We’re working our way through the alphabet, and I include some sensory fun for each letter. Letter K had me stumped… kite, keys, kangaroo… KITCHEN! I gathered some old items from my pantry, a few bowls and spoons, and headed to the backyard to set up a summer fun activity.
Truth: I’m not really a “fun” mom. It’s never been my personality to just relax and enjoy life.
In high school a close friend nicknamed me “Conscience.”
Yeah, real exciting.
I love to teach my kids. I love to read to them. I love to watch them learn. But creating truly fun experiences doesn’t come easily to me.
But I hit the jackpot with this outdoor kitchen! I was a fun mom – even if just for the afternoon!
Next time you clean out the pantry, stop before you throw things away. Here’s what I pulled out of the cupboard for our outdoor kitchen:
- old spices that have long expired and that I don’t use anyway
- corn starch (which I use, but it’s cheap and fun to play with)
- white rice (since we nearly always use brown)
- Cream of Wheat (which my youngest had used in his first sandbox)
- dried beans – because, let’s face it, I am just not going to get my act together and cook those things
- dried bread (for the first time ever I forgot to grease the pans, and my bread was not so good)
- baking soda
Or I could just say it was a whole lot of fun.
As my Six worked to create her “bean soup,” she said at one moment: “I’m working hard, Mom. I’m doing my very best.” Then she thought about it a minute. “Just kidding – I’m doing my worst!” She loved giving me spoonfuls of her soup to taste and watching me recoil.
Totally worth it for the chance to be a fun mom.
Be sure to check out some of our other sensory fun:
(Shared at Tot School)