Water fun in the sun

Today in the garden the children had great fun expressing themselves playing with flowing water.

Using their problem solving skills to half fill, fill to the top and overflow with different containers.


They used their imagination to build a slide for the water and fill a “goldfish bowl ”  for the fish.

The children displayed great concentration using the hose to fill the containers without spilling any.

They showed great teamwork helping each other fill containers and jugs using the funnels.

Some very special fun was had holding your finger at the end of the hose to squirt the water everywhere.

I am very pleased to be able to tell you that the children were excellent  at turn taking, well done boys and girls.

Great Cartmill Toddler Bake Off

The children in our toddler room love to bake. They took great interest in a lovely little book in the Home Corner about baking and asked to if they could make some of their favourites.

First, they made some Scones. They all washed their hands before they touched any of the ingredients.

Ingredients:
450g of self raising flour
2 tsp baking powder
50g of caster sugar
100g of soft butter
2 eggs
a little milk.

Method:

Pre heat the oven to 220/200 Fan/Gas 7. The children know that only a grown up should touch the oven as it would become very hot.

Put the flour, baking powder and sugar into a large bowl.

Measure the butter

Now rub the mixture between your fingers till it looks like fine breadcrumbs.

Crack both eggs into a measuring jug and add enough milk to make the mix up to 300ml. Stir, then add the milk and egg mixture to the flour. You may not need all the milk and eggs, the mix should become soft and sticky.

Turn the mixture out onto a table dusted with flour and knead. Press out and, using a cutter, cut into circles, putting them on a lined baking sheet. Cook in the oven till golden brown.

Enjoy your scones with yummy jam warm from the oven.

Next we made some yummy Irish Soda Bread. There are only 5 items needed to make this.

170g of wholemeal flour
170g of plain flour
half a teaspoon of salt
half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
290ml buttermilk

Pre heat the oven to 200/180 Fan/Gas 6.

Measure the two different types of flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda and put into a large bowl.

Add in the carton of buttermilk

Carefully stir the mixture and turn out onto a floured table to knead gently.

J said it was very squishy and sticky

Make into a round dome shape, place on a baking tray ready to go into the oven

All ready for the oven

Cook in the oven till golden brown.

The children learned turn taking and good listening skills. They further developed their fine motor skills and their hand eye co-ordination with measuring, pouring and stirring. Talking with the children and encouraging them to talk to each other about their baking develops social skills giving them the opportunity to learn new words which helps with language development.