January in Utah is not enjoyable. The temperatures can be frigid, and air becomes trapped creating a smoggy, foggy inversion that brings red air alerts and days spent inside. The kids get tired of being inside very quickly.
Reading and education is important to our family. But making reading and winter time fun? Not fun. They bore very quickly of the same reading tent or PJ themed reading days.
One of my favorite activities with my kids when my kids were in preschool and kindergarten was to connect reading with cooking. Making baked doughnuts after reading Imogene's Antlers and putting them on a skewer stick to eat, making ants on a log after reading The Ants Go Marching. You name it, we did it. Our kids developed a love for reading and healthy cooking. I wanted to find a way to carry on the excitement of reading not only in their early years, but through the elementary years and beyond as well.
I owe this idea to my son, who just finished reading "The Diary of a Wimpy Kid" for the first time now that he is in second grade and reading longer chapter books. He came out one night after reading holding this piece of paper and said, "Mom, we HAVE to make this!"
It's called "The Rowley." There was just one problem. Rowley's sandwich isn't the healthiest. White bread, pepperoni, and cheese? Oh my! So we cleaned up the sandwich a little bit and helped Rowley out. Now he has lot's more energy for this:
We LOVED our Rowley sandwiches. The combination was delicious and my son asks for a "Rowley" every night now. Hopefully this will inspire you and your family to read and enjoy a fun and healthy activity together.