Kids in the Kitchen Rolling Pin Activity

This rolling pin activity is a fun way to introduce foods and food preparation to early learners. The activity is easy to set up with just 3 simple materials found in the kitchen. Kids will love the activity and you’ll love that it’s mess free!

When kids want to help in the kitchen it’s a great opportunity to engage them in real life activities around handling food. While food preparation at mealtime can be busy, setting aside a task for your early learner can be beneficial and fun.

Kids can help you stir cake batter, or pour ingredients into a bowl.

When kids just want to be nearby, this fun activity is easy to put together with just three items found in the kitchen.

You’ll need:

  • Rolling pin
  • Zipper seal sandwich bags
  • Crackers – or other foods that can be crushed

We used a kid size rolling pin for this activity but you can easily use a regular size rolling pin. The larger rolling pin will just need a little more counter or table space for the activity.


1.Pour approximately 1 cup (500 ml) of dry ingredients into a resealable bag and seal.

2. Hold a rolling pin by the handles and roll back and forth over the baggie.

This bag contains Ritz crackers which are relatively easy to crush.

This bag contains elbow macaroni.

Pasta is harder to crush so you have to press down firmly on the rolling pin.

It makes a wonderful crunch as it breaks.

Cereal in the bottom of the cereal box may be too crumbly for your cereal bowl.

Use it for this activity, then sprinkle the crumbs over a casserole or add to homemade muffins. 

Being frugal with foods in this way is a great learning experience for kids.

This fun kids-in-the-kitchen activity engages the senses in several ways:

  • kids see the crackers crumble
  • kids hear the crackers crunch
  • kids feel the rolling pin move
  • kids taste the crackers at snack time

Kids can enjoy doing the cracker crunch rolling pin activity in the classroom, or at home while you prepare dinner.

This activity is (relatively!) mess-free and an opportunity for child led play.

It’s an easy go-to you can add to your toolkit!

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