This is an idea we adapted from the Gruffalo recipe book, which is full of fun recipes that we've been happily creating for different occasions. Most cooking involves using my kids emerging motor skills and this kind of activity also involves some imagination which is great practice for kids with autism and other conditions too. There is also a free printable below.
Ingredients and equipment for each rabbit:
- 1 slice of bread
- 1 egg Eggs
- 2 olives, raisins or blueberries
- 1 slice of ham
- 1 cherry tomato
- (these are just ideas, you can use whatever you like to make, eyes, nose etc
- Round cookie cutter that is smaller than your slice of bread
What to do, any steps for an adult or needing grown-up help have been highlighted:
- Use the cookie cutter to make a round hole on the lower part of your bread. This is a great motor skill, really helps to think about where the circle is going. It's also great for talking about different shapes.
- Lift out the bread circle, gobble it down it's not needed later.
- The hole has made the rabbits face so now tear our some sausage shapes to make ears. Grown-ups may need to help to tear out ear shapes in the bread.
- Butter what's left of the bread on both sides. This can be really challenging, as it means using both hands together (bilateral motor skills). Try to think about being gentle. If the bread tears, don't worry, grab another slice and start again. You can also just use a little olive oil in the pan instead later.
- Break the egg into a dish. Again this can be tricky as it uses both hands. Try tapping the egg on the side of the dish and then pushing the thumb into the crack. Grown-ups may like to have some kitchen towel or wipes for anyone who doesn't like sticky fingers.
- Now - decide what colour the rabbit is going to be? This is a great time to talk about colours and colour mixing generally.
- Yellow - Then grab a fork and whisk the egg together
- White - Try and scoop out the yolk, this is particularly fun for sensory seekers
- White with an orange nose - don't touch your egg yet!
- Next, a grown up can put a frying plan on a low heat. When it's warm, add the bread and once it's been in for about 20 seconds pour the egg mixture into the hole and fill out the space. If there is still a yoke in the bowl try to settle it in the middle of the Rabbit's face. Wait a few minutes and then a grown up can flip the bread and egg over with a spatula. Alternatively the bread and egg can be put onto a greased baking tray and cooked in the oven for about 6 minutes - do what works best for you.
If this may be too challenging, why not print out my free Rabbit toast face printable that can be used as a guide below. It's got space to write in which ingredients beside it so can be adapted and coloured in by either big or little hands.
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You can also use the Makaton sign for 'Rabbit' - it's this week's #wetalkmakaton sign of the week
What will you be making for Easter?
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