The day my daughter turned DIY Gummy Bears into an impromptu Maths Session
The day my daughter turned DIY Gummy Bears into an impromptu Maths Session and an awesome giveaway!
I started out my Mummy Journey without any sort of parenting/education goals or plans….but was reasonably quickly guided by my eldest’s own interests and what other people around me said I should be doing. Luckily the last bit didn’t stick long and with a bit of experience after 3 kids and lots of reading my view has changed completely. I am now pretty comfortable letting my kids take the reign in terms of their learning.
My eldest is I guess ‘traditionally smart’…she’s mad about Science and Maths and she sits well in the school system and she does really well. Miss 4 was a big surprise to her logical, realist Mother. She lives in her own little world dreaming up all sorts of fantastic whimsical creations and isn’t remotely interested in anything academic. I’d be a complete liar if I didn’t admit to being worried about her future on occasion but mostly I’m just really grateful she’s actually alive after the allergy/eczema journey we’ve been on. Miss Nearly Two is a very smart and savvy adventurer who is fiercely independent and extremely stubborn (and just a little bit cute I think) so I have no doubt she’ll do really well in whatever she chooses, and will surely completely refuse to do anything she doesn’t want to.
Anyway, one of the most beautiful things about sitting back and letting Miss 4 take the lead has been watching the spontaneous learning develop and seeing what shape and form it takes. She also very much needs her own time and space to figure things out, but when she’s ready, she really flies with it. I taught my eldest to read at a very young age, which was great because she loved it…but Miss 4 would have nothing to do with that. But just lately she has pretty much just started doing it on her own. It’s the same with Maths…my eldest had fractions, division, addition..the works…all worked out really young and would do page after page of maths because she loved that…but Miss 4? NOT AT ALL. Her idea of counting is 1,2,3,18,14,16,20..OH MY GOODNESS MUM DID YOU SEE THAT AMAZING TREEHOUSE OUT THE WINDOW? MUM! IT’S A FAIRY IN THE SKY! But the other day we were collecting eggs from my backyard chooks and I showed her how to do addition with them, and now it’s locked and loaded! She’s been telling everyone all about 3 plus 2 and 3 plus 3 and all sorts. Which is pretty cool.
Anyway, I received some really cool gummy bear moulds from BooHoo Box to try out as I thought they would be perfect for allergy-friendly treats (they were). So we made a whole heap of different ones, then when I went to take a photo of them, Miss 4 planted herself down at the table and completely took over. She ate a few then said “I just ate a pattern of gummy bears!”, then spontaneously started laying them out on a big bit of paper in all sorts of different patterns. She was completely in a zone and happily did this for half an hour or so. Then she twigged she could turn them into maths equations like we did with the eggs so I helped her write them out but mostly she just did it independently. Major win!
The Actual DIY Gummy Bears:
I made a few variations: some really healthy…and some not so much! All were a hit 🙂
-jelly base with soured sugar crystals (yummy but naughty)
-strawberry coconut yoghurt
*All were egg, dairy, nut and gluten free.
*I used Great Lakes Gelatin from Nature Foods
*I kept them in the refrigerator in sealed containers as they dry out pretty quickly
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Nature Foods and Boohoo Box have both offered discount codes to help you get the moulds and the gelatine:
*Nature Foods discount code is ‘gummy’ which will give you 10% off any gelatine product
*Boohoo Box discount code for the moulds is FWAK10 which will also give you a 10% discount.
- 3 T gelatine
- 1/2 cups water
- 1 cup water
- 1 packet jelly
- 3 heaped Tablespoons gelatine
- 2 teaspoons passionfruit powder (I used FreshAs)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup water
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 cup feijoa juice (I used Simply Squeezed brand)
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 Tablespoons gelatine
- sweetener, if desired (I didn't add any sugar)
- Strawberry Yoghurt
- 1 cup coconut yoghurt
- 1/2 cup coconut milk or cream
- 3 Tablespoons gelatine
- 2 teaspoons strawberry powder (I used FreshAs)
- 1. Soak the gelatine in the smaller measure of liquid
- 2. Bring the larger measure of liquid to the boil with the other ingredients then add the gelatine mix and stir until completely dissolved.
- 3. Pour into gummy bear moulds (or any other mould) and refrigerate until set (about 15 minutes).
- 4. Remove and place in a sealable container and keep refrigerated.
- *I used Great Lakes Gelatine for all of my gummy bears
- *You could substitute liquid flavouring for the powders, but you may want to add a little more gelatine.
- *for the sour sugar, I just added some citric acid to finely ground plain sugar