Preschool Food Groups Sensory Loose Parts in the Kitchen Investigation Station

Are you looking for a fun Preschool Food Groups sensory activity? You’re not going to want to miss this Loose Parts in the Kitchen Investigation Station. We’re using bits and pieces from around the house to explore how to measure & pour with little kids.

preschool loose parts activity with text: Preschool Health In the Kitchen Loose Parts PlayWe wrapped up another week of Health & Fitness. This week’s topic was In the Kitchen and we learned about Cleaning & Safety and explored lots of food-related topics including how to Measure & Pour.

preschooler scooping loose parts with measuring spoon
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A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. 

loose parts in muffin tin with kitchen accessories
One thing that I’ve definitely noticed with this curriculum is that the little guy’s favorite thing each week is almost always an Invitation to Create experience and/or one of the Investigation Station activities. It seriously never fails.

Preschool Food Groups Theme Loose Parts in the Kitchen Investigation Station

We use measuring tools such as measuring cups and spoons when cooking. These tools help us precisely measure wet and dry ingredients like flour, sugar, and milk.

Set Up

  • Gather many various kitchen items (muffin tins, measuring cups and spoons, bowls, sifters, etc.).
  • Set out small items (beans, pompoms, beads, etc.) on the table for children to sort and explore.

Big Questions

  • What ingredients might you need to make cookies or bread?
  • What do you think could fit inside each measuring item?
  • What are different ways to mix something together?

Of course I asked the little guy for his thoughts on today’s activity and he excitedly told me how much he liked it because of the rice. You know what? I think I agree.

The sensory component that’s added to our Investigation Stations via loose parts is all kinds of awesome.

preschooler pouring loose parts into large mixing bowl
I mean, let’s be realistic. Sure, little kids love loose parts. There’s really no way around that. They love pouring and scooping and mixing and dumping.

What’s special about these Investigation Station activities is that they’re created with our monthly theme in mind. As if I couldn’t have just handed the little guy a random container full of odds and ends, right? 

preschooler stirring beads in colander with whisk
And I probably could’ve gotten away with that, but when we connect our activities to our monthly themes, we expand our little kids’ learning.

They get the opportunity to explore what we’re talking about in ways that are relatable to them and that makes our preschool curriculum come alive. 

preschooler using wooden spoon to stir loose parts in metal colander
Don’t forget to stop by next week if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to with our Health & Fitness theme. And if you missed this year’s preschool homeschool space post, you can check it out here.

Looking for more insight & inspiration? Here are the top 10 most popular posts from The Keeper of the Memories. You’re definitely not going to want to miss these!

MGT-Blog-Transparent-300x300As a Mother Goose Time blog ambassador, I receive the Mother Goose Time Preschool curriculum in exchange for my honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. #mgtblogger

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preschool loose parts activity with text: Food Groups Theme Loose Parts Play In the Kitchen

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