These Little Fingers.

Mum to three little wonders, blogging about things I love to care and share.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Buns with spicy filling


Savoury Buns


Dough :


Ingredients

1/2 cup Milk
1/2cup water
3 tbsp  unsalted butter
4 cups flour
2 1/2 tblsp active dry yeast
3 tbsp sugar
3 eggs beaten
2 tsp salt

(1 egg  beaten with 2 tbsps water , for egg wash)
seseme seeds(optional)



Instructions
  1. Prepare a warm water mixture : In a small saucepan, combine the milk, water, and butter. Warm over medium heat until butter is melted. Cool for about 5 minutes, or until temperature is 120-130 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl combine 2 cups of the  flour, the yeast, sugar and salt. Add the warm water mixture, followed by the beaten eggs, (mixing on low speed if  using an electric stand mixer fitted with a dough hook which makes the job pretty easier!). 
  3. Add the remaining  flour 2 tablespoons at a time (while mixing on medium low speed until dough almost clears the bowl) and is only a slightly sticky to the touch (It's okay if some dough sticks to your fingers). You may not need all of the remaining flour, or you may need more than is called for. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 5-7 minutes more.
  4. Gather dough into a ball and place in a greased bowl. Cover with cling wrap(Spray some cling wrap with  cooking spray ) and put in a warm place and allow to rise until doubled, 1 to 2 hours.
  5. Punch down dough and let rest for a few minutes. Divide dough into eight equal pieces and shape into balls. 
  6.  Grab a ball flatten it with your fingers in to a disc..spoon your curry filling  in the center.
  7. Now bring the border together in to a bundle  .Turn it over, place  filled buns on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. 
  8. Spray cling wrap with non-stick cooking spray and place over the shaped buns. Return to a warm place and continue to rise for an additional 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  9. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  10.  Brush buns with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired.
  11. Bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
(recipe adapted from Completely Delicious)
In order to keep your buns soft, here's an important tip ,

Right after taking the buns out of the oven dab some butter on the buns and keep them covered with a tea-towel for a couple of minutes to soften .

Curry Filling


Curry leaves
 Onions 2
Garlic 2 tsp
Mince Meat 500g
Red Chili powder(1-2 tsp,
 curry powder (1 tbsp)
 turmeric powder(1/2 tsp)
 paprika 1-1/2tsp )
Tomato paste
Salt
Worcestershire sauce 2tbsp
Black pepper powdered 2tsp


Saute the onions curry leaves along with the crushed garlic. Add salt. When onions are softened add the mince meat, turmeric powder, chili powder, paprika powder, curry powder. Then add the tomato paste. You could add green chilies as well. Cook for a couple of minutes until done.


Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Sticks and Shapes

 Here's an activity which  can  help kids get excited about shapes!

 You will need  some plastic  straws or, toothpicks, matchsticks/crafts sticks. And then get your child create shapes and pictures out of them. This  activity could be  used with 7-year-olds and upwards.

  Through this activity,  children will learn how two or more geometrical shapes can be used together to form a new geometrical shape or design.

This activity helps children improve hand eye coordination and lays and a great foundation for mastering geometrical shapes.

Older children will be able to create 3D shapes. You could also extend this activity by having your children tessellate the geometrical shapes they create.


Well, this activity kept my children busy for a good hour or so.

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Early Learning with Digital Technologies

 Let's go hunting for shapes!



Hi everyone, here's an activity to help your  little ones with shape recognition!

Like most children, my son has mastered names of shapes and numbers through various resources,  but also  not to mention with various digital games and apps. So I went on to  help him recognise shapes in everday objects using the device he likes to use. 

Well, grab a Smart phone or  any other digital device and get your child hunt for various shapes. Once  you and your child start hunting for shapes together , your little one will recognise that shapes and patterns are all around us: on clocks, on his bicycle, his plate and so on . Thus, this activity will help children reinforce names of geometrical shapes and help visualise  existence of them in everyday objects.

You could also have the captured pictures printed out in order to make a "My Shapes Book" for your child to enjoy. You could also get your child trace over the shapes using the pictures.







In addition to many shape  recognition games available online, this activity was really fun and effective with my son. I believe there are many creative ways of using digital technologies to help children learn while having fun.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Lego Fun

Hi all,

Here's how I kept  my kids busy these school holidays. Yep, with lots and  lots of Lego bricks...

Lego Maze

Steve from Minecraft

Great way to engage your kids is to get them spell their name...

Practice spelling


Lego pencil holder
Have fun!




Thursday, 26 February 2015

Arty Vege Print


 Vegetable Print Art

My kids had fun creating this  awesome vege printing .

This activity suits all ages.

Here's  we  have created some red rose prints using  bok choy (Chinese cabbage).

Cut out the stem of the bok choy and  dip into paint .
Use some glitter dust here..
and stamp onto paper..



 
Finally, finish up with some leaf prints.

Number Chart 1-10

Printable Number Chart 1-10

My preschooler is really interested in numbers. He loves counting and   I thought of sharing this printable number  chart  which i put together.







 
The chart is free and printable in pdf format: download the 1 2 3 4 5 chart here. 

Now you can use this colourful chart to count up to 10.

You can print this chart and have it stuck on the wall ,fridge or desk. 

 Have fun counting numbers with you child; ask what comes next and what comes before.
Count down from ten with your child.

Make it fun  
Use  a torch and flash onto the number and get your child shout out the number.

Laminate  the printed number chart and use it as a place mat,
or 
use a dry erase marker to trace the numbers( when your child is ready to write).

Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, 23 September 2014

School Project:THE FOUR SEASONS



 THE FOUR SEASONS
Diorama

Here 's how we went about doing our school project; the four seasons.


YOU WILL NEED:

A sturdy board for the base .
Styrofoam 
Brown paper /bag
Coloured paper
Cotton wool
PVA Glue
Glue gun
Some paint


Begin by fixing the Styrofoam on the sturdy board.
 Use your glue gun to glue it  in place.

Paint the backgrounds; Spring -green, Autumn -yellow brown and orange , Summer- yellow and blue.,winter we left it white/ silver.

We used the brown paper to make the trees. Cut out flowers and leaves out of colored paper.
We glued the trees, leaves flowers and cotton balls-use your glue gun for this.




SPRING


AUTUMN


WINTER






Cut out few slits to form branches

twist the slits...



Finally,  glue the Arctic Hare in each season and show how they adopt to each season!.


Monday, 15 September 2014

Geolastic- Geoboard

Geo-Lastic Art



Hi everyone. I found this awesome manipulative toy, from my local toy library. The Geoboard . It is a great tool for exploring mathematical concepts.










I let my son (nearly 3) stretch bands around pegs to form line segments and create shapes, alphabet and numbers. My older kids(8,6) joined in the fun too.









The Geolastic Number Board comes  with alphabets and number visual cues, therefore children could copy them on the board.









I helped my son  copy the shape made by his his sister. He really liked it.

Making shapes on Geoboard, could  help improve his fine motor skills .









The virtual version  of Geoboards can be found below in the following links, where older kids/school aged kids could have ample fun:

Math Playground- http://www.mathplayground.com/geoboard.html
Geoboard,  by The Math Learning Center


 Have fun making shapes , alphabets, numbers and geometrical  shaped pictures too.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Sensory bin


 I have been setting up sensory bins for my son . I am a bit afraid of mess; but I use it as an opportunity to teach about cleaning up!






We talked about colours, shapes and textures . We tried sorting objects by  colour. We scooped out all the blue objects out of the bin!

When children are playing with sand, rice and so on they are learning to experiment. I use common household objects like spoon,forks,lids ....they are great learning tools.

Messy sensory play with sand ,water,fingerpaint or dirt gives your child the chance to play alone  observe,copy others,initiate new ideas and use words and gestures to express..

We tried playing a game: number of the day...





Add numbers in to your sensory bin (it can be foam numbers or plastic number magnets)

I love those little craft foam numbers!

Get your child pick/scoop or help him use a tong to pick all the "Number of the Day".., Why not, Letter of the day?, Shape of the day?

By getting to scoop out stuff  and use tongs to pick stuff help him develop his fine motor skills!


This is how we went about playing the" shape recognition game...


 That's it for now, thanks for stopping by..

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Fairy Bread

I  made these  cute fairy- breads just to put a smile on my little ones' faces.


 
 Slice your bread and butter them,  then coat the buttered slice with hundreds an thousands . Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes and place on top of the hundreds an thousands coated slice!









Have fun!