Have you ever considered letting your toddler play with pudding? I know that may sound a little out of the ordinary but it’s one of the best ways to let kids enjoy a sensory experience as this is not only edible but cheap!
I say this not as in a general sense but in a plural sense.
As in more than one.
In one house.
During the winter.
All the time.
If I were a cartoon character I would have steam coming out of my ears right now. My toddlers are sweet, but they are still toddlers trapped inside of a house because the weather is too cold for them to play outside. They are everywhere and into everything. Then again, if I actually need them to be somewhere or into something their mommy (aka me) becomes the most fascinating feature in the house at which point they are right there under my feet or on my lap or on my shoulders or dragging their bums across the floor as they hold onto my legs while I walk from room to room.
Toddlers. Two Toddlers. One Small House. Fun Times.
All of their energy has had me searching for creative ways to let it out without having to sing “Let It Go” one more time. A few days ago, on my aunt’s birthday they were getting restless and I could just hear the arguments starting up. If their vocabulary were stronger they would have been saying,
“He touched me!”
“She won’t stop looking at me!”
Since they can’t master up these words yet they just scream for no known reason.
I had to stop the tears before they began because if I let them get too emotionally charged Olaf is the only way to get them to calm down and since I was already in the kitchen, I started looking for ideas right where I stood. That’s when I saw the pudding.
I would totally do this again but next time I would use vanilla pudding not chocolate as it was very messy. I didn’t have vanilla at the time was just trying to find anything that would get them to sit still for a bit. At this point in their lives pudding is the sweetest thing that they’ve had to eat and once the sugar set in, they took very long naps.
Why You Should Let Kids Play With Pudding
Kids enjoy getting messy. It’s fun. That’s why I love doing this sort of thing with them. The thing that makes this project stand out from other messy projects is the fact that they eat it while they play! Yes, with little ones it can become very messy so plan to have lots of towels on hand. However, messy projects are fun! Kids like getting their hands all gooked up, they enjoy smushing their fingers into things of odd textures and that’s what they did here. They explored the way the texture changed as the ingredients mixed together to form something new. Most importantly, they had some good ole fashion fun – no television required.
So, if you are a teacher or a young mom of two kids under two and you need some ways to entertain little ones then I highly recommend that you let them play with pudding.