Happy Monday, all!
So it seems like I'm not the only mom out there looking for interesting new play activities to try with a rambunctious toddler. I decided to start a semi-regular series called Make a Mess Mondays where I'll post an idea for something messy and entertaining Lorelei and I tried recently. I'm not guaranteeing success -- I plan to post failed ideas, too, with thoughts for how to improve it next time. Just hoping it might spark some possibilities for you, too!
Is there a linky party out there already dedicated to this? (There must be, right?) Otherwise, I'm thinking about starting one -- any thoughts?
Okay, on to the actual post:
After our success with making a mess with flour last week, I decided to try rice this time. I had read that it's fun for kids to "discover" objects hidden in the rice, so I buried a few small toys in the bowl.
Turns out I should have used a bigger bowl and more rice. Oh -- and though finding buried objects was fun, it was a lot more fun to fling the rice all over the kitchen instead. That garbage bag idea was a good thought but not even close to sufficing for clean-up purposes. Next time maybe we'll try this outside! Though it did get me to clean the kitchen floor better than I otherwise would have. Dual purpose playtime?
Oh, and I was worried Lorelei would try to eat the rice, and she did put a few grains in her mouth. But mostly she seemed more interested in exploring the texture through her fingers than in trying to taste it -- and she has quite the oral fixation, so rest assured that your little one can't be any worse!
When we attempt this again, I'm also planning to introduce some empty jars and containers for her to use for scooping and pouring the rice -- if it works in the sandbox, it should work for this, too.
Looking forward to trying more of these activities and sharing them with you -- and I would love to get ideas from you, too, so please post your links in the comments below!