My three year-old terrorists were back under the table this week.
But this time they built a barricade of chairs to stop me getting anywhere near them. It was just like a scene from Les Misérables … with me as Javert, obviously. But I quite like the idea of playing the baddie – it’s probably why I went into teaching in the first place.
Anyway, I managed to lure them out with the promise of icing some cupcakes
They absolutely loved it, and spent ages on their creations – future Bake Off contestants here, I feel sure.
Watching them at work reminded me of how sensible my rule ‘never eat anything a child has made’ is.
Child A alternately sprinked decorations onto her cake, and then sucked another handful off her fingers, while child B licked the entire surface of her iced cake before adding any decorations … presumably to ensure that the icing was at precisely the right consistency for decorating.
I have now added an extra rule to my personal rule book: ‘if any activities involve sugar, make sure you do them at the end of the class, rather than at the beginning.’ Unless, of course, you’re writing a research paper on sugar-induced frenzy in small children … in which case you will have a lot of material for your thesis by the end of the lesson.