Category: Cooking

Lockdown Activities: Baking

One look at the baking section in our local supermarket, tells me we are not the only ones to have enjoyed a lot of baking during lockdown! We’ve all heard stories in the last few months about the difficulty of getting hold of flour and eggs and baking ingredients. Luckily, on the times we found what we needed, we had fun with the ingredients making some of our favourite recipes.

We all know that cooking is a great learning experience for children which covers a multitude of learning areas, so whilst it may not have been so good for our waistlines, we can be satisfied in the knowledge that the children were learning!

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Cooking with kids: M&M cookies

The children were really excited to try this M&M cookie mix for their afternoon snack today.

They added butter and water to the mixture and stirred until it formed a stiff dough.

We counted out 8 spoons of cookie mixture on to a baking tray and popped in to the oven for 14 minutes.

Needless to say it was a very popular afternoon snack!

Cooking with kids: Cheese Straws

Not only do the children love cooking and baking here at Aston Childcare, it’s also a great opportunity for them to learn.

Cooking helps children to develop fine motor skills, eye hand coordination, and even early concepts of maths and science.

This particular recipe for Cheese Straws was recommended to me by a parent and is now a firm favourite!

 

 

Cooking with kids: Chocolate crispy cakes

In the Easter Holidays, the children loved decorating their very own aprons and making chocolate crispy cakes, my own childhood favourite!

Cooking with children is not only a fun activity that always goes down well but one that ticks off many areas of learning to boot.

Areas of Learning Covered: Communication and Language, Understanding the World, Literacy, Mathematics, Physical Development, Expressive Arts and Design and Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

Today’s Lunch: Annabel Karmel Tomato and Tuna pasta

One of the things I find challenging as a childminder is consistently coming up with new meal ideas. For the childrens midday hot meals I tend to follow Annabel Karmel recipes as I find them to be easy, tasty and nutritious. Today I gave the Tuna and Tomato pasta sauce a go and served it up with baby pasta shells (Conchigliette).

Today’s taste tester was a 15 month old who polished it off and loved handling the baby pasta shells and popping them in to her mouth. I always find tomato based dishes are popular with babies and the added mascarpone makes it extra tasty whilst the pasta took just 5 minutes to cook.

I was able to make it from ingredients that I mostly had in my store cupboard anyway so by just popping an onion on my shopping list this week it was an easy one to create. I love the fact that many of her meals are freezable too. This works really well for me as I need to batch cook and have meals ready to go especially on busy days when I have a midday pre-school pick up.

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Today’s lunch: Tomato Soup

Cooking with kids: Chocolate Cornflake Cakes

This morning we enjoyed a cooking session and made these easy Chocolate Cornflake Cakes.

“Hand up who likes Cornflakes?” I asked them – their hands shot up in the air, “Hands up who likes Chocolate?” – Again, both hands shot up in the air!

The children (Aged 35 months) lined the cake tin with cases, helped me weigh out the cornflakes, broke up the chocolate into pieces, helped stir the cornflakes, golden syrup and butter on the hob and finally helped combine the mixture with the cornflakes and spoon out in to the individual cake cases.

We had to wait 5 minutes for the mixture to cool down before transferring to the cake cases so to make this wait more fun we turned the 5 minute sand timer over and I told them to watch until all the sand had passed through before we could move on to the next part. This proved a fantastic visual aid that really helped them to wait patiently for the required length of time.

They had great fun and really enjoyed the whole process.

Areas of Learning covered: Communication & Language, Mathematics, Physical Development, Understanding the World and Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Today’s lunch: Annabel Karmel Tomato Soup

Today’s lunch was Tomato Soup from Annabel Karmel’s ‘Feeding your Baby and Toddler’ recipe book. This recipe uses tinned rather than fresh tomatoes making it much quicker and easier to prepare than previous versions I have made that require skinning fresh tomatoes. It is so difficult to get my son to eat any vegetables so the fact that this contains carrots is great. He absolutely loves tomato soup and to hear him say “More soup Mummy” upon finishing is very satisfying! I served this up with wholemeal bread for my youngest mindee (21 month old) and with garlic bread for my son and other mindee who are both nearly 3.

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