Our vegetable patch has been thriving with the slightly warmer weather and it became time for us to use some of the vegetables. We decided to cut the broccoli first as it was close to flowering. Some of the children tasted the broccoli straight from the garden and loved the stronger, fresher flavour. Together we decided that we could make muffins and fortunately Jessica already had a recipe. On Thursday we mashed the broccoli, grated the cheese, measured the ingredients and stirred them together to make the batter for broccoli and cheese muffins. When we tasted them fresh from the oven, the children were pleasantly surprised that they liked the taste. If any parent is wanting an easy recipe to get their children to eat broccoli with only a little bit of sugar (which you could probably substitute out for something else), see Jessica.
Both inside and outside, there has been a lot of construction happening. The children have been building towers inside using the blocks. The kinder rule is that it is not taller than their shoulder and this is observed by the children. It is fantastic to hear the stories that the children come up with about their towers and buildings and it is clear that a lot of thought goes into the process. Outside, the children will make cakes and other food in the sandpit. These often end up being high mountains of sand. As the sandpit is a small space and there are a limited amount of tools, the children must negotiate with each other. This is important for learning social skills to cooperate with others. It is great to hear the children using phrases which the educators and their parents have taught them.
Jessica, Karen and Fiona.