Well, I can't take credit for this, my friend Sarah gave it to Cordelia for her 1st b-day. She dyed the rice (not really something she can easily choke on) in various fun colors, put it into a box, added some scoops, lids, spoons, etc. Voila a huge box-o-entertainment.
Now I must say that this makes a huge mess, but it is easily swept up after the play. I take the approach that Cordelia shouldn't (in this instance) worry about keeping the place spotless, her job is to play and explore---mine is to facilitate.
Playing in the rice
Fully engrossed in play
Tiny hands, exploring
In the box
We threw rice, buried stuff, and dug like dogs in the rice. Before I knew it there was rice everywhere in the kitchen and an hour had passed, fun for both of us. I swept up in 5 minutes and then it was time to entertain the hubby....He got his new drum set yesterday. 13 years to get there, but we did it!
Eric with his new drum set
How do you keep the kiddos entertained?