Last month I talked about some food “cooking” apps (click here for post), but now it’s time to share some low tech activities.
Melissa & Doug wood and felt food sets: I have several of these sets and I love them. They’re beautifully made with lot of pieces and—bonus—the Melissa & Doug blog has menus for a few of the sets. I use the packaging to create my own—more white space, more category organization and left to right orientation of item. You can always make your own with a literal cut and paste of their print outs. (For copyright reasons, I can’t provide my copies.)
Target felt food: The dollar spot has had whta are clearly Melissa & Doug knock off sets before (I adore my tacos). Again, I’ve made menus with the packaging.
Duplo ice-cream cone set: My littles particularly love stacking ice-cream cones.
Popcorn (the real stuff): I adore popcorn but the microwave bags skeeze me out a little bit (what is the pasty congealed stuff in there?) Few people seem to know that ¼ c. of kernels in a brown lunch bag (shake wide open; fold shut) for 1:30 min in most microwaves works too. Plus you can add real melted butter (or not) and salt or a tablespoon of parmesan, or a melted chocolate square. (You’re welcome.)
Cooking, real or pretend, is such a great way to work on sequencing and following directions. It’s also a super way to work on pragmatic skills like turn taking and initiation. Plus, it’s fun! I’ve also found that lot of little people are more apt to try a food they’ve participated in making. For our sensory kiddos, just the making itself might be a big leap forward.
I know you’re cooking too! Tell us your favorite play set or your favorite easy recipe!