The toddler twosome love ‘cooking' outdoors, painting with warm cornflour paint and naming colours at the moment so I thought why not combine all 3 for some messy fun outside!
First I made up a fresh batch of Homemade Cornflour Paint, dropped a little into a few bowls, set out some small and large spoons, measuring cups and trays and then stood back to see what they would do! It was most definitely an invitation to play messy!
I made the texture of this batch of cornflour paint quite runny yet still firm enough for scooping up with spoons……I left it a little warm which made for a lovely sensory experience too!
They immediately started filling the cupcake trays and transferring their ‘mix' to different bowls….great for those emerging fine motor skills of course!
Then I began sprinkling a little edicol dye over the top of a few of the bowls and encouraged the girls to stir and mix until they began too see a colour!
It was lovely to hear them trying to identify the colours and seeing their faces as the colours deepened the more they stirred and mixed!
The addition of the colour added a whole new dimension to the activity and they began stirring, scooping and transferring to different bowls…
You only need the barest of sprinkles to get a rich vibrant colour and it was great to let the girls control which bowl and colour they wanted to mix and ‘discover'!
Cupcakes to pour……
And colours to mix….
After colour was added to all the white bowls they began to start mixing colours which gave us more to identify and talk about…they really were quite pleased with their efforts!
Note the size 3 sticker on Tara's shirt…..she has worn that with such pride all day (just the sticker off a new shirt) I just love the simplicity and joy of the toddler mind sometimes!
I let them sprinkle a little edicol dye onto their cupcakes using little glitter shakers….
Then back to a little more ‘cookings'!
Ruby decided it was just too tempting and began squishing and hand painting….
It really was a colourful activity that kept them busy for ages….I added a bucket of water which they used to dip their measuirng cups into and practise pouring into bowls…
Such concentration ……these girls just love to make a mess and cook so this was just such a fun activity…although definitely an outside one!
We'll definitely do it again as I loved the opportunities it provided to name and talk about the colours, experiment with mixing their own colours to make new ones such as green, and practise eye hand coordination and fine motor skills with the pouring, scooping and stirring!
The best part is that the paint doesn't stain and is edible (although not tasty!) so we just hosed everything and stripped off shirts before coming back inside. Most of the bowls of paint I saved to do some fingerpainting with another day. It will keep in the fridge for a week before beginning to get smelly.
Ah….I do love a low cost yet fun activity….don't you?