Happy Mother’s Day to all the great moms out there! In the spirit of a common gift given on this holiday, we are chatting about ... Flower Candies!! They are also the perfect spring treat! This is a cooking task children can do with less supervision and support than many other kitchen activities. They can also practice following directions and fine motor skills while creating these candies.
As we have done in the past, we are going to list the directions to complete the task first. Then we’ll break the post into two sections, based on target language skills. Read the portion that best applies to your child’s communication goals.
Materials: snap pretzels, white chocolate chips, M&Ms candy
Emerging Language Skills
This refers to kiddos not consistently communicating, or doing so with 1-2 word utterances.
Core Words: I, you, it, want, more, done, help, like, put, on, in, eat, yellow, pink (or any colors used)
Nouns: M&M, candy, pretzel, plate, microwave
Combine the target words in a variety of ways to describe the events taking place during the activity. The idea is to model 1-3 word utterances, so that they are simple enough for your child to imitate. Provide lots of positive praise for any independent utterances. Here are some sample phrases to model:
I want pretzel
I want plate
Put on chocolate
Put in microwave
Put on pretzel
Put on candy
Put on red
I want eat
No more pretzels
I want help
I like yellow
I like pretzels
Expanding Language Skills
This refers to kiddos communicating with complete sentences, who need to increase their vocabulary, or combine sentences to produce narratives.
To help your child use higher level vocabulary, you must model the use of these words so they can learn the proper context for them. Here are five suggested words to infuse into the directions for the activity:
Distribute the chocolate chips evenly. Each pretzel should have three.
Press the yellow M&M into the center of the softened chocolate.
Arrange six candies around the center for the petals.
In a few minutes, the chocolate will become firmer and the candies will be ready for serving!
As you are giving the directions, emphasize use of sequencing words (I.e. first, then, next, last) to model narrative skills. After completing the activity, ask your child to describe the process, or to practice telling someone else how to make flower candies. Provide cues to help them retell if necessary!
Love cooking with kiddos? Checkout s'more of our fun food posts! What other treats do your kiddos enjoy creating? Tell us in the comments!