Tamariki can learn a lot from baking. It’s a fun and educational activity that can teach the importance of following instructions. Whānau can incorporate maths, science, and literacy learning too.
Why do it?
- To teach your child the importance of following a sequence of instructions.
- The a fun opportunity to observe transformations e.g. dry ingredients are made wet, and wet things become solid when cooked.
- A chance for you child to make a contribution and give pleasure to the whānau.
- Baking is a great all-round learning opportunity too:
- weigh and measure ingredients (maths)
- mix and cook things (science)
- time the cooking (maths)
- follow a recipe, modelled by the adult (literacy)
How to do it
- Choose a simple recipe. Edmond's has a great recipe for ANZAC biscuits(external link) and lots of other easy recipes available for free online.
- You could also try getting kids recipe books out from your local library.
- Let the child help you to get out the ingredients and other kitchen tools you might need for baking, such as measuring spoons and cups, and baking trays.
- The adult needs to take the lead, especially in everything to do with the oven. You want this to be fun learning not sad burning!
- Help them measure, stir and roll mixture into balls, before putting the biscuit mix onto the oven trays. Then they can fork the balls flat.
- You can talk about what you’re doing and what they’re doing and where the biscuits are up to as you go.
- If your oven has a window and a light, show them what’s happening along the way.
Using more te reo Māori
|Te reo Māori
|He tino pai tō mahi
|Kei te pokepoke parāoa a Pāpā
|Dad is kneading the bread
|Māku e mahi ngā kai
|I'll make some food
|E hiakai ana koe?
|Are you hungry?
|He aha te kai e hiahia ana koe?
|What would you like to eat?
|He inu wai māu?
|Do you want a drink of water?
|Kia tika te noho, e te tau
|Sit properly, my darling
|Kia ora rā
|Thanks a lot
|Purua ngā taputapu ki roto i te puoto
|Put the dishes in the sink
|Kino kē koe e te tau!
|You're awesome my darling!
|Thanks for food
|Nau mai e ngā hua o te wao,
I welcome the gifts from the sacred forests, from
|O te ngakīnga, o te wai tai, o te wai Māori.
the cultivated gardens, from the sea, from the fresh waters.
|Nā kai ō Tāne
|The food of Tāne
|Ko Ranginui e tū iho nei,
I acknowledge Ranginui who is above me and Papatūānuku who lies beneath me. Let this be my commitment to them all.