This week, my son V wanted to play with his toys rather than sit and work on our writing practices. That's what's great about homeschooling - you get to study any time the child is ready. And you can still teach him a thing or two even if he's not actually "studying".
So I just let him play this week with his toys but made sure that we still had our reading aloud sessions at least once a day. He enjoys reading his books. And his favorite since he was a baby was a classic book by Margaret Wise Brown, "Goodnight Moon."
To develop his motor skills, we've decided to bake some muffins. I said "we" because I asked him if he wanted to help me bake and he excitedly said yes. As much as possible I want him to be involved in the decision making. This is a good start in training him to develop his goals with you. I'll explain that further in a different post. ;)
Even before this activity, little V has been helping me out in the kitchen. Most of the time I say no because he makes a lot of mess, but for today he's the chef and I'm the sous-chef.
I purchased a blueberry muffin premix at the Landmark so it would be easier to do, less ingredients mean less mess to clean. Haha!
The 184 grams Betty Crocker Blueberry Muffin Mix only costs a little over 50 pesos. This mix can make 6 muffins which is perfect because I own a very small oven and this would fit in one batch. Now all we need is some water.
1. Preheat oven to 400F.
|He's excited to mix! I placed a rubber mat under the bowl so that it would not slide off the table|
2. Transfer the mix into a bowl and make a well at the center.
3. Pour 1/2 cup water.
|I helped V pour the water into the well|
4. Stir muffin mix and water until just blended. Don't over mix.
|My little V working|
5. Place paper baking cups in a 6 regular-sized muffin pan
|He got the paper crumpled! LOL!|
6. Spoon batter into cups, about 2/3 of the cup. Tap the pan to remove bubbles.
|Also helped V pour the batter. He'll get better with it once his fingers and hands are strong enough|
7. Bake for 16 to 21 minutes or until light golden brown.
Make sure that you supervise your child every step of the way. And don't let them go near the oven. I allowed V to take a peek inside while holding him tight and gave a few inches between him and the oven.
This muffin mix is artificially flavored so it really didn't give that glorifying satisfaction of an original blueberry muffin which you normally get from your favorite bakery. Nevertheless, V and I had a great bonding time - while exercising his coordination and motor skills. We also counted and identified the colors of the cups and muffins while working.
You can do it, too! It's a simple activity and a child can learn a lot from it.
|Blueberry muffin made by my son|