Sensory play with rice is one of two-year-old Lily’s favorite activities! Colored rice is a super easy to make, and I’ve found that it lasts a long time – we only have to sweep/vacuum a little bit after every play session. It’s also a little easier to clean up than my other go-to taste safe sensory play activity for kids. Of course, it’s a different story if you have a kid who up-ends their tray, but my kids just don’t have that personality. So far, at least. We’ll see if number four decides to break the mold…
This time, for example, Lily spent a LONG time just looking at the colors sitting next to each other. Then she asked for cars and marbles, and they sat arranged like this for a while:
Eventually, the cars drove around, thoroughly mixing the pink and green rice. Lily loved feeling both the rice and the larger, smooth marbles slip through her fingers:
As it happens, rice also makes an excellent sandbox for teeny tiny toys! Different day – over two weeks later – but same shirt. And same (lack of) hairdo. She loves her snail shirt. Hairdos, not so much.
Do your kids enjoy playing with colored rice? Do you have other fun sensory activities to recommend?