I have been looking forward to doing this activity for some time. I found some small dinosaur figures in PoundLand and bought dark chocolate so that I wouldn’t be tempted to eat it all during the activity! I melted the chocolate in the microwave, poured it into a shallow tray and placed the dinosaurs and trees around the box.
I dipped some of the dinosaurs feet into the chocolate ‘mud’ and stomped them around the box so Adam would get the idea.
The problem is that Adam hasn’t had any experience of dinosaurs. He looked blankly at them and then at me in anticipation that it would all make sense. I put on my best dinosaur growl and made the dinosaurs stomp around the box a few more times. However, this just made Adam cry as I roared a few too many times.
We weren’t getting anywhere so I scooped up the dinosaurs and quickly replaced them with diggers.
Suddenly Adam knew what to do and was scooping up the chocolate mud and transporting it to the other side of the box. A much easier activity!
Note to self: Next time you use melted chocolate as an activity make sure you tidy up straight away. Removing set chocolate from digger wheels isn’t easy!
In homage to Despicable Me 2 being released on DVD we also made Minion cakes. Adam is a huge fan of Despicable Me. I hate cooking cakes. Its even worse making them dairy free so I dont usually bother. I had bought Minion cake toppers though and thought it would be the perfect chance to use them. We followed a childrens recipe book I used to use with my class and substituted all the milk based products with soya. I placed a cloth on the floor and Adam did all of the mixing there. He got really involved with the mixing and kept taking my spoon from me.
Once the cakes were made I iced them using yellow icing sugar and placed a minion on top. I dont think I shall be opening a cake shop just yet! They were ready in time for us to watch Despicable Me 2.
* Shallow tray
* Cooking chocolate
* Small figures – dinosaurs or transport
Adam was 18 months old.
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