Small groups of children washed their hands and sat at the table listening intently as the experience was introduced.
Children were given the choice what to include in their pinwheels, then began spreading butter or Vegemite on the pastry before sprinkling the cheese on.
Not only did this support fine motor development and dexterity, but enhanced cognitive skills. Pre-mathematical concepts were again introduced (thick, thin, long, short and measuring).
Sprinkling cheese on the pastry proved too tempting for some children, who decided that they needed to 'taste test' the cheese prior to using it.
We introduced the concept of time into the program as children anxiously waited to see their pinwheels cooked and then wait long enough for them to cool so they could be eaten.
This was such a successful experience, I cant wait to add other cooking experiences into the program.