Do you remember a while back the children made slinky chips with the apple slinky maker? (I'm sure this nifty little machine is called by another name in the non-preschool world).
This time around my lovely colleague expanded our slinky repertoire to include mushrooms, zucchini and eggplant:
Each one was attached to the "apple slinky maker":
And this is where things became more of an exercise in scientific process than cooking experience as they investigated the question: Which vegetable would work as a slinky?
They observed, compared, predicted, hypothesised, tested and inferred as they took turns using the slinky maker.
Zucchinis produced very satisfying slinkies.
Some of the eggplants, worked while others crumbled.
The mushrooms were a complete flop.
The veggies were sprinkled with oil, and roasted in the oven.
There is a science to most things we do with young children, from making art and cooking to building things and using language. Helping them to learn how to "find out" is as easy as celebrating the wonder of exploring the world together.
Oh, and the veggie slinkys got the big thumbs up from our budding chefs and scientists.