Prep time: 5 minutes
Estimated Cost: Home-based objects
Mess level: Medium
Easy to handle utensils – think soup spoons, spice scoops, or large teaspoons/butter knives without teeth / tea-bag strainers
Dishes with compartments
Cutting mats or boards
Child size tumblers
Dried beans and peas
Small sponges (or cut a larger sponge in half)
Pouring beans from a jug into a bowl, and back again
Spooning beans from a bowl to a bowl
Sorting different sized beans into different compartments
Pouring water from jug to jug
Sieving beans out of sand using a tea strainer
Cutting a peeled banana
Cutting a slice of buttered bread
Squeezing an orange for orange juice
Tips/To keep in mind:
Spills and spillages are very normal for this age group and can extend onto practicing cleaning and mopping up.
Your child may try something once and not be keen to repeat it, in which case it’s best to just shelve it for another day.
Alternatively, they may practice an activity many times and you’ll see them highly engaged.
If you can bear it, only intervene when absolutely necessary – this will help to build concentration.
The more meaningful the activity, the longer it will last – for example, anything they can eat/drink immediately will be a big hit!
Use a tray for activities with beans to help them from scattering everywhere and a sponge with any water pouring activity.