Wednesday is science day!
In the story ‘How may legs?’ they all have a tea party.
If we want to have a tea party we need to make some tea time treats!
Before we can do that we need to make sure we have clean hands. (Teaching hand hygiene at the moment is more important than ever.)
We need clean hands so that we don’t get germs in the food or in our mouths as that could make us poorly.
Germs are like teeny, tiny bugs, so small we can’t see them, but that doesn’t mean they are not there. We can pick up germs from everything we touch and pass them on to other people. Some germs are bad and can make us poorly.
Here is a simple experiment to show how germs can spread easily and what it would be like if germs were big enough to see!
Sprinkle some glitter on your child’s hands and ask them to wash the glitter off with water. They might find it quite difficult to get all the glitter off. At this point, repeat the experiment, and ask them to wash their hands again, with water and soap this time. You can explain that the glitter represents germs, which is why it’s so important to wash our hands with soap. Also, to show them how germs spread by touch, put glitter on your hand and touch your child's shoulder, hands and hair.
Parents and caretakers play an important role in teaching children to wash their hands. Hand washing can become a lifelong healthy habit if you start teaching it at an early age. Teach children the 5 hand washing steps and the key times to wash hands, such as after using the bathroom or before eating. You can find ways to make it fun, like making up your own hand washing song or turning it into a game.
Follow these five steps every time.
1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Tea party treats
Now your hands are lovely and clean, are you and your grown
up ready to make some delicious treats? Maybe chocolate cereal
cakes or chocolate covered fruit - Yummy!
Chocolate covered fruit
Bar of milk chocolate
Favourite fruit (banana, strawberries, apple, pear)
Prepare your favourite fruit - for example: peel and chop the banana into chunks.
Wash the strawberries, pat them dry and remove the stalks.
Stick the pieces of fruit on to a fork, skewer or kebab stick.
Break the bar of chocolate into chunks and place into a microwavable bowl or a saucepan. What can you say about the chocolate? It is hard/ solid. How can we change the chocolate to make it runny? We need to melt it. Grown ups should melt the chocolate (if it’s safe to do so please show the children the stages of the chocolate going from solid to liquid.)
Allow the chocolate to cool a little to a safe temperature. Dip the fruit in to the runny, melted chocolate until it is covered. You can eat it whilst the chocolate is yummy, runny and messy or place it on some baking paper or a plate. What will happen to the chocolate now? As it cools it will harden again and change back from runny (liquid) to hard (solid).
Chocolate cereal cakes
100g milk or dark chocolate, broken into chunks
3 tbsp golden syrup
100g cornflake (you can use a different cereal, rice crispies work well, you can also just use chocolate but when it sets it can be a little hard).
Children: Weigh out the ingredients. Older children can do this by themselves with supervision and little ones can help to pour or spoon ingredients into the weighing scales. Put 50g butter, 100g milk or dark chocolate, broken into chunks and 3 tbsp golden syrup in a saucepan or microwavable bowl. Put 100g cornflakes in another large bowl.
2. Grown ups: Melt the weighed butter, chocolate and golden syrup in the saucepan over a low heat or briefly in the microwave. Allow to cool a little before pouring over the cornflakes.
3. Children: Stir the ingredients together gently using a wooden spoon. Spoon the mixture into 12 cupcake cases arranged on a muffin tray (or baking sheet, if you don’t have one). Grown ups will need to do this for younger children or simply arrange on a tray and let the mess happen. Put in the fridge to set.
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