Harvest Sensory Play: Cooking with Nature

We've been enjoying many nature walks & collecting more goodies on our travels. Minnie has loved exploring all our finds but I thought I'd set them up in a slightly different way, so I left them out for her to find in the kitchen.



There were...

Conkers
Herbs; 2 varieties of lavender, rosemary & thyme
Bay leaves

Selection of autumn leaves

Sycamore seeds & acorns

Ivy seed heads

Lavender seeds

Minnie was so excited to see the set up & wanted to 'get cooking' immediately!


"You add one leaf at a go to the mix", "I have to keep stirring or I'll get stuck", & "It's yummy Mummy in my tummy!" were three of my favourite Minnie comments as she baked her cakes.



Once completely mixed she popped it into her imaginary oven under the table & 'baked' the cake! Yum! Once it was cooked she emptied all the ingredients out, placing them back in the original  containers, & started to mix the ingredients all over again, & again!


She found these on our windowsill & added to the mix.



Later she asked for a baking tray, which was a great way of exploring the sound as well as the texture of the objects.


Even Peppa Pig stopped by & helped!


Minnie's next request was for a recipe book which she flicked through until she found her chosen recipe. ;-) More baking followed, this time with the addition of cupcake cases!


Through this process Minnie was able to explore texture, shape, size, quantity, colour, weight, smell, sound, seasons, nature, creativity, imagination, motor skills, sorting & matching, & so much more.


Natural objects, a bowl & wooden spoon - a perfect recipe for discovery!


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