Playing With Rice

by Deb on May 7, 2010

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This is one for all ages, we’ve been doing it since my eldest was about 4 months old and could sit at the table on my lap.  Rice is a fantastic exploratory toy, they can feel it and run it through their fingers, then with some simple kitchen tools do all sorts of things.  It’s all here – touch, hand-eye co-ordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, mimicking, it was the little one’s own idea to run and get a bottle to make a shaker (we have some pasta shakers, but not rice), and language.


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Christie - Childhood 101 May 7, 2010 at 9:09 am

We are big rice play fans here, especially on days where sand play is off the menu 🙂
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Narelle May 7, 2010 at 11:37 am

Rice is great fun! Do you find they get it everywhere though? My two like to distribute it around the house! I have to remember to do it on a day when the vacumning needs to be done 😉

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Hear Mum Roar May 8, 2010 at 9:58 pm

I like to colour the rice brightly, then mix it into a contrasting coloured playdough.
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Deb May 9, 2010 at 9:26 am

Narelle we do it in the bathroom, luckily we have a nice big one. They’re very good at staying in there for things like rice and water play, then vacuuming!

Hear Mum Roar I’ve coloured it and I’ve put it in playdough but it didn’t occur to me to do both!

Some of the facebook ‘likers’ have also suggested burying or hiding things for kids to find, we’re going to have to do that one it sounds great.

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Melissa May 11, 2010 at 9:24 am

That looks like a lot of fun. I remember as a kid, we lived in Nepal, and one of the regular tasks we had was picking grubs out of the rice! This looks like much more fun 🙂
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Deb May 11, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Living in Nepal would be amazing. Picking grubs out, not so much. I’m glad we just get to play.

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Jade May 11, 2010 at 2:41 pm

How gorgeous! Fun, fun.

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ecoMILF May 11, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Great idea- my little one would eat this up… not literally though. : ) xo m.
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Deb May 11, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Don’t worry, my girls do eat it! I suppose that’s an advantage over sand.

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Marthese May 16, 2010 at 11:06 pm

rice is a great medium for play…

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Miss Carly May 17, 2010 at 11:40 am

Rice play is hours of fun! And is something different to sand!
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Catherine Lowe July 7, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Oww, just stumbled upon your site, awesome 🙂 – this looks fun – similar to our cereal play 🙂
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FUN!
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