Bucket o’ Rice

March 9, 2006 @ 6:12 am | Filed under:

Looking for ways to keep the little ones occupied while you’re working with your older kids? Here’s a great suggestion from a homeschooling mom of eight.

One modification that has kept my girls entertained for stretches of time is a rice table or bucket. We use a plastic storage box, filled halfway with uncooked rice and add kitchen utensils, cars, small toys, or anything else that catches our fancy. All this goes on the kitchen floor atop an old tablecloth for easier cleanup.

Whenever I drag out the rice bucket, I am greeted by squeals of delight. I tell myself they are engaging in science experiments to keep myself from worrying about some of the more creative things they find to do with rice. After a couple bites, they decide it isn’t worth eating and get back to sifting, digging and pouring. I can count on this activity giving me a half hour or so to spend instructing the older kids without interruption.

HT: Daryl

When Jane and Rose were little, I used to keep a little baggie of cut-out construction paper fish for them to stick on a big blue pond (also construction paper, with wave lines drawn on and some clear contact paper slapped over it). Haven’t thought of that in years…poor Beanie, she’d have loved that game at age three. Heck, she might still love it now. And this time around I could put Jane and Rose on fish-cutting duty. Little loops of tape on the back of each fish heighten the fun—because, you know, ANYTHING having to do with tape is magical for the preschool set.

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  1. Happyheartsmom says:

    Our rice box is the BIGGEST in this house especially with my boys almost 4 & 7 and all their little diggers, makes for quite an excavation project!! Popcorn on cookie sheets works well too if they have high enough sides! Thanks for the link and the “fishy” ideas too!

  2. Alice Gunther says:

    I remember those fish ponds!!! You brought them over already prepared for Agnes and Theresa once!

    Wow, wouldn’t my fish obsessed four year old love that now?

    BTW, I remember Jane having her own sand and water table in your sunroom. That provided hours of indoor entertainment.

  3. Amber says:

    Ooh, I really like the fish & pond idea! We recently made a very nice fish out of construction paper and he has been sitting, forlornly, on top of my counter for want of something to do with him (and company too, no doubt). I know what we’re working on tomorrow!

  4. Alice Gunther says:

    Agnes was amazed Thursday night when I purchased two gigantic bags of rice at the market. “What are those for?” she asked, wide-eyed. I told her about the activity for the little ones, and she said, “That sounds so fun.” Then she thought a moment and eyed the bags gravely, adding, “I just hope you aren’t going to regret this.”

    Let’s hope our vacuum cleaner is still in working order after this!