I thought that I wouldn’t be writing my gratitude journal every week, and last week I did do a little creative writing instead. But it appears that I can’t help myself from being a little bit grateful for the good things that have happened! It’s all about the fun activities I shared with my children this week.
With the older two I did some science experiments after having a conversation about New Year’s resolutions with them and how it was better to look at what we want to add to our lives rather than what we want to take away. One of them piped up that she wanted to do more science as she likes it – go girl! We also did some scrapbooking, planting a fairy garden and playing draughts and chess.
With the 2 year old, I did some baking – cheese biscuits, not ground-breaking, but they made us happy – in the making and the eating. I decided to make these biscuits with her as she really enjoyed making gingerbread over the Christmas holidays, and I wanted some sugar free snacks for the children.
I am not one for sticking religiously to a recipe, so this is something that I adapted from the bbcgoodfood website. I thought I would share it with you, to spread the gratitude love.
There is lots that little ones can help with in this method, that strengthens fingers, good for developing finer motor skills. We used fun shape cutters to make fox (her favourite animal) and Christmas tree shapes (for the nostalgia!). She loved doing this and was very firm in asserting her independence in doing the shape cutting ;-).
It turns out the bigger girls didn’t really appreciate the sunflower seeds in the biscuits, so you could leave these out if yours won’t either, but the little one ate them. I thought they were yummy too!
230g flour (whichever type you prefer)
110g grated hard cheese (we used cheddar)
A handful of sunflower seeds
1 whole egg
1 egg yolk
Using clean hands, rub together the flour, butter and cheese until it looks a bit like breadcrumbs.
Add the sunflower seeds and mix in.
Add the egg and the yolk to bind together in a dough, still using hands.
Wrap in clingfilm and refrigerate for about an hour.
Take out of the fridge and preheat oven to 180⁰C or gas mark 5.
Roll out dough on a floured surface, to about 5mm thickness, and cut into whatever shapes you like.
Put on greaseproof paper on a baking tray (watch out – you may need to grease the paper too).
Bake for about 10 minutes until biscuits are lightly browned on the edges.
Wait patiently for them to be cool enough to eat (it’s hard!).
With all of the activities we did I specifcally made time for them; planning for the little one and taking cues from the older ones for things that they wanted to do (I am a firm believer in encouraging children to follow their interests). None of the activities needed a huge amount of preparation or clearing up. But the girls all really enjoyed the extra opportunities for exploration and creativity.
As it was the first week back to school after the holidays, we had fewer activities making it easier to do all these, but I shall be trying harder to facilitate more imaginative and experimental activities in the future. We seemed to have such a lovely chilled week, which I am so grateful for. I think we reaped the rewards with these activities.