I don’t post about my boys anywhere near as much as I intended to when I started this blog. Being a full-time mum to two boisterous, energetic and demanding children is just what goes on ALL THE TIME, so I’ve tended to focus on other things.
However, they are obviously the biggest and most important thing in my life every single day, so I thought I’d make the effort to share a little more.
After feeling inspired by this post about sensory bins and this guest post about sifting flour from mummyflyingsolo, I decided to make an activity box for both boys and test it out. I wasn’t brave enough to try the flour first… but I do have a bag ready, plus two sieves 😉
My boys are 3.5 years and 22 months, so I was pretty certain they would love the idea.
I made two identical boxes with a plastic box, a plastic scoop, 4 toy dinosaurs (to bury) and half a bag of Asda Smart Price rice (~40p). I also gave them both a separate bowl for scooping rice into.
It started well:
But within approximately 2.5 minutes, DS2 had tipped his rice all over the floor, whizzed it around with his hands and then started crying for access to DS1’s box.
See how in this next picture DS1 is still playing beautifully, while DS2 admires the mess he has made (and yes, I have given him the dustpan and brush).
When we put the boxes away (much excitement over a new one tomorrow), the whole of the downstairs of our (not overly huge) house, had little grains of rice all over it.
I’m hoping that as the mornings go by, DS2 will learn that his box isn’t as much fun when it’s spread all over the floor.
Although I guess that sensory input is just as valid under his little toes as it is from his little hands, right?