Thursday, March 20, 2008

& Easter comes again...

Well it's that time of year again... For me more about Zeke's Birthday than anything as he was born on Easter, but of course definately about Easter for the kids!

So coming (more to come) are some photos of the projects that came home from class today - to the right is Jake's easter Basket the children each painted (the paper) and made including the fingerknitted 'handle', the Easter egg he dyed, the Easter Buns the class made and some eggs from kids who bought them to give out and share.
Here's the Bun that Jake picked from the class basket, for Zeke. (Zeke and I were 'Class One' students for a little while to help with the prep for the making and baking of the buns) So Zeke got to make one too.
To the right is the little bunny that Brooke 'gave' for Brenna from the things she received from Aunty R and Nanna E... from them also, Brenna's garden has a new plant, a Star Jasmine... I am looking forward to being able to plant it...

Easy Easter Crafts

Jake sewed this one in Kindergarten a few Easters ago
Simply felt, thread, whatever you want for an eye (can be felt too) and beak,
and leave an opening in the bottom of the 'egg' for the popstick, to which you attach the chicken.

So first you don't see him... then a little... then POP!

Easy Pom Pom Bunny
make your pom pom and just when it comes time to cut the loops and tie the middle, also 'tie in' the bunny ears as shown in the pic (an ear on each end of a longer piece of felt). Then when you're done, and you've cut the loops, choose which end is the 'head' end of the bunny and trim it smaller, so you get the front that's trimmed as the head and the bit that's not trimmed as the back and back end. This one is another playgroup one.
Should look something like this (but better!)

And here's the recipe we're using to make Easter Buns this weekend... I think... unless I use one of the recipes from the Nappycino thread!

Hot Cross Buns
an easter activity from Fiona McVey

Pre-heat the oven to 210C and grease/line the baking trays.
  • 4 cups plain flour (or 2 cups plain and 2 cups atta/spelt flour)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2/3 cup sultanas (or mixture of sultanas and currants)
  • 60 grams butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar or honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • baking paper, milk for glazing and extra flour for the table/board.
  • For the cross you'll need 1/2 cup plain flour and water to mix
~*~ the Method ~*~
(Times are highlighted in blue)
  1. Cream the yeast with 1tsp each of sugar and flour, add lukewarm milk and mix well. Cover and leave for 10-15mins, in a warm place, until the mixture is frothy.
  2. Sift flour, salt, sugar and spices into a large bowl. Rub in the butter and add the beaten egg, sultanas, currants and yeast mixture.
  3. Leave mixture to stand in warm place for 40mins
  4. Punch douhg down and knead well
  5. break the dough into 3 pieces, then cut each third into 5 pieces (15 total)
  6. To make the pastry for the crosses, mix last two ingredients on the ingredients list together, divide and roll out to make crosses (long 'snakes' crossed over each other)
Bake 210C for 15-20 mins or until done.

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