The smell of banana fills the air and my puku is feeling full thanks to Zaedyn’s curiosity and exploration with baking vegan bikkies. What a wonderful experience and enjoyment through the process of baking.
Baking is a foundation for learning through taking an interest, exploration, creativity, independence, curiosity, observation, playfulness, sensory experience, language development, mathematics, health, nutrition, science, fine motor skills, and so much more.
Horoi o ringaringa. The first thing we did was wash our hands and talk about the importance of washing our hands before baking. Back in the kitchen, I loved watching Zaedyn become curious and take an interest in the bowls, measuring cups, spoon, and ingredients in front of him. He was very happy and excited. I observed as he was beginning to understand this process and be involved in pouring and mixing. He must have figured out through his senses that this was going to be some yummy food as he observed and licked his lips.
I do not believe in putting anything past tamariki. They continue to amaze me in how clever and knowledgable they are, and I do not think that it is ever too early to introduce concepts. Learning is constant and their minds work in miraculous ways. Therefore, I still talk about mathematic concepts such as volume and measurement, health and nutrition through washing our hands and eating healthy food (minus the chocolate!), science concepts such as adding the wet to dry ingredients and cooking/temperature, using appropriate language to support literacy development, and supporting dispositions through providing opportunities.
Yum! Although I helped, I was very impressed with Zaedyn’s baking skills through his own learning as well as the yummy outcome of vegan bikkies to enjoy. I look forward to building upon these concepts and learning by providing more opportunities for Zaedyn to explore.
Do your children or children you look after enjoy baking? Any other valuable skills to share?
If you are interested in the recipe, see my post Vegan ABC Banana Cookies. We did not have any nut butter made up or nuts to make some so we adjusted the recipe using Linseed, Sunflower, and Almond (LSA) with a bit more oil.