This week had a focus on cooking. On Monday we made rice paper rolls and on Thursday we made playdough for kinder. Both of these activities encourage the children to think about the process involved in cooking, along with some science, literacy and mathematics.
We began with making the rice paper rolls on Monday. These were chosen as they are healthy and easy to make, while being something that was potentially a bit different for the children. The children chose which ingredients they would put in their rolls and rolled them themselves. Never ones to be overly patient, they all wanted to eat them straight away, however, we waited until the end of kinder to try them. Some of the children were a bit ambitious in choosing their vegetables and found they did not enjoy them. Others were more conservative and chose only those vegetables which they would eat. When it came time for eating them, most of the children found that the rice paper itself was a strange texture. Thus they ripped open the rice paper like a present and ate the vegetables by hand. Even when they do not like the food as much, the children still enjoy sitting together at the end of the session to eat. This assists in creating a strong sense of community among the children.
On Thursday we made the playdough which we use for a few weeks. The playdough has always simply appeared on the playdough table and it was decided that demonstrating the process Karen and Fiona go through would be beneficial for the children. We sat as a group while Fiona went through her recipe. The children assisted with measuring the ingredients and stirring them to mix together. Then we had a vote on which colour we would use to dye our playdough. We have introduced voting more often lately and this gives the children a sense of fairness as majority wins, along with some control over decisions made within the room. The children chose blue so our playdough was dyed blue. After Fiona heated it on the stovetop, the playdough was ready to play with. There was a rush at the playdough table as everyone wanted a turn. As it so happens, the Koalas make the best playdough!
Finally, we received the Living Eggs delivery on Monday afternoon. This meant that the chicks had all hatched by the time the children arrived on Thursday. We decided on some special rules for behaving around the chicks; quiet voices, hands to ourselves and looking with our eyes, and only two people at a time at the chick table. The children are so excited about the chicks and eagerly await their turn to view them. At the end of the two weeks, we need to find the chicks homes. If anyone is interested, please speak to me at the beginning or end of class – you would need to adopt at least two chicks as they need a little friend.
Jessica, Karen and Fiona