Tuesday, 12 February 2013

PANCAKE MAKING AND CREATING!

Today is Shrove Tuesday and we made our Pancakes for breakfast.

Kenzie chose a shake and bake style, Peppa Pig chocolate pancake mix at the weekend and it was his job to follow the instructions on the bottle to mix up his. This was very easy as he just had to add milk to the level shown on the bottle, replace the lid and then shake!


Brendan and Little "R" made normal pancakes using the recipe that Brendan had chosen for his family cook book yesterday. We discuses how much we felt this would make and should we increase the quantities stated so that we would have enough for everyone. We felt we should double up the mixture, so Brendan multiplied all the ingredients quantities by 2 and then weighed out the ingredients and mixed it all together with  Little "R"'s help.






My sister joined us for the day and she brought with her a wheat free mix as she has a lot of allergy's. She did sneak on some naughty cream which may well cause her tummy issues tomorrow..... oppps.


After a lazy breakfast, we popped over to the local special needs play centre for the day. They had a chap there who comes with lots of huge boxes and helps the children to make amazing things out of them. When we arrived they were in the process of building a huge castle!
Brendan is very much in to the David Attenborough "Africa" series at the moment and so felt inspired to make and Elephant. First he chose a box and a tube and sat in the middle of the room under his box. I think this was a quiet spot for him to think about what he was going to make. Once he had decided on the Elephant, the construction and building happened very quickly.


He then crawled around the room under his box trying not to bump in to things. This led to a conversation about how he was using the trunk to tap around the area in front of him and how he would know if the path was clear if the trunk didn't touch anything. I explained about how blind people use white sticks for the same reason.


Then he asked the play centre staff if they had any straws as he would like to make the trunk more like a real trunk and that he would like to be able to suck up water with it. He then joined several straws together and asked me for some juice and gave it a go!

Little "R" made a house with her box. She decorated it with a pen. We found a spider in the tube she was playing with and had fun trying to get the spider out so that it didn't come in to her house.





After a play in the ball pool and soft play area we came back to the art room to make some salt dough Jewellery. I explained to Little "R" that we could role some bead shapes, but she had her own ideas. She used the rolling pin to flatten the dough and then the cutters to make shapes. I used a straw to make a hole through each one and once she had made a few shapes I popped the dough in the microwave for 3 minutes to cook it. We let it cool down and then used acrylic paint to colour each shape.





 I threaded them on to some elastic and Little "R" had a nice new necklace. Unfortunately I had to repair a bead as the dough split when I tried to make the hole a bit bigger after cooking the dough. This picture shows it being held together with a rubber band while the PVA glue dried.


We also made a beautiful sparkly Cinderella shoe! Little "R" does love glue and sticking!



Tomorrow we are starting our Valentines activities and I am hoping to fit in a few more Chinese New year art and crafts as well.




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