OK, I must firstly point out that this is not real baking, do not try to eat these cakes!
I thought it would be fun to set up the tuff spot with some baking utensils, along with sensory materials to make cakes with, so I added some rice and a few different colours of play dough…
I always enjoy setting up invitations to play like this, as there is plenty for them to get stuck into, but it’s totally up to them what they do with it. At 5 and 2, both of my children love activities like this, as it allows them to explore with the materials and make up their own games. They like to explore alone, and then play alongside each other, too. Boo often tells Little Man what to do, Little Man sometimes agrees, sometimes ignores!
The difference in the two textures was immediately appealing and interesting. In this tuff spot, there was a good variety of possible activities available. They could play at filling, pouring, mixing, moulding, running the rice through their fingers, squidging the play dough in their hands and combining the two materials together. They did create some little ‘cakes’, too.
This tuff spot took me no more than five minutes to set up, and they were both happily playing with it for around an hour. It was a nice one to do outside, getting a bit of fresh air, and keeping the grains of rice out there, too. I am finding myself a little bit addicted to tuff spot possibilities now, as the children get so excited to see what’s in there, and I love seeing how they choose to play with it.
What do you think of this one?