Is there anything more iconic than your child playing with your pots and pans?

They seem to be enthralled with all the items in our kitchen cabinets. So rather than fight it, lets put that curiosity to good use.

This activity will spark your Lil’s curiosity and engineering spirit. Plus, it is one that you can let your Lil’ do independently while you cook dinner.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Engineering

  • Construct models to represent their imagination and objects in the world
  • Build using a variety of materials in both conventional and unconventional ways
  • Use tools with appropriate safety and purpose
  • Engage in problem solving activities
  • Understand that you can build things to solve problems

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinate the use of hands, wrists, and fingers to complete tasks that require more precise movements
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination with increasing accuracy

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Engineering

  • Construct models to represent their imagination and objects in the world
  • Build using a variety of materials in both conventional and unconventional ways
  • Use tools with appropriate safety and purpose
  • Engage in problem solving activities
  • Understand that you can create new things to solve problems
  • Recreate or improve upon an object
  • Describe how things are built (bridge is built by putting a rectangle on top of cylinders)

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinate the use of hands, wrists, and fingers to complete tasks that require more precise movements
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination with increasing accuracy

Required Materials

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Pantry Items

Step #1
Place a variety of pantry items on the floor or a table for your Lil’ to use and build with.
Step #2
Invite your Lil’ to build.
Step #3
Engage them by talking about what they built and asking them to describe it (or describe it for them, “you  built a bridge by laying a cereal box on top of two soup cans.”)
Challenge them to build different things. Can you make a bridge? Can you make a taller tower?

Teacher Tip

To avoid possible messes, only let your Lil’ use empty or sealed pantry items.

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