Kids in the Kitchen Rolling Pin Activity

This rolling pin activity is a fun sensory activity kids can do in the kitchen. The activity is great way to introduce foods and food preparation while exploring sensory experiences. Kids will love the hands-on play and you'll love that it's mess free!

Rolling pin sensory activity for kids in the kitchen

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When kids want to help in the kitchen it's a great opportunity to engage them in real life activities around handling food. While food preparation at mealtime can be busy, setting aside a task for your early learner can be beneficial and fun.

Kids can stir cake batter, press cookie cutters into dough, or pour ingredients into a bowl.

Whether kids want to help or just be nearby, this fun activity is easy to put together with items found in the kitchen.


Related: Kids in the Kitchen Sensory Play with Flour


Rolling pin activity for kids


Rolling pin cracker crunch activity for kids



  • Rolling pin
  • Zipper seal sandwich bags
  • Crackers or other foods that can be crushed


We used a kid-size rolling pin for this activity but you can easily use a regular size  rolling pin. The larger rolling pin will just need a little more counter or table space for the activity.


Pour approximately 1 cup (500 ml) of dry ingredients into a resealable bag and seal.

Leftover or stale crackers can be reused for this activity.

Hold a rolling pin by the handles and roll back and forth over the baggie.


Kids in the kitchen rolling pin sensory activity


This bag contains Ritz crackers which are relatively easy to crush.



Pasta and rolling pin preschool fine motor and sensory


This bag contains elbow macaroni.

Pasta is harder to crush so you have to press down firmly on the rolling pin.

It makes a wonderful crunch as it breaks.


In the kitchen with kids activity


Cereal in the bottom of the cereal box may be too crumbly for your cereal bowl.

Sprinkle the crumbs over a casserole or add to homemade muffins. 

Being resourceful with foods is a great learning experience for kids.



This fun kids-in-the-kitchen activity engages the senses in several ways:

  • kids see the crackers crumble
  • kids hear the crackers crunch
  • kids feel the rolling pin move
  • kids taste the crackers at snack time


Kids can enjoy doing the cracker crunch rolling pin activity in the classroom, or at home while you prepare dinner. This activity is (relatively!) mess-free and an opportunity for child-led play.

It's an easy go-to you can add to your toolkit!


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