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Bake A Cake!!

Young children being brought together as a team to bake a large cake and by doing this boosting their creative confidence within themselves      

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My concept is to bring young children together from 7 years upwards to bake a large, joyful 3-tier cake, encouraging each child individually to have as much input as possible. Each child is a key component in the completion of the activity Incorporating their favourite ingredients, flavours and colours.

Before the children start baking, they will be shown visuals of a variety of cakes from the simplest to the most extravagant, from superhero cakes to wedding cakes. This will get the children’s creative juices flowing because a cake can be any shape, colour or size. They then will get to draw what they want their finished cake to look like plus the ingredients they want to use.

Then we will all have a group discussion to decide on ingredient, flavours and the end product. Understandably, there will be children that shy away and keep to themselves, so they will be encouraged with support, to say what they want in the cake no matter how silly or outrageous it is. They will be encouraged, supported and praised throughout  the activity to boost their creative confidence.

Then they will get to dress up as chefs and begin to bake. The size of the class will depend on the teaching support available. Each child will be closely supervised, advising them what needs to be done and how to go about it whilst incorporating their ideas. Constructive praise and encouragement will be dealt throughout the lesson especially for the ones who are inclined to shy away. Once they have completed the cake, each child will be asked to stand in front of the class, show their drawings, explaining the layout of their cake and why they choose those flavours, remembering to help the less confident children when and where ever they need it .     

In this challenge, we want to create ideas with young people, not for them. Outline how you’re planning to involve young people or other end-users (parents, teachers, etc) in designing, iterating or testing your idea during the Ideas phase.

This activity will take place in primary schools where there will be a designated class and time for this project. This class will be aimed primarily for children from classes year 1 to 6 who lack creative confidence and they will be encouraged to participate in this baking activity. Each group of participants will range from 3 – 5 children with 1 teacher  and 2 assistants. The teacher will call out the instructions, step by step with the assistants supporting the children, getting them to describe what they’re doing and talking about what they were asked to do.

How might you envision your idea spreading across geographies or cultures so that it inspires young people around the world to cultivate their creative confidence?

In this group, there will be children from diverse backgrounds who are used to different food, flavours, spices and herbs. It is our duty to sample these dishes with the children, showing that we appreciate their culture and welcome them into our environment so that they feel at home and comfortable to express themselves. After all, we don’t need to make a cake, we can create an international dish of the children’s choice. This will give the children an insight into other cultures, increasing their knowledge of food and techniques.

What skills, input or guidance would you like to receive from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea further?

From the openIDEO community, I would love some feedback on my idea. Do people like my idea or have they any suggestions on what I could incorporate into the class to improve the quality of the concept , group organisation or classroom support. Also, I would like to know if people think that this is a good way of boosting children’s creative confidence and helping them to become more outgoing. I would appreciate any comment or advice.


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GREAT IDEA! all the kids getting together to make something they can eat :)

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