Monday, July 2, 2012

Boys: Colored Rice Sensory Play Tray

Boy play time

We hope you are having a fun summer so far and finding lots of activities and adventures along the way for the kids and for yourself! Today we would like to share with you one of our kids activities we specifically set up for older boys. Older boys meaning nine years old.

 While it is fairly easy to find or make up activities for younger children, boys in particular, it is not always true for boys of this age. It is sad to think that video games for this age range is all they want to do ....if.... we let them.

Sensory play tubs or trays are not just for the young child. Older children, and even adults like to put their hands in the tub or tray filled with whatever it might be and explore!

You will need two small bags of rice. We happen to have two bags of brown rice on hand and used them. Your choice of food coloring. Two medium size bowls to mix your rice in. Twp spoons.

This is a great way to involve your child from start to finish by letting them prepare the colored rice.

Open your rice and place one bag in each bowl. Add a few drops of food coloring to the rice and stir to blend. Add additional food coloring to achieve desired color. Let dry in the bowl.

You will need a cookie tray. We hand one on hand from the Dollar Tree that we put to use.

Have your child pour the rice onto the tray and spread it out.
What favorite toys do you want to play with on the colored rice tray? For boys, probably Lego's.

And way they go!!! They are experiencing the colored rice. The tactile fell of the rice which is hard and cool. Communication and socialization with you or other children, and so much more.

Ask questions like, "What does the colored rice feel like"?. Even for older boys these simple questions more than anything prompt open communication and thought process.

Add in some other interesting play toys. We choose clear plastic cups so that the play with the cup was visible.
You gotta have a spoon to scoop and stir with.

Sometimes you just push the toys aside and get your hands all in the colored rice!

And just like this hand print was left in the colored rice, we are leaving a print on our children through what we expose them to. While it is impossible to shelter them from every negative influence, while at home, we can pump them up with so much that is positive and good for them.

So if you thought your older boy(s) were too old for a cool sensory tray to play in, we say, give it a try!
Be inspired. Get creative!

Do not rob the poor because he is poor,
Nor oppress the afflicted at the gate;
For the Lord will plead their cause,
And plunder the soul of those who plunder them.
Proverbs 22:22-23
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  1. What a cute, fun idea! I used to love doing things like this with my little ones -- love the pic of the chubby little hand in the rice . . . so sweet!

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  4. Your pictures are great! This looks like such a great sensory activity! We haven't used rice in a sensory bin so that may need to be next on our list!

  5. Pinning! Your photos are just gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  6. I love that you've made this for an older boy.

    I've featured it on The Sunday Showcase: