Sunday, January 20, 2013

Toddlers and Preschoolers Food Activities - 10 Funny Food Ideas

Here is a list of toddler and preschool food activities. All the ideas are funny and easy to make. Your little toddler can make these food if you help them a little bit by give them suggestions, I think. It'll be fabulous when your baby will make them.

Make cookies in a gallon zip lock bag: Put all of the ingredients in the bag, seal, and let the child squish it all together. When it’s mixed, cut the corner from the bag and squeeze balls of dough onto a cookie sheet.

Make Edible Peanut Butter Play dough using this simple recipe:
3/4 C. peanut butter
3/4 C. nonfat dry milk
1 T. honey
Mix all ingredients together for a dough consistency, play and have fun. When you’re done playing, form shapes and put them on a plate to eat. Or, put your dough on graham crackers.

Make no bake cookies.
½ cup butter
1 ½ cups sugar
¼ cup cocoa
½ cup milk
3 cups oats
¼ cup peanut butter
Mix butter, sugar, cocoa and milk in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Keep at a boil, stirring constantly for one minute. Remove from heat and mix in oats and peanut butter. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper. Refrigerate until set.

Make pudding paint. Give each kid a bowl of pudding and a spoon and let them either eat it…or paint their bodies with it. Run them through the sprinkler to clean them off.

Make several batches of unflavored gelatin in different colors red, blue, and yellow. Cut the gelatin into cubes and put them in plastic baggies. The children just love to squish them all up. You can also mix colors (red + blue = purple) to help the little ones learn about making new colors!

Let your child help knead bread dough (with clean hands!). Children love to squish the dough and since the dough needs to be squished, everyone wins!

Make Caterpillar Soup: Take a big soup pot and let your little one add water. Then give those old spices to shake in and a spoon to mix it and bowls to ladle it out. When your child is finished playing, put the bowls outside for any animals that may want it.

Take different liquids (milk, water with food color, juice) and different cooking things like flour, sugar, baking soda, salt. Put them each in a separate muffin tin. Give the kids spoons and droppers then let them make science experiments by mixing them together (vinegar and baking soda foam when mixed). Only use things that are safe if eaten.

Mix several different shapes of pasta into a plastic bowl. Get out a muffin pan, and let the child sort different shapes of pasta into them. Depending on the ability of the child, it is best to start with a small amount of each and add to it as he/she becomes able to sort.

In a bowl mix 2 cups of flour with ¼ cup of dried beans. Pour the flour and beans into a flour sifter. Let the child try to sift the flour out of the sifter to find the beans. Little ones will have lots of fun and build their fine motor skills sifting and digging for the beans. (*Tip: I let mine do this on our gated porch.)


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