- problem solving
- gross motor
- a variety of familiar unopened packaged dry food products, such as cereal, pasta, crackers, rice mix, oatmeal
- small, unopened tin cans
- wooden and metal spoons
- recorded music
Gather food packages. Encourage your child to tell you what he knows about the different products.
Invite your child to feel the weight of the different packages. Suggest he compares two or three items at a time and choose the item that feels the heaviest. Help your child sort the products from lightest to heaviest. Are any smaller items heavier than larger packages?
Now invite your child to shake the containers and listen to the different sounds each makes. Which packages create the loudest sounds? Which packages don’t make any sound at all? Offer him metal and wooden spoons, and invite him to drum on the packages. Encourage him to notice how the wood and metal make different sounds too.
Give your child an item to use as an instrument. Offer wooden or metal spoons to use on cans or items that don’t make sounds when shaken. Play some recorded music and invite your child to shake or beat on his package to the rhythm of the music. Next, have a “noisy food parade” and invite your child to march around the room to recorded music while playing his “instrument.”
EXTENSION: Noisy Food Experiment
Place a variety of crunchy and soft healthy foods on the table. Invite your child to predict which foods will be noisy and which will be quiet when eaten. Record his predictions. Record his findings and compare them with his predictions. Include your child in some cooking activities to show how hard foods like rice, pasta, potatoes, or carrots become soft when cooked. Discuss the words to describe the textures of the different foods like crunchy, sticky, soft, hard, and chewy.