This morning I brought out some wooden fruit, some wooden bowls and other wooden implements I have brought over the last few weeks. The children were so excited sitting down at the table ever so quickly. I put out the cooking toys, one box at a time and the children couldn't wait helping themselves to what ever took their fancy. Elya picked up the fondue container and quickly filled the bowl with lots of fruit then she mixed the fruit with a wooden spoon. Hunter found the BBQ Rotisserie then threading some fruit put it on moving the food around in a circle. Tilly found the soup bowl she then cut up some fruit and put them in a bowl then giving it a big stir. Estelle sat watching at first so I went and found another wooden bowl and handed it to her where she immediately put some food in like the other children. Dylan Jot loved cutting the pieces of fruit and telling everyone strawberry or pear. Elliot also loved cutting the fruit he would jump up and down each time he cut a piece of fruit. In this experience it was lovely to see the children engage with one another in conversation as well as using their turn-taking skills.
Link to Pedagogical Documentation
Outcomes: 5: Children are effective communicators Elements: 5.1 Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes. In this experience the children used their words to ask for different cooking implements.
This learning experience can be linked to Dewey's theories. He believes that the education of young children is child- centered, active and interactive.
Critical Reflection: I provided children with the resources of wooden fruit, bowls, knives and other implements as I find cooking experiences provide children with real life tasks that will prove useful in their later life. Follow up: Cutting real fruit.