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Cornmeal Sensory Learning

Emma makes dinosaur tracks in cornmeal

Playing with flour on a tray was one of the first activities I blogged about, and it has remained a family favorite! It was the perfect way to unwind after an errand-filled day. The kids made tracks with dinosaurs and other plastic animals, and explored the texture with their hands:

Lily plays with corn meal on her high chair tray

The secret to keeping this activity (relatively) mess-free is to use a tray with sides and to limit the amount of flour each child has. Lily two tablespoons of cornmeal.

Johnny explores textures with cornmeal

Emma and Johnny each had roughly three tablespoons. Lily was the only one to spill any, so sweeping up was minimal. Johnny got some on his shirt sleeves, but that washes up easily.

Emma draws hearts in corn meal flour

Emma drew hearts (anyone else seeing a trend?)

Johnny's animal parade
And Johnny put together an impressive animal parade! Thank you, Ticia and Natalie for introducing me to animal Toobs!

How do your kids unwind at the end of a long day?

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

10 thoughts on “Cornmeal Sensory Learning”

  1. We have never done flour play, but it looks like fun. We usually unwind by cuddling (easier with one :)) and by playing simple games such as “climb on mama to be caught and tickled” or “balloon batting”

  2. Elisa | blissfulE

    At our house we like to say, “Do you know what a heart means?” And the answer is, “Love!” :)

    My kids generally unwind by running around the house yelling (loud version) or asking me to read to them (quiet version).

    Now I’m inspired to get some trays so we can have a quiet independent-play option!

  3. It has been a long time since we have done this; I have to do it soon. We have also used jello powder – the kids love this because they can lick their fingers; it is sticky though.

    My 6 year old is the one who needs to unwind the most, especially when he gets home from school. For him, the most soothing activity is playing with building toys.

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