The aim of this session is for children to learn that scones can be eaten as a healthy snack and that different ingredients can be added to scones. The main activity, ‘Have a go’, involves the children learning how to make scones by rubbing-in, pressing and cutting-out.
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Prepare the ingredients and equipment in advance. What you will need is listed on the Scrummy scones recipe. You will also need a selection of ingredients which can be added to scones, e.g. grated cheese, sultanas, dried apricots, dried herbs. The ingredients and equipment will not be needed until the ‘Have a go’ activity.
Before the session, buy 2 different types of scone, e.g. savoury - cheese, sweet – sultana. Prepare 2 small, sample sized pieces of scone for each child. See ‘Tempting
children to taste food’ guidance in the leader’s guide. Re-cap that in session 3 we were talking about healthy snacks and we were looking at dips with fruit and vegetable dippers. Explain that there are other healthy snacks we can eat such as scones.
Question the children:
- What is a scone?
- What does it look like?
- What does it taste like?
Explain to the children that you have got two different types of scone for them to try. Give all the children the first sample. Explain that they need to use their senses to try the scone. First ask them to tell you how it feels in their hand and then how it smells. Draw out descriptive vocabulary, e.g. soft, light, cheesey. Let the children taste the sample and discuss what it is like, e.g. what does it feel like in your mouth? What does it taste like? Repeat this with the second sample. Can the children taste the difference? Can they tell what different ingredients are in each? Explain that scones can have different ingredients such as cheese, sultanas, dried apricots or dried herbs.
Have a go
Organise the children into groups of 4. Each group should work with an adult. Ensure the children are ready to cook, e.g. aprons on, hands washed. Preheat the oven so that it will be hot when the scones are ready to be cooked. Decide with the children what additional ingredient will be added to the mix, e.g. dried fruit, cheese. Work with the children to make the scone dough. Show them how to weigh and measure the ingredients. Let all the children have a go rubbing-in and helping make the dough. Divide the dough into 4. Show the children the rolling pin and what it does, but explain that they can use their hands to press the dough when making scones.
Let each child shape, press and cut their dough. They should be able to make 2-3 scones each depending on the size of the cutters. If you do not have cutters, make a large scone and score it into 4 with a knife. Let the children watch you put the scones in the oven, wearing oven gloves. Explain that they need to cook. Explain that the oven is very hot and makes the food hot. The oven should only be used by adults. When the scones are ready, remove them from the oven, allow them to cool and then let the children eat them. Talk about what they are like and how they compare with the other scones they tried.
Cut out and laminate the ‘Equipment cards’. Go through the name and job of each piece of equipment. Place all the cards on the table and cover them with a light piece of material. Remove a card without showing the children. Uncover the cards and see if the children can name the piece of equipment which has been removed. You could give them clues based on the job the equipment does. Repeat this several times and then allow the children to take turns being the person who removes a card. You might find it easier to use 4 cards to play this game initially and then build up the number of cards used as the children improve.
Make a copy of the ‘At home’ sheet for each of the children. Explain to the children what the letter says and enthuse them about helping to prepare scones at home with their parent or carer.
Give children the opportunity to help rub-in or stir the mixture.
Provide children with a little dough, allowing them to shape it.
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