After seeing that I was pretty sure that little boy would LOVE to play baking with mommy. I set up our baking activity.
One small twist was instead of actual cupcakes I created a more of a pretend play set up.Ironically little A made this one into a counting and sorting activity.
Now for the fun part. I gave the bag to little A hoping that he will like it and boy I was right! It was an instant hit!!
This is what we baked according to him – strawberry, vanilla, blueberry, grass flavour ( because the grass daw is color green), lemon and lastly mocha pretend cupcakes.
Don’t they look realistic and delish?
What we really loved about this pretend cupcakes is that we were able explore the possibilities through playing, practice the ideas and develop his imagination.
If you are looking for enjoyable ways to spend more quality time interacting with your kids,teaching them to create fun tasty foods is the perfect way.
When baking with little A I need to choose recipes that are easy,quick and cheap. The cheap part has to do with the fact that most of the times there are measuring and spilling mishaps over flour and egg cracks.
Here’s the recipe that he really love to eat and easy to make.His own version of Chocolate Chip Cookies..
The easy to follow recipe encourage him to practice his counting skills, scooping and pouring and eye and hand coordination.
Cooking is a great time for teaching little A! I can use math terms,science term or words that I think my little boy may not know.
Though it requires a lot of patience and table-cloth for cleaning the mess.hehe. This tedious and messy bonding time is great example of developing language skills for him.
Even for our little guys, talking about words is important. We want to create word-conscious kids. We want our children to be aware of words, to love words and to listen and look for words wherever they may be.
During the process little A and I are talking about the measurement, counting skills, color recognition,sensorial skills,fine motor skills and expanding his vocabulary words.
When I asked little A to count how many ham he’s putting on the pizza bread he count it in spanish (uno,dos,tres etc). By the way he knew from uno – bente..
Boosting his language skills can be easy through cooking/ play..
From cooking and cleaning with vinegar, to gardening and home remedies, vinegar is one of the most versatile—and economical—products you can have on hand. Here’s the list of great tips and discover a new way to put that bottle of vinegar to work!
Make all purpose cleaners by pouring with equal parts into a spray bottle
Clean dirt off your computer and mouse with a little vinegar and a q tip
Clean your drains with vinegar and baking soda
Wipe away mildew
Clean and polish chrome and stainless steel
Use as a fruit wash-rinses away germs
Erase ballpoint-pen marks
Erase crayon marks from clothes
Remove stickers and price tags
Disinfect cutting boards
Restore wood paneling
Remove carpet stains
Keep car windows frost free
Remove candle wax
Conceal scratches in wood furniture
Get rid of water lines on furniture
Freshen your kitchen
Trap fruit flies by placing some in a small bowl
Wash out your washing machine and dishwasher with 1/2 cup
Wash away mildew from your shower curtain
Put the sparkle back in your china
Remove mineral deposits from shower heads
Whiten your grout
Clean a coffee maker
Remove stains from pots and pans
Help bruises heal faster by applying a little vinegar
Sooth a soar throat by gargling 1 Tb of apple cider vinegar with 1 tsp of salt
Soften your cuticles
Clean your toothbrushes
Erase scorch marks
Unset old stains
Soak out blood stains
Keep cut fresh flowers fresh
Revive your paintbrushes
Kill weeds in the yard
Peel off wallpaper
Clean cloths and sponges
Keep unwelcome guest out of the garden
Clean counter tops
Clean and freshen the smell of the refrigerator
Clean and disinfect baby toys
Get rid of stubborn bathtub residue
Spray vinegar along doorways to keep ants away
Treat stained Tupperware stains with vinegar
Shine porcelain sinks
Pamper your skin by blotting it on with a cotton ball
Treat a bee sting by pouring some undistilled vinegar on it
Relieve sunburn by lightly rubbing it with vinegar
Boil better eggs by adding 2 TB vinegar to the water – keeps them from cracking