Wow, sorry that it’s been 3 months since I last blogged, no excuses, I just haven’t got round to it. Anyway, I thought after a long break I’d do a nice easy activity, based on one of our favourite books.
“Do you like ketchup on your apple pie?” “Do you like a duck on your head?”
The set up for this activity is simple, just select as many of the “ingredients” from the book as you are comfortable with, put them out in bowls, cups etc. Then give your children a container for mixing.
Do you like ketchup on your cornflakes?
Yes. Yes they do, very much apparently.
Do you like ice cubes and milk on your toast?
Yes, that too, soggy toast is apparently delicious.
Do you like jam on your chips?
Yes, again, this is a tasty choice.
Do you regularly turn your noses up at a lovely nutritious homecooked meal, only picking at bits of it, then when you got to mix random disgusting combinations together in a messy play tray, eat loads of them as if you had been starved?
Yes, that is precisely what they did.
Naively, I believed that by doing this activity straight after dinner and pudding, they would not eat the foods. So ensure you use clean containers and only things you’re happy for them to eat. I’m so glad I didn’t let them have the salt or toothpaste, which I intentionally left out.
What I added:
Water (as my kids don’t drink lemonade, we generally say “water” or “drink” on the lemonade page
Things I didn’t add, but could have:
A wooly hat
This activity was planned and set up in about 2 minutes, when the kids were quite hyper and I thought they needed an activity after dinner. These were the things I just had available.
You could also add new things, that aren’t in the book.
This was really fun for them, Jumbles (just turned 4) loved mixing the things together to make a weird mush, plus taste testing everything. He was quite careful in picking what he would add next to the mix. Bean (2) mainly liked crushing the cornflakes and dripping ketchup on them. I think next I’ll let them choose weird things from the cupboard to add into their odd combinations.
If you like this book, you’ll also like “Accidentally on purpose” another split page book by Nick Sharratt.