Scoop, Pour and Feel !

Sensory fun with rice!
Toddlers and preschoolers love to pour, scoop and dig into sand, dirt… the list goes on. A fun and not as muddy way to do this is with rice. This isn’t just a messy activity, it’s also teaching them spacial skills, measurement and works on their fine motor abilities!

  1. Gather your materials. I used a rectangular cake pan, but tupper ware, or even a big bowl will work too, rice, sparkles, and tools to scoop and pour with.
  2. Pour enough rice to cover the bottom of the pan with at least an inch of rice. I used half white rice and half black rice I found in the bulk section of my market but any rice will do.
  3. Add sparkles for some glitz! I put in about 1 tablespoon- a little goes a long way.
  4. Add the tools and start scooping! You can ask them as they are playing about the rice, like what color it is, how it feels, but if they just want to scoop and pour let them. Kids having fun will learn more than one with a pushy mom!

* This activity can get messy especially with little guys who have a harder time keeping the rice over the pan, so I usually do it outside on a nice day.

Other activities

If you have an older child after playing with the rice you can ask them if they would like to help you cook some, kids love to help cook and rice is a fun thing to watch transform as it absorbs the water and goes from hard to soft.

or

Go out for some Asian food and talk about how most Asian cultures eat rice every single day, the way that many people in North America have bread . Oh and no after dinner dishes to worry about either !

Cooking is fun, even with toddlers!

Muffin Madness !

  1. Gather your Materials. It doesn’t matter the recipe , what matters is that you are making something from nothing with your child.
  2. If you have an older child have them measure , and pour. With a young one they are usually happy to ” help” by stirring. One trick is to add all ingredients and then the raw egg so that you don’t have to worry if the little one eats some of the batter, which they will.
  3. Enjoy your muffins while reading ” If you give a Moose a Muffin” by Laura Joffe Numeroff, featured in our books section below!

Yogurt Finger Painting

Yes it says yogurt, this is a great sensory activity for little ones and a fun way to mix colors for preschoolers.
  1. Gather your materials. All you need is yogurt , some small containers, a cookie tray or plate and food coloring.
  2. While you are mixing the colors you can ask your child how many drops of red it will take to make pink, or what will happen if you mix blue with red?
  3. Put a dollop of yogurt on a tray, plate or cookie sheet and let them swirl it, see if they can write their name in it, or make shapes. Younger ones will be more than happy just to wiggle their fingers around in it.
  4. Eat your art when you’ve had enough fun!

* My son hates yogurt and he gobbled up this pink and green stuff! Bonus!

Books!
” What’s for dinner? “ by Ann Garrett and Gene-Michael Higney
” More Pies!”
by Robert Munsch
“If you give a Moose a Muffin.”
by Laura Joffe Numeroff