Camp Little Victors Recipe: Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

chocolate zucchini muffinsDelicious chocolate muffins are a great snack, dessert or potluck pleaser.

And the one thing that can make chocolate muffins better is finding a way to make them healthier AND even more tasty and moist!

This veggied-up take on chocolate muffins from Chef Rebecca Wauldron of Busch’s Fresh Food Markets is the perfect way to use up extra zucchini from your garden this summer.

Watch Chef Rebecca and her Camp Little Victors assistant, Lauren, whip up a batch, then check out the recipe below and enter our $50 Busch’s Fresh Food Markets gift card giveaway!


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Counting colors…and other fun survey activities for kids!

mott blog - survey graphic 2Three-year-old Amelie Strzalkowski, a neuro-oncology patient at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, loves colors and likes to ask others what their favorite color is. She and her mom keep track of all the answers they get and then Amelie’s 6-year-old sister Anya creates a chart tracking all the responses. It’s a super fun way for the family to engage with others throughout the day and allows them to work on a little project together.

Try creating your own chart or graph at home. Survey activities for kids can be fun, easy and educational. Let your child pick any topic, it can be something like Amelie’s, where she asks others for a response (what’s your favorite animal, favorite food, color of their bedroom…) or it can involve counting objects (the number of red/blue/green objects in the kitchen, the color of houses on your street, number of circles, squares/triangle-shaped objects in the living room…). The options are limitless and your child can probably think of some fun stuff he or she wants to count.

When doing your counting or tracking of answers, teach your child to make a tally sheet. That’s a simple grid that has the item you are tracking down the side and then a spot to mark a tally every time you find one or the answer is given. Add a number column where can total up the tallies.

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Yoga for Kids, Part II

Yoga is great exercise for all ages, but the earlier kids start the earlier they can start enjoying the life-long benefits. Specifically, yoga for kids can help them preserve physical flexibility and develop mind and body wellness lessons that they can carry well into adulthood.

And the best part is, many of the moves we recommend for your kids are great exercise for you to do right alongside them!

So grab your yoga mats and let’s get started.  Watch physical therapist Kendra VanWasshenova and her assistants Michael and Elena demonstrate a kid-friendly yoga workout in the below video.

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Show us your art, and help Save A Heart!

save a heart - call for artists facebookWe have big plans in store for this year’s annual Save A Heart celebration, and we need your help!

Part of this year’s celebration will be a one-of-a-kind art display and auction to raise funds for the important work made possible through our Save A Heart fund. Your Little Victor could be one of our featured artists!

To be considered for one of a limited number of selected artist roles, please email a sample of your child’s artwork to dawilkin@med.umich.edu by August 22. Please include the child’s full name, age, and up to 75 words about your child’s CHD journey. You can send a scanned in image of your child’s artwork or a photo of your child’s artwork.

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Coordination exercises for kids

Exercises to improve coordinationCoordination has a critical role in a child’s skill level in a number of activities as they grow and develop – ranging from performance in sports to academic performance and even attitudes about school and education.

You’ll find there are many ways to help your child refine his or her coordination skills in day to day activities, but there are also some ways to work on coordination that come in the form of fun activities!

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Camp Little Victors Recipe: Asian noodles with chicken

Asian noodles with chickenYour kids will love this slurpable specialty!

Noodles are always fun, and this recipe also gives you a way to work delicious summer vegetables into the menu.

Without too much mess or trouble, you can even get your kids involved in mixing up all the ingredients in this easy recipe for asian noodles with chicken from Rebecca Wauldron, Executive Chef at Busch’s Fresh Food Markets. 

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