This week to celebrate harvest time, the children have been exploring flour and the many things we can do with it. We began the week reading the story of The Little Red Hen, this tale is written for children to help teach the values of hard work, self-reliance and consequences. In the end without any help the hen made a beautiful loaf of bread for herself, and the other animals, who did not help, got nothing.
The children have made their own bread to take home, with adult support they explored the different ingredients, weighing it, mixing it, and rolling out their own dough ready for the oven. They described the dough as sticky, cold, squishy (what lovely words).
The children explored different ways to make marks in the flour, using brushes, cars, their fingers and sticks. They created lots of different lines and circles.
Outside, the staff added some lavender seeds to the flour and the children decided they wanted to make bread, so helping each other, using whisks and spoons they scooped, stirred and mixed the flour into a big bowl adding more leaves and flowers from the garden to make their ingredients.
What a great job!