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Parents Corner – 20+ {Creative} Play Ideas for Kids in the Kitchen

20+ {Creative} Play Ideas for Kids in the Kitchen

If you’ve only used cooking to get kids in the kitchen, you might be surprised that you can use kitchen items for science and play, too.

You won’t have to go far to find everything you need to play with kids in the kitchen.  Almost all of these ideas are used with things that we already cook and clean with!

Play ideas with kids in the kitchen

Ways to Play with Kids in the Kitchen

Grab a colander for busy, fine motor fun

Forks aren’t just for food, they can make adorable tulips, too | Blog Me Mom

Learn how to attract butterflies using a sponge | Premeditated Leftovers

A soup can makes an unexpected game | Hands on: as we Grow

Don’t worry if you don’t have a loom, kids can weave with a kitchen item  | JDaniel4Mom

Grab a variety of kitchen items for bubble play | icanteachmychild

Kitchen scrubbers are transformed for endless painting fun | Laughing Kids Learn

Make an easy kitchen item puzzle complete with your own chef’s hat | Toddler Approved

Cut straws to practice lacing with this unique twist | And Next Comes L

Mystery kitchen bags will captivate little ones while you cook | House of Burke

Ways to play with kids in the kitchen

More Ways to Play with Kids in the Kitchen

Toothpicks can be used as an easy way to practice fine motor skills

An ice cube tray becomes a quick science experiment | No Time For Flashcards

Use kitchen items to create a musical banging post | Let the Children Play

Practice lacing with a sink mat

A bread pan becomes a unique instrument with rubber bands | House of Burke

Turn a kitchen towel into an apron for kids | Simply Real Moms

Save your styrofoam for basic sewing skills | Putti’s World

These kitchen items make great paint brushes | Little Bins for Little Hands

Move these kitchen items into the bath for endless fun and fine motor practice | Racheous – Lovable Learning

Salad spinners aren’t just for lettuce – they make amazing spin art, too | Pink Pistachio

Toothpicks and foam make for this creative fine motor activity | Creative with Kids

Use spinning straws to teach kids word families while working fine motor skills | Still Playing School

Come on over to our Facebook Page and tell us which activity you tried at home.  There are so many uniqueways to play with kids in the kitchen!

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