Simple Zoom Treasure Hunt and Simple Oaty Brekkie Bars

Kia ora fam,

Sadly, we’re back in lockdown in Auckland. After an extraordinary 102 days of no community transmission, we had another outbreak reported last Tuesday, so Auckland has been back in lockdown (Level 3) for a week so far, uncertain how long it will be. I have complete confidence in Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who has managed this pandemic with extraordinary foresight, organisation, and compassion. I have confidence that if Kiwis just stay home, wear masks, follow hygiene and track all our essential movements, we’ll be able to squash it again. I can’t say how fortunate I feel to be here.

While we’re back in lockdown, I’ve had the chance to create some remote teaching tools. My tamariki and I did this little Indoor Zoom Treasure Hunt this week, and it was really a hit! There are four quick rounds: Sensory, Maths, Te Reo (Māori language), and World.

You can just scroll through the slides as is with your kids or make a copy to edit for your own class. You can right click (or click with two fingers on a Mac) to duplicate or delete any slide. When the child/ren find an object, you can right click (or click with two fingers on a Mac), click “replace photo,” and change it to a photo from the kid (for tech savvy older kids) or a photo from the internet. (Slides allows you to do this quickly on the same page when you click on “from the web” and type a word, you get photos from Google to insert. It’s pretty quick to do with the kids, I found.) The kids were so cute, running around their house to retrieve as many objects from the challenge as they could find. I work with seven-year-olds, so I kept each round simple and just three items, but you could expand for older kids and just reduce the font size.

While you’re working on your own teaching tools and planning, you need to stay energised! Here are some quick and nutritious Oaty Brekkie Bars I’ve been making, perfect for busy teachers/parents and for kids on the go!

These bars are

chewy,

hearty,

healthy,

easy,

and satisfying.

And of course they are completely unprocessed, gluten-free, plastic-free, and waste-free, and waaaaay less expensive than buying packaged oat bars!

You Need
1 cup oats (half pulverised)
¼ cup dried coconut, ground
⅛ to ¼ cup cocoa powder
just under ½ cup applesauce OR bananas
2 Tbsp chocolate chips or chunks (optional, but really, why not?)
Optional: Nuts or nut butters are a fun mix-in too!

You Do
Pre-heat oven to 190 degrees C. Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly. Bake 25 min or so (longer if you are tripling or quadrupling the recipe, which I ten/10 recommend you do and share with others!) 🌺 Slice, let cool, and serve or freeze for later. ✌️ Consider making lots extra (no extra work) to drop to neighbours or a food bank- that’s what I do now. They freeze well (so no waste!) and are delicious defrosted in the microwave for 30 to 60 seconds. Easy peasy way to help out your community! 💜

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A variation is to make these with ground dried fruit instead of (or hey, in addition to) cocoa powder.

I tried making these without coconut. It works fine, but not nearly as satisfying a texture. They came out more bread-like, which was fine, but not what I was going for.

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