Wordstir Family Game

Wordstir Family Game

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Wordstir Instructions

Give clues to get your family to guess the word on each card. Crossed-out words are off limits! Don’t miss out on the fun: Subscribe to our monthly kits to receive new playing cards each month.

Time: 5 min+   Players: 2+

Rounds: 1 min per card. The game ends when each person has taken the same number of turns and there isn’t an equal number of cards per player left. When the correct word is guessed, the other person or team starts their turn. If no one guesses the word, or an unsayable word is used, the card is either lost or goes back into play, depending on the number of players.

Scoring: If someone guesses your word, you earn a point. The person or team with the most words guessed correctly by others wins!

Turns:

2 people: One person draws a card and tries to get the other to guess the word. Losing a card will be on the honor system. Roles are then swapped.

3 people: One person draws a card and tries to get the player on their right to guess. The next person will give the clues to the player on their right, and so on. The person sitting out each round keeps the time and buzzes if a forbidden word is used.   

4+ people: Divide into teams. One player from Team A selects a card and tries to get their teammates to guess the word. Team B will keep the time and must buzz Team A’s clue-giver if a banned word is used. Team B draws the next card and the roles are swapped. If there is an odd number of players, someone on the smaller team will be the clue-giver twice.

How to Grate Fresh Ginger

A Chef’s Secret: How to Grate Fresh Ginger

Introduce your young chefs to ginger, a zesty ingredient that will give a boost of flavor to any dish. This all-star ingredient featured in our Bento Box kit pairs perfectly with Asian dishes, like our Oodles of Noodles and Baked Salmon. Here’s a pro tip: you can also add it to any entrees, smoothies and drinks, or desserts for an added kick! 

Ginger might appear intimidating, but it’s simple to prepare. A grown-up can help peel with a veggie peeler, then simply rub the ginger against the shell of our Turtle Grater, or a standard grater. Depending on the recipe, you may also dice up the ginger root with a paring knife.

This plant is chock-full of benefits, it’s practically medicine. It can help reduce nausea, soothe tummy troubles, and boost immunity. Who knew something so tasty could be good for you! 

If you’re looking for other ways to lend some Asian flair to your dishes, consider these delicious add-ins: bok choy, tofu, mirin, miso, sesame oil, bean sprouts, or nori (seaweed). Don’t forget to subscribe to our monthly kits for more tips on how to cook up culture right in your kitchen!

Dining In

Fancy it up! You don’t need to dine out at a French restaurant for a grand dinner.

Here are our top Kidstir tips for having a restaurant experience at home and turning any simple meal into a special occasion. Making a meal feel a little fancy is a great way to bond, teach manners and celebrate a great day. 

Start by getting your little one excited. They can write out a menu of what they are making — picture menus work too! Next, set the table, and fold napkins just like how they do it at restaurants. Now the important question: what’s for dinner? You could cook up this month’s kit, or prepare a Kidstir classic. You’ll feel like five stars making our Baked Salmon or Pasta Caprese

After you’re done cooking, everyone dresses up and comes to the table in style. Turn on music, light some candles, and say “Cheers!” For a cherry on top, add a vase of flowers, and serve on your best plates. Remember, use your best table manners: say “please” and “thank you,” and kiss the cook!

It’s great to slow down and celebrate the little things. You could toast a day of chores well done, a new skill learned, or a scholastic achievement. You could even encourage good habits — like letting your little chef host a meal when they finish a book and having them tell you all about it over dinner! By taking the time to acknowledge these moments, you motivate good behavior and create great memories for the whole family.

80’s Night! Dietary Modifications

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Do you need dietary modifications to one of the recipes in our July 2020 80’s Night! kit? Check out the suggestions below:

Shake Shake Chicken

  1. Vegetarian and Vegan
    • Replace Drumsticks with Vegan Chicken cutlets like Quorn

Broccoli and Cheese Sauce

  1. Dairy Free
    • Replace butter with a dairy free alternative like Earth’s Best
    • Use a dairy free alternative to milk like Coconut, Almond, Oat or Soy milk
    • Instead of cheese you can use ¼ cup nutritional yeast
    • Add flavorings of your choice like ⅛ tsp Garlic, Onion and Mustard powders to taste
  1. Gluten Free
    • Replace flour with a Gluten free alternative
  1. Vegan
    • Replace butter with a dairy free alternative like Earth’s Best
    • Use a dairy free alternative to milk like Coconut, Almond, Oat or Soy milk
    • Instead of cheese you can use ¼ cup nutritional yeast
    • Add flavorings of your choice like ⅛ tsp Garlic, Onion and Mustard powders to taste

 

Orange Dreamsicles

  1. Dairy Free
    • Use a dairy free cream alternative like Coconut Cream
  1. Vegan
    • Use a dairy free cream alternative like Coconut Cream

Tartar Sauce

  1. Vegan
    • Replace regular mayonnaise with a vegan alternative such as Hellmann’s Vegan Mayo

Sweet Shades

Photo of Sweet Shades

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Make your own ‘80s sunglasses! Get creative with markers or paint—then cut along the dotted lines! Slide your glasses on, snap a pic with your favorite ’80s Night recipe, and upload it on social media with the hashtag #kidstir for a chance to win prizes!

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Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted Cauliflower

There’s something satisfying about tossing in a whole head of cauliflower to roast in the oven! Serve this impressive (and surprisingly easy) side dish in steak slices, or dig in with a fork and knife for a hearty vegetarian meal.

Rethink Your Drink!

Use the “Download Here” link above to print out a nice version of the sugar estimation formula included below:

Rethink Your Drink!

Before you grab a bottled drink, look out for hidden sugar on the label. The more sugar you drink, the less hungry you’ll be for good foods (like veggies, protein, and whole grains).

4 grams of sugar = 1 teaspoon of sugar
Look at the typical amount of sugar in the drinks below. Color one spoon for every teaspoon. Then check the labels of other drinks. You’ll find that content varies by flavor, ingredients, brands, and serving size!

  • Cola – 10 teaspoons (40 grams)
  • Sports drink – 5 teaspoons (20 grams)
  • Juice box – 7 teaspoons (28 grams)
  • Total # grams divided by 4 = ____ teaspoons