It’s been snowing here, and my toddler (“J”) has been really interested in the snow. I decided to make him some “fake snow” out of flour so that he could push it around with his bulldozers and pretend they were snowplows. As it turned out, we didn’t get that far because he loved playing with it with regular kitchen utensils so much! (Plus, I wasn’t in a hurry to get his toy trucks full of flour.)
A few weeks ago, I bought a plastic fold-out table from IKEA that’s meant for having breakfast in bed or in front of the TV. I had been searching for a short table that “J” could use when he helps in the kitchen, and I hoped this would be perfect. It is! It’s easy to clean, relatively large, folds up so that I can store it in a kitchen cabinet, and is sturdy enough that he can put his weight on it without destroying it (though it’s debatable how many more times he can SIT on it before it breaks). I can’t seem to find it online, but you can see it in these pictures. I highly recommend it!
Kitchen utensils and containers (i.e. spoons, bowls, cups)
A place to play (table, mat on the floor, etc.)
- Give the flour to your child, and let the fun begin!
- For added enjoyment (but a larger mess), you can also give your child a small amount of water to mix into the flour.
I let “J” play for a little while with the flour alone and then gave him a small cup of water. He immediately and happily dumped the water into the flour and turned to me with an enthusiastic, “More!”
Don’t forget to rinse your table and utensils soon after you finish playing, or it will be really hard to get that watery flour off!