The Beetle Bugs room shared a cooking experience on Thursday the 7th in celebration of World Health Day. The children, with support from their educators, made no bake apricot balls for afternoon tea. The children concentrated very hard as they squeezed and measured the ingredients. The apricot balls were ready to eat immediately and we all enjoyed the satisfaction of sharing a healthy afternoon tea we had created together.
We began the session by washing our hands to ensure we didn’t spread germs. Beatrix made sure she scrubbed her hands with soap and dried them with the hand drier.
We were then ready to start measuring and mixing the ingredients. Each child had a turn at pouring out 1 cup of oats, apricots and coconut into the mixing bowl. Luka, Mariam and Amelie poured the right amount into the measuring cup, then poured the combined ingredients into the bowl. The children were developing their maths skills as they thought about the volume and measurement of each ingredient they would need.
Next we were ready to add our binding ingredient, honey. The children concentrated very hard as they squeezed a quarter cup of honey into the measuring cup. They used their coordination and fine motor skills to hold the bottle of honey over the cup and squeeze. Ava and Buster took their time and focused on holding the bottle steady. When Ava had poured the honey in with the dry ingredients the educators helped to mix it all together and roll it into balls.
The apricot balls were ready to eat immediately and we all enjoyed the satisfaction of sharing a healthy afternoon tea we had created together. The educators sat down at the table with the children and together we laughed and chatted over our delicious snack.