DH is from Nigeria and one of his earliest memories is helping to make pounded yam. (in Nigeria it is considered good hospitality to present a dish of pounded yam and soup to visitors) Traditionally this is done with a 4 foot mortar as in this Yam Pounding painting
We have adapted this for one of our Practical Life lessons - I boil the yam and pop it in a bowl next to a large pestle and mortar.
The child pops the yam in the mortar and pounds away - as you can see they have great fun doing it.
Once pounded a small amount of water is added to make it into a smooth paste - this is rolled into a ball and placed in a bowl ready to serve.
Another great African PL lesson was shared with me by a good friend - grating plantain, the grated plantain is fried to make delicious crisps.