This morning I had an impromptu exercise in “play.” I am calling it “making spiral berry soup” because that is what my four-year-old said he was doing. As you can see I gave them some cups of two different dried beans and pasta, several utensils and containers, and then I just let them have fun. They had the best time, and I was happy that the toddler did not put the ingredients in his mouth or dump all of it onto the floor. (Though a lot of it did end up on the floor.)
I got this idea from two things: 1) For the hundredth time this morning, my toddler got into the dog food. I could tell he just wanted to have fun scooping it up and dumping it, etc. 2) When he did that, I remembered the teacher in my four-year-old’s Creative Play and Movement class telling me that my son loved the exercise when they played make-believe with dried beans and pasta. She said kids love to feel the different textures. So I thought I’d recreate that for the two of them.
I have let my four-year-old play with the dried beans and pasta before and create some art with it, but I didn’t want to get out the glue with the toddler. This was just as fun.
We’ll have to do this more often.