One thing that I learned about Johanna early on is that she is a kinesthetic learner. According to wikipedia “Kinesthetic learning (also known as Tactile learning) is a learning style in which learning takes place by the student carrying out a physical activity, rather than listening to a lecture or watching a demonstration. People with a preference for kinesthetic learning are also commonly known as “do-ers”. Tactile-kinesthetic learners make up about five percent of the population.” This means that Johanna needs more projects than book work.
That was hard for us as I had forgotten this summer that my child was a hands on learner and I kept trying to teach her through book work. While I would find fun ways of doing so, it wasn’t the way that she learned the best. Now that I have figured it out again, we have more of a balance going on. Mondays and Wednesdays we do book work. Tuesdays and Thursdays we go over a couple of things, but mostly do activities. Friday’s we go on field trips. Some times we go to the movies, a museum, or a play. We’re hoping to start play-dates soon.
Another thing that Johanna loves doing is eating sweet crap, like most kids. And since I currently sell cakes and other baked goods, I thought it was a good idea to start getting her involved in the kitchen. What better for a kid to cook than C A N D Y! So we made lollipops.
Don’t they look adorable? The perfectionist in me had to calm down since I knew they wouldn’t be perfectly round. I mean, she’s only 3 after all. But I think she did a fine job.
If you and your little one would like to make your own lollipops it’s super simple. Just follow these steps:
2 cups white sugar
2/3 cup light Karo corn syrup
1/4 cup water
(optional) a few pinches of edible glitter
bowl deep enough to fit the pot you use in
you will also need lollipop sticks
(optional) food coloring of your choice
1. Place 2-3 sheets of parchment paper on a cookie sheet
2. Lay your lollipop sticks out on the baking sheet, leaving enough room to pour candy onto each stick. Sprinkle edible glitter directly above each stick.
3. Fill a bowl with ice and cold water. Set aside.
4. Place sugar, corn syrup, water, and food coloring in a saucepan. Stir until the sugar while bringing it to a boil.
5. If you have a candy thermometer, place it in the pot and continue to boil mixture until it reaches 300-310 degrees. If you do not have a candy thermometer boil to the hard-crack stage (about 5-7 minutes). You can check out this link to see what the hard crack stage looks like.
6. Remove from the pot from the heat and set it in the ice bath you prepared for 20 seconds. It may steam – A LOT! That’s quite alright, just be careful.
7. Use a half-tablespoon scoop to slowly pour the candy onto each lollipop stick, over the glitter. Let it cool for 10-15 minutes and that’s it! Enjoy your yummy lollipops!
Fill free to add some flavoring if you’d like. I would love to add strawberry flavoring next time. Yummo!