MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM: Homemade Pretzels & Kids and Money

March 18, 2012 at 6:32 pm Leave a comment

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This week on MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM, we talked about making pretzels at home (fun!) and teaching kids about money.

Homemade Pretzels

Making homemade pretzels is the best cooking craft ever!   Go online to find a recipe you like – there are many different variations – but essentially you make a dough from yeast, water, flour, and brown sugar.  Let the dough rise an hour and then make your pretzels.

This baking craft is very tactile and it’s done in stages so kids can help mix the dough, go play for an hour, then come back and make the strings to twist into shapes.  The final step before baking is to dunk the uncooked pretzel in a baking powder and water solution.  Put the shape on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 10 minutes.

Brush melted butter on top of the cooked pretzels and sprinkle cinnamon sugar or Kosher salt on top.  Eat warm!   So good!

Kids and Money

Last week, I talked with HarborOne U in Mansfield, Mass. about its free kids and money class called, Piggy Bankers.  It’s a 4 week class that teaches kids ages 4 and older about money.  The class is done in conjunction with Self Help Inc./Coordinated Family & Community Engagement.

It’s a great idea and I like how they break down the 4 week classes into topics such as saving money and the cost of grocery story items. At the end of the session, parents can open a bank account for their kids and receive 5 dollars to put into the account.

In classes for older kids, HarborOne U talks about jobs kids can get after school, how coupons work and much more.

HarborOne U also has tips for parents opening bank accounts for kids:  Look for accounts that have no fees and pay an interest rate.  And, look for banks that offer a cash incentive for opening the account.  Smart sense (cents)!

HarborOne U offers lessons for special, small groups such as Boys and Girls Scouts or families in a neighborhood.  Call Maureen Wilkinson at 508-895-1347 on these types of programs and upcoming Piggy Bankers.  Or, go to: HarborOneU.com.

The next MommaJam LIVE is Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 7:10 a.m. ET.

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