Yesterday the Little Tots helped prepare their and bake their own snack by making these super easy cheese puff stars and they were a BIG hit. They were quick and easy for toddlers to help with and they loved watching them rise up in the oven. I love cooking with puff pastry as its so versatile and cheap.
You will need a rolling pin, cookie cutter and non stick baking tray for this recipe. The Little Tots chose the star shape from a selection in the draw themselves.
- Cheese (grated) we used an orange coloured medium cheddar but any cheese is fine
- Puff Pastry – I used shop brought ready rolled
How to make cheese puff stars:
1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees.
2. Roll out the puff pastry and cover in cheese (this was the Little Tots favourite part).
3. Fold in half and use a rolling pin to roll out again.
4. Cut out any shapes and place on the tray. As we used stars there was a lot of pastry leftover so we squished into a ball and rolled back out again to make more.
5. Place in an over for 12 – 15 minutes until golden.
Cooking with the Little Tots is a lot of fun, they are always so keen to help out with everything I make. I find involving children with cooking is great for fussy eaters as they always seem happier to try something new if they’ve made it themselves. They were amazed watching the puff pastry rise up in the oven and gobbled them down as soon as they were cool enough.
More baking fun:
Ways we might extend this activity are:
- Try this recipe again but this time use different shaped cookie cutters
- Try some different fillings such as ham, tomato puree, tuna
- Bake some star shaped biscuits and decorate them using our favourite biscuit recipe.
- Try some star themed arts and crafts such as our puffy paint stars
Areas of Learning:
- Communication & Language: Following directions and instructions, concentration, understanding the use of objects, asking questions, new language.
- Physical Development: Enjoys sensory experience, shows control in using tools, washing and drying hands, shows understanding of a need for safety.
- Personal, Social & Emotional Development: Doing things independently, enjoys carrying out small tasks, welcomes praise, working with other children, taking turns, explaining own knowledge and understanding.
- Literacy: Reading the labels on the packets and cookery book and recognising words and letters.
- Maths: filling and emptying containers.
- Understanding the World: Knows things are used in different ways (cooking equipment), taking about why things happen.
- Expressive Arts & Design: Describing the texture of things, realising tools can be used for a purpose.