Does your child have nice associations with your mother tongue, your culture, your background ? Here’s an idea how to promote it: making ethnic food together is a great opportunity to be together and to teach our children much more than a language.
It turned out that my son discovered pancakes before he discovered “naleśniki » ! In the kindergarten. He came back and was all in aw for pancakes! I was surprised. I tried once to make « nalesniki » at home, since it was one of my favourite childhood dishes, but my son was not too impressed. I gave up then, didn’t make them for myself either.
But that day I told him we could make a Polish version of pancakes – I couldn’t believe how happy he was!
Goal: learn how to make “nalesniki” and what are the ingredients
Time: 30-40 minutes
Here’s what we did:
The next day, I found the easiest recipe (well, it’s really not complicated) and we started making first: the dough, then the pancakes. My son participated in the first part very well, actually he did most of the things himself including putting in all the ingredients in a bowl and mixing the dough with the mixer – I think that was a part of the appeal.
But even when it came to frying them, he stayed there in the kitchen watching me do it. And of course he started eating before I could even serve it properly!
Vocabulary in focus:
New vocabulary: smażyć, dolewać, przewracać, rzadkie, gęste, łopatka, przepis, patelnia (to fry, to pour, to turn, water, thick, recipe, frying pan)
Reviewed vocabulary: miksować, mieszać, ciasto, oliwa, składniki, sól, gotować (to mix, dough, oil, ingredients, salt, to cook)
*We came back to this activity many times over the summer. Every single time my son was extremely enthusiastic. Maybe because I said that one they he will make « naleśniki » for me, all by himself. So, he keeps asking if this day has already come 🙂 .