I seem to have been so tied up in Directory requests and admin, that the opportunity to write up my creative blog posts have been sitting on my to do list for far too long now!!! It’s been a juggle of moving house, moving city, moving country, moving 3 kiddies to a new school and then before I knew it we had a two week half term to keep us busy…this however gave me the time to spend proper quality time with my little ones, and during this time we explored ideas from the kitchen table, and this is what we created.

what you need…

  • two old ripe bananas
  • 125g soft butter
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 190g self raising flour
  • 60ml milk
  • mixing bowl
  • electric whisk
  • wooden spoon
  • teaspoons
  • muffin tray
  • cupcake cases

what to do…

  1. turn the oven onto 180c
  2. place the cupcake cases into the muffin trays
  3. mash up the bananas really well
  4. place butter and caster sugar in a bowl, pour flour, egg, vanilla extract, milk into mixing bowl and and whizz with electric whisk
  5. add bananas to the mixture
  6. transfer the mixture into the cupcake cases
  7. pop into the oven for 25 mins or until the cake is cooked through
  8. remove and leave to cool
  9. once cool, enjoy as a delicious picnic treat or after school snack

then into a little dream adventure…

  • whilst exploring this activity there are always little additions you can add whilst working alongside your child and encouraging their learning through the process. For instance, counting the cupcake cases as they place them in the muffin tray or whilst they are mashing the bananas, write a list of all the descriptive words they can think of that best describe this. Or even better, assist the child in writing the list themselves…
  • or maybe you would enjoy remembering what you have created together and draw out the menu, making a visual sequence of the various aspects of the recipe and ingredients, or even making little sequence cards for future baking activities and following the recipe using those
  • lots can be learnt from discussion also…for example looking at the various colours of bananas as they go from unripe to ripe to over ripe. Or maybe the fact that bananas are of a very high nutritional value and the largest producer of bananas in the world is India…does your child know where India is? look at a world map, that India is part of Asia.