Ian, my 2 year old, would get quiet all of a sudden and when I went hunting him he was standing on his stool in their bathroom playing in the sink- with water! I would fuss and tell him to get out. BUT THEN I came across my new favorite blog. But at first I thought this mom was a little crazy, I must admit. BUT THEN.... [...]
I experienced exactly what she promised would happen! FUN! It all started by accident. I came across a post that was talking about coloring beans. I thought it looked cool so I investigated a little further. Then I tried it.
The next night they wanted to play with the rice again. They sit down, this time with their dad, and did a treasure hunt. Dad would hide change in their rice buckets and whoever found the most won! They played with dad like that for at least an hour!
Then being boys they had to bring out the tractors!
Complete with tractor sounds!
You can not tell me this is not GREAT for their imaginations!
I got PLASTIC Slinky's for the baby- HE LOVED THEM!
He is like what is wrong with this thing!!?? Ha Ha Ha!
And here is the funny part. We went to the store and I was getting all these things. My oldest kept saying we want to get something, we want to get something! I said, "Son, this whole buggy is for you!" He looked and did not see "toys" so he was getting upset. I said, "Trust me! We are going to go make a mess." Once we got home and started playing he said, and I quote, "You got all this stuff for us?" He LOVED IT once he seen how much fun we could have!!! He told me, "I love you mama, thank you!" SEVEN times while we were playing in rice- that was in an hour time period! You see it does not matter the price of the stuff what matters is they are having fun, using their imaginations and learning!!!
We have all of our stuff stored in this big bin and in the beans, pasta, rice, and "dirt" in their own containers. (The Glad container keeps it sealed tighter and does not get accidentally dumped. I will get more to put the others in and do away with the shoebox.)
Ya'll- you HAVE to try this with your kids! They LOVE IT!! I want to give a very special shout out to Asia at Fun at Home with Kids for all of these WONDERFUL ideas! And they WORK! My kids LOVE them!! Keep the great stuff coming girl! I have you bookmarked and will be back for more!
Take time to play with your kids! Teach them how to play. Help them learn while you play. One day they will be grown up and you will miss it! I have had more fun playing in the last week than I have had in years combined. They keep asking me to play with the rice, beans and "dirt". It is so simple but it works! My oldest has put down the video games for the last week to play and he is using his imagination! The Cloud dough is a favorite too. More pictures of our fun to come in a later post! Stay tuned..... =)