I dyed a two small bags of cheap rice using pink food colouring, by laying it out on two baking sheets and mixing the colour in with a fork. We then left it for one day to dry thoroughly.
Into a shallow, wide storage box, (thankfully bright pink in colour!) I tipped all of the pink rice and mixed in a few cups of plain white rice too.
Then we added a small bag of red and pink mixed sequins and a few handfuls of fabric flower petals.
We had a few toy fairies who were added to their new home, as well as some trees, scoops, spoons and cups. And off they set!
Pop decided it was much better just to get straight in it and then spent ages pouring rice through her fingers and transferring to another container then back in again. Cakie made up little stories about her fairies eating and sleeping in “fairy land” and loved searching through the rice for “treasures” in the sequins. This box has got a lid so when they were finished playing we pushed it under the table for another day.
- sensory: exploring a range of textures and materials with hands (and feet!)
- fine motor: scooping, pouring, pincer grip to pick up individual pieces of rice, mixing
- creative: make up stories and role play scenarios using toys and imagination
- literacy: develop language, vocabulary and storytelling skills
- maths: count out scoops/petals/rice/sequins, explore capacity through filling and emptying
- phse: work collaboratively and share resources