The last week was all about colours in our Montessori Trays , so to end the week I planned a rainbow themed activity for Nirvaan.I had Rainbow rice in my mind since long but somehow wanted to introduce this to the sensorial activity when he would be able to differentiate colours.This was the right time as he can do sorting colour wise now.
1.Rice (4 cups for four colours)
3.Food colour (I took the primary colours-Red,Green,Yellow,Blue)
4.Mixing bowl and some newspaper to dry the coloured rice.
To one cup of rice add one table spoon of vinegar and few drops of food colour.
Mix it well and let it dry.
How we enjoyed with the Rainbow Rice
Since it was weekend and he spends time with his father the most I wanted both of them to enjoy their day and hence they both did this activity together.I wanted Nirvaan to have fun and make the coloured rice rainbow on his own and believe me toddlers are great at mixing stuff without instructions and help.
I gave one colour at a time with few blocks of same colour for a free play and soon he wanted all and mixed them.
Then came pouring with funnel and his juicer was of the right size with handle.He scooped poured in the funnel used almost all kinds of spoons available in his kitchen.
He even took the rice to cook in his kitchen,I never knew he notices so much and knows that rice is meant for cooking.
His activity table was finally used for some more pouring and throwing of the rainbow rice.
He did some practical activity by using brush and pan to pick the spilled rice. I tried clicking pictures but my phone memory ran out and I went to transfer the pictures and videos to the laptop and He was busy for good 1 and half hour just repeating pouring spilling the rice on the mat picking it with pan and brush.
Watch the video to checkout how the activity went
And some more fun and free play
The quantity of rice may seem less here because I have just made four colours and will be doing many activities and introducing new colours to our rainbow rice.After the play was over I stored the rice for future Play.
Many mom ask me rather tell me that cleaning is a task hence they avoid such activities so here are my tips for easier cleaning after messy play
1.Retrict the play area
2.Use a mat so that cleaning would mean only cleaning the mat
3.Make your baby wear clothes that you won’t regret getting spoiled.
4.Make cleaning a part of play ,initially with younger toddlers it might seem like it doubles your task but eventually they learn and start doing it and enjoy cleaning as well.
Hope these tips and play idea will make your activities with kids more interesting and hassle free.