Friday, May 6, 2011

Bean play

A few weeks ago Jonathan and Elisa got up from their naps to discover this:

They dove right in, and let me tell you, the beans did not stay in the bin for long!

I had been meaning to do this for awhile. A friend had mentioned doing something similar with one of her kids, I had tons of dry beans and lentils on hand, and I grew really inspired by a few posts on invitations to play at Childhood 101.

Afterwards clean up was fairly simple. We just dumped the beans into a big container to save for another day, folded up the cloth underneath, and vacuumed.

The next day Elisa wanted to do another "bean play." (Just so you know, we didn't do it.) Elisa still mentions it periodically. I guess we'll have to do it again soon!


Jeana said...

So fun! I'll have to try that with my boys. We've played with cars in a bin of rice but clean up was horrible-I found dried rice for weeks! Your kids are super cute.

Micah and Christa Forsythe said...

We do this!!! Ethan LOVES it... we use art trays (with nice deep edges) I pour in a couple scopes of cornmeal for sand... and then beans for rocks. He uses his tractors and such... it is a very fun thing to do. I love how you did it on a BIG scale... fun, very fun!

Jamie @ hands on : as we grow said...

My son would definitely dive right into that too! Anything with a dump truck or loader gets him involved :) We'll have to try this again - we've done rice, but nothing else yet.

Jamie @ hands on : as we grow

Nancy said...

What fun! What a great way for them to play together. Aren't you glad none of the beans ended up in ears or noses?