Last weeks story was The Little Red Hen. It was already a favorite around here, but somehow the story is always different when it is acted acted rather then read in a book. With a busy week, we didn't get a chance to do too many related activities, but of course, we made bread.
We make bread here often, every few days in fact. Somedays I sneak into the kitchen and try to get everything mixed up quickly, but more often then not, there are little hands ready to get their hands working and the rhythmic feeling of kneading is as soothing to them as it is to me. I really think it is simply impossible to be grumpy when you knead bread.
Spending time in the kitchen each week preparing food together is one of the greatest joys of motherhood, right up there with sitting around the table and sharing that food together. Beyond simply teaching Hadley and Finley the basics of cooking like measuring, pouring, and mixing, cooking teaches them to take turns, to value the work that went into food preparation, and to enjoy those simple 'chores' that fill our days.
Favorite Little Red Hen Links:
Love these wooden little red hen figures
Oh and these too
These knit hens are perfect for retelling the story.
These activities look simple and fun
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I shared at: Seasons of Joy