Monday, September 3, 2012

box 'o' beans

Micah is completely in love with pouring.  He spends easily half an hour at the sink every day with a trickle of water running and some cups, just pouring back and forth, back and forth.  I was trying to think of other things he could pour without getting too messy.  Sand is out.  Rice is too small.  He tries to eat raw pasta.  Then a relative recommended beans.  

Beans!  How perfect.  And so that very day I emptied about 3 pounds of dry beans into a small box.

He loves it!  I put the towel down for easier clean up.  He uses all sizes of his stacking cups for pouring and sometimes I give him a spoon for "cooking" the beans.  I think he has a cookie scoop in this particular picture.  Whatever works.  

Now I know what you're thinking ... mess factor?  I have explained to Micah that the beans must stay in the box and he obeys for the most part.  But I do always have to follow his playtime with a good sweep of the general play area.  It has been nothing out of the ordinary so far.  And to me, it is a small price to pay in order to occupy an energetic toddler.


  1. Mareto loves to play with dry beans! Another fun idea: put about 10 in an empty tylenol or motrin container and have him pour them and and put them back in one by one. It's really good for motor development and Mareto thinks it's super fun! haha Oh toddlers... so easily entertained! ;)

  2. This is going to be the future teacher in me... but this is very developmentally appropriate! At most preschool programs you will find a sensory table with those sorts of things in there. Kids can learn a lot through just exploring with different materials and the pouring and scooping is good motor skill practice! If you could find one, an old scale with two different sides is fun because then he can start discovering weight and stuff! He is too too cute :)) You're such a good momma!