We've been cooking!
In the story, Farmer Blake and Sneaky Snake, the farmer fed his hens spaghetti and meatballs. So we decided to make our own meatballs.
This is a fantastic hands-on cooking experience that really is ooey and gooey.
The key to successful cooking experiences is definitely preparation.
I can testify from experience, that if everything's not gathered, the chances of having a huge mess (i.e., egg and flour everywhere) definitely increase!
For our meatballs, we used the following ingredients:
- Grated carrot
- Chopped Tomato
- Broccoli (chopped and partially cooked)
- 2 Eggs
- Seasoning Salt.
Then, it was up to the boys to put the ingredients in the bowl.
Cooking experiences are a great way for children to build their knowledge about food through their senses .....
Finally, it was time to mix.
Spoons? Who needs a spoon to mix. We've got hands! A great sensory experience.
The hardest part of this cooking activity was trying to make sure that our youngest, who loves to taste as he cooks, refrained from the temptation of testing out this mixture.
It may look great due to the colour of the vegetables, but raw meat presents a health hazard if eaten! Another opportunity to learn more about food - which foods need cooking and which don't.
Cooking experiences are also a good way to build vocabulary. What does the mixture feel like? Texture? Temperature?
Once the mixture was complete, it was time to create the meatballs by rolling small lumps of mixture. This activity employed the use of fine motor skills and maths (estimating and matching sizes of meatballs).
But the best part was eating the meatballs once they were cooked, along with spaghetti.
Have you ever noticed that children are often more eager to eat food when they've had a hand in preparing it?
By the way, we all decided spaghetti and meatballs was a strange food choice for Farmer Blake to feed his hens. However, it is perfect food for boys (and their parents)!
Thanks for cooking dinner, boys. It was delicious!
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