Cooking Up a Feast in Northfield

Flavoursome fun has been had at one Bright Kids holiday club as children have been putting their culinary skills into action. Youngsters attending the Wigwam Out of School and Holiday Club have been learning about restaurants and cooking this week, and have even been out on a trip to see local eateries in action. The club, which is based at Wychall Primary School in Northfield, set up their own Wigwam Restaurant and the children had fun creating menus as well as designing and making chef hats and aprons to use in the role play. Club co-ordinator, Shelly Smith, said the idea for the restaurant and cooking week came from the children.

“Before the holidays the children said they wanted to look at restaurants and cafes in the area, and so we decided to combine it with cooking activities,” said Shelly. “Their favourite activity was our outing to look at restaurants and cafes in the area, and then we all had lunch at KFC.” Staff and children were busy in the kitchen creating a range of treats for the children to enjoy at the holiday club, and to take home for their parents to try. “They have been really creative in the kitchen following different recipes and making pizzas and chocolate heart biscuits,” said Shelly. “They have also been creating and making their own kitchen appliances and furniture for our mini restaurant.”

The popular club, which has had between 19 and 24 children attending each day, has been running at the school since 2011 and this is Shelly’s fourth year as co-ordinator. She said: “I strive to make sure that club has a relaxed atmosphere where not only the children feel relaxed and at home, but they are having lots of fun too. One of the most rewarding parts of the job is when a child wants to stay, or a parent tells you all they have talked about is club and have been asking when are they coming back.”

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