When I arrived this morning there was a cup of tea waiting for me! Boy did I need it – these early mornings are a killer! Think I will have to say goodbye to wine of an evening – it certainly doesn't help.
Spent most of today in the kitchen cleaning out the cupboards and seeing what I've got.
Mike (site manager) has agreed to build me a step so the children can work at the counter. I want them to make/bake their snack every day using real ingredients. I have found someone who is going to dig up bits of their allotment and put it into plastic crates for me to take in so that the children can actually 'dig up' or 'pick' their fruit and veg to see what it looks like before it reaches the supermarket.
We will also do the usuals like bread and scotch pancakes.
As I am not using any formal structure for the role play I have decided to try it around the kitchen area to create a 'diner'. It has 2 hatches (although these are screwed shut at the moment) so the children who prepare can also do take away through the hatch.
I have gone for clear glass bowls and plates so that the children can actually see what their food looks like from all angles. We will also set the table with real knives, forks and spoons not the plastic IKEA ones.
Obviously it still needs a bit/lot of VA VA VOOM! but there is time for that.
Will keep you updated on Big Al's Diner!
The only other area that I managed to have a bit of go at was the 'Maluable Materials Area' (that's dough in old money). I want there to be a display area for models, shelving for utensils/enhancements and a 'Make Your Own Dough' station. Very early on the children will be making their own dough to play with.
I use a typical cold water recipe:
Salt Dough Recipe
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup salt
1 cup cold water
They just mix it and that is it. If you want colour and you don't want to risk food colouring then you mix powder paint with the water. The colour is paler but the process is great.
That should say 'this' not 'thie'! Because developing gross motor movement is the first step to pen/pencil manipulation I wanted the two areas to be next to each other. I know I will have lots of large gross motor palm gripping children so I want BIG space for them to work. This area is top of my list tomorrow so i should be able to show you a couple of pics.
My helpers actually did help today and have asked for a return visit tomorrow! Just incase you are wondering as a Consultant I have my own insurance cover so if they fall and break their arm I would have to sue myself! I promised I would blog them so here they are – they are not smoking -I bribed them with a lolly that I found in the kitchen cupbord.