We don’t often play with food items simply because I don’t want to encourage the boys to play with what will later be on their dinner plate but on occasion I make an exception. Dry rice and dry beans are just a couple of those exceptions. The sensory experience provided by these two food items – not in their cooked form mind you – outweigh the potential for playing with food on the plate*.
To play with rice, we put about 1/2 cup of rice into a child sized bowl. I provide them with a second bowl of a different shape and/or color – to help with visual planning – and a spoon. Then from there it is their vision.
Sometimes they scoop and dump . . .
Sometimes they pour . . .
Sometimes it makes a mess . . .
Sometimes not a grain is lost . . .
Every time they have a blast!
*As a side note, since we only play with the dried form, none of the three boys have ever played with the cooked version on their plates.