I have used uncooked rice over the years to make rattles and ‘musical’ instruments, but the other day, as A was lamenting her rather soggy sand pit in the rainy garden, I had the idea of using rice to play with. I got a large tray and gave her different things to scoop and pour with and gave her a bowl of rice; maybe half a small packet.
The result was amazing. She loved it. She scooped and tipped and rolled her hands in it and sat at the table for twenty minutes (which trust me is a very long time for her) happily playing by herself. She has named it her ‘indoor sand pit’ and we have had it out quite a few times since.
It can be a bit messy and the last time we had it out, A did tip most of the rice on the floor, but it is easy to sweep or hoover up, so it wasn’t a problem at all.
I have no doubt that other people have done this before, but it is a new activity in this house, so I thought that I would share it as we enjoyed it so much. (A enjoyed playing, mummy enjoyed watching her play independently whilst drinking a cup of tea that was still hot!)