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When I go to visit Kira later today i am going to watch Kira closely when she is helping me make and decorate mini fairy cakes. I will be observing her physical development to see how her gross and fine motor skills have developed.

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Visit one Date: Wednesday 7th of May 2008 Time: 16:00 Age: 2 years and 5 months (29 months) Place: Kira's house People present: Michelle (Kira's mum), Andrew (Kira's dad), Rhianna (sister one) Carys (sister two) and myself. Cooking can help children with their learning and developing, according to Hall and Brennand 2004, it can help with sensory development, creativity, safety, hygiene, sharing and fine and gross motor skills, and therefore is a good activity for me to learn a lot more about Kira. Aims When I go to visit Kira later today i am going to watch Kira closely when she is helping me make and decorate mini fairy cakes. I will be observing her physical development to see how her gross and fine motor skills have developed. I will be observing her behaviour and social skills to determine if she can co operate and take turns and has an understanding of hygiene and safety issues. ...read more.

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She had obviously done it before. She then showed good gross motor skills and was able to easily pour the contents of the scales into the mixing bowl. When she was stirring the flour and sugar she knew that she had to rotate the spoon around the bowl. Kira only got a little bit of ingredients on the table which shows she can 'use a spoon skilfully' which according to Judi Sunderland is a milestone achieved at 2 and a half years. Her physical strength limited her ability to stir the mixture completely so i finished it off. After the ingredients were all mixed, I used a spoon to show her how to put the mixture into the cases. She did help me spoon the mixture in baking cases though found it difficult to make each spoonful equal. In Brennand and Hall 2006, it says that by the time that children are the age of two years old they are becoming more independent, wanting to explore more and try to do things for themselves. ...read more.

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I also discovered that she was able to name many colours when she was using the hundreds and thousands though she was only able to pick out the pink and the white correctly. Conclusion I think my choice of activity was beneficial to Kira and that she was able to gain a lot from it. It was also very useful for me to learn more about how she is developing, what she knows and is capable of. This cooking activity was extremely varied and as it only took about 30 minutes it maintained Kira's interest. I thought carefully about the safety issues and as such the parents of Kira were happy for me to carryout this activity with her. Planning sheet (link sheet) For my visit I have produced a planning sheet. This is to show what activities I am going to do with Kira. This will include all the activities I am planning on doing with Kira also includes what I will need for the activities and to see which of the PIES I am looking into. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sian Beardmore Visit one Child development ...read more.

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