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Outdoor Dried Rice Play

We have had sand out for the last few days and I wanted to offer a slightly different play invitation for Little N today as she has really been enjoying exploring and creating with sand.
It was a lovely warm sunny day so we took our sensory play outdoors today.

You will need:
- Bags of rice
- Food colouring
- A range of kitchen utensils
- Storage container

Our Experience:
Using the rice that we had from our spring sensory box in the under bed storage box I brought it outdoors. Inside I put a silver culinder, wooden spoons, wooden salad tossers, plastic ice cream scoop, silver tea bag strainer and a silver ice cream scoop. 

Here was the invitation to play and it wasn't long before Little N dived in....

She began by swishing around the rice with the metal ice cream scoop "mix an mix and mix" she said.

She then began to scoop the rice up and pour it into the culinder. 
The rice pinged off the sides of the bowl.
She was contented doing this for a some time. 

She then turned around and saw the black tray on the table so she started to transfer some of the materials she had. Once she was all set up she started sharing her intentions.....

"Mommy mommy, cake"
"A cake?" I questioned
"Yes cake" she replied
"Cake it's Nanny's" she added
"A cake for Nanny?" I said.
"Yes" she replied smiling
Little N got very excited and went on to mix the rice in the bowl.

As she was mixing some of the rice began to fall out from the holes. 
She could hear the rice falling so moved to check out what was happening.
"Oh no" she said "it dropped".

After a few minutes playing here she began to return everything back to the box. 

She called me to help mix so I went to join her. We mixed it all together and filled the culinder to the top. 

Little N then began to push the utensils into the rice.

A very simple, easy and quick activity to set up today. 

Resources are low cost, it is easy and quick to clean up and it provides a great opportunity to explore different textures.

Little N has really enjoyed it!

- Filling and emptying containers
- Practised fine motor control 
- Introduced basic meaning to her play
- Imaginative play
- Experimented
- Cause and effect
- Explored texture

As Little N has enjoyed this I plan in the future to provide more interesting sensory textures for her to explore with her hands and also using a variety of bowls and utensils.

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