I work hard to uphold an environment rooted in reality for the Toddler-age child.
Knowing this, naturally one of my biggest pet peeves is work that involves food & play. Whether it’s paint stamps with fruits and vegetables, pouring grains back and forth or sensory tables with beans, I just can’t get down with it.
Why? Because food is to eat.
Why else? Because how can we expect the highly literal young child to understand when they can and cannot play with their food, if sometimes it’s okay, and sometimes it is not.
But mostly, it’s about respect for what nourishes us. What keeps us alive and thriving. And what is a scarcity for many.