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Hygge Friday

Apr 19, 2022

Guest Post: Sam Goldsworthy 

Since undertaking the Hygge accreditation we have really embraced the feeling of togetherness and cosiness. The one thing that struck a positive chord with us when reading about life in Denmark was the way they come together on a Friday afternoon to enjoy cake and celebrate the end of the week. We thought wowwe could do easily achieve this in our setting. So we originally planned to bake each Friday morning and come together in the afternoon to enjoy our bakes with a hot chocolate or a warm milk and reflect on the adventures that we have had together during the week.

 

Our Hygge Friday developed to include voting'. So we would choose two recipes and ensure we had ingredients for both. We placed a picture with each bake with the wording underneath for the children to be able to read or visualise the choices depending on their age and stage of development. They would often ponder then would choose a bake and write their name under the bake that they wished to vote for. This introduces ownership, child led choice, an opportunity to mark make for the younger children and for the pre schoolers to practise writing their name. Some times these choices will tie in with a theme such as Diwali, Children in Need, Valentines Day or even a birthday in the setting.

 

Once we have chosen our bake. We gather the ingredients together taking it in turns to follow the recipe weighing and adding in each ingredient to make our bake. We use the maths number stones next to the scales to encourage number recognition as well as also using our method stones so we know what method we are using such as mixing, rolling, pouring. We bake many simple recipes such as buns, muffins, scones and bread rolls as well as harder recipes such as hot cross buns, Swiss rolls it is a greta lean bring opportunity for both adults and the children. They also get top ice many different tools such as a grater, peeler, safety knives, zester etc which is a great way to strengthen those arm and hand muscles that will be used for writing in the future.  People ask about allergies and do we still bake if there is a child who has an allergy. The answer is YES we adapt the recipes where we can.

 

It is a great chance to include hands on maths as we would count each sheets vote and write the number practising number formation as well as comparing each board to see which bake won. We also have introduced a weekly affirmation card to our setting.  Examples are  Iam kind‘ ‘ I am amazing’ ‘I am proud’   These cards are part of our continuous provision and are changed weekly to encourage the children to think about the quote during the week. These are the topic of conversation during our Hygge bake time and the children will all contribute their ideas to the discussion providing some amazing examples. We may also discuss a famous person during our time together. Recently it was Rosa Parks which they were all interested and not at all happy she was not allowed on the bus because of her skin colour. This linked back to our affirmation we are amazing

 

The children would also help to lay the table by setting out the correct number of cups and saucers as well as writing name labels for themselves and their younger friends. This is a great way to incorporate some phonics practise too for our preschoolers. They would also wash and dry their dishes afterwards which is a fab way to encourage independence and ownership. This became a ritual in our setting and our children will often ask Is it Hygge Friday yet?They call it our celebration

 

It really is a cosy togetherness experience full of hands on rich learning opportunities.

 

 

Here are some of our favourite recipe bakes -

 

 

 

Easy Peasy Shortbread

 

Ingredients - 150g plain flour

100 g butter

50 g caster sugar

 

Method - Place all the ingredients into the bowl and mix using your hands to create breadcrumbs then a dough. Roll onto a floured surface and create any shape you wish. We have made so many different shapes including bugs, dinosaurs and fairies. Bake at 170c for 15 minutes take out to cool and harden.

 

 

Cheese Scones

 

Ingredients - 225g self raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

55 g butter

120g grated cheese

90ml - 100ml milk

 

Method - Add all the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix using your hands to resemble breadcrumbs. Add in the cheese then make a well and add the milk a little at a time to create a dough. Roll the dough out ensuring it is still a relative thickness and use a cutter to create your circle scones. Bake at 200c for 15-20 mins.

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