kitchen-discovery-basketI don’t know about you, but one of my most favorite childhood memories is playing music with my mom’s pots and pans. I think it’s a childhood initiation thing! Every child at some point has banged on a pot.

We didn’t bang on any pots, but I did create a discovery basket for Kade (7 months). I took my colander and filled it with any safe kitchen utensils I had in the drawer.

I added a brush, spatula, mixer, whisk, and a few spoons. I sat it in front of him and let him explore.

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It didn’t take him long to start picking things out of the basket. He started with the whisk and moved onto the brush.

I loved watching him with the brush. He mouthed the whole thing starting with the handle. As soon as the brushes hit his mouth, he made the most awful face.

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Eventually, he realized he could bang the utensils on the colander to make a loud sound. He really enjoyed that! Kade loves being super loud.

Sicily joined in too! It was a great sharing experience for her. She had to be patient while brother played with the tools she wanted to use.

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Being the mother hen she is, she immediately used the kitchen utensils for what they were made for. She pulled each one out and asked “What’s this?”

I would explain what it is and how to use it. She pretended to whisk and flip pancakes.

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Kade spent nearly 20 minutes exploring each object in the basket. During this activity he was learning about different textures, sensory processing, and even vocabulary.

Happy Playing!