Rice sensory play

Rice sensory play

IMG_2030I love doing sensory play and creative things with the ladybird so expect this to be the first of many posts of activities for toddlers. I would love a tuff spot but so far I’ve been using this under bed storage box. I’ve used it mostly for water play as the ladybird has always been a big fan of water play. With the warmer weather here, she is now regularly using her water table outside so I felt it was time to start doing something a bit different when we are stuck in doors.IMG_2011This was a really simple activity to set up. Yes I could have coloured the rice to improve it (and no doubt I will do soon) but the ladybird was more than happy with simple, plain rice. I picked up a bag of basics rice with my weekly shop, added it to the tub along with a few brightly coloured plastic bowls and a sieve and let the toddler loose. She loved it and happily played with this for a good thirty minutes. IMG_2022At the moment she loves to fill containers and then pour it all out and start again, so this activity is perfect for her. She also spent some time pouring the rice from one container to another. She even added a few things to the tub herself such as stacking cups and tea cups (from her play set). Surprisingly she was also pretty good at keeping the rice in the box. When she threw her first handful of rice all over the kitchen floor (after 30 minutes playing) I took it as a sign that she’d had enough.IMG_2025After we finished playing, I put the lid on the tub and stored it in the garage. I then got the tub out a few more times over the next week or so. Once I needed the tub for a different activity, I transferred the rice to plastic storage container and put it on a shelf in the garage (with our small but growing collection of sensory play/art/craft things).


I’m already thinking up ideas for our next sensory play session. She loves water, filling and pouring things and drawing but she doesn’t seem to be a big fan of really messy activities like gloop. What’s your favorite toddler activity?

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  1. July 7, 2015 / 7:03 am

    Thankyou for sharing this, I had forgotted that I used to do this with my older children when they were young! My small would love this, and ihave rice in the cupboard… Bonus! #letkidsbekids

  2. July 7, 2015 / 10:49 am

    Such a great sensory play idea, so simple, but fun for little ones to explore.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

    • July 7, 2015 / 7:03 pm

      Yes she loved it. Apparently she’s been enjoying the same at nursery today (but bright coloured rice). Thanks for hosting.

  3. July 7, 2015 / 11:31 am

    that’s such a lovely simple idea and it looks like ladybird had lots of fun, result! #LetKidsBeKids

  4. July 7, 2015 / 11:32 am

    Rice is awesome for sensory play! Have you ever tried colouring it?

    • July 7, 2015 / 7:05 pm

      Not yet but I plan to when I have a bit more time. She played with coloured rice at nursery today as it happens.

  5. July 7, 2015 / 9:13 pm

    Theres something about rice.. can’t quite out my finger on it but it always feels so great slipping through fingers and hands! We use coloured rice but non coloured is just as good 😀 love that you have a little shelf dedicated to sensory play materials I would love one of those!! xx #toddlerapprovedtuesday

    • July 7, 2015 / 9:23 pm

      I know exactly what you mean about rice slipping through your fingers. Trust me, if you saw my shelf you would not be jeallous! It’s in the garage for a start and quiet a small collection so far but it’s a start.

  6. July 8, 2015 / 11:48 am

    My daughter used to do this when she was younger…she loves it. Good fun! Have you tried putting a little bit of food colouring on it too? xx

  7. July 8, 2015 / 7:54 pm

    We made a tube maze on the wall with our rice sensory play, I shall tweet you the link, I bet your little ladybird would love it!

    Thanks so much for linking up to #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

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