Archive for January, 2011

The “Can Do” Kids Know at Home Fire Safety; Do You?

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Take the quiz below with a parent and see how much you know about what to do in case of a home fire.

The Home Fire Safety Quiz Part 1

1.       Does your family have a plan for being safe if a fire broke out in your house/apt?__________

2.       How will you get out of the house/apt?__________________________________________

3.       Do you have at least two ways of getting out of the house/apt to safety?

4.       Where will you meet up with your family?________________________________________

Part 2

5.       Circle where you need smoke detectors in your home:  top of stairs   bedrooms   basement  closet   back door

6.       Circle how often you need to test you smoke alarms: 1x a wk  1x a month  1x every 6 mos.

7.       Circle how often you need to change the batteries in your smoke alarms: 1x per mo.  1x per year

8.       Where do you need a fire extinguisher?____________________________________________

9.       Do you need/can you use a ladder rope to get to safety?______________________________

10.   What room(s) need a ladder rope?________________________________________________

11.   Do you practice home fire drills?__________________________________________________

12.   Why is having a fire drill in the evening the best time to have a drill?_____________________

Be sure to check our next post when we look at how you can help to keep your home or apartment safe by finding and fixing any fire hazards you might have in your home.


Painting with Pudding

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

Bobby, Kathy and Annie were all set to spend the afternoon at Grandma Maureen’s using the paint by numbers kits that she gave them for Christmas. Then Grandma Maureen reminded them that their young cousin, Billy was coming over and they needed to mind him while she made supper. “Oh no,” said Bobby, ” He’s too little to have around while we paint. He’ll ruin everything”! Kathy said, “It’s not fair Grandma. Billy gets into everything.”

Grandma said, “Fair or not, he’s coming. Let’s figure out what we can give him to do.” Annie said, “I know, I know what he can do and we can all still paint. Remember when were toddlers and you let us paint with pudding, Grandma Maureen”? Grandma Maureen smiled and said, “Great idea, Annie. Let’s cover the dining room table with a plastic cloth and then you can get out the construction paper.”

When Billy arrived, Bobby told him how they were all going to paint, even him. Billy was thrilled. Grandma Maureen brought in a box of instant vanilla pudding, a large bowl and two cups of milk. Kathy helped Billy pour the milk.  Annie helped him mix the pudding until it got thick. Kathy set out four small bowls and guided Billy’s hand as he scooped pudding into each bowl.

Billy got to choose the colors he wanted from the bottles of food coloring…red, green,yellow and orange. Bobby helped him squeeze just the right amount of coloring in each dish of pudding and stir the pudding in each bowl until it was just the right color.

Grandma asked Annie to draw or trace an outline of some things that Billy could fill in with pudding paint.

It was a great afternoon! Billy loved painting at the table with the other kids and didn’t pester them while they painted.

Most importantly, when he put the pudding paint in his mouth, no problem!


Chef Raquel Surprises the “Can Do” Kids Cooking Club

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

The “Can Do” Street Cooking Club got a wonderful surprise when they met over Christmas vacation at the community center. Chef Raquel came to help them with a recipe they can do with a parent, grandparent or other adult. Together they made pumpkin brioche french toast. Then came the best part…they got to eat it! Then came clean up, not much fun but necessary.

Here is the recipe in case you and a family member want to make it at home:

Frosty Pumpkin French Toast:


4 slices of Brioche or Challah Bread, sliced thick

¼ cup of milk, whole or 2%

¼ cup of heavy cream

3 tbs. of pumpkin puree

2 eggs, large

1 tbs. of granulated sugar or light brown sugar

1/8 tsp. cinnamon

1/8 tsp. of salt, fine sea salt or kosher

½ tsp. vanilla extract

1-2  tbs. of butter, unsalted

confectionary sugar, for dusting

maple syrup, optional


1.   Child(ren) can help make custard by mixing eggs, milk, cream, pumpkin puree, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and salt in a medium bowl.  Whisk to combine.

2.      Adult preheats a pan or skillet, adds  butter and allows to foam.

3.      Adult can supervise and assist  child dipping bread into custard, coating both sides well and put in pan.  Allow to brown, turn over. Repeat with remaining bread.

4.       Child can dust warm French toast with confectionery sugar.  Drizzle with maple syrup.

Chef’s Notes:

Substitute cinnamon for cardamom to change it up.

Eliminate pumpkin puree and replace vanilla extract for almond extract.  Top French toast with sliced almonds before adding to skillet.

Chef Raquel teaches classes in the NYC public school system and is part of Chefs Move to Schools” program, which is a part of the “Let’s Move!” campaign to end the epidemic of childhood obesity. The program pair chefs with schools across the country to help teach kids healthy habits.

Chef Raquel will be a regular contributor to the parent/teacher blog on “Can Do” Street. Look for her recipes in the Recipes section of the pull down menu. to learn more about her, visit her site: