Kids in the Kitchen Rolling Pin Activity

This rolling pin activity is a fun way to introduce foods and food preparation to early learners. The activity is easy to set up with just 3 simple materials found in the kitchen. Kids will love the activity and you'll love that it's mess free!

Rolling pin cracker crunch activity - Preschool Toolkit

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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. Kids can help you sift flour, stir cake batter, and measure ingredients into a bowl.

Along with participating in hands-on food preparation, kids will enjoy this fun activity that's easy to put together with just 3 items found in the kitchen.


Related: Kids in the Kitchen Sensory Play with Flour


Rolling pin cracker crunch activity - Preschool Toolkit


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



Put approximately 1 cup of crackers or similar items into a resealable bag and seal.

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


Rolling pin cracker crunch activity - Preschool Toolkit


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


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



Rolling pin activity


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.


Rolling pin cracker crunch activity - Preschool Toolkit


Use the cereal in the bottom of the bag that is too crumbly for your cereal bowl.


Cereal crumbs can also be saved to sprinkle over a casserole or added to homemade bread or muffins.


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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