Thing 1 was a micropreemie. We were ON ALERT and it was the very least of our worries when he was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder and Sensory Integration Disfunction (I don’t remember in what order). Ten years later, he still has a hair-trigger gag reflex and is particular about ripe fruit, chewy meat, the feel of his blankets, clothes, and dirty hands.
He likes to have control over his sensory play, and is drawn to the kitchen and actually making his culinary ideas. Here we are making the granola recipe in his head.
Here you see instant oatmeal, sunflower seeds, cheerios, maple syrup, oil, and… yes… mini chocolate chip cookies.
He can be hesitant. His culinary dreams often have multiple layers of sweets, so between my ‘no sweets’ position and his hesitation we have room to negotiate. 🙂
I like to give total control, and then have a sudden ‘Just put in a handful’ or a quick ‘here, hold this’ moment. Not enough time to hesitate.
For my kid, that works.
You can see he doesn’t want to touch the sticky granola.
But he did. A little.
More important, for me, is that he saw how the separate ingredients looked and tasted on their own, how they looked and smelled being stirred and cooked…
I’d call this a great afternoon of gross and fine motor practice, imagination, planning, process, results, and sensory exploration!
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