Sunday, October 14, 2012

Family Camp Weekend with Head Start

During the first weekend in October, camp was full of families from Northwestern Settlement's Head Start Program. They arrived on Friday evening and then spent all day Saturday playing at camp, Sunday was pack-up, clean-up and leave day.

Saturday morning, we went on a tour of camp with the families. But,  of course, since Alex and I were leading the tours; they quickly became nature walks. Families gathered natural items such as leaves and nuts for their family picture frame. I regret not having photos of their finished frames because they were fantastic.

In the afternoon, the families made rock collections. Some family members looked up the rocks they found to identify them. Others followed my example and made up names for their rocks such as "sparkle rock" and "red rock.". Regardless of their I.D.s, the rocks looked professional glued to a piece of cardboard and labelled.

Later, the adults had the option of "Baking with Val". We made Teddy Bear bread. The bread turned out very nicely AND tasted good too. This is a good project to do with your children. "Kneading" the bread lets them get their hands into it.

Teddy Bear Bread Recipe
Mix together in a bowl 2/3 cup warm water and 1 package of yeast.
Add 1 tsp of sugar and 1/2 tsp of salt
Stir Well
Add 1 cup of flour and 1/4 cup of softened salted butter
Mix well 
Put about 1 cup of flour on the counter and spread it out.
Scoop the mixture onto the counter.
Put flour on your hands and knead  Work in the flour on the table. You will know that you have worked in enough flour when the bread no longer sticks to the counter (or your hands) and is smooth and elastic.
Divide the bread into balls and design your own animal on a baking sheet.
We made Teddy Bear's but you can make any shape such as a turtles or fish.
Decorate with raisins.

Let rise for 30 minutes in a warm place until bigger.
Bake in oven at 350 for 15 minutes.

And then eat it warm from the oven. Yum! Yum!

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