Curly Crafty Mom: Powder Valley, Museum of Transportation Field Trips and Meal Plan, Week 30

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Powder Valley, Museum of Transportation Field Trips and Meal Plan, Week 30

A few weeks ago, Autumn had her first Kindergarten field trip at Powder Valley. This is a nature reserve with hiking trails and an indoor education center. The forecast called for a beautiful fall day, but it started 'spitting' rain on our way there and didn't stop! Luckily the trees covered most of the rain and we were still able to go out for a little hike. Here is Autumn with her entire class in front of a huge frog.


They did some hopping and crawling activities to act like frogs, toads and salamandors.


They got to watch a frog hop around on the ground. We have three frogs at our house (they are Nathan's), so Autumn wasn't afraid to 'pet' the frog. :)


On the first part of our hike outside, we got to see a frog pond! This is a pond that Powder Valley is trying to set up for the frogs and once nature takes it course, they are planning to let it go on its own. 

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After we got to see the frog pond, each child was given a little container and a shovel to dig up some insects or to find some rocks, little sticks or leaves to put in their container. Autumn found a worm, a roll polly and some other misc. items that didn't move. :)

One boy even found a toad! That made for some big excitement during the field trip! Of course, our education instructor let him go away from the kids, so he wouldn't get stepped on.

Then, the next week Nathan had a field trip at the Museum of Transport. He doesn't have as many field trips as Autumn this year... his next one is in the Spring! We got to go on a train ride, here I am with Nathan and one of his friends from school.

After the train ride, we got to see some old trains... they also had converted one train into a learning center!

Nathan's class got to learn about the history of two railroad companies.

The kids got to break up into groups to build their own bridges! Such a perfect activity for Nathan who loves to build! Then they tested the support of it!

We got to walk through a train that people used to ride, eat and sleep on for several days. Here is Nathan with some of his friends at a table on the train. It was interesting that they had the adult and kids menus out on the table, so you could see the type of food they used to order then.

Nathan on a boat!

And, here is one last photo of Nathan with his friends on the field trip. :)

Are you ready for the meal plan for this week? 

Menu Plan for Week of September 28, 2014:

Sunday - Eat Out

Monday - Chicken a la King (Slow Cooker Recipe), recipe HERE
I am not a huge chicken lover, but the kids love it... so, I am sure they will love this Chicken a la King recipe. It reminds me of chicken pot pie, but with just a biscuit on the bottom.

Tuesday - Simple Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Scrambled Eggs and Fruit, recipe HERE
I am trying another Mix and Match Mama recipe... you know how we love breakfast for dinner around here. :)

Wednesday - Eat Out
Nathan has a meet after school and those usually run late... and, Autumn has dance. SO, we will probably eat dinner on the go this night!

Thursday - Cheesy Potatoes with Smoked Sausage, recipe HERE

Friday - Baked Ravioli, recipe HERE
I made this a few weeks ago and the kids LOVED this... and, it is SO easy to make!

Saturday - Family Pizza/Movie Night and Crescent Roll Smores, recipe HERE
Brian and I are doing a Baby Mania sale in an attempt to get rid of the last bit of clothes, toys, etc. that is hanging around in our basement. I know we will be wiped out after this sale, so a movie on the couch and a little pizza with the kids sounds perfect for Saturday evening! I also want to try a simple dessert, the crescent roll smores... perfect for the fall and I can check off making smores from our fall bucket list!

Weekly Dessert - Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies, recipe HERE
I didn't make this dessert yet, I still haven't found the pumpkin spice instant pudding. Brian suggested adding some pumpkin spice to regular vanilla instant pudding and I may try that instead! I did go back and check out the blog post for this recipe and they said that Wal-Mart carries this pudding mix, so I may look in their seasonal section, too. I just usually shop Target, but I think I can force myself to go to Wal-Mart if there is potential to find pumpkin spice pudding!

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