes.

2. In another bowl, if you are doing vegan add your egg replacement OR eggs and beat, add salt and coconut milk (or dairy free milk) together. Add mixture to the yeast mixture. In a separate bowl, measure out the flour. Add 3 cups of the flour to the yeast mixture and stir. Add the shortening and continue to stir while adding the last of the flour. Remove dough from the bowl, place onto a lightly floured surface and knead about 20 times. Put dough into the bowl and cover with plastic. Let rise in a warm place for at least 2 hours.

3. Preheat oil in a deep-fryer to 350 degrees F. (Keep heat to medium to low medium heat. To allow Mickey shaped to cook through without burning.

4. Add the powdered sugar to gallon sized ziplock bag.

5. Roll the dough out to about 1/4 inch thick and cut into Mickey shaped with cookie cutter or 1 inch squares. Deep-fry, they should puff up within 10 seconds, flip continuously until they become a golden color on both sides. After beignets are fried, drain them for a few seconds on a few paper towels and then toss them into the ziplock of powdered sugar. Hold bag closed and shake to coat evenly.

 

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Our Hojo Getaway : information and review

Our Hojo Getaway : information and review

Our Family finally got to visit the Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Play ground. We were excited for many reasons… Water playground, walking distance to Disneyland, and because we love lil getaways! This place didn’t disappoint. Im going to share my Top 5 favorite things about the HOJO hotel along with what comes along with your stay!

TOP 5 Reasons to stay at the HOJO Hotel

  1. WATER PLAYGROUD- The Castaway Water Cove was so much fun! Lots of areas for kids to play in. My kids are 5 and 1 years old and both really enjoyed this play area! The water playground has water slides, climbing area, and giant water bucket to add in even more fun! There is also a heated shallow kiddy pool! Yes heated! So this was a perfect for my 1 year old. Even my 5 year old daughter relaxed here with us and really enjoyed it! This area has plenty of seating, umbrellas, and towels to use. There is Life guard on duty to help supervise children. Their is also restroom at the water playground area.
  2. Walking Distance to Disneyland- it is only a 8 min walk give or take from the hotel to Disneyland! Also lots of food places on the way like Mimis cafe, mc Donalds, Panera bread, and ihop. So you can also eat on the way to Disney or heading back to the Hojo. There is also a shuttle that can take you to and from Disney but for myself with a double stroller and all the stuff I bring it is much easier to walk!
  3. The rooms!- we stayed in building 1 which is all renovated. Building 2 will be be finished in April. Be sure to indicate you would like to stay in a newly renovated room if you’d like one in the photo below. The room was very clean, bathroom best lighting ever! The beds were very comfortable!! We slept in on our stay! It was that good. Plus the room includes wifi, a mini fridge, keriug coffee machine, and a microwave! suites and Disney themed rooms include a rubber ducky for you to take home. Our room had a balcony facing Disneyland with a firework view.
  4. Great Customer Service- Throughout our stay we experienced great customer service! the front desk and staff were all extremely helpful and nice! front desk helped me get everything from the car and were very personable. during the stay we felt very welcomed and even the Main Street store in building one had the sweetest staff.
  5. amenities for kids!- along with the water playground as a parent I loved the “if lost tattoos”, complimentary face painting held on Saturdays, and the big orange lawn chair .

We enjoyed our stay and definitely want to return for another stay this Summer!I’m including a link to the Howard Johnson Anaheim and Water Playground to check our rooms and reserve your next stay! I also have a coupon code to use on your reservation!!!!
20% off Disneyland Annual Passholder Discount – Corp code:
 1000025935

15% off Discount for everyone! Corp code: 1000022077

https://www.hojoanaheim.com/?utm_source=affiliate&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=Spoonfulofsugarbaker

Here are somethings to remember when booking your room. call to confirm your stay will be in a renovated room, request a Disney theme room, pack plenty of snacks aka popcorn for movies in the room, take your swim stuff and prepare for fun, and if you are not a pass holder you can purchase your tickets at front desk to skip the lines at the parks ticket booths!

Thank you for reading along if your planning a vacation or Disneyland stay comment below!

 

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Review & information

Before pic

5th birthday celebration wouldn’t be complete without a makeover at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique located at Disneyland, CA! I got DMs asking about pricing and if it’s Worth it!?! So here’s the run down & my review on the Bibbidi Bobbidi boutique experience!!

First things first!!! Is it worth it?? 100% yess! The pricing varies so there is a package for everyone! This is something that should be for a special occasion such as a birthday or accomplishment! London is a girly girl so this experience is everything and more it includes a dress ( unlesss you bring your own), hair, nails, makeup but your very own fairy Godmother in training. Plus a sash & backpack of the goodies used for your makeover.

After picture

The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is located at the castle as your entering fantasyland. First you check in and pay before the escort your child to her beauty chair.

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Only ages 3-12 can participate in this makeover experience. They even have a knight package for your Prince Charming in training.
  2. Reserve early! It’s best to plan this ahead to guarantee your date and time. You can book online or by calling (714) 781-7895
  3. Makeover takes about 30 mins to 1 hour depending on your package.
  4. Arrive with clean hair and face for your fairy Godmother in training.
  5. If for any reason you need to cancel it must be done 24 hours in advance to avoid a $10 cancellation fee.
  6. AP discounts can be used!!
  7. The take home bag includes hairbrush, makeup, nail polish, gems they add during makeup, and shampoo to wash out all that glitter!!

Here is a photo of the current packages available.

This photo includes each package pricing

Hairstyles to choose from

We used a dress London got for Christmas. And got the crown page. It included hair of her choice. Makeup & nails. Plus tons of glitter in her hair. The fairy Godmother is very sweet! Talking London along through her makeover.

Now if you have been thinking about getting your little one a makeover and the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique I highly recommended it! It was a special way to start a birthday and celebrate at Disneyland!! Thank you for reading! Anything your interested and want tips to at Disneyland or Disneyland California adventure! Comment below and tag me on your visit to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique experience you have @spoonfulofsugarbaker on Instagram!

Disney Inspired conversational Hearts DIY

Disney Inspired conversational Hearts DIY

Every year I do Valentine’s pre-orders…and every time I get asked if I ship my products. A conversational heart cookie made even better with a Disney twist. These are available to order or a great baking project at home!! This recipe is easy to follow and super cute!

Here is a list of supplies you’ll need:

  • Heart cookie cutter
  • Mickey cookie cutter (optional)
  • Parchment paper
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie sheet
  • Piping bags
  • Cookie & royal icing ingredients

Ingredients:

Cookies

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions:

Cream together butter and sugar. Scrape sides of bowl to be sure all butter and sugar is mixed well. Add egg and vanilla and mix. Add flour one cup at a time to butter mixture. Add salt & mix together. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour. Roll out dough and cut out cookie shapes. Cut parchment paper & add to cookie sheet. Place cut dough onto the cookie sheet. Bake for 8-12 minutes at 350 degrees.

Royal icing

  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 4 cups of sifted powdered sugar
  • 6 tablespoons warm water

Add meringue & powdered sugar (powdered sugar must be sifted) it will give you smooth royal icing. Add hot water one tablespoon at time. Mix on medium-high for 5 mins. Distribute equal amounts of royal icing to smaller bowls. Add in food coloring and mix well. If needed and extra water.

Add royal icing to pining bags and cut a small opening at the tip.

create a dam by outlining your cookie. Then fill with your royal icing after a few minutes. This helps royal icing from dripping from the edges.

Let the cookies set before adding words to it. Usually a 1-3 hours is best.

Use a #1 tip to your piping bag and write your messages on your cookies!

Here’s some fun disney sayings to use:

  • Best day ever
  • True loves kiss
  • Ur my greatest adventure
  • Kiss the girl
  • Yoda best
  • Yoda one for me
  • Single rider
  • Disney mama
  • Ur worth melting for
  • Xoxo
  • Oh boy
  • ChEARS
  • Luv & pixie dust
  • Luv u 2 infinity & beyond
  • Shine bright
  • Single rider
  • Meet me at the castle

Comment your favorite cookie phrase??

Make these? Tag me on Instagram @spoonfulofsugarbaker

Lunar New Year activities for kids

It’s the year of the mouse! Well the rat but what a better way to celebrate then here at the parks. Now until February 9th! I love that DCA is giving recognition and honoring cultural traditions with us. My children loved this event. We spent the entire afternoon exploring and learning new things. My favorite was the wishing wall! From people all around the world their wishes are tied to a chain and it was amazing to see in person! If you make it to this event tag me in your stories with your favorite marketplace foods & favorite things about this event!

I put a list fun activities going on during the Lunar Year at Disney California Adventure!

1. Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession

11:45 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:45 PM @paradise garden park

This is a must the story, dances, and costumes were all so beautiful and amazing. If you want sit there is seating along the stairs or benches. The parade comes through the paradise garden grill before making its way to the stage. If you like to get pictures like me. London loved this show and it help Antonio‘s attention during the whole show.

2. Paradise Garden Bandstand

12:15 PM, 1:25 PM, 2:20 PM

Located at the stage at Paradise garden grill. Enjoy the cultural music. Get some energy out here for kids. We talked about music around the world before catching this 25 min show. My son loves to move so it was great to get some wiggles out and sit and relax.

3. Hurry Home – Lunar New Year Celebration

8:15pm or 9:45

We didn’t make it to this one. But with the rest of the great effort and detail I imagine a wonderful show where world of color is held. Check app times for this one. It’s a 6 min show so grab a snack and head over to the Hurry Home water show!

4. Character meet and greets

Meet Mickey, Minnie, Mulan, or mushu at paradise garden grill area. Check the app time on this one. To check on the app it’s very easy. Select characters, and show list to see what times they are available. Mickey and Minnie are dressed in the most beautiful outfits. Mulan looks amazing and mushu was so up beat and funny. This line gets long. So if the line is long have some activities ready. We played eye spy and did some letter games to help time pass and my youngest I had snacks in hand for him when he started to get restless.

5. Lunar New Year Marketplaces

Once you enter the lunar even area there is different food stands. We tried a few and loved the mandarin green tea tart and pork bao taco! So many great options. And on the plus side your able to mobile order and pick up at the location. Mobile ordering is available on the Disneyland app. Also if you are interested there is a:

Sip & savor pass your able to enjoy 6 yummy dishes for only $42

Located near the ariel ride!

My ratings : taco 10/10 the hot dog bun to me was very cute but 7/10 my kids loved it! 10/10 for Antonio

The tart was delicious 10/10 and would try this again!

6. Lucky wishing wall- located near paradise garden grill

This is amazing just to see. All the wishes tied together is so beautiful! There is Mickey cards that you can write your wish on and ties to attach them. We each had our wish my daughter loved doing this.
In this area there was also a calligraphy artist with Chinese writing. We missed this one but I definitely want to come back to have London get one.

7. Kids coloring activities located along side the little mermaid ride.

London loves coloring and Antonio enjoyed this here. He danced to the music of the procession while coloring. There was adorable Mickey fans they colored that we used for the rest of the day.

Face painting is also available for $18 here by the ariel ride

Overall this event is a must. I was able to do a lot and the kids really enjoyed it all. Check it out you have until February 9th here at DCA!! Tons of merch too located in front of the ariel ride! Must see!!

What is something you look forward to when you visit? Or if you have gone which is your favorite part of this event?

Disney Copycat Gingerbread cookie recipe

It’s 17 days till Christmas! What??!! I love Christmas time! I’m here for the lights, shopping, parties, food, family time, and baking! Soaking in all the family memories. It go’s by in a flash!!!

This recipe is a copycat to Disneyland’s mickey gingerbread cookie! It’s soft and chewy. Perfect ginger and molasses flavor! And gives and the Christmas feels! My kitchen smells so good!

There’s a few important steps highlighted in the image below. This was through a lot of trial and error so follow instructions to get them not to spread or stick to your roller. Cookie cutters 5 inch cooked at 8-9 mins so smaller cutters will need less time.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 3/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons butter, softened to room temperature (not melted)
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoon milk (almond milk or soy is fine too)

Have an egg allergy this is a great option since the recipe calls for no eggs.

Instructions:

  1. With mixer, stir together flour, brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt on low speed. Stop mixer and add butter. I cut into pieces instead throwing it all in. Mix at medium low for 1-2 minutes. Reduce speed to low and add molasses and milk; mix until dough is evenly moistened about 30 seconds. Increase speed for additional 10 seconds.
  2. Scrape dough from bowl onto parchment paper and wrap it with Saran Wrap. I also place this in a ziplock bag once it’s wrapped. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to over night. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT STEP! This dough is best is chilled. It will spread if they are not chilled. And much easier to work with too.
  3. Preheat over to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Rough dough onto parchment. I do this in sections at a time. Cut dough with cookie cutters and add to sheet about a inch apart.
  5. Bake cookies 8-9 minutes. Important not to over bake these to get soft and chewy cookies. Cool cookies on lan for 2 mins.
  6. Store in a airtight container or ziplock and ENJOY!

Some tips: If your dough sticks it’s ok add a tiny bit of flour to your rolling pin. All you need is a little bit. Also keep working with it.

Here is photo of the recipe!! (Screenshot or print) Tag me in your cookie photos! I’d love to see your family cookie creations!! Tag at @spoonfulofsugarbaker on Instagram!

Christmas can become stressful! So enjoy the moment! It’s much more than gifts! Making memories, spreading love, and kindness is far more obtainable and appreciated! Thank you for following along! Be sure to enter in my Coolie kit giveaway!

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Disneyland Balloon is a must on your vacation! My 5 reasons Why…

Disney Balloons are the best little souvenir on your next family vacation!!! Now if your a passholder I get it!!! My daughter used to ask for a balloon every time. Its tradition to get one for her birthday. It makes a Birthday extra magical and perfect for a family vacation! Here are my top 5 reasons to grab a balloon on your next family trip!

  1. Grab a balloon on your next family vacation! I’m a sucker for matching shirts to spot one another but a balloon you can spot a family member from a distance. You won’t regret this when you get distracted by a character and then look ahead and see that mickey balloon your niece just got!!
  2. Stroller spotter. Yess park your stroller to get on a few rides.. now there’s a million strollers lined up.. ok an exaggeration but yours will definitely stand out of the crowd. Also great distraction for a you g child in a stroller to!!
  3. Return policy! Yes!!! you can return a damaged, deflated or popped ballon on your family trip.. and it’s free! Just take it to any cast member with balloons and get a new one. So don’t worry if during your hotel stay it begins to deflate..you can just take it back for a brand new one🙌🏻
  4. Picture opportunity! Disney pictures are magical. You can capture joy, excitement, happiness.. the list goes on. Sharing your family milestones, memories at the Disneyland park is so special. My favorite is to Announce your babies gender with a blue or pink balloon. Get a ballon pic for your birthday, Engagement, anniversary, best friend trip. Getting creative to make an announcement is so much fun!
  5. These balloons last…I think that’s why they have a free return policy because they last way beyond your trip.. weeks even months. What a pleasant reminder of a great trip.

What’s your must have on your Disneyland or disneyworld vacation?

Comment below