This week our theme is Passover to help get ready for the holiday next week. The Matzah Man: A Passover Story by Naomi Howland is a great story for children. It is a Passover version of the Gingerbread Man. This was a great book and Sprout seemed to enjoy it. She like the sing song rhythm of the book and the repetition, but I do think it was a little long for her as her attention definitely started to wander as we got to the last couple of characters. I'm hoping that reading it a couple more times might keep her attention. She also picked it up to read later.
To go with this book Sprout and I made matzah men (women). Or I should say we tried to make... I've never really made matzah before. I've been to matzah factories with students, but never really did it myself. Passover on the Net suggests a 1 part water to 3 parts flour mixture. This is what we used, and the rolled it out by hand. This Mama used a pasta maker to get her dough thinner. I think that would have been a great idea, but I don't have one...
After rolling out the matzah dough, we used cookie cutters to make the men and women. Around this point I started thinking that the dough was probably too thick, but I really couldn't get it any thinner (maybe more water??).
Then sprout was given a fork to poke holes in the men and women.
Then they went into a 500° oven for 5-7 minutes (my guess is 5 minutes would have been perfect if they had been the right thickness). Sprout thought she would check on them for me.
Here is our final project. As I said it came out a little too thick.I did give one to Sprout to try later on, and she wasn't very interested. I will let you know if this changes. I will say that it didn't exactly taste like matzah, but that would because it wasn't cooked as crisp as it should have been.
To see what others read and made this week go to A Mommy's Adventure.