This is one of my favourite alternatives to sandwiches for a healthy and quick lunch that the Little Tots can help to prepare…well apart from today when Georgia told me she was too busy to help me. All my Little Tots have loved these Cheese and Apple Quesadillas, even the fussy eaters and they love the fact they can help prepare them.
- Small eating apple
- Grate the cheese and scatter over one half of the wrap
- Grate the apple and squeeze out some of the juice if its very wet and add to the cheese
- Fold in half and press down
- Dry fry on each side for a 1 – 2 minutes or until the cheese has melted. These cook very quickly so keep an eye on them.
Once cooled I cut into triangles or smaller bite size pieces for under 1’s and serve with chopped veggies. We’ve tried a few alternative fillings but this is always a favourite. The sweetness of the apple makes it a big hit with fussy eaters along with the fact they’re involved in choosing the ingredients.
Cooking with children is not only a great way to encourage them eat a wider range of food and try new foods but it also covers many areas of learning and development.
Areas of Learning
As a childminder I am required to track the development of the children I care for using the 7 areas of Learning and Development as set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Using the Early Years Outcomes (EYO’s) as a guide I was able to observe the following during preparing this recipe:
- 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: Weighing out ingredients, filling and emptying containers
- Understanding the World: Knows things are used in different ways (cooking equipment), taking about why things happen – cheese melting.
- Expressive Arts & Design: Describing the texture of things, realising tools can be used for a purpose.
The Early Years Outcomes document is a non-statutory guide to support practitioners. It can be used by childminders, nurseries and others, such as Ofsted, throughout the early years as a guide to making best-fit judgements about whether a child is showing typical development for their age, may be at risk of delay or is ahead for their age.
Read my blog post about Early Years Outcomes v Development Matters.