Baking @ The Little Cookhouse

When Cindy asked me if I wanted to meet up to have a baking session for the kids before the the beginning of yet another school term, I agreed. Nothing too surprising about my response because I think it’s fun for the kids to bake and especially so if I don’t have to deal with the mess.

I was a tad worried about the boy though. At home, I’ve observed him to be none too excited about helping out in the kitchen. Each time I invite him to do so, he would reject and prefers to do his reading or engages in pretend play with his animal figurines. Baking? Cooking? Nah….

Is it a boy thing? Surely not? But I left it at that. In any case, if he doesn’t show interest at the Little Cookhouse, I’ll entertain him. The sister would love that session.

Little Cookhouse is located at Alexandra Central Mall and is a humble baking studio for kids. It has a Montessori based bake and cook enrichment programme which aims to teach values and life skills to children between 3 to 12 years old.

I had a short chat with Jean & Yock Song, the instructors, before the session began and they shared that they believed all kids could handle the baking on their own with minimal help from the adults. The kids will be guided for sure but parents can rest assure that they won’t need to help much. I was cynical when it comes to Dan but let’s just try and see.

Teacher Jean (an ex-primary school teacher) gathered the kids to the table and introduced them to the country of Japan using the show-and-tell method. The kids would be making sushi cakes hence the topic on Japan. Jean shared with us that for other workshops, she would use stories or other materials as well to introduce what they will be baking or cooking.

I was excited to see my kids in action. I know that the girl could manage on her own since she has been baking with me and I make it a point not to help her at all. The boy surprised me with his engagement level. He appeared to be all ready for the action and carried out the steps as instructed. At times, he received help from the adults but most of the time, he could manage on his own which was very SURPRISING for me! My heart was jumping for joy as I witnessed him in action. No tantrums, no giving up. Just mere tiredness after each step of whisking, sieving and mixing but that’s about it. 🤣🤣

While the batter was being baked in the oven, the children were ushered to the table again for the second part of the lesson in which they were taught to fold origami papers to make themselves a crown, all decorated by them. It was certainly an age-appropriate task for the younger ones.

When the batter got baked, hungry stomachs rumbled. The next part proved to be both challenging and much satisfying for the kids. They had to cut the cakes into sushi-like shapes with the cutters (duh) but for Dan, it did involve a little more effort and precision. 😅

Picking something to munch while labouring is absolutely valid! I captured the boy’s expressions and knew that he enjoyed his ‘work’.

I’m super proud of this young lady who did almost everything by herself. She must have felt pleased with herself too.

This boy? Give him a round of an applause please! He stayed on task throughout without whining. 🤣🤣

So it’s definitely true: boys can bake too!!! Yay!

Little CookHouse provides a variety of baking classes (donut pops, cupcakes, tartlets, cookies, etc) and it cost $49 per child/ class (free for the accompanying adults). Now you can enjoy a 5% off for first time participants with the promo code ‘myfirsttrial’. This promo code is valid till 30 Sept 2019.

We had a wonderful and cosy time at the Little CookHouse that afternoon. Thank you Teacher Jean and Yock Song for teaching the class!

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Read + Art + Sensory Play

It was just a random plan. I saw the Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale on the book shelf and determined in my heart to read to the boy. He would love it especially since he has read the Rainbow Fish before and loved it.

Then the idea of doing some painting came to mind. For a long while, the boy has asked me if he could paint. “No” was the answer because each time he asked, I was having coffee during breakfast. I really didn’t want to stop my coffee and tend to him. Selfish I know, but I really need a cup of coffee to start the engine. And each time after coffee, we would have to start the routine of getting the kids to wash up and get dressed before sending the boy to school. So nope, no painting for the boy for a long while.

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So yesterday, I decided that I couldn’t give excuses anymore and started to get him to do some work. He painted the whole paper blue and while waiting for the paint to dry up, we worked on the scales of the fish.

 

It’s a lot of fine motor skills, I realised, midway through the activity. He rolled and flattened the play dough (tickle your senses) and punched out the round shape before cutting the circle into half. So the concept of the shape and half was also taught through this informal activity. Oh yes, he also learnt that when you cut a circle into half, it becomes a semi-circle! ✌🏼✌🏼

There was a lot of concentration no doubt from the little boy and I was just enjoying the whole process (of watching him). He was careful with each stage of the work which is really surprising.

This is a very simple activity you can do with your toddler. Teach colours, shapes, fractions, etc! Let your creativity take over!