I saw these rainbow cookies on Pinterest and thought it would be a nice St Patrick’s day treat for us, so we gathered our ingredients. Lil Mermaid was very excited but I needed some time to organise the kitchen, so I came up with a little challenge for her. I gave her a muffin tin and asked her to sort the chocolates by colour, count them, and make a tally chart as she has learnt at school. Together we decided that to make it more fun, she should estimate the numbers.
I went to the kitchen and wasn’t paying attention to what she was doing – so here are the results. It is certainly a much better way of estimating than just guessing a number. As you can see, the green and yellow tallies can be any of some 20 different numbers, clearly vastly improving her chances of success.
And here she is in the kitchen- a born cook – but one with a very definite idea of measurement (how unlike her estimating ideas!). If the recipe said 210g of sugar, then she had to weigh out exactly 210g. Nothing else would do – not 215g or even 212g. It had to be 210g exactly. I really enjoyed working with her in the kitchen, seeing how excited she was. It’s good to see her learning to read a recipe, measuring out the ingredients…(we stuck the recipe on the cupboard so it was easier to see)…
Lil Mermaid has learnt so much from CBeebies – scissors being sharp from Mr Maker, washing your hands before cooking from “I Can Cook” – she always reminds me to wash my hands before we start anything in the kitchen now!