Origami is a fun activity that our staff and children love to do at Play Learn Grow. It is great way to introduce craft at home and it does not involve too much mess! Depending on the age of your pre schooler you can involve your child in the whole process, or at the end when they get to colour it in. Either way they will love to see the animals come to life, and it’s a very calming activity for parents folding the paper! All you need is a square piece of paper, some colouring in pencils or crayons, and a marker or pen.
We love cooking at Play Learn Grow, and our Tamariki enjoy getting involved in the process! In our Tui room (our 4-year-old room) we even have a specially designed open plan kitchen so our children can watch and participate at mealtime. Our Kelston Centre has a dedicated transition programme for our 4–5-year-olds so that they can prepare for school in the best possible way. This does not just mean academic development, but personal and social development too which leads to active engagement in everyday home life.
Luckily you don’t need to be brave for these 2 recipes! You can make these at home with your toddlers or pre-schoolers no problem. Both are delicious and the muffins are good to freeze and use for morning or afternoon tea time.
Chocolate Bubble Slice (a kiwi favourite!)
250g vegetable shortening (I use Coconut oil)
1 cup icing sugar
¼ cup cocoa
4 cups of rice bubbles or cornflakes (or 2 cups of each)
1 cup of desiccated coconut
Melt the vegetable shortening in a medium sauce pan
Sift the icing sugar & cocoa and add to the saucepan
Mix well then add the rice bubbles/cornflakes and the coconut
Stir everything together
Line a square /rectangle dish with baking paper then add the mixture, pressing it down firmly.
Let it set in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
Slice into pieces and share with the neighbours 😊
Easy Cheesy Muffins
Set oven to 180 degrees Celsius
2 cups of self-raising flour
2 cups tasty cheese
1 ½ cups of milk
Grease a 12 x muffin tray (or 24 mini muffins which I use)
Mix all the ingredients together
Spoon the mixture into muffin cases
Let cook for 10 – 12 minutes (until golden on top)
*You can add anything to these muffins to give them some extra flavour:
chopped ham/bacon/capsicum/ spinach/salt & pepper/paprika