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
- 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)