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  • 1. In my fieldwork 2, I was in a childcarecentre, I decide to make cupcakes with thechildren. firstly to see how I could manage agroup of children (with little assistance), tosay a big thankyou to the staff and children for having me,and lastly the benefits for the children.

2. As Polatajko & Mandich (2004) statesparticipation in everyday childhoodoccupations is fundamental to the healthydevelopment of all children, regardless ofability or disability (as cited inRodger, 2006, p. 115). To me, baking wasan childhood occupation Ithoroughly enjoyed, so heregoes; making cupcakes sowe have healthy children.(picture at my kitchen that I grew up baking in) 3. It allows the children to explore in a structureenvironment and develop personal growth. 4. Wilcock (1998) stated that doing; enables theaquisition and development ofphyiscal, cognitive, affective and social skills. Furthermore that doing leads to being. Doing, was being involved in the wholecupcake making, which was either helpingmake up the cupcakes or icing them. 5. Firstly one child got to choose what bowlwould be best, it look a bit like this 6. Organisation makes group work easier, also itallows the children to see what we will beusing. 7. Then they got to add the flour into the bowl 8. The all took turns of putting the differentingredients in but one thing that really madethem smile is when they got to crack the egginto the mixture. 9. Furthermore that doing leads to being. Being, which Maslow presses that is thecontemplation and enjoyment of the innerlife (as cited in Rodger, 2006, p. 116). 10. Children are so happy when they get to dothings 11. You can see thehappiness, astonishment ofachievement thatbaking createsfor children 12. Being there, participatin g;lets you buildan imageof yourself 13. Becoming occurs through growth andexperience and leads to the development of asense of self-confidence and socialconnection (Rodger, 2006, p. 116). 14. These was a lot of experimenting with theicing, finding out what they like 15. Knowing what you like, figuring things out 16. Rebeiro et al. (2001) used the term belongingto describe the necessary contribution ofsocial interaction, mutual support andfriendship, and the sense of beingincluded, to occupational performance andlife satisfaction, (as cited inHammell, 2004, p. 302). 17. I felt this mainly when we all sat downtogether at the tables: staff, children, me, andeven my lecturer. Looked at our finishedproduct; we have all contributed to it, andenjoy the food with each others company. 18. Being together makes you have a sense ofbelonging, being with your friends; yourplace in the world. 19. Everyone should fit somewhere, and feel thatthey belong, especially children as they willgrow with those great values learnt, someeven in cupcake making. 20. Hammell, K. (2004). Dimensions of meaningin the occupations of daily life. CanadianJournal of Occupational Therapy, 71(5), 296-305. Rodger, S. (2006). Occupational therapy withchildren. India: Blackwell Publishing Ltd. Willock, A. (1998). Reflections ondoing, being and becoming. Canadian Journalof Occupational Therapy, 65(1), 254-258. 21. 1. Green cupcake- Happy children- Niece making pinwheels- personal photo4. Niece in the flour- personal photo5. Girl mixes while friend watches- Bowls- Nephew with Grandma, all the ingredients out- personal photo8. Child pouring in the flour- Child breaking the egg- Two happy kids- 22. 11on; (10 + number = slide)1.Niece rolling it- personal photo2. Ryan stoked at his creation- personal photo3. Elder baking with a child- Group of boys sorting topping- Two girls icing- Children baking with their mum- Children showing off their finished product- do-with-your-children-5168346.html8.Enjoying cupcakes together- at the picnic table- personal picture10. Nephew belonging- birthday celebration- personal picture