Sensory play for young kids is a hot topic, and rightly so, since they learn so much about their environment through the sense of touch. Sand tables and water tables get a lot of attention, but here is an alternative that may strike your fancy as well--a rice table. As a bonus, you can build it yourself in no time and for little money.
A traditional side dish takes center stage in this project. Courtney from A Life Sustained created this simple yet perfect rice table when her son outgrew playing with a bowl of rice on the kitchen floor. She used mostly found and upcycled items, with the greatest expense being the large bag of rice needed to fill it.
The fact that she used a container with a cover is extra smart, since it can serve double duty as a little craft table and it keeps bugs and debris from getting inside. While a project like this may be dependent on factors such as your tolerance for some mess and your child's inclination to eat dry rice, we think it could be a neat addition to many a playspace.
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