Spring rolls for children

These Chinese spring rolls are super easy to make and tasty to eat.  They are a great way for children to celebrate and learn about Chinese New Year as well as good opportunity to experience new foods and flavours and talk about healthy eating.

You Will Need:

  • Ready chopped, shredded or grated vegetables – about 600g (you could also use a pre packed stir fry mix). We used a mixture of beansprouts, carrot, cabbage and shitake mushrooms)
  • A pack of filo pastry sheets (8 sheets)
  • 1 tsp Chinese five spice powder
  • 1 tsp ready to use crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp ready to use crushed/ grated ginger
  • Splash of soy sauce
  • Milk or beaten egg
  • Sesame seeds for sprinkling (optional)
  • Sweet chilli dipping sauce to serve (optional)

To Make Baked Chinese Spring Rolls…

Chinese new year spring rolls
1. Each child can be given a small bow in which to mix their ingredients. They can choose which vegetables they would like to include in their spring rolls. They can also prepare shitake mushrooms themselves by chopping with a blunt knife or tearing

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2. A little of each of the flavourings can then be added to the bowl before mixing with either clean fingers or a spoon.

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3. Each child can then be given a piece of filo pastry on a chopping board. Some vegetable mixture should be placed at the end of the pastry. The pastry can then be rolled around the vegetables tucking in the ends as it is rolled. Children may need a little help to do this.

spring rolls
4. Once the spring roll is almost rolled, the end of the pastry can be brushed with milk or beaten egg. The spring roll should then be placed onto a baking tray and brushed with egg/ milk before finishing with a sprinkling of sesame seeds. Spring rolls can then be baked in the oven for 20-25 minutes according to pastry pack instructions.
baked spring rolls
5. Once cooked the spring rolls should be left to cool a little before letting children taste them.

easy baked chinese spring rolls

EYFS learning goals supported by this project

ELGO1 Communication and language development: listening and attention

ELG02 Communications and language development: understanding

ELG04 Physical development: moving and handling co-ordination

ELG04 Physical development: health and self care

ELG06 Personal, social and emotional development: Self confidence and self awareness

ELG12 Mathmatics development: shape, space and measures

ELG13 Understanding the world: people and communities

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