Saturday, June 30, 2012

Teaching Patience and Paula Deen's Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Teaching Patience and Paula Deen's Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

I wanted to teach my two year old about the importance of patience. I knew teaching this lesson to a two year old would be a lesson in patience for myself as well. So I gathered some ideas and designed a plan with exciting activities and yummy reward.

In the morning after breakfast I put on her Veggie Tales DVD called Abe and the Amazing Promise (it is a Christian based series for teaching children important lessons from the bible.)We love Veggie Tales and so this was a really easy activity for us. I sat with her and we watched the movie together, while I pointed out some important details.

Our next activity was to bake some yummy cookies. I found a Paula Deen's chocolate chip oatmeal cookie recipe and we made them together. This is where my patience was put to the test. I was careful not to take on this task all by myself. It would have been so much easier, cleaner and quicker but this was a valuable teaching tool for my daughter. I allowed her to hold on to the measuring cups and spoons while I poured or helped her fill the ingredients. Then she slowly and carefully poured everything in the mixing bowl.  She even helped me hold on to the hand mixer and mix the dough.  She was so excited watching me drop spoonfuls of dough on to the cookie sheet.  She was even more excited watching me put them in the oven and setting the timer as I explained that now we have to wait patiently

As we waited we practiced playing store. She took my pretend money when I bought plastic pretend fruit. She thanked me for shopping at her store and even cleaned up the mess I made when I accidentally knocked over her, neatly stacked, tower.  She was now noticing the smell of warm cookies in the oven. So we ran over to the kitchen and I turned on the oven light to allow her to see the cookies baking. She asked me "mommy, can I eat them?" I pointed out that we still had a few more minutes until the timer would beep. 

We went back to the carpet and switched roles. I was now the cashier and she was the customer. After she checked out with her groceries, we heard the timer go off. (phew, that was a long 7 minutes to wait with a two year old.) She gasped "Ooooooh! They're ready!" She ran to the kitchen and excitedly watched me take out the cookies as she clapped and danced around the kitchen.  I now had to explain that I was going to set the timer one more time for 5 minutes to allow the cookies to cool off. 

We sat on the couch and waited, while I explained that we can only have one cookie tonight and the rest we are going to save for our yard sale tomorrow. I explained that she will be running the cookie/ lemonade stand (with her older cousins help) and that she had to use those manners that we practiced today while playing "store" and that she was going to be earning some money that one day she could use to buy a toy.  She sat an listened with excitement!

The timer went off again. We went to the stove and after checking the temperature of the cookie I walked her to the table and we sat down with our glass of milk and ate our cookie that we patiently waited for. I thanked her for being so patient and she thanked me for playing with her.

The next day we set up the yard sale and lemonade stand with cookies. She took a few customers and even explained that SHE made them. She didn't las too long tending to her lemonade stand duties (thankfully we had her older cousin to help out)  but she had fun and understood that with being patient comes good things.

How do you teach your child these valuable lessons?
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Here is Paula Deen's chocolate chip oatmeal cookie  recipe:

2 sticks butter (room temperature)
¾ cup brown sugar, packed
¾ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon water
2 eggs
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups quick cooking oats
2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350ยบ F.
Spray pan with nonstick cooking spray. In medium bowl whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate large mixing bowl, using a hand mixer, cream butter and sugars until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time until fully incorporated. Add vanilla and water and beat until fully incorporated. Add dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Stir in oats and chocolate chips. Using a teaspoon, drop dough on prepared baking sheet and bake for 7 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

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