Just lately, I've felt a little more energized and a little more patient with the people who matter most - my children. I've been able to get down on the floor and play trains. I've put music on and danced a little. I've coloured in a little more. When dreaming of having babies, I didn't imagine that playing would be quite so much effort sometimes!
I've been trying to find some inspiration to engage the kids in a few different activities, which for the most part has been fun. O is a just at that age when he thinks it's fun to throw stuff. So this coloured rice activity was going well, with both kids stirring, sorting and making "soup", until O thought it would be a great idea to throw his whole bowl on the ground. Twice. And then activity over. They did enjoy it though!
Making coloured rice:
I first posted this in October last year, but here's a quick recap of how to do it. It's so easy, and while I thought the preparation would be messy, it is actually pretty much mess free as long as you supervise!
Rice, any kind
Hand sanitiser, make sure it has alcohol in it
Pour some rice in a bag. Squirt in a bit of the sanitiser. Add a few drops of food colouring. Carefully zip up the bag. Shake and squish the rice so it becomes coated in the sanitiser and food colouring. Pour in to a bowl to dry, whcih should only take about 15 minutes. (I lined the bowls with paper towel as I wasn't sure if it would stain, but it didn't seem to.) Now make a few more colours! Easy!