Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Ten for Tuesday: Raisin Activities!!

Wild Thing loves raisins, so we always have them on hand, and I've discovered there's lots of great activities you can do with raisins too.

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
4. Make Breakfast Fun - Create raisin designs on a bagel or piece of toast -- or use the raisins to practice making shapes, numbers or letters with your little one. He loved "eating" the numbers and letters piece by piece!

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
10. Build - With just toothpicks and raisins, you can get very creative. Wild Thing (he's 2 1/2) liked making squares and simple letters (N, L, etc.). You could even color the toothpicks or dip them in paint and then connect them using the raisins for beautiful, mostly edible art. (If you make this edible paint from The Imagination Tree you won't have to worry at all about eating the raisins off the artwork!)

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  1. Great post, kids love working with food.

  2. Great post, kids love working with food.

  3. Kids definitely love anything involving food! Such a great way to engage them. I need to work more food into my preschool activities.

  4. I'm so excited to do these activities with my 2.5 year old!! He will love making, sorting, floating and (of course) eating his way through a mini- raisin unit. Pinned it!

  5. This is a great collection of ideas. Who knew raisins could be so engaging?! :-)

    We've never made our own raisins. I can't wait to try these activities with my kiddo!

  6. Great ideas! We have several boxes of raisins here -- can't wait to try these!

  7. Who knew raisins could be such fun! ;-) What great activities, and those biscuits sound really tasty ~ thanks for sharing on Happy lil ❤'s are baking!!

  8. this is another thing we've been meaning to do. thanks for the reminder! thanks also for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday!

  9. This is a great post! I never thought to use raisins other than for snacks.

  10. OH my goodness! I am impressed that you managed to come in with THIS many raisins activities! How funny!

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy & Alissa

  11. This collection is simply amazing! Awesome and perfect for the kids! I really loved the materials you put to complete the features these. We did an Egg Carton Color Sorting Activity game out of the same materials you used. You should check it out! :)
    EarlyLearning.Momtrusted.com: Preschool Egg Carton Color Sorting Activity