1. Trail Mix Sorting - Wild Thing (my toddler) LOVES doing this. It develops his fine motor skills and reinforces color matching. We use plastic eggs, but you could paint the egg carton too!
2. Make Your Own Raisins -- A perfect summer science and culinary experiment when you get a stretch of hot sunny days. You basically spread grapes out on a paper towel lined cooking sheet and place them outside on a hot day (for about 4-6 days), a fine screen helps deter flies. Baking bites explains in more detail. We can't wait to try this when June gloom goes away. (You can make sun-dried tomatoes this way too!)
3. Dancing Raisins - Two Big, Two Little has a great post on this engaging, science experiment.
|Photo from Two Big, Two Little|
5. Bake Oatmeal Raisin Cookies -- obviously!! Love this recipe from Smitten Kitchen.
6. Snack + Storytime - Read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and then make caterpillar and butterfly snacks using grapes, raisins, and bread and jam. It's great because you can also talk about the transformation of the grape -- into raisins and jelly/jam!
7. Ants on a Log -- For another fun snack time raisin activity, simply fill a piece of celery with peanut butter and then put the raisins on it. You can also sing the Ants Go Marching!
8. Make Your Own Granola, like this granola featured on theKitchn. Granola is a great food to make with kids because of all of the components to measure and mix and because the ingredient possibilities are endless!
9. Counting, Number Value + Number Identification Game - I featured this activity last week on my site. It's a great activity for toddlers to explore numbers and reinforce their number knowledge.
|1-10 Counting Raisins|
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