Category Archives: Snack

Fruit skewers anyone…..

In the toddlers today we decided to make fruit skewers today. We were able to focus on colours, patterns, taste, numeracy as well as developing our fine motor skills.


Firstly, we washed our fruit

We picked from a selection of strawberries, apples, grapes and bananas

We used our fingers to carefully thread the fruit onto our skewers creating patterns


It can be quite tricky but we all persevered


The fruit is very tasty

Happy children enjoying their snack 😁

Making yummy little banana cakes 😁


The toddlers decided they would like to make some banana cakes for their snack.  Great for developing fine motor skills practice following instructions and turn taking and also introducing new words. First we mashed up our banana. “It’s squishy and cold”


Next we measured out our flour and baking powder using the scales. ” I can see the numbers going up”  “I see number 3 that’s my age “


 “I need to measure how much I put in”


Next comes the egg I“ you need to put two in “

Into the oven. I “ These will be tasty” I can’t wait for snack” A“I wonder if I will be able to taste the banana “ “ How long do we need to put them in for”The children were great at waiting for their turn to add the ingredients. They worked together to guess which ingredient would be added next. They were very enthusiastic about making the cakes and looking forward to seeing and tasting the finished banana cake.

Fruit Smoothies :)

The children in the home room asked to make some fruit smoothies.

So we searched for a recipe on the computer and the children made a list of ingredients.

  • 15 Strawberries
  • 2 Banana’s
  • 250ml Orange juice

We collected:

  •  Large mixing bowl
  • Chopping board
  • Sharp Knife (for adult)
  • Hand blender
  • Measuring jug

We spoke about the dangers when using our equipment and how to be safe using it.

“First we need to chop the fruit up and add it to the bowl”

“We need to measure the orange juice,we need a measuring jug”

 

“now blend it together”

The children enjoyed their delicious smoothies and are now going to add the recipe in to our very own Cart mill Recipe book.

 

 

Pasta Party in the Toddler’s! 🎉

Our toddlers have been having lots of fun exploring different foods, smells and textures recently. After our last taster test we explored a variety of different smells in herbs and spices and agreed our favourite was Cajun! We decided to make a nice fragrant Cajun pasta dish together for snack. This gave us the opportunity to engage our senses through different smells and experience exciting  new tastes. Some children loved eating the spring onions and EVERYBODY loved the pasta and even asked for seconds! The children were super helpers and displayed fantastic turn taking. They took turns to measure the chopped tomatoes with tablespoons, chop and mix in all the fresh vegetables for our pasta dish, and whisk our Cajun spice together so that it was nice and smooth. Well done guys!

 

The toddlers make 🍓 jam😍 Yum Yum


Today we asked the toddlers what we could make for our snack using strawberries. T said jam. The toddlers were able to follow  my instructions to make their very own jam to have at snack on a rice cake. We used lots of descriptive language and used our manipulative skills to mash the strawberries. We even  talked about the changes in texture after we mashed  the strawberry.  T “ It’s lumpy “ We discussed what our favourite fruits are and why. C said “I like strawberries best because they are sweet”. H said “she liked banana best because it’s yellow”   T said “I like grapes best” “ B said “apple is his favourite fruit”





H “Can we make a different fruit jam next time”

Vegetable week!

Last week we did fruit tasting with the toddlers, and this week we’re doing vegetable! We all helped to wash, prepare and, most importantly, taste the vegetables together! We discovered lots of cool shapes which we talked about like the “big long sugar snap peas” and “little circles” on the cucumbers. We noticed the different textures of the vegetables, some were rough and some were smooth.  We also smelled the “stinky radishes” and “spring onions” which had mixed reviews for smell and taste!! Some of the children liked the flavours, and we talked about how, maybe next time we could make pasta or rice using some of the vegetables for a fun snack.

Toddlers explore Fruit

Today the children have enjoyed tasting different types of fruit. We sat together and discussed the different sizes, colours and weights of the fruit . We managed to put the fruit in order from smallest to biggest and the we pointed to the fruits that we knew the name of. We discovered that the biggest one was called a pomegranate and that it tasted yummy!

 


We also tried some lemons and limes!  “don’t like it” some children said , others enjoyed the taste. The favourite was oranges and strawberries. We tried passion fruit it was “yucky”.
The children were very engaged and this gave them the opportunity to socialise and and practise new words and language skills. We look forward to trying lots more foods and tastes another day.

Porridge fun

This week the children have been big helpers, and we even made porridge for snack for our friends! We had lots of fun measuring, mixing and taking turns too. How much milk do we need? Is it cooked enough yet? What does it smell like? Some of the children even mentioned Goldilocks porridge and how it was “too sweet”. We decided that maybe next time we could add raisins or cinnamon instead! Or maybe you can think of something different? Well done everybody, super duper helping!

The toddlers learn how to make their own super tasty vegetable soup.

 

 

The toddlers are growing vegetables in our nursery garden and wondered what they could make with them.  They decided on vegetable soup. We discussed how to use our knives safely when chopping our vegetables. We talked about the different types of vegetables we were using.

The toddlers are Developing essential skills, following instructions, measuring  using fine motor skills developing hand eye coordination learning early maths and science.

Campfire 🔥 and garden snack

Today we made snack for everyone round the campfire.

We had some delicious pancakes which Val very kindly made for us. We had to remember or safety rules round the  fire.

 

“The pancakes were yummy, I had one and some milk”

It’s been a warm day today and we have had lots of opportunities to keep hydrated while out in the garden.


We have had lots of fun in the garden this week with lovely spring sunshine coming out to play with us! Please remember to put sun cream on in the morning before nursery and a bottle of sunscreen in your child’s bag along with a hat. Please label them both.