Poetry Contests


If you head out for a family outing, don’t forget to pack a snack along with lots of water!   Snacks help to keep you fueled up and ready to have fun in the sun!  Here are a couple of snacks that are perfect to pack up and enjoy outside.

Chicken Feed 

A Snack to Take on a Hike!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups toasted oat cereal
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 cup small chocolate candies (such as M&M’s®)

Directions: Remember to Wash Your Hands!

1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir gently.
2. Serve in paper cups or small bags.

Helpful Hints:

Individual bowls of ingredients can be set up, and children can take one spoonful of the ones they want to eat in their cup. They may go through the line again after everyone has been through once.

Power Bites

A backpack snack!

 Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup grated carrots
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup oats (quick or old fashioned)
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, optional
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins 

Directions: Remember to Wash Your Hands!

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and lightly coat 9×9-inch pan with cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, applesauce, egg, vanilla and carrots.
3. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
4. Pour mixture into prepared pan.
5. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown around edges. Let cool and cut into bars.

Helpful Hints:

Power Bites are low in fat and high in healthy ingredients. There’s
fruit — applesauce and raisins; vegetables — carrots; and whole grains — oatmeal and whole wheat. Individually wrap Power Bites to take on a hike for energy along the way.

Cooking is a math lesson right in the kitchen. How do you measure 3/4 cup carrots? (Use a 1/4 cup and 1/2 cup measure.) Stir flour before spooning into the cup and leveling off for accurate measure. Use a ruler to measure baking dishes to find one that is 9 inches square. This recipe makes 18 bars about 3×2 inches each. How will you cut the bars in the dish? ( Six bars one way by 3 bars the other way will make 18.)

Safety Tip:

Just as important as washing your hands before cooking is cleaning the countertops. The best way to sanitize the kitchen counter is to put 1 teaspoon bleach in a quart spray bottle of water. Spray the counter, wipe with a paper towel and then throw the towel away. Change the water in the spray bottle daily.

Grating carrots is a fun cooking experience for kids, but it can also be a real “knuckle-scraper.” Adult supervision and “how-to” instructions are important for kids.

You can find more Kids a Cooking Recipies at: www.kidsacooking.ksu.edu

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Did you attend a g2g Outside event this summer?  Post an entry to one of the contests?

  • SHOWCASE:  A showcase of all the wonderful g2g Outside photo and material entries will be displayed at the Sedgwick County Extension building beginning August 14th through September.  To view the entries and photos from the summer’s events just walk along the hallway adjacent to the large 4-H Hall.
  • PRIZES:  If you attended ANY event or entered ANY contest, you are automatically entered into the final drawing for prizes.  No need to be present to win, we’ll let you know if your name was drawn!  Special thanks to all the prize donors for 2009 – Sedgwick County Zoo, Botanica, Coleman, KDWP, Sedgwick County Extension Service, and the g2g Outside volunteers!
  • BLOG:  Keep checking the blog – we’ll be posting throughout the fall, winter, and spring with new outdoor activities and information on upcoming events.  Watch for new g2g Outside contests and “Play in the Park” dates come summer 2010!

The deadline for contest entries has been extended!!  You are now able to work a little longer on your photos, poetry, family memory book, outdoor play log, and family art submissions!  Don’t forget to turn in your g2g Outside contest entries by 5pm on Friday, August 7, 2009 with the g2g Outside Registration form

Every submission will earn you a chance to win the grand prize drawing for a year-long family membership to the Sedgwick County Zoo!

We have our first family memory book turned in, and we are excited to see more!  View all entries at the g2g Outside Showcase on Saturday, August 15, 2009 from 8 am – 12 pm.   The grand prize drawing will take place at 11 am.

g2g Outside Logo

THEME OF THE WEEK: Landscapes

Don’t be shy!  Perhaps you poets need some inspiration?  Check out this haiku I found and try your hand at creating your own! 

Poem Illustration

following the bee
from one lilac to the next
curious toddler

(VERSE) Will Brideau, grade 9
(PICTURE) Eric Santiago, grade 10

Simply email a poem related to the theme of the week and the completed g2g Outside Contest Registration Form to us at g2goutside@gmail.com or bring a legible hand-written copy to the Sedgwick County Extension Office by this Friday, June 12 at 12 p.m. The best 3 poems will be posted to the blog on Friday afternoon, and everyone can vote for their favorite. The winning poems will be displayed at the g2g Outside Showcase on August 15 and entered into a drawing for the grand prize! Happy writing!!

THEME OF THE WEEK: Outdoor Activities

The Poetry Contest is kicking off this week, and it’s extremely easy to participate!   Let nature inspire your creative writing.  Simply email a poem related to the theme of the week and the completed g2g Outside Contest Registration Form to us at g2goutside@gmail.com or bring a legible hand-written copy to the Sedgwick County Extension Office by this Friday, June 5 at 12 p.m.

The best 3 poems will be posted to the blog on Friday afternoon, and everyone can vote for their favorite. The winning poems will be displayed at the g2g Outside Showcase on August 15 and entered into a drawing for the grand prize!  Happy writing!!