For my daughter’s birthday a while ago, I made her a rice pit, and today we’re going to take it outside. So far we’ve only played with it inside, and I can sweep up the extra rice and put it back. However, as she’s gotten older, and more exuberant, we’ve been having rice ALL over the house. Since the weather is nice, today, we’re taking it outside.
If you’re looking for something a little different but cheap to do with your kids this weekend, you should try the rice pit. She loves it, and honestly, I love to sit and let the rice flow through my fingers. It’s kind of relaxing and therapeutic, really
10 lb bag of rice, a lot of bowls, and some food coloring. Ignore the canisters, they’re just there for decoration.:) I measured out 2 cups of rice per bowl at first, but hindsight says I could have done more per bowl.
Put a blob of food coloring in your rice, and mix it up. *Note the precision of the word blob. You want neither more nor less.* I did a blob in each bowl and mixed them after that, but it caused a bit of concern, because I needed to add more green, but I couldn’t remember if I had put regular green or “neon green.” So if you have similar colors, you may want to do one at a time.
Add rubbing alcohol. I didn’t have the actual liquid, so I put 2 squares of the little wipes and mixed them in as well. The purpose is to make the rice unappealing to bugs. I smelled the bowls, and I’m pretty sure any bugs that come visit are gonna be flyin’ high.:)
I have an old sheet that I put down in the kitchen. Rice ends up all over the sheet, but I could dump it all back in when she was younger. As I said, now that she is older, her range has expanded.:)
My daughter LOVES this. She mostly keeps it out of her mouth now
We think this is better than plain rice, better than a sand pit, and definitely better than the dirt outside.:)
What plans do you have for this weekend?