The house was pretty clean, but then while Princess was playing with her "rice pan" she spilled rice all over the kitchen floor. I have yet to sweep it up, but I have plans to do that during the kids' supper.
In case you were wondering, a rice pan is a pan filled with rice to play in. I use a cake pan about half full of rice and some measuring cups, funnels, and miscellaneous toys to play with in it. When I was growing up, we had a "beach pan" filled with white sand that my mom brought back to Minnesota from when our family lived in Florida for a few years. We had such a blast playing with that when we were little. My mother-in-law has something similar for the grandkids to play with at her house. She filled an under-the-bed plastic container with feed corn (farmers, remember?) and little tractors and shovels. The kids absolutely love playing in it and since it's a bigger container, several of them can play at once.
|This is an example of a rice play box. I put mine on top of a cookie sheet when Princess plays with it to make clean up easy.|
|Right now, our rice box is plain and boring. As soon as I remember to buy some more food coloring, I'm going to be dying our rice! Here's some easy instructions for dying your own.|
I ordered this closet organizer from the Lakeside Collection catalogue to set up next to my sewing machine. I really need a place to hang clothes when I get done making them plus this rack has lots of shelf space for my overflowing fabric collection. It came in the mail today so my trusty screwdriver and I assembled it ourselves. Yay for extra storage space!