The great thing about trying to inject a bit of learning into a child’s life, is that the best time to do it is by including them in what you would be doing anyway. If you find it hard, after a busy work day to find the time to sit down and do something meaningful with the kids in your house- invite them to cook with you. This slow cooker recipe is best prepared in the morning and left to cook over the day.
Here is a delicious recipe for slow-cooked Mediterranean tomato chicken drumsticks, complete with easy ways to promote learning opportunities when the little ones help you out.
What you will need:
- Eight free-range chicken drumsticks
- One can of black beans
- Six cloves of garlic
- One can of organic tomatoes
- One can of chickpeas
- Two onions
- One punnet of cherry tomatoes
- Three potatoes
- One cup of water
- One adult and at least one child
- A crock pot
What to do:
- Count the eight drumsticks. Put them into a pan.
- Lightly brown them for a few minutes and then tip them into a big crockpot.
- Line up the three cans. Can you find the one with the ‘T’ for tomatoes? Practice saying ‘t’ tomato. Look for the ‘B’ on the black beans. How many ‘B’s’ are there on the can? This kind of letter recognition on everyday objects is a great way for children to learn to read beginning sounds. Very young children can use the pictures to help them. Open the cans and add the beans, tomatoes and chickpeas to the pot. Help your child use the can opener; it’s great for finger muscle development!
- Finely chop the onions and garlic and add them to the mix. Count the cherry tomatoes. Eat one each! Chop the potatoes and tip them in too. Add a cup of water and put the lid on the crock pot.
- Set the crock pot on high and leave for six hours. Serve with rice if you like!