Today I am going to walk you through this 5 kids play ideas using rice as means to occupy your little ones. Keeping little fingers busy means that they are less likely to throw tantrums especially during those turbulent 2 to 3 years. Having said that the older kids may find these games delightful too.
This is practically a no preparation (no-prep) needed kinda of activity. It’s a great indoor play activity for toddlers too. Pin or saved this for those rainy days or moments when mommies are busy or simply too tired and need to rest with a cuppa and catch up on Facebook <wink, wink>.
If you have been following my blog, then you would have known that I am a huge fan of rice sensory play. Check out my inaugural post on coloured rice sensory play here. There is no doubt that colours excite and stimulate your child’s senses. They also make our children happy, makes me happy too :))).
Still, you have to prepare the coloured rice one day in advance. These playthings? You can get it assembled in 5 minutes pat and the rice? You can still use it for cooking afterwards too.
Here’s the list of 5 kids play ideas using rice for your inspiration!
1. Alphabet hunting game – combining learning & playing
(adapted from Pre-K Pages)
Experts had been expounding it for ages and I have witnessed with my own eyes as well that children do indeed learn better through play. As you are well aware, little children just beginning to learn alphabet have to constantly practice the same task over and over again. It can get a bit boring just practicing on papers and books all the time. So, why not make it more interesting with this alphabet hunting game?
To assemble, just put in a set of alphabets be it foam, magnetic or wooden types into a medium size container about the size of a large shoe box. Pour in sufficient raw rice to cover. Add spade and scoop and let your kids dig away!
If you are planning to use magnetic or wooden movable alphabets, then it would be useful to have your child dug out the alphabets and matched them with alphabet cards such as this one.
2. Animals small world play + rice sensory play
Most parents including myself have at one point or another have doubts over our children’s speech capabilities or the desire to expand upon our children’s early language capabilities. Small world play and sensory play is able to improve children’s speech by encouraging them to use vocabularies associated with the play situation. If you are interested to read more, this article explained in detail how small world play can help children overcome their speech difficulties.
Small world play is akin to setting up the props and stage modeled after real life situations so that your children can be the actor and actresses. Animals are the most common theme for small world play as children are generally well exposed to various animals either through media and books. Other examples are the construction theme and dinosaur fossil excavation theme below.
3. Up the ante for the truck lovers
Have a truck lover in the house? Up the ante for the little builders by adding rice to the mix. Let them excavate, haul and dump rice or do other creative stuffs they can think off with their machines. It’s really a much cleaner alternative than mud and sand but still pack with lots of fun nevertheless. Guaranteed to keep them engaged for hours!
4. Adventure for the dinosaur enthusiasts
Another easy to set up small world play is this dinosaur fossil excavation game. Bury little dinosaurs and play eggs in rice. Add some props like shovel, magnifying glass and brush and let your children take over.
5. If you can’t go to the beach…
I would love to bring my children to the beach more often. It’s not that difficult to plan leave from work and book the beach side chalet. But the last-minute uncertainty like the weather and the kid suddenly down with fever really put a dampener on things. I guess for those days that you can’t bring your child to the beach, then it only makes sense to bring the beach to your child, right?
- Small world play and sensory play can help improve your child’s speech by encouraging them to use words associated with the play situations.
- These kids play suggestions are suitable for children aged 2 and above.
- Set up simple situations using toys and props you already have in the house. The younger the child, the simpler it should be.
- Place a plastic sheet, mat or old bed sheet for your child to play on. Once finished playing, just pour excess rice back into your rice barrel and vacuum off excess rice grains thoroughly.
Hope you would try this at home. Every child should experience one of these at least once!