Squirt a Message
summaryThis activity will especially appeal to younger children who love to get their hands into something messy.
- The RIF Guide to Encouraging Young Readers
- Alphabet Learning
- Meal, Play
Set children up with canisters that dispense whipped cream or cheese spread when you depress the nozzle, and a washable surface (a shallow pan, cookie sheet, or even the kitchen table). Demonstrate by squirting out a familiar letter or a child's own name. After admiring and tasting your calligraphy, the kids can try the squirting themselves. A very young child won't have the control to squirt letters, but will be able to squirt and spread out enough cream or cheese for fingerpainting letters. Or you can squirt and say the letters, and the child can smoosh them. For a tasty variation, let children fingerpaint with pudding. If you spoon a dollop of vanilla pudding on a play surface and add a few drops of food coloring, they can swirl in the color, making O's and S's. Of course, the best part is licking those gooey fingers!