This was also our free time table. We had worksheets such as crossword puzzles, word searches, etc that all had to do with cooking and what the children had learned throughout the day.
Each activity table had a basket in the center that was filled with fruits and veggies. Out of the center of the produce was a dowel rod with a small chalkboard on the end that said what activity that table was going to be. It was cute and a fun way to decorate and still be useful.
And I believe they had a good time doing it! Yes, even the one boy! : )
They ran the clumps of dough through this dough flattener (I'm sure there is a more technical term for it).
After the meal we had the children make their own ice cream. It is best to do this with just a couple children at a time. It got a little chaotic with so many. We put the ingredients for ice cream in a pint sized zip lock baggie and sealed it shut. In a gallon size baggie, we put some ice, then the pint sized baggie, more ice and rock salt. We had the children partner up and take turns sloshing the ingredients around in the bag. I think some of them did it a little too rough, because their bags broke open causing some loss of ice cream. : ( But most of them were able to accomplish the job and enjoyed some ice cream with M&Ms from the math table and apple crisp that one of the groups made.
Oh, we can't forget about the Cookie Contest. These were our three judges (Hey, how did Casie slip in as a judge? There were 4 but one was helping with the babies). They had cookies that felt dry, moist, tasted like veggies, and like coffee, but the winner was a gooey, chocolate, cookie with coconut in it. Congratulations to the winner who received a gift card to Applebees for doing such a great job in the kitchen.
Our day was quite long, and if we do it again, we would definitely shorten things up a bit and not have so much going on. But the children definitely had a day of school, fun and learning moments with their friends in our make shift classroom. Thanks to everyone who participated and helped make this day a CeLeBration in the kitchen!
Foods that were made:
Homemade Noodles -for the meal we added organic spaghetti sauce to the pasta
Parmesan Garlic Bread
Salad (tomatoes, red onions and croutons) with Homemade Italian Dressing
Decorated Sugar Cookies
Dipped Pretzel Rods
Celery Sticks and Peanut Butter
Apple Crisp in the Crock Pot
Homemade Ice Cream