Every autumn season, we take almost daily walks in our local park and always bring home some treasures. Today girls insisted on picking up chestnuts so we ended with a sensory fun – Chestnut hunt and soup!
Our park is filled with chestnut trees and, since chestnuts are falling off the trees, the park is filled with them! It’s a fun activity, with lots of running and picking up and both toddler and big girl enjoy it.
It was fun exploring spiky cupules and trying to pick them up without being hurt. This is excellent fine motor activity and kids were warned to be very careful when picking them up. It’s fun to see how seriously they did this!
When we came home, they moved all the chestnuts from bag to the bin I gave them. Since it was getting late and it was time for them to take a bath, we decided to move our bin to the bathroom and play with chestnuts in bathtub.
I have decided to add couple sponges and 2 spoons for them to clean up chestnuts and make a chestnut soup. Of course, it was a total hit as you can see on following pictures. This is really very low cost and no preparation time required activity anyone can do with their toddlers at home!
They used spoons to add water inside so they would have enough water to clean up chestnuts. There was lots of sprinkling around the bathtub but they really made their chestnuts prepared for cooking with enjoyment!
Time to cook up a chestnut soup! Of course, by this time there was bunch of chestnut already outside of the bin and inside the bathtub but this really didn’t bother them! I added few more spoons in different sizes to make it even more interesting.
And, of course, it was the most interesting to try to catch chestnuts with the smallest spoon! They ended up their play after a full hour in bathtub and mom adding warm water twice since it cooled down, partly because chestnuts were cold and partly because they were inside for so long. Of course, they asked if we’ll add chestnuts next time to the bathtub too!
How you play with chestnuts?!
We now have a bunch of them!
Share some ideas!
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Mihaela runs Best Toys 4 Toddlers blog and loves to come up with new ideas how to use old toys her 2 daughters keep leaving on the floor to slip over. She loves them despite the fact that they call her mommy few hundred times a day, and it makes her nuts.