By the end of last week, Bug was bored. I was bored, too. See, he was sick for a couple of days, so we couldn’t really do a whole lot. Not exactly wise to take a sick baby out in 90 degree weather, right? And then, it rained for a couple of days. Ugh. After a few days of being stuck inside the house, I decided I needed to get creative. We headed to Walmart to get supplies to make some crafty stuff for Buggy. I got stuff to make edible play dough & colored rice & pasta. I also got a big pad of paper, finger paints, triangle crayons (the round ones are frustrating for a little guy when they keep rolling off the table!) and some glue. Bug is getting to the age where he actually enjoys sitting down and focusing on an activity. Free play is still super fun, but it just doesn’t cut it like it used to!
I thought I would start a category called Crafts for Toddlers and share some of the activities Bug & I are up to. First off, rice & noodles… sounds like SO MUCH FUN, right? What? You aren’t sure what the heck I’m talking about? Well, read on, folks.
Here’s what you need:
- Uncooked white rice
- Uncooked elbow noodles
- Food coloring – I used McCormick Neons to get really bright colors.
- Rubbing Alcohol
First, put a teaspoon of rubbing alcohol and several drops of food coloring into a bowl.
Add a cup of rice and mix it around. Be prepared to get food coloring on you… don’t be me and put on an apron two minutes too late.
Spread colored rice out on waxed paper and let dry for several hours. I used a 5 pound bag of rice, which comes out to just about 12 cups. If you’re good at math, you have figured out that I used 2 cups per color. Good for you.
Follow the same directions for the noodles. Put the dried, colorful rice & noodles into airtight containers. I’m pretty sure they’ll save forever. This stuff is great for a few things:
- Tactile/sensory play. Let your little one pour in and out of containers & cups and scoop with spoons.
- Arts & crafts. Let your little one glue noodles to paper.
- Counting & learning colors!
We haven’t played with the rice yet, but we have played with the noodles several times. It’s good for like 20 minutes. TWENTY minutes, people. That’s what I call a hit of an activity!
Soon, I’ll share how to make your own play dough!
What fun homemade activities do you do with your kids?
Update: This post was recently featured on The Daily Buzz! Woohoo!