Create a simple scooping station to entertain your toddler.
The Scooping Station has been one of our absolute favorite toddler activities and I’m so excited to share it with you.
At our house, this activity holds my son’s attention for well over thirty minutes. Sometimes, he’ll play this for an hour. AN HOUR. A toddler playing anything for an hour is cause for celebration. You can’t see me, but I’m doing a happy dance for Scooping Station while I’m writing this.
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The basic idea behind this is to let the toddler experiment with scooping and pouring solid materials, much like in a pouring station. I used three “materials”: rock salt, corn meal, and rice. I put each item in a separate plastic container with a few scoops for each.
I also set up bottles with funnels and let my toddler have at it. I was pretty sure it was going to be a smash hit toddler activity but I didn’t realize it would be this big a smash.
My toddler, Sam, scooped and filled and poured and filled to his heart’s content. He varied how he poured, what he poured and what he used for pouring during the nearly half hour this initially held his attention for. I got so much Mom-time (which of course I used to clean the kitchen) while he played.
The area around the project stayed “reasonably” clean. All these materials vacuum up well so any spill over didn’t concern me PLUS I hate my carpet so I’m not going to make any special concessions just on its account (I’m horrible). BUT, you could definitely put down a beach towel or two and that would have been enough to keep this toddler activity totally clean.
By the next day, all the pouring items (rice, salt and corn meal) had been totally mixed together. We didn’t stop the fun there.
For Day 2 of the Scooping Station, Sam’s beloved construction toys got in on the action too. It’s always a win when one activity turns into a completely new activity. Scooping Station became Construction Site Station.
I can’t even begin to tell you how fun this was and how amazing it was to see this activity transition from successful scooping station to sensory bin construction site. Two big huge thumbs up from Mom and Toddler – this is one of our absolute favorite toddler activities. I hope you’ll give it a try!
Would your toddler like a scooping station?