Wednesday, June 18, 2008
My little one is really into pouring and putting things into new containers right now. So today we made chocolate chip cookies. That is an activity that involves almost nothing but pouring, stirring, and exchanging containers. She helped me pour everything - flour, sugar, egg, etc. I would get things ready on the counter (where she can't reach), and then I'd put the bowl on the floor and let her help hold and pour the sugar or whatever into the bowl. When we needed to soften the butter, we put the cup of butter into the microwave together, and I had her fingers touch the buttons to make it go. When it was time to stir, I gave her a spoon and she stirred with me. The best was gradually adding the flour/baking soda/salt mixture (in one bowl) into the sugar mixture in a different bowl. I put both bowls on the floor next to each other, and she used her table spoon to put little spoon-fulls of flour into the sugar mixture. She got clever at one point and started putting the sugar mixture back into the flour! It didn't really make things more difficult, and so I let her play. The only difficult part was when it came time to pour in the chocolate chips - "I want chocolate! I want chocolate!" We had to do a new Signing Time DVD diversion at that point. Overall, though, she enjoyed herself so much, using those skills she is most excited about right now in such a grown up way!