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!