On Wednesday this week the kids had a Father’s Day breakfast at Kindy. Where possible, I like to let them participate in the cooking for events like this as it gives them a sense of pride.
Admittedly doing this before getting ready for school was not one of my brighter ideas… but we not only survived it, we managed to have fun doing it.
(Full Disclosure: Mumma did use her cranky voice once)
I guess what I’m saying is think about the times that are going to be most conducive to cooking for you and your family. That will really reduce any stress around it.
Here’s What We Used:
This is not the traditional scone recipe, but I find it much easier when cooking with kids
- 4 cups self-raising flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup lemonade (Sprite/7 UP/ Schweppes for my American friends)
- 1 cup cream
- 1 tablespoon milk for brushing the tops of the scones
Here’s What We Did:
Step 1: Sift 4 Cups of Flour
Measuring is a great pre-math skill
When you have 2 kids working together they really need to cross the midline… and cooperate. Win/Win
Sifting is so good for developing hand strength needed for writing and other fine motor skills
Step 2: Add 1/2 Cup Caster Sugar
You can start some pre-math skills by showing that 2 half cups are the same as 1 cup
Step 3: Add a Pinch of Salt
Using a salt grinder is one of my favourite activities for bi-lateral coordination
Step 4: Add 1 Cup of Lemonade
After developing their pouring skills while cooking, Mr L & Miss S are now confident pouring their own drinks, or adding milk to cereal
This is one of their favourite parts – seeing the bubbles that are created when they add the lemonade
You can discuss the science behind why we use raising agents in baking, or just let the kids enjoy the vision of the base reacting with the acid
Step 5: Add 1 Cup of Cream
Through experience they have learnt about viscosity of liquids and how careful they have to be based on how “thick” or “thin” the fluid is
If they are interested in science, you could always introduce them to The Sci Guys, and watch a clip about viscosity. If you have younger children, the explanation at the end will most likely be beyond them, but might find they ask interesting questions or would like to undertake a similar experiment at home.
Step 6: Stir and Knead Gently
You can always encourage them on how to grip the spoon, or just let them do this in a way that is natural for them, and over time with exposure they will change their grip
Kneading the dough is a great way to interact with the food and help with sensory integration. If you have a child that is concerned about getting their hands dirty, consider spraying their hands with cooking spray first (if they’ll tolerate that texture better)
Step 7: Roll out the Dough and Cut Circles
This is her favourite activity
We used glasses to cut the circles so they could really lean into it
This shows one of the things I love most about cooking with kids. With no pressure on them, they may even want to try the food along the way!!!
This simple aspect of the activity uses loads of developmental skills
Executive function, gross motor, fine motor, core work, crossing the midline and bi-lateral coordination all come into play
Step 8: Brush the Tops of the Scones with Milk
Yet another example of viscosity and how quickly or slowly the liquid comes out when they pour
Miss S was too busy eating to “paint” the scones. Mr L really enjoyed this aspect though
Bake at 200 C / 390 F for 10 – 15 minutes (until golden)
Serve with Jam and Cream: Enjoy!