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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

Play dough Play

Who doesn’t love a bit of playdough play? It’s squishy, it’s squashy but most of all it’s fun!

During these challenging times playdough can be the  perfect play experience to calm your child from noisy play into quiet time,

Here are some other ways that playdough exploration can develop your child’s learning……

  • Develops Fine Motor Control- Before they learn to write, children need to develop their finger muscles, strength  and control. During playdough play, children will mould, flatten , squish pinch, break and roll the playdough, all the while developing finger muscles they need to help them hold a pencil correctly.
  • Develops vocabulary-As your child creates and explores with the playdough, they will form new ideas and concepts. Through  this process they will learn new words such as squeeze, roll, flatten etc as well as words describing what they are doing.
  • Encourages Creativity –Playdough is a blank canvas waiting to be moulded into  a unique  creation by your child. Exploring playdough will encourage your child’s creativity as they mould and create from an image they hold mentally into a masterpiece.
  • Numeracy Skills-Following a playdough recipe where your child will measure out the correct amount of ingredients is the perfect opportunity for them to develop their counting and measuring skills.

Playdough is very easy to make! Below I have included a link for some easy non cook playdough.

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/playdough-recipe

Changing the texture or adding different smells to can enhance the sensory experience for your child. Here are some ideas…

Adding some herbs and spices

https://craftulate.com/homemade-herb-and-spice-play-dough/

Adding some shaving foam and corn starch to make some foam dough

http://earlylearning.momtrusted.com/2013/05/foam-dough-shaving-cream-corn-starch/

Our children at Cart Mill love when we add different resources to their playdough to explore with. Here are some ‘playdough invitations’ to play…..

Adding different household objects to imprint into the playdough is a great way to explore pattern and texture.

 

Adding some nature to explore. Flowers have the added bonus of making your playdough smell nice!

Getting creative by adding marker pens….

As always please keep in mind any allergies your child has when  making additions to your playdough fun.

Please share with us any fun playdough experiences you have done via our twitter page.

Bookbug at Home

Hello everyone, hello everyone glad that you could come!

Everyone enjoys a Bookbug session did you know you can download the Bookbug app to do your own sessions at home.

Children love stories and singing this helps to support your child’s language, learning and social skills.


Why not try it today, there is a great selection of songs on the app in both English and Gaelic if your feeling brave.


In these unusual times just have fun with it.

Goodbye everyone, goodbye everyone glad that you could come!

Button’s BIG Adventure

Our World Book Month celebrations continued today when one of our parents Lizzie Finnigan came in to share her new story Button’s BIG Adventure with  the children.

Button’s BIG Adventure tells the story of a button who gets lost when he falls off a little girl’s jacket and meets lots of different characters along the way in his journey to be found!

Our adventure with Button began when Lizzie realised one of her three lovely yellow buttons was missing from her cardigan!

We all began to look for Lizzie’s yellow button around the nursery. We had to look high and look low!
Luckily we finally found her button hiding in the kitchen! We were ready to start our story.

Lizzie read us the story of Button’s BIG Adventure, introducing us to all the different characters that Button met along the way.

Some of the characters were a boy with a kite, a Granny with a dog and a mermaid!

After she had finished reading the story, we shared some of our favourite parts of the story with Lizzie. She told us her favourite part was when the button twirled and whirled round and round and she even taught us the dance she had made up ! We had a great time whirling and twirling up and down and round and round just like the Button!

Thank you so much to Lizzie for visiting us and sharing her wonderful story with us. We had an awesome time!

Iceberg Ahoy

The children were exploring different textures in the water tray today. We had some gooey red jelly and bicarbonate of soda fizzy ice as well as some fluffy frozen shaving foam.

The children loved feeling the different textures. They were able to use great descriptive words. They could see the bicarbonate ‘bubble’ when it came in contact with the jelly. The ice was SO cold and the shaving foam was like ‘snow’. Then one child said “it’s a big iceberg!” We all watched the iceberg float around our jelly sea before it slowly melted.

Ice Science

This morning the children set up an experiment to explore the effects different materials would have on ice “It’s cold” .

Pouring in bicarbonate of soda

They added room temperature water, salt and bicarbonate of soda to separate bowls of ice and guessed what would happen. “It melts with salt because one day my Mum put salt on ice and it melt so fast” .

Casting our vote

We used counters to record what we thought, “soda will melt”.

Using our magnifying glass to get a closer look

The children watched and waited to see what would happen “it’s melting and filling up, it might go over”

The children used descriptive language to explain what they saw “the purple one is bumpy” and “The green one is smooth”.

Look what happened

The water melted the ice fastest today but the salt was a close second.

Apple printing!

The toddlers have a fantastic new tree inside their playroom. They decided it should become an apple tree with lots of green and red apples on it. We used cut apples dipped in paint to create some lovely apple prints. We discussed the different parts of an apple and that the stem is what holds the apple to the tree. Some children wanted to add brown stems to their prints. We were surprised to find out that the stem is the only bit of an apple you can’t eat!! The children are looking forward to cutting out their apples and hanging them to our tree once they dry.