We all know kids love to get messy – and the kitchen is the centre of their messy world. That’s why we’ve put together some hands-on makes, bakes and activities to try together. They’re great for letting the pair of you have fun together and trying some simple recipes.
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Tip #1: Homemade Playdough
Making your own playdough is easy and just as fun as the stuff you get in the shops – and something you’ll enjoy doing together. Mix 2 cups of flour, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, and half a cup of water in a big bowl. Get them to help mix it all up with a wooden spoon. You can even add a drop of food colouring to make different colours.
Tip #2: Playdough pets
Little kids love making playdough dinosaurs, pets or funny wee monsters. Perfect for a couple of hours on a wet afternoon. All you need is some playdough and a bit of imagination. Why not try using dry pasta, googly eyes and cereal to add faces and features. Don’t forget to give their new playdough creature a name!
Tip #3: Spoon puppets
Tip #4: Green gloop
Messy play is always fun, so why not try making this green slimy gloop with your little one? Just put 2 cups of cornflour, a cup of water, and a couple of drops of green food colouring into a plastic bowl. Get your little one to mix it all up then have fun mashing and moulding it into different shapes together.
Tip #5: Spotting colours
Kitchens are full of lots of different coloured things, like fruit, vegetables, cans and cups. That makes them the perfect place for a small person to learn all the colours of the rainbow. Try showing them one object, and asking them to point out other items in the kitchen that are the same colour. Don’t make it too easy or the game will be over in a flash.
Tip #6: Make waves
Kids love playing with water. But why wait until bathtime? Fill up a washing up bowl and place it on your kitchen floor. Now all you need is to give your little one some plastic cups and bottles to make waves, whirlpools and waterfalls together. If it’s sunny, it’s fun to take the bowl outside.
Tip #7: Potato printing
Tip #8: Pasta maraca
Tip #9: Kitchen drums
Pots, pans and tins make great drums when you hit them with a wooden spoon. (Just make sure there are no sharp edges). It’s fun to compare the different sounds each object makes when your little one hits them. You could use paint and stickers to decorate tins for a fun afternoon activity together.