I finally got a bin, put rice in it, and added a few toys. The boys love it! An old red bedspread tossed on the floor works well to define the space for play and catch the rice that inevitably spills out. The bin is large enough for two boys to play at a time. They dig in it, pour the rice into cups, and shove it around with their hands. I had to make rules such as, “Only hands in the bin,” when they squeezed into it and sat down; the rice got in their clothes and made a big mess.
I decided to start with plain, white rice and then add things over time to keep the bin interesting. Different sizes and colors of beans are part of my plan, as are a variety of small toys. One reader mentioned that she buries plastic army men in the rice for her son to find – Eby would love that.
[note: if you have a child who puts everything in their mouth, be sure not to put small choking hazards in the bin, including dry beans.]
All in all, this is a simple sensory tool to put together and it meets some of Eby’s sensory needs. The kids are having a great time.
Many of you are much further down this road than I am, so please feel free to leave your thoughts and suggestions in the comments.
We are in Seattle for therapy appointments today, but I’ll be home tomorrow and will post your responses to last week’s Tuesday Topic, Church (and Other Social Situations) With Newly Adopted Children. It’s not too late to add your comments and I would love to hear from you!
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