If you remember my very first post, I covered how to make Water Shakers.
This little project is similar in fun and ease.
I first came across rice shakers at an expensive gift shop. They were long, plastic tubes that housed tiny objects, covered in a bed of rice. As you shook, twisted, and turned the cylinder, more objects would be revealed while simultaneously covering the other ones. Attached was an index card to explain the contents and a challenge to see if you could find all of the objects inside.
While I loved the concept, I didn’t want to pay full price, so I set out to make my own:
Magic Rice Shakers
-dried rice (I followed very simple online instructions to color mine for even more fun!)
-wide mouth jar or other cylinder-shaped container
-small objects …can be related in a “theme” or random. Some of the tiny objects I found for mine: plastic baby, bottle, rattle, and baby bracelet. Letters that spelled “baby”. Metallic horse, guitar pick, erasers in the shape of a hamburger and coke, metallic jewels, googly eyes, seashell, etc.
These shakers are a perfect way to pass time (whether in the car or eating out) for the curios little ones. Those who are old enough can even help you assemble!
Simply pour in some rice, add objects one at a time (maybe with a simple explanation), and cover with rice every so often. Leave a little bit of space at the top of the jar for room to shake and settle.
Pack these along for those times you need little hands to be busy and quiet. Help them turn it into a game by asking questions such as:
-Can you find the ______?
-Can you find something yellow?
-Something a baby would need?