In a house of boys its not always easy to keep them entertained on rainy days. One of Logan’s favorite things to do since he could walk was to play in the sandbox. But lets face it, its New England. Its snowy half of the year and even in the summer we get our fair share of rainy days. In an effort to keep him busy I came up with this idea to build a, Indoor Construction Box out of a tupperware container and dried beans. Yes, you heard me right. Dried beans. It makes it so that should there be any spills that don’t get cleaned up, its safe for animals in the house should the “rocks” get eaten up. Also, no grownups are going to the ER in the middle of the night because they took a boulder to the heel.
Depending on the space you have available you can fill however big of a storage container as you’d like. I try to keep it end table sized so that its portable and easy to manage. If you want to go big you can easily do that. Just scale up the amounts of each of the beans.
In addition to being a fun project, its a good opportunity for pre-k/kdg aged kids to practice their sorting by colors/sizes and work on their sensory skills.
We love this project and hope you will enjoy it and get as much playtime out of it as we do.
1 small to large storage container
1 bag of lentils (for small tan “rocks”)
1 bag of black beans (for medium black “rocks”)
1 bag of kidney beans (for large red “rocks)
Mix the beans together in a container and let them bulldoze, shovel and load to their hearts content.
Of note, you will still want to keep them away from any children at risk of a choking hazard.