I am so excited to welcome the lovely Melissa from Julia’s Bookbag here today as a guest writer. I’ve mentioned before just how much I adore Melissa’s blog. Melissa has a knack for finding the most delightful children’s books, she shares wonderful family recipes, and sweet musings on motherhood and family life. My Pinterest boards are full of images from Melissa’s gorgeous blog. You can also find Julia’s Bookbag on Facebook and Pinterest. Thank you so much Melissa for being here today!
I’m excited to share an activity that my 6 year old daughter just adores. Magic soup! Potion making! Fairy Stew! Monster muck! A Very Interesting Science Experiment! Whatever you want to call it, this very simple idea is the same ~ take whatever household ingredients you are willing to let your child dump into a bowl of water and let them go to town. It’s one of the easiest projects you will ever ever do, and I kid you not, this activity always holds my child’s attention for a minimum of an HOUR. She loved it when she was 3 and 4 years old, and she still loves it!
What I would encourage you to use, if you are comfortable with the idea, is any and all spices in your spice collection! I always encourage my kiddo to “sprinkle” rather than “dump”. To be honest, she has so much fun asking for different ingredients and smelling them, very little spice total ends up going into the ‘soup’ from any one bottle, so I don’t feel like I’m wasting terribly much spice.
What she really likes stirring into her creations is glitter, but the spices really are fun for the sensory element they add to the activity. We make a bit of a game from smelling all the different varieties and trying to identify each spice.
These last bowls of ’stew’ were made by my daughter with one of her best friends, and they spent ALL AFTERNOON making their salad stew creations! They had a glorious time.On the one hand, I feel a bit silly talking about this activity like it’s some kind of Fancy Art Project, because it really is just the simplest and easiest enterprise in the world. But yet, it’s so much fun for my kiddo. With Halloween coming next month, I think our soup making endeavors will turn into potions filled with glitter and tinted green or purple…Ness, thank you so much for having me over ~~ I hope our bit of silly fun gives you all a bit of inspiration to get a bowl, make a (tiny) bit of mess, and have a good time dumping and stirring, mixing and blending!