Practical Life Sensory Activity

The best kids craft & activities are the spontaneous ones and sometimes involve practical life activities. If that kids activity can be inexpensive and simple too, you are golden.

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Practical Life

One afternoon I was boiling a half dozen eggs. My 1.5 year old desperately wanted to be involved in the process. The beginning of the process is a bit fragile but I knew there was a way to get him involved in this practical life activity at some point.

So after I boiled the eggs, as always, I placed them in an “ice bath”. This time, however, the ice bath happened on the floor (with a towel beneath the bowl).

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Making sure my son was closely watching, I slowly transferred the hot eggs into the ice bath. He quickly began to explore the ice water and the eggs.

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Sensory Activity

Then we took a “crack” at peeling the eggs and discovered that it makes for a great sensory activity. I am not a fan of sacrificing (i.e. wasting) food for kids activities but in this case I let an egg or two go for the sake of sensory exploration. There was the fine motor skill development, the heat, the cold and the smell.

I think doing this exercise blindfolded would be a wonderful experience for an older child. My 3 year old will have a go in the next few weeks. In the meantime, my 1.5 year old can’t stop talking about the “eg-gah” in the “iss”. Very sweet.

Thank you for reading. I hope that we inspired you today.


Practical life activities are a great way for children to experience the world around them.  For more sensory activity ideas, you may want to take a look at these other kids activities from the Quirky Mommas:

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About Marnie Craycroft

Marnie writes Carrots Are Orange, a Montessori inspired homeschooling blog she started in 2010 after the birth of her first son. She hails from Maine, a wonderfully down to earth place to grow up. Marnie moved to the west coast in 1999, currently living in Seattle with her husband and two young boys. She is pursuing Montessori certification. Marnie can be found on Facebook, Twitter @OrangeCarrots, Pinterest and Google +.