Sunday, 23 December 2018

Waffle Recipe

Serves: 10

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of self-raising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla 
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar 
Method:
  1. Combine all ingredients together in a mixing large bowl until batter is nice and smooth.
  2. Spoon the batter into a waffle maker.
  3. Cook until golden brown.
To serve:
Place sliced fruits of your choice on the waffle and drizzle with honey, chocolate sauce or sift with icing sugar.


Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Keep Counting

Here is a list I compiled how we could introduce numbers to your preschoolers.
  • Count fruits, in the kitchen, look how many apples or oranges in the fruit bowl. Count objects around the house such as toys
  • Go on a number hunt, numbers on your mailbox, on your door, count the numbers on the remote control, on your keyboard...
  • Count socks and put them in pairs.
  • Look at the clock and the numbers.
  •  Bake number cookies.
  • Cut numbers from newspapers and magazines and have your child glue them. and make a small book.
  • Make numbers out of play-dough.
  • Draw numbers on sensory bin which have been filled with grains or flour or foam.
  • Cut out numbers out of sandpaper for sensory play.
  •  Play bottle cap number games
  •  Play fishing for numbers
  • Introduce numbers through nursery rhymes
  •  Stories with math concepts
  • Lego math games
  • Pasta patterned necklaces
  •  Dice games
  •  Sandwich shapes, cookie shapes, fruit shapes
  • Felt shape pictures. 

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Cookie Cutter Fun





Creative Ways of Using Cookie Cutters

Jello Fun

For the jello recipe and  how to do instruction check out my previous post "Jello Fun".


Pancake Fun: 
Pour pancake batter into cookie cutters and serve different shapes of pancakes. Make sure to cook them in a non-stick pan on a really low flame.




Sandwich fun:  
Cut out shapes out of sandwiches to make your fairy bread sandwiches  fun and interesting. You could try making traffic-light sandwiches by cutting out three little circles!




Felt Fun:
You could use cookie cutters to cut out fun shapes for your art and craft projects:



Here are some other creative and interesting  you might like to test your cookie cutters.

Tart Fun: cut out shapes out of  pastry sheets and use them to top your tarts.

Vegetables/fruit Fun : cut out shapes out of fruits and veges and pop them in your kids' lunch boxes!

Cheese fun: Cut out different shapes out of cookie cutters and make your cheese platter interesting 

Egg Fun: place a heart shape cookie cutter on a frying pan and add a knob of butter and then carefully break an egg into the cookie cutter. Enjoy a romantic heart shaped fried egg.

Pizza fun:  Rollout the pizza a dough and cut shapes using large cookie cutters. Spread some tomato paste and top it up with Mozzarella cheese.



Play-dough fun: Have your kids cut out pladough shapes out of cookie cutters and get them to stack them up: play a game as to find out who could build the tallest playdough tower!


Stamping Fun: Have your kiddos dip cookie cutters  in paint. Let the stamp different shapes on a drawing sheet.


Candle fun: Melt candle in a saucepan and pour them into different shapes of cookie cutters.




Sunday, 5 August 2018

Math Websites We Love

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a free to use website which caters all year levels. The website allows students to view  math video lessons delivered by the founder of KhanAcademy. Furthermore, the students develop and master their math skills by engaging in math quizes and tests. The advantage of this mode of learning is that it allows students to go back, pause and replay the videos until they grasp the strategies they need to follow. Moreover, Khan Academy is an ideal platform for adults to brush up their math skills.

Mathletics

Mathletics is a great platform  for students as it is visually appealing. The website allows students to learn math by providing  step by step instructions and examples of working out a problem.  The website has 'read aloud' button for struggling readers hence, catering all learners. The website includes games and activities for students have fun whilst learning. Moreover, the website offers resources for NAPLAN preparation for Australian students. Another important element of Mathletics is that it allows students to compete with their international peers in a live Mathletics challenge.



ABCya

ABCYa is a great website which caters primary school aged. Young children reinforce children's understanding of mathematical concepts. ABCya offers wider varieties math games for children to engage in meaningful way.  Have a look at the 'birthday candle count' game would love playing this game.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Buns with spicy filling


Savoury Buns


Dough :



Ingredients

1/2 cup Milk
1/2cup water
3 tbsp  unsalted butter
4 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
3 tbsp sugar
3 eggs beaten
2 tsp salt

(1 egg  beaten with 2 tbsps water, for egg wash)
sesame seeds(optional)




Instructions
  1. Prepare a warm water mixture: In a small saucepan, combine the milk, water, and butter. Warm over medium heat until butter is melted. Cool for about 5 minutes, or until the temperature is 120-130 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl combine 2 cups of the flour, the yeast, sugar and salt. Add the warm water mixture, followed by the beaten eggs, (mixing on low speed if using an electric stand mixer fitted with a dough hook which makes the job pretty easier!). 
  3. Add the remaining flour 2 tablespoons at a time (while mixing on medium-low speed until dough almost clears the bowl) and is only a slightly sticky to the touch (It's okay if some dough sticks to your fingers). You may not need all of the remaining flour, or you may need more than is called for. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 5-7 minutes more.
  4. Gather dough into a ball and place in a greased bowl. Cover with cling wrap(Spray some cling wrap with cooking spray ) and put in a warm place and allow to rise until doubled, 1 to 2 hours.
  5. Punch down dough and let rest for a few minutes. Divide dough into eight equal pieces and shape into balls. 
  6.  Grab a ball flatten it with your fingers into a disc..spoon your curry filling in the center.
  7. Now bring the border together into a bundle.Turn it over, place filled buns on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. 
  8. Spray cling wrap with non-stick cooking spray and place over the shaped buns. Return to a warm place and continue to rise for an additional 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  9. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  10.  Brush buns with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired.
  11. Bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
(recipe adapted from Completely Delicious)
In order to keep your buns soft, here's an important tip,

Right after taking the buns out of the oven dab some butter on the buns and keep them covered with a tea-towel for a couple of minutes to soften.


Curry Filling


Curry leaves
 Onions 2
Garlic 2 Tsp
Mince Meat 500g
Red Chili powder(1-2 tsp,
 curry powder (1 tbsp)
 turmeric powder(1/2 tsp)
 paprika 1-1/2tsp )
Tomato paste
Salt
Worcestershire sauce 2tbsp
Black pepper powdered 2tsp


Saute the onions curry leaves along with the crushed garlic. Add salt. When onions are softened add the mincemeat, turmeric powder, chilli powder, paprika powder, curry powder. Then add the tomato paste. You could add green chillies as well. Cook for a couple of minutes until done.




Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Sticks and Shapes

 Here's an activity which  can  help kids get excited about shapes!

 You will need  some plastic  straws or, toothpicks, matchsticks/crafts sticks. And then get your child create shapes and pictures out of them. This  activity could be  used with 7-year-olds and upwards.

  Through this activity,  children will learn how two or more geometrical shapes can be used together to form a new geometrical shape or design.

This activity helps children improve hand eye coordination and lays and a great foundation for mastering geometrical shapes.

Older children will be able to create 3D shapes. You could also extend this activity by having your children tessellate the geometrical shapes they create.


Well, this activity kept my children busy for a good hour or so.

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Early Learning with Digital Technologies

 Let's go hunting for shapes!



Hi everyone, here's an activity to help your  little ones with shape recognition!

Like most children, my son has mastered names of shapes and numbers through various resources,  but also  not to mention with various digital games and apps. So I went on to  help him recognise shapes in everday objects using the device he likes to use. 

Well, grab a Smart phone or  any other digital device and get your child hunt for various shapes. Once  you and your child start hunting for shapes together , your little one will recognise that shapes and patterns are all around us: on clocks, on his bicycle, his plate and so on . Thus, this activity will help children reinforce names of geometrical shapes and help visualise  existence of them in everyday objects.

You could also have the captured pictures printed out in order to make a "My Shapes Book" for your child to enjoy. You could also get your child trace over the shapes using the pictures.







In addition to many shape  recognition games available online, this activity was really fun and effective with my son. I believe there are many creative ways of using digital technologies to help children learn while having fun.

Waffle Recipe

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