Here’s a recipe for a successful toddler activity. Find something with the potential to be very very messy and lay it out with the pretense of ‘fine motor skills’ or ‘color theory‘ or ‘sensory play‘. Today’s that kind of a day.
My sister texted and said how much fun her kids had playing with colored rice. We’ve tried colored spaghetti in this house, but not colored rice. I happened to have this cute star-shaped pasta that I’d been waiting to do something with (other than make a fun soup that 0/3 of my children would eat), so I figured why not use this instead of some rice?!
I split the pasta into three ziplock bags and colored it by adding some food coloring and a few tablespoons of rubbing alcohol. The longer it sits, the darker it gets.
Pour out the pasta onto a cookie sheet lined with paper towels so the excess rubbing alcohol can evaporate. Yes, your house will smell like a doctor’s office and yes, you will feel like you’re about to get a shot every time you take a whiff. Not for nothing, but this activity is probably easier to do outside… or at least somewhere that can be very easily vacuumed. Consider yourself warned.
I put the stars onto a cookie sheet and brought out some small containers. Oliver quickly got into the messy swing of things pouring his stars back and forth between each container.
It wasn’t long before a small car got in on the action. He thought it was hilarious to bury the car and then walk around the table wondering ‘where’d it go?’
Time spent? Probably around 20-30 minutes, so high on my time suck meter. And being able to enjoy the beautiful spring morning while Oliver did what he does best (making a mess)? Priceless.
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