To do: Grind flour or coffee beans at home.
Time: 30 minutes
Materials: Mortar and Pestle or hand-crank grinder
Use a mortar and pestle to a) get some energy out and b) have some great homemade flour!
One of the exciting parts of tortilla or bread making is the actual act of grinding your own flour. Have you ever tried it?!
There are plenty of tools to do this for you, and of course you can buy regular ground flour, but we invite you to make this a special activity to let your child learn about the processes some foods go to before they get to us, and to practice gross motor movements!
While it may be too much to ask of a young child to grind enough flour to make bread or cookies, it’s still fun to get grain and grind it using a mortar and pestle if you have one handy in the kitchen. Or, just use two rocks to show how grain can be ground to make the things we eat!
Activity: Grind your own flour!
This activity is easy if you buy some wheat berries of any sort from the grocery store or you can even do it with coffee beans to simulate the process.
Get a handful of wheat or coffee beans and place it in a kid-size mortar and pestle (we love this one). Help your child finely grind the beans. It can be even more helpful to have some already ground in a separate container so your child can see what flour (or coffee beans) look like when they are ready to be used.
For the older child, extend the activity by having them help you measure out flour and other ingredients to bake cookies. For your younger child, pair the gross motor grinding activity with a fine motor and sensory activity such as molding the cookie dough into balls before baking!
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