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Whisking Flour and Water

Sweet Pea is 31 months old.


From: This was created in a frazzled moment of  “I barely have time to feed us, much less do a Tot School activity, because I have way overextended myself this holiday season.”  This is a quick activity for those times when you are rushing around the kitchen  trying to get dinner on the table.


  • Large Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Flour
  • Water


  • Make sure that you are located on linoleum or some other surface that is easy to clean.
  • Put approximately 1 cup of water in the large bowl and add a couple tablespoons of flour to the water.
  • Leave the flour out on the counter, but not within reach of your tot!
  • Tell your tot that you need them to help you cook dinner by whisking together a roux.  (Which I don’t consider a lie, because dinner would take much much longer if your tot wasn’t occupied.)
  • Sit next to your tot and show them how to gently whisk the flour into the water.
  • You should have a few minutes of blissful silence before your tot starts screaming for more flour.   Use this opportunity to continue your actual cooking.
  • Add another 2-3 tablespoons of flour or more water as needed.
  • Your tot will probably be covered in flour paste by the time dinner is done, but at least you’ll have something to eat!

Observations: Sweet Pea had a grand time with this.  She kept whisking until dinner was done and then complained when I told her it was time to clean up.  She has asked me if she can help me ‘whisk’ something almost every night since.


Notes from the Trenches: The potential for a mess of epic proportions is huge.

Rating: 4 Stars * (Fun, Easy, Independent, Frugal)



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