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!
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”
Our Cart Mill gardeners have been so excited to look after and water our plants and to see how much they have grown over the last few weeks!
We decided that our plants had grown so much that there was no more room for them in their pots! We could even see the roots popping our the bottom of the pot!
We lifted our plants out very carefully and discussed that we had to be very careful not to damage the roots so that the plant keeps growing.
We remembered that we needed to put some compost in our new pots and make a whole to pop our plant in. We carefully put the plants in and carefully “tucked them in”. Then we gave them a big drink of water before we popped them back in the greenhouse to keep them warm.
Our tomato plants have grown so tall that we needed to pop them into a bigger pot. We used a bamboo cane and tied the tomato plant on so that it grows “tall and it doesn’t break”. The plants were so heavy but we managed to carry them carefully to our greenhouse.
We can’t wait until our vegetables are ready so that we can have them for our snack!
In the home room we are learning to make our own homemade Vegan Scones.
Following on from the play dough the children wanted to make scones.
We found a recipe that suits everyone in the nursery and are learning to follow the recipe to make our own scones.
We are measuring out the flour using weighing scales. We need to make sure the scales say 300 grams.
We added bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, salt, sugar vegetable oil and 100ml of oat milk.
Sharon preheated the oven to 160 degrees.
We mixed all the dried ingredients together and then added oil before slowly adding milk to make sure it doesn’t become too sticky.
Once we placed the ingredients on a floured surface, we began to knead the mixture.
We then took a rolling pin and rolled them out until they were 3cm thick.
The scones were baked in the oven until they were golden brown which took about 15-18 minutes.
The children would like to show you around our home room in our nursery and all the wonderful experiences we have.
”Fiona reads us stories, this one is about the zoo animals”
In our small world area, the children were showing Linzi how to build a train track going to the fairy village.
In our home room, we have a kitchen and a living room area. The boys and girls enjoy engaging in role play and imaginative play where they cook the dinner for their babies and talk on the phone to their mums and dads.
The children are role playing a real life scenario in our kitchen area.. Deciding what is for dinner!! Does this happen in your house too?
Here is where we have snack in the home room… Today we are having banana, apples and crumpets.. Yummy!!