Kids Activities Series: Beans and Rice and Corn, Oh My!

Here are just a few things you can do with varieties of beans, rice or popcorn (all dry and uncooked/unpopped, of course!)…

Empty coffee cans make great instruments when filled with beans, rice, or popcorn!  So do paper plates.  Decorate two paper plates, fill with beans, rice, and/or popcorn, and staple them together to make tambourines.

Sorting exercise:  Pour different varieties of beans, rice, and popcorn into a large bowl or other container,  Have the kids sort them (like with like) into other bowls.  This activity can take a very long time (maybe enough time for you to cook, shower, write a blog post, eat some bon-bons while watching a favorite TV show…get the picture?).

Digging:  Pour beans, rice, or popcorn in a large box or container. You can bury little toys, and give the kids spoons, shovels, measuring cups/spoons, funnels, colanders, and toy tractors to dig out the buried toys.

Pouring practice: My son absolutely loves this, and it’s so easy (maybe not the clean-up if you leave them unattended for too long). Fill a small pitcher with your dried goods and have the kids practice pouring them (carefully) into a large bowl without spilling. Then try a smaller bowl, then a cup.  Once mastered, try it with water!
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    Love it! My mother in law recently colored a bunch of rice (uncooked) with food coloring and poured in a clear plastic water bottle. Sealed the top very well and my son loves shaking it!!!! Just got to make sure we’re always on top of him like a hawk when he’s playing with it.

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    Brandy says:

    Reminds me of sensory tables in schools. Good idea and relatively inexpensive!

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    Dandi D says:

    This a great idea for a rainy day activity!

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