This idea comes from our friend Nicola Lott with Notch Hill Learning. Nicola is an early learning specialist who is all about playing with your kids. We love it!
When I saw this project on her blog I knew it was one I wanted to try – it incorporates food and letters… perfect for Henry. It was simple enough for an early morning activity, didn’t require anything special, and was something Henry could do mostly on his own. Essentially, we spelt “Henry” with food (and lots and lots and lots and lots of glue!). PERFECT!
We checked out the pantry and found some foods we wanted to explore. We chose rice, dried beans, quinoa, ground flax and dried chickpeas. Then we traced the letters of his name with glue and he got to dump and shake the food around to cover the glue. We worked together with the larger food items (like beans), since they needed to be placed more than just shaken. Then we covered the food again with lots and lots and lots of glue. Serious… Henry would love to just make a huge pile of glue on some paper and call it done. Ah… “art” is in the eye of the beholder :). We let it dry for a few hours, gave it an extra shake outside and admired our work.
A word to the wise… if you kid’s like Henry then be ready to use half a bottle of white glue and have to clean the floor afterwards… but it’s all in the name of learning :).
We have it hung on the wall in the kitchen right now and I notice he likes to trace his fingers along the letters when we walks past. Perfect for recognizing the letters in his name, and using food in another fun way.
Thanks Nicola 🙂