Whats not to love about exploding food that goes ‘pop’?! Try making some popcorn from scratch and enjoy it as a snack or for edible sensory play (just add some toy farm animals and some bowls/spoons to a tray of popcorn). My children love watching me make popcorn because it changes dramatically (magically?!) from round, yellow seeds to puffy popcorn in just a few minutes. The popping sound is also part of the fun; hooray for noisy food! One bag of corn goes a very long way so it is quite economical- ideal as a healthier alternative to crisps.
You will need:
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp popping corn
a good sized saucepan with its own lid
For the sensory play: A big tray or plastic box, bowls, spoons, little animals.
1. Heat some oil in a saucepan (with lid!) and add a few tablespoons of the popping corn (it wont look like much when you put it in but this stuff really expands!!).
2. Allow the pan to heat up and hold the lid on. Now the fun begins: in just a few minutes you will hear the corn begin to pop! Shake and heat the pan until the popping begins to subside. Take care when doing this, as the corns will pop out of the pan if the lid is removed!
3. Turn the hot popcorn out onto the tray to cool and add the sensory play items. Alternatively, enjoy this as a snack.
TIP: Grind a pinch of salt with a pestle and mortar until it is a light powder, then sprinkle it on the popcorn for seasoning (this way, a little salt goes a long way, so you still get the flavour without actually eating too much salt). You can do the same with sugar or I like to sprinkle on a bit of icing sugar too for a salt/sweet seasoning.
Now tuck into a chicken supper here.