Make Your Own Flour from Wheat Stalk

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Harvest season is over and you’ve spotted some stray wheat stalks left in the fields? You can bundle them to create a decorative wheat centerpiece…or pick them up to show your kids that flour comes indeed from grain

Prep time: 15 mins ¦ Activity time: 2 hours¦ 5 years+¦ Easy

Making flour at home is fun, but it takes some time. If your kids are younger than 5 or a bit restless, allow time for some other activities in between the different stages of the process!

What you’ll need:
Ripe wheat stalks (if they are not ripe, they will not grind properly and will squash instead); sieve; manual coffee grinder (this is what I found at home that was strong enough to grind wheat grains, but you might be able to use something else); pestle and mortar; bowl.

 

What you do:
-remove chaff and straw by shaking the wheat stalks
-sort grains and check for impurities

 

 

 

 


-put grains in the coffee grinder : this is the best part for kids, who love using this old machine.
What you get is crushed grains, and already some flour has formed
-use a pestle to grind grains further

 

 

 

 

-pass this through a sieve so as to separate flour from the biggest bits of crushed wheat grains, and grind the remaining grains

-ask your kids to weight the flour they’ve obtained. It will probably not be much, but they will shine with the pride of having made it from the raw ingredients!

-choose an easy recipe and use the flour (if needed, cheat by adding some store bought flour) to bake a cake: eating it fresh out of the oven will make up for all your kids efforts!


Mystery Smell Contest

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Kids love experimenting with their senses, and grown-ups love being asked to: I bet your family will enjoy this Mystery Smell Contest on a late summer afternoon just before dinner, or on a rainy Sunday morning. I found that this contest works with all ages, and kids will surprise you with their answers!

Prep time: 2h ¦ Activity time: 30 mins ¦ Age: 3 + ¦ Easy

What you’ll need:
-5 to 10 identical small plastic containers on which you can easily add a lid, such as empty yogurt pots
-Colored paper or paint to cover the containers if they are transparent, so that you can’t see through
-5 to 10 fragrant items (when possible, use them in powder form, as it’s easier to manage than fluids which at some point will land on your carpet)
-Gauze (or other thin material) to cover the containers while letting the smell through, and elastic or scotch tape to attach it. Alternatively you can use a blindfold for participants; in this case, just place a normal lid on each container to hide its content before the game starts.
-Photos illustrating each smell for younger kids.

What to do
Depending on participants’ age, choose the number (between 5 and 10) and type of flavours you will use: easy smells for younger kids and tricky ones for older ones. Remember to always keep some easy ones so that everyone has the pleasure of guessing correctly at least once.

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Instruments de musique

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Quel plaisir de pouvoir fabriquer soi-même des instruments de musique et découvrir quels sons produisent les assemblages les plus surprenants!

Durée: 45 min¦ A partir de 5 ans ¦ Facile

Ce bricolage est accessible aux plus jeunes, et se décline sur une grande variété de supports. Des lentilles, des perles de rocaille ou du riz au fond d’une boite métalliques ou même plastique produisent déjà un son intéressant, mais si en plus on ferme la boite avec un ballon de baudruche, celle-ci se transforme en tambour. Lire la suite »