A Whale of a Roll

 

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When you’ve been having a whale of a good time with your Baleen Whale crate from Kiwi Co., you continue the fun with these adorable whale bread rolls. These would be fantastic in a bento box, if you’re into lunchtime art!

To start, Travis made ovals about the size of his fist from store-bought bread dough, which we arranged on a baking sheet.

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Shape smaller portions of dough into the fins and tails. (Note: he had trouble shaping the tails, so I made a rough V-shape for each, which he stuck to the whale bodies).

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Next we pressed a raisin into each “whale” for an eye; make sure to press these in quite deep, or they will pop out during baking.

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Use kitchen scissors to snip a small slice into the front of each whale, and pull open slightly to make a mouth.

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Bake at 425 degrees for 12 minutes.

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Let cool, then poke a hole in the top for each blowhole – a straw worked nicely.

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As the finishing touch, I cut Daiya cheese sticks into small slices, and divided these into thirds to be the spouting water; carefully insert one water spout into each blowhole.

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Thar she blows!

 

Make a Paper Chef’s Hat

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Of all the Raddish Kids lessons we’ve enjoyed thus far, the suggested “Kitchen Brigade” unit to go with our Croque Monsieur Sandwiches was the hardest to adapt for a preschooler. It involves learning and identifying the different jobs within the classic French kitchen hierarchy, and was a stretch to make this material accessible to my four year old.

Instead, I turned the focus onto him being a chef… with his own chef’s hat (toque) of course!

First, cut about 3 feet of parchment paper. Travis was really into the feel of the paper, since we don’t use it very often. “What’s this?” he asked, delighted.

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Fold up accordion-style, then unfold; your paper now has a pleated look.

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Tape two sheets of regular white paper together for the base of the hat.

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Fold in half, then in half again, and open back up. Fit the parchment paper into this base, and staple closed at the ends and middle.

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Gather together the top of the parchment paper, and tape to secure.

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Now fold the whole hat inside out, tucking the tapered point inside. Staple together (make sure the hat will fit your child’s head before stapling), and voila!

Note: If the directions are hard to follow, you can get a visual of the project here.

Next my little chef de cuisine and I did sit down briefly to discuss kitchen roles. I simplified greatly, selecting 6 jobs for him: chef de cuisine, sous chef, patissier, aboyeur, line cook, and plongeur (dish washer).

There are multiple games that big kids can play by making flash cards for each of these jobs (plus many other roles): memory games; charades; role playing; or “who’s the boss,” (i.e. knowing the order of the kitchen hierarchy. Rather than play a true memory game, I simply had Travis name each job while looking at the flash cards we made, and tell me which job it was.

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In this way, at least he knew 6 kitchen roles, and roughly their hierarchy, since we numbered them 1 through 6.

Overall, I doubt he took much from the lesson… But he did like his toque!

Busy Bee

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It was a bee-themed day with Veronika today!

For some tactile fun and auditory fun, first we played a game where my finger was a “bee.”

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This little bee would buzz buzz buzz around her, only to land on a cheek or a tummy or a tushie and give a little tickle.

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She soon seemed to anticipate the landing, and watched my finger in delight. Note: this move is also great for developing your baby’s eyesight, since he or she should track your buzzing finger with their eyes; I remember playing the same game with Travis!

I then made her own finger the little buzzing bee, directing her hand up to her cheek with a buzz.

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To continue the apian fun, I drew some very cartoonish bees on yellow construction paper, which were a great visual while she lay in her bassinet.

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I also pulled out a favorite book with bees to look at (Buzz Buzz Baby by Karen Katz).

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We even found a little stuffed bee to play with, all of which made for fun at tummy time!

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