Early Learning Fun with Pistachios

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Pistachio Health Institute. All opinions are authentic and my own. Please see my disclosure policy.

Huh? Early Learning with Pistachios?!

I know – seems weird, right?  But that seems to be the direction our homeschooling is taking.  Finding the learning opportunities in EVERYTHING.  I mean, don’t get me wrong.  We do still use some curriculum and frequent the library.  But we also just talk about and learn from everything around us.  Including our pistachio snack.  I was sent an assortment of seasoned pistachios from The Pistachio Health Institute to try as a healthy snack with the kids.  So I used the healthy snack time for a little pistachio-inspired early learning, too.  Check it out…

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I set up the pistachios on a tray with a three-bowl server, an ice cream scoop, and a measuring spoon and let the kids at it.  I expected them to go at them with the scoops first.  But honestly, they were far more interested in touching them, removing the shells, and eating them.  They had never seen pistachios before.  So I sat with them and explained that a pistachio is actually a seed with a hard shell that grows on a tree.  They proceeded to pretend that they were birds, chipmunks, and other creatures opening and eating their yummy seeds.

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I did get them to take a break in their snacking long enough to do a little math early learning.  We lined them up and counted them.  Then the kids made estimates of how many Pistachios might fit in the scoop and the spoon.  We counted as we filled the scoop and spoon and discovered that the spoon held 1/3 of the Pistachios that the scoop held.  Who knew you could do math with Pistachios?!

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Finally we talked about how the Pistachios are a MUCH healthier snack than their typical favorites (granola bars, crackers, etc.), because they’re natural and full of healthy fiber which helps to keep their bellies feeling full longer.

The Health Benefits of Pistachios

There’s lots of health benefits in Pistachios for us mamas, too.  If you’re looking to get healthier this new year, here’s some great snacking and fitness tips from The Pistachio Health Institute

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And The Pistachio Health Institute is currently running a great contest on their Facebook page, too…

3 winners will receive “Shine like the Stars Sweepstakes” prize packs, which include:

  • (1) Valslides autographed by celebrity fitness trainer, Valerie Waters
  • (1) Valerie Waters workout DVD
  • (1) Valerie Waters workout instructions
  • (1) Pistachio Health tote bag
  • (1) Pistachio Health nut container
  • (3) 8 oz. bags of pistachios
  • (1) $100 VISA Gift Card

To enter, participants must Like the Pistachio Health Institute Facebook page and enter their name, address and contact information here: http://bit.ly/1ccjp8i.

Participants may enter once a day for the duration of the Sweepstakes. The Sweepstakes will end at 3:00 p.m. PDT on Friday, February 14, 2014.

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I’m pretty sure Pistachios are going to be a regular snack around here now.  The kids LOVED them.

Do your kids like Pistachios?  Ever considered some early learning while snacking on them? 

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Pistachio Health Institute. All opinions are authentic and my own. Please see my disclosure policy.

About Krissy Sherman Bonning

Krissy Sherman Bonning is a former art teacher turned homeschooling mama of 3 who authors B-Inspired Mama to share inspiration for simple kids crafts, family recipes, learning fun, and creative parenting.

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