Brain Sprinkles!

Brain Sprinkles!

You know, for when your brain needs a boost!

Oh please oh please tell me Brain Sprinkles aren’t just for first graders. I could use a whole inflatable pool full of sprinkles some days.

Mrs. Cooley’s site is inspired by the Junie B. Jones books. When did you last read them? I have got to set aside a weekend to re-read all of those (yes, they’ve been ebook-ed)!

Monstrum, those Danish Playground People

Have you seen Monstrum’s eye-popping playgrounds? Sweeeeeet! (Helpful tip: let the page reload and continue scrolling down.)

Their motto? I say it should be along the lines of “Have terrific playground, let’s play!”

I can’t decide yet which is my favorite, although those spiders are looking like gallons of must-climb-now fun!

Saaaaay, have you noticed how children require almost no instructions when it comes to playgrounds?

Cheap Thrills Cuisine: Blueberry Banana Loaf

This Blueberry Banana Loaf has blueberries in it!

Show your children how to make this, and…I’ll take three, please!

That part where it says to wrap in foil and cool overnight in a refrigerator? That helps make the loaf much more moister than it already will be. Then heads up: you’ll be tempted to promptly inhale the whole thing for breakfast. No worries. Grab a different flavor yogurt and pile o’ fruit and make another loaf!

Blueberry Banana Loaf [Cheap Thrills: April 25, 2012]

1. Sift 4 cups flour with 1 teaspoon salt and 2 teaspoons baking powder.

2. In a large bowl, mix 2 cups sugar and 1 cup oil for 3 minutes.

3. Beat in: 2 cups mashed ripe banana, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 1 cup plain or blueberry yogurt, 4 eggs. Mix until well combined.

4. Add dry mixture into wet in two or three stages.

5. Fold in 2 cups blueberries and zest of 1 lemon. Fill two greased loaf pans 2/3 full with mixture.

6. Bake at 350 °F / 177 °C for 50-60 minutes or until inserted knife shows clean.

7. Cool 10 minutes. Wrap in foil and cool overnight in refrigerator.

When do children begin to think?

Need a topic starter for your next playground date? Of course you do!

Wrap your brain cells around RadioLab‘s podcast Voices in Your Head. It’s fascinating, especially the part where they discuss when children start to think.

Do you agree with Vygotsky?

D is for Desynchronosis

Dutch speakers say: gevoel van lichamelijke uitputting en disoriëntatie veroorzaakt door reizen tussen twee tijdzones.

Japanese speakers say: 時差ぼけ [じさぼけ/jisaboke].

Big Complicated Word speakers say: desychronosis.

People who don’t like tripping over their tongues say: jet lag.

What do you say?

Skipping across the Big Pond

And away we go!

Give a shout if you happen to be in the SoCal area! Not that I know my way around there yet, so likely you’d have to come find me. And me, oh I have no sense of direction.

Wait, what?

Quick recap: after almost 9 years in Tokyo, it’s time for me to move on to my next adventure! As usual, I have my Plans A, B, and C of what I intend to do. Invariably I wind up choosing Plan D. Not sure what that will be yet. Suggestions?

Goodbye, Goodbye
It’s time to go
Goodbye, Goodbye
I don’t wanna go…!

See you!

Oh wait, yes, as long as I can, I’ll continue blogging!

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