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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.

How tall is your tower ?

The children were super busy today in the construction area building different sized towers, which they decided to measure using a measuring stick. They worked together to compare the different heights of their buildings, developing their mathematical language and concepts ” tallest and smallest”.

They had so much fun measuring their buildings they decided to measure each other.

“I’m so tall…….all the way to the top”.

Exploring shapes

Today in the discovery room, the children have been exploring shapes in the loose parts and numeracy area. Our learning intention is to be able to identify 2D and some 3D shapes and construct models using them.

The children have particularly shown interest in our magnetic shapes using them to construct their own 3D models and have also took an interest in using loose parts to follow the outline of our large shapes and beginning to identify them.

 

“I don’t know this shape, what is it”? “It is called a hexagon”

“I make a castle with the squares”

 

“I can make a house with the triangles”

What is important to me ?

While working together to make a model of the world the children have been discussing what matters to them.

The children thought that ” it’s important to have friends, kind friends”, “I like to choose what to play” “that I feel safe when I go somewhere new” and that “I like having a happy house” all relevant and important rights to us all.

Here we are developing our fine motor skills by tearing up the newspaper into long strips and applying it to our balloons.

Next we are developing our problem solving skills by building a wooden triangle for the model to sit on “so it will be safe and not roll away”.  Then we are measuring the sticks (maths) and sawing them safely (risk assessment skills) to create a 3d pyramid.

Ta da, our model!

Book Week Scotland

This week the toddlers have been celebrating Book Week Scotland. They have enjoyed singing and dancing to Scottish songs whilst focusing their activities on a book they chose called ‘There was a Wee Lassie who Swallowed a Midgie’!

The children found the story very funny and it created great discussion about all the animals the little girl swallowed! The children noticed the animals were getting bigger each time she ate and enjoyed holding up pictures of each animal as they were mentioned in the story. The children wanted to make green play dough to match the little girls jumper!

They then cut out little figures and using different materials added the midgies in her tummy!! Next, as a sensory experience the children made porridge, adding mixed fruit as the midgies, which they had fun mixing and playing with. This book has proven to be a real favourite in the toddler room.