Kids Fun in the Kitchen Sensory Activity

Kids can explore and discover with a hands-on kitchen activity. This simple activity is a fun way for kids to share time with you in the kitchen while engaging in some awesome sensory play. 

kids sensory activity with flour in the kitchen


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Kids love to help in the kitchen: squishing egg yolks; pouring liquids; stirring sticky batters. Much of the work in the kitchen is play to preschoolers!

When the measuring and mixing are over, you can occupy your kitchen helper by sprinkling flour over the counter or a cutting board to extend the fun while the cookies bake.

Messy activities aren't always the easiest to provide but they are valuable in supporting early learning and developmental skills. Planning and preparing with simple setup and cleanup makes them easier to enjoy. Offer them when you can to promote wonder and exploration in your toddler or preschooler.

Your preschooler can engage in the sensory play while waiting for the cookies to bake. Then you can enjoy the cookies together, warm from the oven!


Sensory activity in the kitchen

 Kids sensory activity


Prepare the activity.

Kitchen activities can get a little messy, especially with flour, so wear an apron and cover floor area or furniture with a drop cloth if necessary.

Fortunately stray flour is easily brushed from hair and clothes. 

There are no instructions or rules for this child-led activity. Simply place a mound of flour on a clean surface and let kids explore. Provide other kitchen tools and props to extend the play. Include a cutting board, a rolling pin, and cookie cutters.

Your early learner will engage with the materials in his or her own way.

Guide the play.

Kids can run their fingers through the flour, dig with spoons, and make shapes with their fingertips. The use of hands and fingers, with tools and on their own, contribute to building fine motor skills along with the sensory experience.

Build a flour mountain. Make roads in the flour with toy cars.

Engage language skills with conversation, and end the activity by washing up together.

Here are a few suggestions for conversation starters: 

Does flour feel warm or cool?

This clump of flour looks like a cloud. Can you see an animal shape anywhere?

How many handfuls of flour do you need to bury the spoon? 

 Kids in the kitchen sensory


Learn through play.

1. Draw letters and numbers in the flour with fingertips or the handle of the spoon. 

2. Pick up some flour with one hand; with two hands.

3. Make hand prints. 

4. Fill a plastic measuring cup with flour. Pour it out and fill again.

5. Provide a variety of utensils - wooden spoon, soup spoon, measuring spoons.

6. Introduce small toys such as vehicles or animals.


Keep this activity simple if preferred, with just flour and a cereal spoon. The play is an extension of the baking activity you and your preschooler shared. 

Chances are, you and the kids can't wait to munch on cookies warm from the oven!


Sensory play with kids in the kitchen


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