This is a game I read about at many parenting blogs with variations using sand, rice etc.
Buy a pound of beans – I choose black beans that I had at home – look for the why part below. Put it in a wide container like a cookie sheet. Add some small cups and spoons – I chose a measuring cup, a spoon from baby formula and a cup from a medicine. Let the kid loose and enjoy the free time!
It really works – My daughter can keep herself busy with it for at least 15 minutes – enough to make a quick stir-fry 🙂
Why black beans? And not rice or sand?
– I bought some to cook but didn’t like them so much and they were there, unused.
– it’s easier to clean up because they are bigger than rice or sand
– their size are not a choking hazard in case she does eat some
– its ok if she does eat some because they are after all beans
And of course you can teach counting beans!
24 Feb 2011