A wonderful go-to busy activity, not to mention sensory activity for toddlers, is to set out a tray for flour play!
I set out a jelly roll pan with a layer of flour spread along the bottom.
Be sure to only add as much flour as you want to clean up, because it is guaranteed to spread… [but wait, don't get discouraged, check out these 10 tips to keep messy play clean, plus we had fun with our clean up, read on!]
I intended for this to be practice for drawing and writing with his fingers in the flour. However, Henry only made a circle and that was the extent of that. Oh well.
Henry soon got his backhoe, loader, semi and went to town plowing ‘snow’ and clearing the path.
Its like an indoor sandbox!
This provided the entertainment for the entire morning. Even through Grandma visiting.
I’m not sure which was more fun though… the plowing… or the cleanup.
|Check out these 10 tips for cleaning up after you’ve made a mess with such a fun activity like this!|
Sucking up the flour with the vacuum showed instant gratification. It’s always nice to see that it actually makes a difference when you’re cleaning.
FYI : I did set a sheet down under Henry, although flour still got everywhere – but it’s easily cleaned up.
Other fun simple no setup sensory activities for toddlers like this flour play:
- Explore ice cubes
- Wash toys in a tub of water
- Dry pasta noodles
- Corn meal
- Find more in our list of 25 sensory activities for kids
- And check out Creative With Kids master list of sensory ideas!
Henry was 2.5 years old.