Peppermint bread flour dough topped with pomegranate and cucumbers

I am always in wonder as i see how these mums value the art of Sensory Play and treats them seriously by spending a lot of time engaging their children in the five senses. They include scent from freshly made fruits and food when possible and offer a wide range of texture, and even sound (e.g. from cutting and use of the blender). I was finally motivated to make bread dough after chancing upon this great recipe from Learn-Play-Imagine. However, i didn’t use apples. I ended up using my leftover/unwanted Peppermint leaves and Pomegranate and cucumbers. This was my first attempt at ‘fresh’ herb (as opposed to dried ones). I personally dislike using too much food items as it goes a bit against my cultural value on not to waste food. However, i was happy to use leftovers that were not fresh to be cooked but still decent enough for play in this case. In a way, it adds to a new twist of textures and flavours as the combinations can be bizarre! The peppermint smelt refreshing.

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As you can see, the two had a delightful time making the bread dough from scratch, measuring and pouring, plucking the leaves and blending it. They managed to only make one decent batch and the rest was just exploring with more water, more oil, more of everything….They ended their play with a drip of yellow food colouring to make it resemble  a local dish they were ‘cooking’. I provided pots and pans, spetulas, scoops, muffin tray and measuring cups. The playmat that you see was actually recycled many times and was a home drawn mat for toy car play. It has finally reached its full life span after this messy play. The beauty of this Sensory Play lies in the amount of learning they would have received (i.e. cooking skills like measuring, scooping, operating a blender, science on how the dough will lose its form with too much water etc) through fun. All these also increased their willingness to help around the kitchen as they are not averse to mess or unfamiliar textures in the process of baking and cooking.

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