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Rainbow Cake

Rainbow Cake

What you will need: Two packets of butter cake mix, large mixing bowl, four smaller mixing bowls, four spoons to mix with, smarties, eggs (check cake packet for amount), butter (check cake packet for amount),Icing (included in cake mix packet), food colouring, round cake tin.

Step 1 –  Make cake as per instructions on cake mix box. Divide cake mix evenly into four bowls and add a different colour to each bowl using the food colouring. Mix each colour well.

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Step 2 – When each colour has been thoroughly mixed in the four separate bowls, add the four colours into a greased round cake tin.

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Step 3 – Using a knife, slightly swirl through the different colours in your cake tin to give a marbling effect. Do not mix too much or else the colours may blur into one.

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Step 4 – Bake as per instructions on back of cake mix pack (usually around 45 minutes on 180 degrees Celsius).

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Step 5 – Your delicious Rainbow cake is now ready to decorate so ice using the icing that is included with the cake mix.  Then  place the smarties in whatever colourful pattern you like. If you would like to decorate it as in photo above then begin with one colour in the middle and continue making circles of different colours around each one until entire cake is covered.

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Step 6 – Eat and enjoy –  it tastes just as good as it looks!

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Happy Guiding…and EATING

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Darling Precious Children

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Happy First Birthday Darling Precious Children!

Happy First Birthday Darling Precious Children!

Darling Precious Children is turning 1!!! Thank you to all our visitors for dropping by over this past year, we have loved having you visit. Stay tuned for lots more exciting things coming soon and in the magical year ahead. More craft, more peaceful ways to nurture your child’s spirit and teach them skills for life, more glitter, more colour, and lots lots lots more fun! Thank you for your love and support, from Darling Precious Children xxxx

Letter Play and Sound Dough!

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What you will need2 cups plain flour, 1 cup salt, 1 tablespoon cooking oil, 1/2 – 1 cup water, 3 or 4 drops of food colouring, rolling-pin, board and tray.

Step 1Help your child combine the plain flour and salt then gradually add the water (as needed), food colouring and oil.  Mix and knead well until all the ingredients are combined.  If its too wet add flour and if its too dry add water.

Step 2Let the child manipulate, squeeze, poke, pull and squash the playdough.

Step 3Show the child how to make a few letters of the alphabet, preferably beginning with the letters in their name. Then let the child have a go or take turns at making alternate letters in their name.  Say the names and the sound of the letter you are making and trace it with your finger.

Step 4If the child would like to make some other letters, names, words etc then help them to do this or else let them freely create whatever they would like with the playdough.

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Playdough is a wonderful relaxing activity which is brilliant for; releasing stress and creating calm; developing the senses, hand muscles and hand control;  enhancing creativity and expression; as well as having many other benefits.  When using playdough to make letters, children are learning  to recognise the alphabet in a fun creative way.  They are also learning about letter formation and how to write their name. Get them to trace the letters they make with their fingers as you say the sound – this gives them a concrete visual picture of the letter and the sound it makes.  When introducing letters give the name as well as the sound it makes so that children are becoming familiar with both.  Knowing the name of the letter without the sound it makes is quite useless as the letter rarely sounds like its name and therefore is no use when children are learning to sound out letters and words.  Most of all just have fun with it as the best learning of all takes place when enjoyment is involved!

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Darling Precious Children