Sensory Rice Play
If you are on instagram ( hope you follow me! ) and follow any of the #sensoryplay ideas then you have seen rainbow rice ( or any rice play ) This is an activity that you and your kids should definitely try! While playing with rice your kids are really learning A LOT . How cool is that? They will be developing their fine motor skills, learning colors, learning how to dump, pour, fill and scoop. I love play that is child led, and rice play is a perfect example of child led playing.
Sensory play is awesome for our kids. It allows them to use all their senses while playing. This type of play is not structured play so it allows them to be creative & use their imagination . Its awesome for self esteem , there really is no right or wrong . One last thing about sensory play is it helps with language development, next time your kids play just listen to the words they are using.
Rainbow rice or any colored rice is super simple to make. I bought my white rice & food coloring from the dollar store . Most people use paint , my first batch was made with food coloring but I will be making it with paint next time to compare. Any white rice works.
How to make:
Add uncooked white rice to a zip lock bag, next add your color. Seal the bag and shake! Let the rice dry & then you are ready to PLAY!
How to play:
We use rice a lot in our ikea sensory table I like to add cups, scoops, spoons , funnels, trucks.. I also like to remind Brody that the rice needs to stay in the table, he does a very good job at not making a mess. If your kids are messy def try rice play outside! If you dont have a sensory table please dont worry. All you need is some bins or tupaware . Try using some smaller bins inside of bigger ones to help with the mess. Just add your rice cups and scoops to a bin and watch your kids play.
We just dump our rice into a plastic bag or mason jar when we are done playing. If your rice stays dry it will last a very long time.
Are you going to try rice play?? Id love to hear how it goes! comment below or head over to my insta and comment on my latest post!
Sweaty Tabata Workout
Looking for a quick home workout? You have to try this sweaty tabata circuit ! No equipment needed for this , its perfect for a quick morning workout , if you’re traveling or if you’re trying to sneak a workout in while the kids nap.
Before you start, promise me you are going to go ALL OUT!! To make this workout worth it I want you to give it your all, no resting, go full speed and push yourself out of your comfort zone. If you want to see change you need to push yourself . This workout should take you 30 min or less, so push hard during that 20 second work period. Also , make sure you follow me on insta for more workouts & recipes!
Sweaty Tabata Workout:
set your timer for 8 rounds : 20 seconds on 10 seconds rest. Rest no more then one minute between tabatas. Alternate between the two moves.
- catcher ( burped but dont standup/jump, stay low in a 2 sec squat pause then jump back to plank position )
- high knees
- jump lunges
- plank jax + should taps
- frog hops
- push ups
- bike abs
- mt climbers
- burpee star jump
- in out squat hops
Open Ended Toys For Toddlers
We are new to the open ended toy scene , but we love it! If you are not sure what open ended toys are, they are toys that can be played with in many different ways. Open ended toys can be anything your kids dream up! How cool is that? Endless possibilities that grow with your child. This type of play is critical for their development and creativity.
There are plenty of benefits to open ended play including helping kids create and problem solve, helps build cognitive development , can help with social skills and in the long run are more cost efficient for you! Open ended play will become more complex and creative as your kids grow.
Open Ended Toys:
- cardboard boxes
- balance rock blocks
- play silks
Some examples of the open ended toys we have are our building blocks. These blocks become something new each time they get picked up. Brody loves to pretend they are instruments , cake, a cell phone, a car jack… the list goes on! He is almost three years old and he just started to use the blocks to build . He makes roads, garages, barns you name it! I love sitting back and watching him play and use his imagination. Figure out the best place to store them is a must as well. If you keep them thrown in a box not out in the open they won’t get played with & your out a lot of money! We keep ours on a book shelf and they are organized by shape & size. This way they get seen everyday and they are easy to grab when its time to play.
To learn more about how important block play is and how to get your kids to start playing with them go check out this blog post, Lizzie is my new favorite blog to follow! Make sure follow me on instagram , I share all about our toys and how we play everyday .