Your kitchen is filled with fabulous percussion instruments. Try
the classics: pots and pans, measuring cups and wooden spoons. When
your child tires of these, get more creative: chopsticks, tongs…
and how about a salad spinner?
Water xylophones are also great fun. Fill a few glasses with water-increasing the volume in each-and tap gently with a teaspoon.
An apron and or a chef's hat might be all your child needs for some great pretend play. Accessorize with a colander hat or a napkin bow tie.
Never underestimate the entertainment value of basic ingredients. Provide a spoon, a bowl and a couple items from the pantry… and watch your child dive in. Flour and water are a fun concoction-and you can use the goo later as craft glue.
Math in the kitchen can be as simple as counting plates or
forks. Or your Sproutlet might enjoy practicing her measuring
skills with a bowl of sugar and a measuring cup… or a glass of milk
and a tablespoon.
Geometry abounds with nesting bowls and measuring cups. Can your child stack them in order?
Don't forget pattern play. Line up patterns of pasta shapes or dried beans ("black bean, lima bean, black bean, lima bean").
Finger painting with pudding or flavored gelatin is easy and involves so many senses: touch, smell, sight and-of course-taste! Try painting on paper, or directly on a table or highchair tray.