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Chocolate Walnut Marshmallow Cookies

Cookie Recipe

Kid’s favorite ingredients — Chocolate and Marshmallows!

Marshmallows can sort of evaporate in the baking process. So, freeze the mini marshmallows first, then placed them inside the cookie dough before baking. It works! Add walnuts for a nutty crunch, but feel free to leave them out.

3 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1 c butter (2 sticks)
3/4 c brown sugar (firmly packed)
1/2 c granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla
8 oz semi sweet Baker’s Chocolate
2 c walnuts
2 c Mini Marshmallows
  1. A few hours before you start, put two cups of mini marshmallows in the freezer. Take out two sticks of butter, unwrap, put in a large bowl  (“the butter bowl”) and let them come to room temperature.
  2. Preheat the oven to F 325 or C 175/180.
  3. In another large bowl, mix the dry ingredients — flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.
  4. To the “butter bowl” add eggs, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and vanilla. Beat on high for two minutes or mix until it is creamy. This is the wet ingredients.
  5. Break the chocolate into squares, and melt in a microwave on high for one minute. Add the melted chocolate to the creamy wet ingredients, and mix until completely smooth.
  6. Add the dry ingredients a little at a time into the creamed butter and sugar and mix well.
  7. Crumble the walnuts and fold into the dough. Chill for 30 minutes.
  8. Take the marshmallows out of the freezer. Use about two tablespoons of dough and press three mini marshmallows into the center. Ball the dough up and around, completely covering the marshmallows.
  9. Bake for about 8 minutes, until the cookies are just barely cooked. If you overcook, the marshmallows will melt and dissolve. The cookies will still taste great, but you won’t get the nice white chewy marshmallow center.
  10. Makes about 2 dozen.
Chocolate Walnut Marshmallow Cookies are great… they are crunchy, chewy, and best of all, chocolate-y! Have a milk & cookies party and have fun!
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King of the Forest

One Friday night during our neighborhood children’s classes, we did a puppet play about a new King of the Forest. Each child and all the adults got to be a character. We read out lines and enjoyed the story. When the old King died, guess who became the new King? Check out the story at this link.

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A Jar of Stars…fun for all ages!
Lucky Wishing Stars are the easiest first step to mastering origami. 

Lesson: “Lucky Wishing Stars”

“…make of me a shining lamp and a brilliant star…” 

from a Baha’i Prayer for children 

  1. Open with prayers
  2. Talk about working together for the better good. That we needed to have certain qualities of soul such as truthfulness and trustworthiness. 
  3. Discuss behaviors that we should avoid and behaviors that make us better people. 
  4. You can tell or read the story The Legend of Hoshi and the Lucky Stars.
  5. Follow-up Activity: You can buy precut origami star paper in several sizes with directions at most stationary and craft stores. The larger paper is easier. Practice making a few so you come to class prepared. 
  6. Show your origami stars; let them choose the color and design they prefer from the prepared paper strips; fold; tuck; snip if necessary, then pinch…Voila! You have a 3-D Lucky Star. Too-cute!
  7. The first time will take longer, but in short order everyone will be making these cute little stars in minutes…then on to more difficult origami projects.
  8. Snack – how about some lucky star cookies!
  9. Closing prayer

This lesson and activity took 1 class period, about an hour. We grouped all ages together, younger ones coloring pre-cut paper stars from construction paper then slotted together to form a 3-D freestanding star. We needed heavier paper…but it still worked. Older kids learned to fold origami paper strips and pinch to make lucky origami stars. At first, we were frustrated, then got a hang of it. Just remember, the more stars the better your luck. We worked as a team and make quite a few.

“Truthfulness and trustworthiness involve much more than not telling lies; they embody the overarching capacity to discern, value, and uphold truth itself. Without these spiritual qualities, neither individual nor social progress is possible…is constant effort to develop truthfulness, trustworthiness, and justice, ensuring that they are ever-present in thought and action.”

In Maxie’s Monster and the Jar of Stars*, by Lili Shang, Maxie learns that it is no fun when other don’t trust you. Lying, cheating, stealing are ways to lose friends and respect. Read the story and find out how the origami stars reinforce good behavior. Then, make the Luck Origami Stars with the kids in your classes. 
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Get Kids Eating Veggies!

Thanks Internet!
A choo-choo train of veggie sticks, cherry tomatoes and all things healthy-yummy! It just might do the trick and get your junk-food-meat-and-potato-eaters eating veggies and its fun.
The Base for the Choo-Choo Train
I use cardboard covered with tinfoil (glue 2 or 3 pieces together,  2 feet by 2 feet). Thickness make a base sturdy for carrying. You can decorate the base with something more creative and artificial trees. Lay a plastic train track or draw one with a black marker (if you use a marker, wrap the base with clear seal…toxic marker protection, to be safe).

The Choo-Choo Train’s Box-Cars: 
Cut capsicum, especially the sweet peppers, (red, orange and yellow) to be the box-cars. Box-cars can be cut by removing the top, or slicing off a side. I prefer to slice off the side so that the stem looks like the connector. It’s too cute and a lovely way to present veggie sticks. Wheels on your train will go around and around: cut an English cucumber into coin circles for wheels, 4 per box-car, and attach with toothpicks.

The Cargo:
Cut the flowering stems of cauliflower or broccoli. Then, cut sticks of carrots, cucumbers, celery, mushrooms, and those left over bits of the peppers to fill the box-cars. Make sure cherry tomatoes grace a box-car and any other bite size tidbit like snow peas, etc. Stuff the pepper box-cars and put them on the track. 

Oh, I almost forgot!
Three dips might be nice: simple mayonnaise, blue cheese, sour cream or whatever are your favorites!

Voila! You have your center piece, snack tray or veggie appetizer!
PS I saw a cute train of green paper cups with black paper wheels glued on, that’s a lots cheeper than capsicum. The cups were filled with veggies and finger foods. The engine and caboose were Fisher-Price, but Tomas and Friends would work, too. Cute! OH, there was no track; it sat on the table. It still worked! 

PPS I saw a cute fruit engine made of watermelon for the main base (rectangular cube) and for a red engine. A cylinder of banana sat on on the front half of watermelon base for the engine of the engine. The smoke stack was made of a slice of pineapple with strawberry smoke. For the engineer cabbie, another block of watermelon with 4 toothpicks help up a banana white canopy roof-top. Sliced red grapes made the wheels. A half sliced strawberry was the cow-catcher. Some blueberries decorated the cab. Cute!

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Maxie’s Monster

Maxie’s Monster and the props below were inspired by Danutcha Catriona Singh, Lesson 10 Honesty for Baha’i children’s classes. 

by Lili Shang
Every family has one. Not for long, hopefully. At school, you may have known one. But this story is about a girl who was one. Maxie had been a good girl, but then…

One day, Maxie’s mother went grocery shopping. Maxie was left behind to baby-­sit her little brother, Zac. Maxie was 11 years old. Zac was 3 going on 4. Maxie was great at baby-­sitting her little brother. 

While Mommy was out shopping, Maxie got hungry. She remembered that there were goodies in the pantry. But then, Maxie remembered NO ONE was allowed to eat the goodies without asking. 

“I’ll just take one,” muttered Maxie. “Mommy won’t notice.”

Maxie took one. Then she took a few more until there was only one left. Zac was busy with Thomas and Friends. “No one knows,” she thought. But, Maxie knew and something happened in her tummy.

Pull out the monster face, put it where all can see.

Mommy returned home and started putting the groceries away. She noticed.

“Maxine, what happened to my chocolate chips?” 

Something happened in Maxie’s tummy, again. 

“If I tell the truth, I’ll be punished,” Maxie thought, so she lied. “It was Zac. I had to go to the bathroom. There was only one!”
But, she was late getting back to class and everyone noticed. And when, her teacher asked Maxine, where have you been? Maxie lied again.
Place another tentacle on the monster.
“I will say, I am sorry for hurting you. Is that good?”
Maxie never lied again, or broke the rules, or was mean to her friends…or anyone for that matter. It was just to awful being a monster. And, it was just to hard to make it right. Maxie was radiant!

  1. If you are going to use props, get them ready ahead of time. 
  1. Props help kids understand and remember a story. 
  1. Kids can make the props before the story as a warm up to the story. 
  1. Older kids could make props for a story as a service project for a younger class.
  1. Maxie’s Monster: a paper-plate with a funny, scary face on it.
  1. Tentacles: strips of paper.
  1. Sun: flip side of paper-plate monster colored yellow with a happy face.
  1. Rays: strips of yellow paper (virtues written on them/or kids write a virtue on them)
  1. Character Puppets: Maxie, Zachary, Mommy & Daddy, teacher, friends (Simple stick or finger puppets or TP roll people, will do.) It is helpful to have the kids mime the emotions.
  1. Small toy car (someone can share from home)
  1. A few chocolate chips

Optional: Discuss what Maxie could do to get rid of her monster.

Place a tentacle on the monster.

“Well, that’s unfortunate. I was going to bake cookies. But, it’s no fun eating chocolate chip cookies without a lot of chips in them. Is it Maxine?”

Maxie sighed as another something happened in her tummy.

The next day, during recess, Maxie wanted a chocolate chip cookie. So, she snuck to the corner store. Of course, she was breaking school rules and another something happened in her tummy

Place another tentacle on the monster. 
“I’ll be back before anyone notices,” she thought. 

Place another tentacle on the monster. 
“I saw Maxie leave the playground,” a boy in Maxie’s class tattled.

Maxie lied again, “My tummy is upset can I go to the nurse’s office, please?”

Place another tentacle on the monster. 

Maxie was getting good at lying. But, she wasn’t good at noticing why she had a funny feeling in her tummy. Lies were the easy way out of trouble and escaping punishment was cool, so she thought. But the more she lied the more she couldn’t remember all her lies. And then, she had terrible jumbled thoughts.

Place another tentacle on the monster. 
The kids at school began to tell on her when she lied or cheated or broke the rules. She was getting quite a reputation. 

“I hate those kids!”  Maxie mumbled. 

Place another tentacle on the monster. 
At home, Zac caught Maxie sneaking chips. So, he tattled. 
Maxie got angry, “Zac just made that up! Everyone wants to get me into trouble!”

Of course, Maxie was lying to herself. And, the monster was getting bigger and bigger. Maxie really felt bad and sad and terrible and no good. 

“Why is every body so mean to me?” Maxie thought feeling very sorry for herself. 

When Mommy wouldn’t trust her, that’s when Maxie noticed her monster. Maxie’s monster filled her body, heart and mind.

Place another tentacle on the monster.

Finally, Maxie knew she was a monster. And, she was so sorry that she went to Mommy to tell the truth. Maxie cried and cried until her eyes hurt and she could hardly breathe. 

Take away a tentacle.

Mommy was happy that Maxie was finally telling the truth and gave her a big hug. Maxie didn’t get into trouble. 

Take away another tentacle.

Mommy asked, “What should you do, Maxie?”
“I’ll stop lying,” said Maxie.
Take away another tentacle. 
“Then, what?”
“I’ll tell the truth,” said Maxie.
Take away another tentacle. 
“Then, what?”
“I’ll stop breaking the rules. I will obey the rules,” said Maxie

Take away another tentacle. 
“Then, what?” 
“I’ll stop being mean,” said Maxie.

Take away another tentacle. 
“And then?”
“I’ll be nice and respectful to my teacher and friends. I’ll be kind and thoughtful, too,” said Maxie.

Take away another tentacle. 
Then, Maxie asked, “Do I have to say how bad I was to everyone?”
“No, Maxie, you talk to God and ask His forgiveness. Being sincerely sorry means you won’t do those things again,” said Mommy.

“Yes, very good,” said Mommy.

Turn the monster over to see a happy sun, 
for pure and goodly deeds, commendable and seemly conduct.

It wasn’t easy for Maxie. It took lots of courage. It took lots of hard work every day. And, it took time. Maxie stop lying to herself and others. She told the truth. And little by little, day by day it got easier. She got stronger. She was a better daughter. She was a better big sister. She was a better friend and a better student. But, she was sincere. She prayed to God to help and she tried and tried again and again. And, then one day it wasn’t so hard.
As Maxie became more truthful and honest, her monster faded away. As long as she told the truth, the monster stayed away. Maxie knew it was much easier to tell the truth and be honest. 

Optional: Sing “Strive” by Joe Crown: “…strive that your actions day by day may be beautiful prayers. Turn towards God, and seek always to do that which is right and noble. Enrich the poor, raise the fallen, comfort the sorrowful, bring healing to the sick, reassure the fearful, rescue the oppressed, bring hope to the hopeless, shelter the destitute!”  (‘Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 82)

Optional: What virtues helped Maxie? As the children offer virtues, place virtue rays around the sun. If the children can’t think of any…help them with a few rays. Older children can write a virtue on the ray before placing it around the sun: courageous, honest, truthful, trustworthy, kind, loving, caring, loyal, ask God for help in prayer, respectful, hardworking, pure hearted…

Maxie would have to stop making excuses for all of her lies. Maxie would have to apologize to those she hurt. Maxie would have to stop breaking the rules at home and school and everywhere. Maxie would have to be honest instead of thinking of ways to get out of trouble. Maxie would have to stop lying to herself and others.

Baha’i Reference: “Bahá’u’lláh prohibits confession to, and seeking absolution of one’s sins from, a human being. Instead one should beg forgiveness from God. In the Tablet of Bishárát, He states that “such confession before people results in one’s humiliation and abasement”, and He affirms that God “wisheth not the humiliation of His servants”.

Little by little, day by day. be honest and kind, 
 Do right and noble actions to have good feelings inside 
Your body, heart and mind!
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