Monday, April 29, 2013

Spotty scones (sultana scones)

Most kids love cooking so here is a super simple scone recipe which the kids really enjoyed making (anything you can dip your hands in is usually a winner here)

Add flour, dextrose (or caster sugar), salt and butter to a big bowl and mix using your hands until it goes all crumbly


Add sultanas then add milk and slowly add water while stirring with a knife (we did not use all of the water)


Roll out on a floured bench and cut out rounds with a cookie cutter.

Place on a lined tray and brush with milk.

Bake in the oven for approx 10mins at 200 degrees


Smother in butter and EAT!


Spotty Scones 
(recipe from Cooking With Kids by Susan Davies)
2 1/2 cups self raising flour
1 Tbsp caster sugar (we used dextrose)
Pinch salt
30g butter
1/2 cup sultanas
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup water (approx - we didn't use all of it)

1. Preheat oven to 220c. Line a tray with baking paper.
2. In a large bowl, combine flour with sugar and salt. Rub in butter with finger tips till mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add sultanas.
3. Use a knife to stir through milk and enough water to form a soft dough.
4. Turn dough onto a floured surface and press out to 2cm thickness. Cut into 5cm rounds. Knead scraps together and repeat. Place rounds onto prepared tray, brush with a little milk and bake for 12-15mins till scones are golden. Cool on a wire rack.
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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Flower experiment (Mother's Day gift idea!)

I LOVED doing this experiment! So easy and so interesting! All you need are some white flowers, glasses/vases/cups, water and some coloured food dye!

Fill each glass with water and put a few drops of food dye in each one:

Place one stem in each glass then wait - that's it!

Check back on the flowers periodically - or if you're like us, constantly! After a few hours the flowers will begin to change colour:

After 24hrs there is a significant change!

After 48hrs the flowers are beautifully coloured:

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Colour matching

Here is an easy to make colour matching game using items you're likely to have laying around the house.

All you need is some coloured paper, coloured textas, an egg carton, paddle pop sticks (coloured work well, but they don't have to be!), glue (I used super glue) and I also used a laminator.

First draw flowers on your coloured paper:

Then colour in the bottom of an egg carton (obviously using the same coloured textas as the paper you have) then use a knife to cut slits in the middle of each colour - not too big otherwise the paddle pop stick wont stay up!

Cut out the flowers, then laminate (you don't have to laminate them if you don't have a laminator, but it will prolong the life of your flowers!)

Use super glue to attach the flowers to the paddle pop sticks (I used super glue - I find craft glue and kids glue don't hold strong enough for rough little hands!)

Match the flowers and to the coloured patches on the egg carton:

Ladybug loved trying to match the colours. She would hold a flower up to each colour and say "Match? Noooo", "Match? Noooo" until she found the correct colours and say "Match? Yes!"

Sometimes she needed some help getting the paddle pop stick into the hole but good practise for her fine motor skills:

She also practised naming her colours, apparently this one is "Yellow green"

And she also practised her counting:

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