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Friday, July 15, 2011

Sugar and spice and everything nice

My 16M old loves getting into the spice cabinet.  Instead of constantly turning off her curiosity I made her a spice basket that she was fully allowed to explore.  The spices included spices we had excess of and a few I picked up at the dollar store.   We decided to do Spice Art today.   The spices consisted of: pizza seasoning, cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, minced onion, sesame seeds, and parsley flakes. 

What does this one smell like?  


Oldest hard at work.  

If you have a dumper and pourer this is a great activity.  She loved shaking these.  

Next time I will put the piece of paper inside a rimmed cookie sheet or something similar.  We did manage to save most of it and put it back into the shaker.  

Youngest finished (16M).

Oldest finished (2 Years).  "I made trees, Mommy"  


  1. We do a LOT of our art in a cookie sheet I picked up from the $1 store. It saves SO much mess & clean up :-)

  2. great idea, DS loves smelling the spices when we're baking!

  3. What an inspired idea! I love the multi-sensory components.


  4. I can't wait to try this!! What did the final products smell like? Gluey pizza with extra cinnamon? ;)

  5. Hi Ladies! I love your site and feel so lucky to have found you. I am a mom, preschool teacher and believe heartily in emergent curriculum and child led play. That said, I wonder what your feelings are on using food as art/toys. I wonder what it says to our children when we are wasteful with things that others don't have the luxury of? I see the many sensory elements here and am asking because I don't exactly know where I fall. I do know that sometimes its makes me feel uncomfortable tough. What do you think?


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