Cornmeal Play

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Making finger sketches for F week inspired me to pull out the cornmeal later in the week for good old messy fun.

My original idea was to set up a dinosaur stomping ground, adding a layer of cornmeal and Travis’s collection of small plastic dinosaurs to a baking tray. I thought he’d enjoy making dinosaur footprints, and the fact that the cornmeal looked like Jurassic desert sand. Surprisingly, he was uninterested… until I added a small cone of paper to be a volcano.

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This piqued his interest, but he soon discovered that it was much more fun to sprinkle the cornmeal outside the baking tray than to stomp the dinosaurs inside it – a reminder that toddlers will make of games whatever they choose! He loved “sweeping” the cornmeal, and was happy doing so for quite some time.

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Finally the dinosaurs entered back into the game, with Travis burying them in a separate container under a layer of cornmeal.

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He started using the “volcano” as a funnel/scoop to bury them, which I thought was quite inventive on his part!

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The game turned out to be such a hit, even if not in the way I intended, that he asked to play again later in the afternoon.

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