Recipe Boards ~ Bread Recipe

From the moment my two wild folk could communicate it, they have been telling me they want to do things themselves. Before they knew words, it would be in the form of noises of upset every time I did something for them. 
Fostering their independence as they grow has been a highly important part of my journey as their mother and teacher. 
Allowing them the space, confidence and tools to do things themselves so they can flourish independently from me is at times bittersweet but something I know intuitively as important.  
These recipe boards are such a perfect way to foster that independence and something that came to me after watching my five year old write out what he called “instructions” on how to make chocolate balls by drawing pictures of each ingredient. 
Its also a beautiful way to recycle any old cardboard box and turn it into a learning tool. 
Materials:
A piece of cardboard ~ we recycled a side of a cardboard box. 
A marker 
A recipe. 
Instructions:
1. Take your marker and divide the sections for ingredients and method so it’s easy for your little wild folk to follow. I personally like to use 1/3 of the space for the ingredients and the other 2/3 for the method however you can set it out however you think will be the best way for your wild folk to follow.
(Completed recipe board for bread)
2. Use your marker to create your easy to follow symbols for the ingredients. If you’re having trouble figuring out what to draw, googling your ingredient with the word “clip art” is a wonderful way to find inspiration. 
(Completed recipe board for chocolate cupcakes)
3. Once you’ve completed your ingredient list, now move on to your method. I find the best way to this is to draw a bowl and a spoon with an equal symbol for things that need mixing, a clock for any moment where things need to set and so on. If there are things that need to be mixed separately before being added together it’s a good idea to make the bowls look a little different. 
4. Now you can set out your recipe board and ingredients and let those wild folk baking as independently as possible. I like to stay close by with the recipe written down to be ready for any moment they ask for guidance. 
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Quick Bread Recipe:
Ingredients
4 cups unbleached flour 
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
2 cups of warm water
2 teaspoon Himalayan rock salt
 
Method
1.Mix in large bowl water, yeast and maple syrup and allow to sit for 5 minutes until yeast begins to foam. 
2. Add flour and salt. Stir until ingredients are mixed well and dough is stick but able to move from side of bowl. 
(If your mixture is too sticky, add small amounts of flour up to 1/2 a cup)
3. Cover your dough and allow to sit for 2 hours. 
4. Slightly oil your hands and take out dough. At this point you can divide the dough into rolls, or use it as one larger loaf ~ we often use this recipe for small dinner rolls. 
5. Allow rolls or loaves to rise for a further 20 minutes before placing in oven and baking for  30-35 minutes at 180C 
For more assistance in creating your recipe board please visit our Instagram www.instagram.com/wildwattlefolk and please tag us or send any photos of your little ones enjoying creating with our tutorials to be featured on the end of the month posts.