Before I begin, I must make a quick disclaimer. I am trying to learn how to use our darn DSLR but when the hubby isn't home I try to figure out the best settings to use. A lot of these pictures have some focus issues, which I later learned is because I was in the wrong setting. I apologize in advance. :)
One thing you may not know about me is that before I got my BA and teaching credential, I got my Early Childhood Certificate and taught pre-school for a year. It was during my early schooling that I first learned of pudding painting.
When I was introduced to pudding painting it was typically chocolate pudding that was used. For this activity, I wanted the pudding to be bright, colorful and offer multiple sensory opportunities.
I bought some vanilla pudding cups, of course you could make the pudding as well but I chose to buy it because we were having yet another busy week. I added 3 drops of food coloring to each pudding cup and stirred.
To the green pudding, I added lime juice and lime zest to give it a tangy flavor and limey smell. To the red pudding, I added cinnamon, I just kept adding until it was fragrant. To the blue pudding, I added about 1/8 of a teaspoon, maybe a little more, of peppermint extract. Right before I gave the pudding to Makenzie I added some green decorating sugar crystals to the green pudding to give it a gritty texture.
This project covered all the senses; sight, smell, taste, touch and of course the sound of the pudding being smooshed over and over in your little one's hand. This is another activity that requires very little effort and you probably have many things in your cupboard that you could use to do this right now.
If you're having a mental block, here are some other sensory mix-in ideas: any type of extract, crushed up crackers, citrus, ground coffee (if you're brave enough to let them get close to caffeine...heh), spices, breadcrumbs, etc. Go explore your pantry!
I'll share more about how Makenzie approached the activity tomorrow for our Tot School Tuesday post.
I linked up to the Nurture Store's Play Academy Idea Swap. You should check it out for more ideas!