- plastic mixing bowls
- different-size baking tins
- flour sifter
- cooking tools including a plastic measuring cup, measuring spoons, and ladle
- plastic cups, bowl, plates, and utensils
- materials to embellish their "cooking" creations including wooden pegs, sequins, confetti, foil cupcake holders
- plastic container of water or spray bottle
- camera and film
- chart paper, drawing paper, and markers
Objective: Children will incorporate cooking utensils and tools into their sand and water play to help develop creative-thinking skills, and language, math, and science concepts.
- Introduce the activity during group time. Bring some of the suggested cooking tools to the meeting area and encourage children to name the different items and to share where or when they have seen or used them. Invite them to be "chefs" and use the cooking tools in the sand area.
- Invite several children at a time to work with the materials at the sand table. It may be helpful to develop a list with the group to determine which children will work together and create a time schedule for each group.
- Place a table near the sand table to hold the plates and utensils, decorations, and water., Tell the children to use the table as a work area too. Remind the children that they can add water to the sand to create different consistencies. Encourage the "chefs" to think of something special that they can "cook" or "bake" using sand.
- Photograph each child with her sand food creation. Ask children to describe what they made and the ingredients. Record their comments on paper. Invite them to also show and describe their creations to their classmates. Don't forget to invite everyone to share in a pretend feast.
- Create a wall display with the photographs of the children along with their dictations. Invite family members to view and delight in their children's creative work.
Curriculum Connection: MATH
Weighing Sand and Water. Fill one small basin with sand and another small basin with water. Provide a pan balance scale and several plastic cups varying in size. (Try to have at least two or three of the same size cups.) Invite children to use the sand and water to investigate weight. Compare the same size containers of water and dry sand. Compare wet sand and dry sand.
Compare wet sand and water. How many cups of dry sand will equal the weight of wet sand? Assist the group to explore different ways to measure the materials. Create a language experience chart to summarize what the children learned.
Sam's Pizza by David Pelham (Dutton, 1996)
Today Is Monday by Eric Carle (Philomel, 2001)
Watch Me Build a Sandcastle by Jack Otten (Grolier, 2002)