Using some mildly wilted flowers from arrangements we had in the house, I set up an invitation to explore for my boys, ages 6 and 3 1/2.
Some of the tools I included for the exploration included a bamboo cutting board, magnifying glass, child friendly knives, forks, chopsticks and a pizza cutter. Other items that I’ve used in the past are lobster pickers, meat tenderizer, potato masher and scissors.
I particularly like the Vivitar magnifying glasses with the lights because we can see more detail even with dim lighting or on a dreary day. They also have a thick handle that is great for small hands. For knives, I always go back to our Zyliss lettuce knife as it’s been used over and over again by both boys. I also included butter knives and cheese spreaders that again, are great for little hands.
I set everything up on my favorite plastic trays from IKEA. I have also used cutting boards and cookie sheets.
The boys were free to pull, peel, chop, cut, slice, smash, poke, pinch, explore and examine as they please. I mainly stepped back, took photos and listened to their observations.
“This one has these deep holes. I think they go all the way down to the bottom. I need to scrape all this stuff off.”
“This stem is all squishy. Yuck.”
“It’s like juice that comes out.”
“There, I sliced it up. I can see inside the whole thing now.”
“I can’t cut this one. It’s too wiggly.”
“This one smells delicious.”
“It looks all flowery in there.”
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