Category Archives: Snack

Baking at home with Carly

Hi Everyone Carly here, I hope you are all safe and well. I am missing all your wee faces.

During lockdown I have been trying to improve my baking skills as my area in nursery is the malleable/baking table, the children might know this better as the ‘play dough table’.

I have been using a website called ‘Supercook’ to search for simple recipes. Here you can select the ingredients you already have at home and it will search for recipes to suit the ingredients you selected.

I decided to make a blueberry loaf instead of muffins because I didn’t have a muffin tin. Here is the recipe below;

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups of flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of Salt
2 Eggs
3 table spoons of butter
1 cup of milk
1 1/2 cup of blueberries

Method:
Preheat oven to 190° or gas mark 5 and grease muffin tins very well
Sift dry ingredients together.
Mix the blueberries with a fourth of this mixture.
Beat eggs; add melted butter and milk in a separate bowl
Pour into dry ingredients and stir until there are no large lumps
Fold blueberries in lightly.
Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 15 to 25 minutes, depending on the size of the muffins.

 

 

 

Children learn through play and can gain many skills that benefit them by baking:

Social-Emotional Development: Hands on cooking activities help children develop confidence and skill. Following recipes encourages children to be self directed and independent, it also teaches them to follow directions and develop problem-solving skills.

Physical Development: Fine motor and eye-hand coordination skills are developing by chopping, mixing, squeezing, and spreading.

Cognitive Development: Cooking encourages children’s thinking, problem-solving, and creativity. It also allows children the opportunity to use the knowledge they have and apply it by counting, measuring, following a sequence, following directions, and cause and effect.

Language Development: Cooking offers the opportunity to develop language development by linking it to all other areas, including Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Arts, and Literacy. This is done by encouraging children to talk about what they are doing, counting, and watching materials change colour, texture, and medium.

I have had lots of fun baking and learning new recipes that we can add to our recipe book when all of this is over and we get back to normality. I would love to hear how you are all getting on, keep in contact with us through our twitter.

Take care everyone and stay safe !

 

https://www.supercook.com/#/recipes

Has Spring Sprung?

It was positively springlike in the forest today. There were birds twittering in the trees and horses galloping in the field while the children explored in the sun. We found new trees to climb, developing our gross motor skills as well as developing resilience – “can we be brave and go higher?”
Snack was spent sitting in the sun, socialising with our friends and talking about what else we would like to do at the forest. We have been really lucky with the weather so far, long may it continue.

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Pancake Tuesday!

Today the toddlers were celebrating Pancake Tuesday! They were all very involved in helping to make our egg free pancakes! After hand washing the children helped to weigh and mix the ingredients in a bowl. They all had a turn at stirring the mixture. We then all went to the family room to see the mixture turn into pancakes. The children beautifully sang ‘Pop a Little Pancake’ whilst waiting. The pancakes smelled yummy!! Once back in the playroom the children crushed strawberries to make jam and spread it on their own pancake. We had banana on top too! What a tasty snack! The toddlers gave a big thumbs up to eating fresh pancakes!