Rice Sensory Bin Challenge - Child-led play at Kids Play Space!

I am super excited to bring you our child-led play story as a part of the Rice Sensory Bin Challenge Blog Hop - organised by Sarah at Little Bins for Little Hands! The idea is simple - to present your child(ren) with a bin of plain white or brown rice - and nothing else... and to just sit back and enjoy watching what they choose to bring to the activity and how they play with the rice. You can check out all of the other bloggers' kiddos exploring the rice sensory bin at the bottom of this post, but in the meantime, I'll let these photos explain how Master B's rice play session unfolded... I apologise in advance for the huge number of photos - I may have got slightly carried away...
 ... Sorry sweetie, I will step in here and clarify: "No! It is uncooked, and not nice to eat!" (Although, it's interesting how kids enjoy exploring new environments with all of their senses isn't it?)
I loved that he included me in his games. "Awwww!"
Fortunately, this lad knew exactly how far he could tip the container to get a cool 'rice waterfall' effect, without completely spilling the whole bin of rice onto our living room floor! (*Mental note: really, I mean really, what possessed me to set this up indoors??!!) 
 The dinosaur didn't stay away too long...
 The after effects... not too bad, considering what might have been!!
It was almost as if he just knew what his 'engine' needed to calm down... burying his hands deep in the rice, slow swirling and circling motions, and gentle sifting through the fingers. Nice one B.

And you know what? It was all his idea - child-led play the best kind of play in the world!

But wait... there is so much more!


For all the buzz and excitement, and many more child-led play stories, you simply have to hop along to these other fabulous blogs also participating in this challenge:


Thanks for visiting Kids' Play Space,

If you enjoyed this post, you may also like to check out:
A Wild Jungle Sensory Play Invitation


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  1. Love all the photos Anna, it's like reading a comic book, very neat! I love his minimalistic approach too :)

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    1. Aww thanks Valerie! Bring on more wonderful simple sensory challenges!!!

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  2. I love how you told the story of his play with photos (the speech bubbles were awesome!). I think I would have freaked out if I saw my daughter looking like she was about to dump it all on the floor - I admire your restraint! ;)

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    1. Hehehe! Emma, I tell you, I was on the very edge of my seat (...camera at the ready!)

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  3. Love your commentary on all the photos! Looks like your son had a great time : ) And our floor looked exactly the same-- thank goodness for vacuums and brooms!

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    1. How funny Kristina!! My husband has banned the rice! uh oh!... so it's now a mummy and kiddo activity! hahaha!!! and yes, thank goodness for the vacuums and brooms!! Anna:-)

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  4. We have tried this with rules in place and it probably lasted about 5 minutes before he started flinging rainbow rice and beans everywhere. My kid is 4 and it seems like every open ended activity ends up in destruction. :/

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    1. Ouch!! That's not so fun!! I guess some kids just prefer activities that use a bit more force/effort (ie proprioceptive rather than tactile activities). - Interestingly, I've actually found our 3 y o to be calmer around the rice after some physical activity (trip to the park, crawling, jumping, dancing etc). Anna:-)

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