Winter Activities for Kids


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.

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3 comments to Winter Activities for Kids

  • Andi

    My mom did the exact same thing when we were kids, except she used white beans. There was a big Tupperware full of beans in the pantry that we could get out and play with whenever we wanted. She usually plopped one of us down with it when she was cooking dinner. I remember we had this Gonzo toy that was great fun in there…genius and cheap!

  • Rachel

    Brilliant! Just as my girls were saying “it’s raining again” I pulled out the casserole dishes. They looked at me like I was crazy, but it’s been 20 min now and they’re still playing QUIETLY!

  • Lauren

    My son is doing this right now! Thanks for idea! I wish I could make you hear the mad monster truck sounds it inspired!

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