Monday, October 20, 2014

This Week’s Baking

I really enjoy baking with the children.  They have the choice to help so the ones that get involved really want to be there.
This morning we made Pumpkin Buckle from Taste of Home
It is delicious and tastes like pumpkin pie.
I chose this recipe for the pumpkin but also because it has a lot of ingredients which means each child had a lot of turns of scooping, pouring and stirring the ingredients.
This child had her first experience cracking an egg open.  She was nervous about trying so I offered to help.  She was surprised to have egg on her hands after the cracking.
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I’m sure I mentioned before how beneficial it is to have all the parents and grandparents involved in this program.  They know their child the best and are able to step in and help or to stand back and allow their little one to try on their own.
The pumpkin smelled good and was a bright orange colour until we whisked it
with the eggs.
The recipe is made in three levels.  The first is melted butter, the second is the cake batter and the third is the pumpkin.
As I was pouring the pumpkin mix into the pan, the little boy asked if he could taste it.  Since the bowl wasn’t going to be used again I said sure.  I felt pleased that he was adventurous to try and it encouraged the other children to try too.
The recipes take about 50 minutes to cook so I came prepared with a baked Pumpkin Buckle so the children could try it right away.
           As I said, it is delicious.  Finger licking delicious.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sticky Leaf Bracelets

Duct tape and a stroll in the woods made for an adventure in bracelet making. 
Wrap a piece of very sticky tape, like duct tape, around your wrist with the sticky side facing out then head outside.
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You don’t need a forest to make a sticky bracelet but we have one right behind our school so we went for a walk.
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As we walked we discovered pine cones, ferns, coloured leafs, and sticks that we added to our bracelets.  Finding each item allowed us to identify it and see if it would stick.  The pinecone was the only one that didn’t stay on.

We also saw mushrooms, a squirrel and slugs but left them behind for others to enjoy.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Pom Pom Patterning

Our play tray table this week contained one activity.
A simple activity using egg cartons, pom poms, tongs and pattern cards. 
I found this idea at Ecole Petite Section.
I painted the dots to match the pom pom colours that I had.
The older children caught on to the idea quickly and filled up the cartons.
The younger children enjoyed using the tongs and placing the pom poms in the carton.  With a little help they started to match the colours from the cards
to the pom poms. 
A simpler idea for toddlers would be to paint the inside of the cartons.
I'll try that another time.