Over the holidays we always do some sort of baking. Most recently we made a batch of shortbread cookies, and as we were going through the process of reading the recipe, measuring out the ingredients, mixing everything together and baking them I realized that we had likely spoken more than 2000 words in just this one batch of cookies.
Another tradition in our house is to have Elvis' Christmas album playing in the background when decorating the tree or baking. We were busy singing along to the songs, and in singing 'Santa Claus Is Back In Town,' we sang 134 words, not to mention the many other songs on the album.
The recipe calls for the ingredients to be sifted. Sifting was a new word for my daughter and we talked about what it meant and how the flour, corn starch and sugar looked different before and after it had been sifted. So not only did we get a few more words in, and new words to boot, but she was also learning about the changes through cause and effect.
As we read through the recipe and measured out the ingredients, she was developing math skills and sequencing as she lined up the measuring cups from biggest to smallest.
The learning opportunities are endless when doing everyday activities and they are meaningful to the child as it is relatable to their everyday life. As my daughter refers to it, it is 'FUN LEARNING!'
Here is the recipe for our Shortbread Cookies if you want to get 2000 Words in a Batch of Cookies!
- 1/2 c icing sugar
- 1 c all purpose flour
- 1/2 c corn starch
- 3/4 c butter
Sift together icing sugar, all purpose flour and corn starch. Mix with butter then knead. Cook for 20 - 25 minutes @ 300 F. Do not grease the cookie sheet.