Fun With ‘Corduroy’…

Since our friends left for England, we’ve all been fighting terrible colds – but despite this, we’ve still had some time to play!

My eldest son has always had a fascination for buttons, and not long ago I managed to find a large packet of mixed coloured ones, and a large packet of mixed gold and shiny ones.

No end of fun!

Sorting them..

Threading them…

And although we haven’t yet had time to do them, I just LOVE the collage button project here, and the sewing button project here! They’re on our LONG list of things to do! :)

All this button play reminds me of a book that Alfie and I have been reading lately…

‘Corduroy’ by Don Freeman.

A lovely story about the tale of a little bear living in a toy shop, desperate for a home…

Leon and I decided to make some….

…button cookies!

The Recipe

1 cup graham flour

1 cup whole-wheat flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup orange juice

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 banana sliced

2 teaspoons vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C / 350 degrees F

2. Mix flours, baking powder and cinnamon

3. Mix juice, vanilla, oil and banana in a blender.

4. Pour wet ingredients in to dry and mix in to a dough.

5. Roll out dough on floured surface.

6. Use a round cookie cutter to cut out ‘buttons’.

7. Add chocolate chips to make the ‘holes’.

8. Bake for around 6 minutes.

It was Leon’s idea to use chocolate chips as ‘holes’ (I was going to make holes with a tooth pick), and I was a little worried they would melt and not resemble buttons, but they didn’t – and they actually gave it the perfect final taste to a very healthy, bread like ‘cookie’. Delicious!

Based on the book, ‘Corduroy’, we also decided to make a…

…Toy Shop!

Maya practiced her English writing skills by making a…


…using pictures cut from old toy catalogues…

I love it that this became a culmination of activities for each child, at a different level! :)

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