Beans – The Perfect Toy?

By , July 2, 2008 10:44 pm

I am officially procrastinating. Instead of packing for our big trip tomorrow (Phoenix by car, then East Coast by air on Friday) I am writing a Very Important Post about…well, hmm…beans?

Perhaps I’ll share a quick idea of what I came up with to help my 2 year-old be entertained during dinner preparation.

I have some wooden trays that some good French knives and serving utensils came in. I kept them because they were so nice, and also because I am a pack rat.

I have never really known what I would do with them, but tonight I brought out my big container of dried beans (that I keep exclusively for play purposes) and the wooden trays, and let my 2 year-old put the beans in the hollows in the trays.

She enjoyed it so much that my other two (6 and 7) arrived on the scene to see what was so fun. Much to my surprise, they asked if they could play too. So all three put beans in different shaped openings in the trays.

Maybe it is the Montessori “training” that makes them love this sort of thing (they have been attending since they were 3). But whatever it is, I was grateful for a bit of peace while I cooked.

Now, what else can I write about? Oh dear, I guess I must go and pack. I may be offline for a day or two while I am in-transit, but I will write when I can, and I will certainly be back for this week’s Unplugged Project (the theme is sky)!

2 Responses to “Beans – The Perfect Toy?”

  1. Nature Mama says:

    You’ve just gotta love activities that keep them busy while you’re cooking! I like to break out the fridge magnets while I’m getting dinner ready :) I try to keep some special ones tucked away for those moments when everyone is begging for attention while your hands are covered in raw hamburger or some other food you just can’t wipe on your apron *grin* Have a great trip!

    Nature Mamas last blog post..Hungry Hungry Caterpillars

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