This is our newest Montessori job. My son is 2 1/2, and it's good that it only took 5 minutes to put this together because his hands were in the rice before I had emptied the bag!
If you do something like this at home, make sure to do it on a blanket or huge towel. Otherwise the ease of the job will be negated by the amount of time you will be spending cleaning up the rice. Also, supervision is essential. Once the look of concentration is gone, put the activity away. Otherwise you will soon have handfuls of rice thrown everywhere!!!
I like this job because I can use it indoors or outdoors on a nice day.
1 bag of rice
Cups, shovels, strainers, lids, buckets, trucks, etc.
The only thing I had to buy was the cheap rice (we buy the organic to consume but no need to spend $$$ if its just for play) and the $1 strainer at Target.
I was getting so excited about all the things to put in it that I had to create two options - one with cups and the other with trucks, otherwise it can be over stimulating.
He's going to be at this for hours!!