I am in one of those stages where I cannot keep up with the dishes and the laundry or the vacuuming or the clutter. Basically my family is alive, happy and fed. I would be pleased as punch if I wasn’t constantly searching for a clean spoon or pajamas! So this morning I needed a good kid pleasing activity for a 3 year old and a babe.
Here is a super simple and fun activity to do with your sweeties. You do have to have 15 minutes to prep but once the prep is done the activity is effortless.
- Dry noodles (I used Rotini this time but spaghetti noodles are fun too!)
- Food dye
- SIMPLE VERSION: Dump noodles into a pot of hot water and add some food dye. Boil noodles and then drain and run under cool water.
- LESS SIMPLE VERSION: I got 3 pots of hot water and put a 4th of the box in each pot. I added green, purple and blue food dye to the pots. I left a fourth of the box uncooked for some good contrast.
- The more dye you use the more colorful they will be. I used about 10 drops of purple and 6 drops of green and blue.
- Once you have ran cool water over your beautiful noodles add them to a container, we used a casserole pan. (you can also do this activity in your sensory table)
- Also pull out utensils and containers for sorting and transferring.
I could hardly lay the pan down before little miss 3 was into the noodles.
Little miss baby was very intrigued by these colorful items on her tray. Of course she tasted them. After eating a small bite of one she decided they were more for squeezing.
After a few minutes of discovery time I got out some sorting bowls and utensils, FOR EACH GIRL. I didn’t tell either girl what to do…cause really they probably wouldn’t listen any way.
I love this girl, she kept rubbing her arms in the noodles! HA!
It didn’t take long before my daughter was sorting the noodles and asking me what I wanted for dinner cause she was cooking up something good.
The baby girl LOVES holding a fork and her own little bowl. She would take each piece out of the bowl and then I would refill it. Kept her happy for over 10 minutes.
I forgot to snap a picture but after 15 minutes I added the dry noodles in an extra bowl. Both girls were very interested in them. Genevieve, 3, made a hide and seek game fore me. She would hide 5 dry noodles in a bowl of soft ones and I would have to find them. Then I would hide the dry noodles for her. She loved this game. I cleaned the front room and the kitchen while the littles were happily occupied! WIN WIN!
Extension: Don’t forget to start basic and add something new before they decide they are bored. Add bowls, utensils, cupcake tin, butter knife, toothpicks…really you can’t go wrong…unless you marinara.