Teaching Your Kids Life Skills With Dollar Store Tools

Posted on Sep 9 2013 - 7:00am by Markell

I know that a lot of people focus on teaching their toddlers how to sing the alphabet and how to recognize shapes and colors, but I feel like there are WAY more important things to teach little kids. While we do plenty of the alphabet singing and color saying, I like to try and teach my little ones practical life skills as much as possible. I am always looking for easy activities that help them learn to be more independent. This one is probably my favorite. I know it’s their favorite. This activity keeps my kids busy for literally hours. One of my favorite parts about it is that if you add a little water, it can be a great outdoor summer activity as well.

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I bought all this kitchen stuff at the dollar store. I decide instead of getting pretend stuff, I’d let me kids play with the real deal. You can’t hardly beat the price, anyway.

I just bought a bunch of kitchen stuff that I thought my kids would like to play with. There is a spoon, some measuring cups and spoons, some funnels, tongs, and a few other little things. Then, I add a little something each time they play with it. It might be a little flour that I add, or some rice, or just plain water. They have a great time transferring the ingredients from one cup to another or trying to grab things with the tongs. Sometimes we take it all outside and fill a bucket up with water and let them go at it. They end up super wet, but they love it. It’s great because it teaches life skills like pouring and stirring. And the best part is that you won’t have to worry about your kids using YOUR kitchen stuff anymore, because they have their own! We even use this stuff to make real muffins sometimes. That’s a HUGE hit.

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  1. Kelsey Blakley January 10, 2014 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    Great minds think alike! I did the same thing with my kids except I used different kinds of beans and when they were finished mixing them together, I made soup. This idea as well as others suggestions for teaching kids basic life skills are included in my website. The section on cooking is http://www.lifeskillsrx.com/cooking-with-kids.htm

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