I tried this recipe on picklebums on the very day it was posted. It looked so delicious and fitted well into our pre-activities for Letter T. And…….IT’S EASY FOR COOKING WITH TOTS.
Supplies and Directions: See picklebums
- Various texture (flour, egg, sugar)
- Motor skills (mixing, sieving)
- Vocabulary (e.g.: soft, powdery, coarse, knife, eggs, etc.)
- Practical life (danger of using a knife)
Preparation. When cooking with Tots, I strongly suggest preparing everything you need. You won’t want your Tot playing with that dangerous knife while you grab the flour in your cabinet.
Before I start a major activity, I’ll seat Sweet Butterfly down, talk gently but firmly to her. I will explain what we will be doing, what’s her role and the rules. For this baking session, I explained to her that we would be baking an apple cake. It’s a surprise for Papa. She replied “It’s Papa’s birthday.” I laughed and laughed as she kept repeating this. Apparently, this ‘surprise’ element intrigued her and she was very excited to be involve in preparing the surprise.
Exploring apples. I always let Sweet Butterfly touch and explore the ingredients, except oil (too oily for my liking). We talked about apples too. It’s colour, smell, taste and shape.
Her 1st job: Pass the apples.
I contemplated on chopping all the apples prior to engaging her in the preparation. But decided to chop them in her presence. When using dangerous equipment, I always set the rules before using them. I explained to her the danger of playing with knife. As I cut the apples, I showed her the seeds. You can extend this to seeds counting. I didn’t as I was too busy answering “Why apples have seeds?”, “Why this one has little bit seeds?”, “Why that one has so much seeds?”
We chatted and chatted, as I chopped the apples to pieces, I simply just love this bonding session. Am also surprised at her waiting patiently for the apples to be chopped.
Her 2nd job: Help transfer the chopped apples into the mixing bowl.
She accidentally dropped a small piece of apple on the flour and insisted on cleaning the floor.
Her 3rd job: Mix the apples with cinnamon powder. I discovered she isn’t into cinnamon smell.
Her 4th job: Adding the remaining ingredients and mix. She stirred and stirred. I took a few seconds watching her stirred the mixture. I marvelled at how much she had grown. Images of us cooking and baking together for the many years to come flooded my mind.
She watched as I poured the mixture into the making tray.
This is one easy recipe to cook with Tots. And it’s so delicious. When Papa was back, Sweet Butterfly screamed “Surprise! Happy Birthday! I got surprise for you.”. She truly love preparing surprises.