I recently came across the Sprinkles and Spice cooking class for kids on Instagram and thought, hmmm… that would be something interesting to do with Taufeeq. Taufeeq is 5 and a boy, so I was lucky at this age when suggested to him, that there no turning up his nose at what is traditionally thought of as girls stuff. As long as there was sprinkles involved, he was game. Initially I couldn’t get him onto a holiday class as he was too young, but luckily they have a quarterly Moms and Tots class which I booked for in August.
Photo credit: Zaahid Harnekar
Farzana Kumandan is the bubbly ball of energy behind this business. We arrived at her house in Rylands on a Saturday morning where the classes are held in a converted extension of the house. Two tables were colourfully dressed for the class. Bowls, utensils and ingredients neatly arranged at each place setting. There were about 12 tots with moms at the ready to lend a hand. Farzana knew all the little tots by name and Taufeeq had taken to her immediately with a big hug at the door. They were a mix of girls and boys from age 3 to 5.
We were to make Marie Biscuit Squares or Chocolate Hedgehogs as they are sometimes known. These are different to the Chocolate Hedgehog recipe that I usually make but are a great option for the kids. Starting with the Marie biscuits, the kids were told to break them up into small pieces. All kids love scrunching things to bits. So this went down quite well. Then came a little exercise in fine motor skills. The kids had to break 2 eggs into a bowl and beat them up. Farzana carefully went around helping each child to get this right without the moms taking over. Some of the eggs ended on the floor. But this was all part of the process. It took all I have for the control-freak in me to not step in with Taufeeq. But I stayed strong and he came through. 2 young helpers were on hand to clear dirty containers and keep the space presentable. They helped with microwaving some of the ingredients when needed. It was very well organised.
Photo credit: Zaahid Harnekar
After about an hour we stopped for a little tea break. This was necessary as the kids at this age would need a little break else boredom would set in and then chaos 😁. Farzana had generously set up a tea table with juices and treats for the kids and moms to much on. We got to explore her creative little urban garden filled with fairies and gnomes amidst spring onions and tomatoes before continuing on to our second hour.
The fun stuff
After turning the marie biscuit mixture out into individually labelled foil trays and pressing it down, the kids were on to the fun stuff – decorations!!! They were each given tubs of sweets and sprinkles and after a little exercise in getting them to count their marshmallows they could go to town and decorate to their hearts content. They were also then surprised with extra cupcakes and icing which could also be iced and decorated. We got to take all this booty home by the way as well as the tray of Chocolate Hedgehogs.
Both Taufeeq and I enjoyed this mother and son bonding time. It was lovely to also meet and chat to all the other moms. For R150 I think this was time well spent with incredible bang for your buck. Farzana is very natural with the kids and her entire class was well organised from the reminders on whatsapp to the execution. Well worth a go to do something creative with your little one.
The best part!