Transferring With Tongs

Transferring With Tongs

Our yard is full of all kinds of natural treasures. Like many kids, my son is an avid collector of rocks, sticks, etc. We decided it would be fun to not just collect nature treasures, but to use the items in a game.

He tried moving as many treasures as he could using different kitchen tools to a plate on one end of our kitchen. He had a lot of fun coming up with different ways to move the objects and different ways to use the objects.

2 - 5
Est. Time:
<1 hour

How we did it:

Materials List

  1. leaves (1/2 a bag)
  2. paper plate (1)
  3. roasting pan (1)
  4. brown paper grocery bag (1)
  5. kitchen utensils (tongs, spatulas, etc. )
  1. We started by gathering a bag of nature's treasures at a local playground.

  2. When we had gathered about half a bag full of treasures, we headed home. Once we were home, we dumped the contents of the bag into a roasting pan.

  3. Then we looked at all the kitchen utensils I had set out for the moving activity.

  4. The pancake flipper looked like the easiest tool. It was the first one my son decided to try.

  5. He was right: The pancake flipper did a great job of holding the leaf and getting it to the paper plate.

  6. The jar lid turned out to the be easy too. All he had to do was find the right-sized treasure to fit in the lid.

  7. The spatula was a little bit trickier. We found you really had to use the flat side to carry the leaf he chose from the pan of treasures.

  8. I love how he decided to carry the leaf in the whisk. It had to be pulled out when he got to the plate though.

  9. He had a great time exploring each of the kitchen tools. Some created a challenge as to how they could be used. I loved watching him analyze how to use each one to get the leaf moved. Yes, with all these wonderful things in the pan, he stuck to leaves. I guess he decided they were the easiest to work with!