With a predicted cold snap on the horizon we are happy our children have developed such high levels of independence when it comes to preparing hot drinks. Children have been involved in a range of ways of preparing hot chocolate: using chocolate melted over the fire and using powdered cocoa in the microwave. Children and staff researched methods, tried them out and wrote up the recipe and instructions. Many children are now able to read the instructions and follow them to carefully measure and count spoonfuls, pour the milk, negotiate turn taking, stir the mixture and operate the microwave to warm the milk. During cold spells the hot chocolate has been most welcome to aid us keeping warm. Huddled around with our drinks conversation flows and it is a wonderful opportunity to share talk, thoughts and ideas.
Needless to say, all children are very independent in washing up their cups after they have enjoyed their drinks, seeing the whole process through.
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