Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Unveiling A New Practical Life Exercise

It has been about two weeks since school let out for the summer and I am already thinking about new Practical Life materials for next year. My thoughts have been ignited by a recent find at a local thrift. I am so excited about putting it in the classroom and have already searched the web and found eggless recipes. I feel confident the children will mastered this new material quickly as they made their own playdoh last year. What was also great about my find was that it was in mint condition and all of the pieces were included in the slightly battered box.

I was also thinking that they could use it to make snack on occassion. Obviously, an adult would have to complete the last steps to prepare it and then the children could serve it cold with garlic and olive oil or hot with red sauce. Ooops...I think I have given too many clues. You have probably guessed my new Practical Life material. If not, let me tell you now - making pasta. I found an impressive child's pasta machine for $5.00 at the Goodwill. It is made of sturdy plastic which enables me to plop it into the dishwasher after school. I am already asking myself, "Why limit it to making spaghetti? What about ravioli?" There is a device included for making just that. They would mix together a simple filler such as ricotta cheese and herbs and fill the ravioli. What a wonderful gift to bring home for the family. (* My only hesitation is that several children go to our afterschool program and it is so hard to remember that a child has pasta in the refrig. at pick-up time.)

All and all though, I am excited. I have included a few photos and a copy of the eggless pasta recipe. Oh, I just had another idea. A wonderful way to use the carrot work and this new material would be in making homemade vegetable soup for a Friday winter snack. My mind is a rushing river of thought. I invite any additional ideas for use of this wonderful find in my classroom next year. Hmmmm...that is a long time to wait...I think I should try it out and get use to it before introducing it to the children. So, over the weekend I will make a second post regarding this material and include photographs of and commentary on the machine in action. But for now, here it is for all of you to ooh and ahh over.


Eggless Pasta


2 cups semolina flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup warm


In a large bowl, mix flour and salt. Add warm water and stir to make a stiff dough. Increase water if dough seems too dry. Pat the dough into a ball and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 10-15 minutes, cover and let rest for 20 minutes. Roll out dough with rolling pin or pasta machine using 1/4 at a time. Keep rest of dough covered to prevent dring out. Cut pasta into desired shapes. Cook fresh noodles in pot of boiling water for 3-5 minutes and drain.

This recipe from CDKitchen for Eggless Pasta serves 4)

***** Special note to all of my current parents - try not to tell your child about the Pasta Machine. It will be one of September's new lessons!


Shannon said...

What a find! The children will love it!

N said...

Love the Pasta Machine, might just add one in my practical life area too. Thanks :)