While I’ve been on maternity leave, Mark has been staying home from his Montessori School 3 days a week. I’ve been trying to find fun activities for us to do while he’s at home. I realized while looking through fun activities on Pinterest labelled “Toddler Activities” that Mark is not really a toddler anymore :) He’s more of a Preschooler! Which means we have to up our game! He’d be bored with the toddler games!
When Mark goes back to school full-time next month he is going to be in the Primary class for 3-5 year olds. (He will be the youngest one, but the administrator felt he was ready to move up).
So I realized we need to do more of helping Mark do things himself, and teaching him how to do them. Today Mark made his own lunch, he got to decide how to put his meat and cheese on his sandwich, and I just helped with the mayonnaise and cutting it. I think he really enjoyed this, and he even ate the entire thing, which he never does. He also practiced pouring his milk into the cup while I held the cup. One of the major points of Montessori learning is daily life activities, and Mark always does great at these tasks.
After lunch, Mark got to help make dessert – M&M Cookies!
There’s a ton of photos here, the recipe is at the very bottom. :) Enjoy!
First, let Mom measure out all the ingredients.
Note our olive egg from our backyard chickens!
Then we wash our hands…
(Don’t worry, Mom washed before starting too)
And read the recipe…
Mix together our flour, salt and baking soda.
Set that aside and mix together the butter and sugars.
Then add the vanilla extract and mix.
Add the egg and mix.
Add the flour mixture in, and mix it well
Now for the best part! Sneak an m&m or two…
Then pour them into the batter
Mix it up well
Looks like Mom needs to buy a new spatula, whoops!
Okay, time to scoop out some cookies!
Count them to make sure Mom did it right
Wrap up and save the rest of your batter in the freezer for another day.
Bake the cookies…
Decorate with the rest of the m&ms.
Wait patiently for them to cool…
Soft & Chewy M&M Cookies
- 2 1/4 cups Cake Flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup butter, soft
- 2/3 cup white sugar
- 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 1 large package m&ms, separated
- Preheat oven to 350
- Combine flour, salt and baking soda and set aside
- Combine butter, sugar and brown sugar, mix until creamy
- Add vanilla extra, mix well
- Add egg, mix well
- Slowly incorporate the flour mixture into the wet ingredients
- Add most of the m&ms, mix by hand.
- Scoop onto cookie sheet and bake
- After baking, top with extra m&ms
- Cool & Enjoy!