This little activity is almost too simple to post about but the idea came to me after visiting the Children’s Museum and seeing how much fun the kids had at the “lentil table”. Each of the kids gets a 13X9 pan and I just cover the bottom with uncooked rice. That’s it. That little bit of rice keeps them occupied for hours. They draw pictures in it, sift it through their fingers, or walk little creatures through it. I allow them only one toy in the rice at a time and they may not get the rice out of the dish. And things actually seem to stay pretty clean. There is only a small bit of rice to sweep up but is well worth all the hours of play it offers.