Trying to cook dinner while my husband isn’t home from work yet, can be a risky endeavor at our home! My little guys seem to gravitate towards anything they should not be playing with during that time. So, to save all of our sanity, I have been using that time to introduce new fine motor skill activities, and new sensory bin themes. This keeps them happy and busy, and my hands free to cook dinner. This was an activity I created awhile ago for them to do while I am prepping a salad for dinner. My boys LOVED painting with “Tuga food”! Tuga is our turtle, and lettuce around our house is ALWAYS referred to as Tuga food.
- Romaine Lettuce Stalk Bottoms (the part you throw away!)
- Paper plate
1. Pour 2 or 3 colors of paint in different sections on the paper plate.
2. Show your child how to “stamp” the lettuce bottom into the paint and then onto the paper.
3. You can then have your child use a paint brush to paint it further, turn the stamps into flowers by painting a stem on the bottom, or use the “Lettuce Stamped Paper” as wrapping paper for a present. The options are endless!