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William and his chocolate factory

Easter may have been three months ago but if you're a family like us, you're bound to have lost of chocolate eggs left over. The children always seem to get such an abundance of chocolate that we're sure even Willy Wonka would be astonished!

While there's no doubt the little ones would happily devour all the chocolate in sight, there is only so much they can eat before they crash into a sugar lull. This is why we stagger out the chocolate over the coming months and save a few Easter eggs for some summer fun. With the hot weather we have had here in the UK recently, doing something with melted chocolate felt like a must!

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We started by collecting all the equipment we needed, a melting pot, silicone moulds, piping tubes and those all important chocolate Easter eggs. William then broke up all the choclate into small piece and carefully melted it in the pot, stirring until it was all smooth. We decided to use this plug in melting pot as it was safer than using the microwave or hob, meaning William could have full control of this chocolate experience and could gain independence.

Once everything was melted, William slowly scooped all the chocolate into a variety of moulds. This was certainly messy work! William, his t-shirt and the table were covered, but it was all in the name of fun.

After leaving the melted chocolate to set in the fridge, the big decision came. How should we decorate our chocolates? With World Honey Bee Day coming up on August 18th, and World Chocolate Day having been on July 7th, it was simple. Chocolate bees were the way forward! William piped yellow icing in stripes on the solid chocolate shapes and added delicate sugar paper wings. Suddenly he had created a colony of sweet little honey bees.

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Through this chocolate fun, William was able to develop his coordination, fine motor skills and sensory skills, all of which are incredibly important for children with special educational needs and disabilities. Due to William's limited finger skills, piping the icing into small lines was a challenging task. It would have been easy for us to just jump in and do it for him, but this would not develop his fine motor skills or his confidence at completing tasks independently. We were there to be his chocolate cheerleaders and patiently sit with him as he conquered the piping tube. Go William!

If you would like to see the full step-by-step process of William making the chocolate bees, head over to our Facebook to enjoy what we created with the help of Special Stories. We have a special photo album with the complete story there.