Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Nigerian Practical Life

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.

5 comments:

Jen @ Forever, For Always... said...

This is a great idea! I like how you modified it to work in your home. Do the kids like to eat it?

Zelda said...

Yes the kids are very happy eating it - a bit like mashed potato but tastier.
I think their favourite has to be the plaintain crisps :)

The Adventurer said...

We have done the plantains crisps before. Yummy!
Haven't tried the yams yet.

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Susana of Montessori Candy said...

Yum! What a great idea. Thanks for sharing! I love when practical life can tie in with a cultural lesson or theme :)

Elle Belles Bows said...

Fantastic practical life activity!

Kerri

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