How can we take one activity and turn it into many?
Today the children at Bonnington Blossoms made their own organic, sourdough raisin buns. Kneading the dough and making designs with the raisins kept them busy for quite some time. They all felt proud of their work when they were finished. Making our own food is a very empowering experience, and children always seem excited to bake or cook when given the opportunity.
However, the fun doesn’t have to end there. Read on for some great ideas on how to extend baking time into more fun activities for your little one(s).
Once all the buns were put aside to rise, there was left over flour on the table. I encouraged the children to draw in the flour and make designs. Flour is a very interesting and unusual art medium to work with. Because the children were drawing with their fingers and feeling the flour as they created, it was quite the sensory experience for everyone.
Each child created their own unique designs. It was easy for them to wipe away a design and make a brand new one. this activity kept them interested and occupied for quite some time.
And look… a fairy!
In case you are wondering, yes there was a lot of flour on the floor by the time they were finished. This gave them the perfect opportunity to try out sweeping the floor with child-sized brooms and dust pans. They developed their hand eye coordination, fine and gross motor skills, as well as cooperation skills while helping each other sweep up the flour.
This is a great example of how one activity turned into three activities that nurtured many different aspects of childhood development.