I love Autumn colours, in fact I quite like Autumn in general, walks through crunchy leaves, wrapping up under a blanket in the evenings, soups, it may have something to do with being born in September as well!
So whilst Arthur was out enjoying a muddy and wet walk with grandad and Benson the dog, I dyed some small amounts of rice using food colouring and remembering my colour mixing knowledge, I only did small amounts as I didn't want to waste lots of rice if it didn't work. So by mixing the clouring into uncooked rice and leaving to dry, you create a wonderful sensory item, I put mine on a tray in a low oven to dry faster. In an old biscuit tin I put the rice, some lentils, popcorn and coffee on one side, and conkers, pine cones, sweet wrappers and paper scraps on the other. Arthur's granny bought him a Tree Fu Tom magazine over the weekend with a little toy Tom on the front, and it is Arthur's new favourite thing, so I decided to add that too, for a bit of fun along with a wind up bug that came with him.
Alyssa really responded to the activity and dragged the tin closer every time I tried to move it away from her, a favourite seemed to be the pine cones. Arthur enjoyed making the rice rain down from a height and mixing everything together, as well as protecting Tom from Alyssa's grasp. He also enjoyed smelling the coffee and helping to hoover up the mess afterwards.
|The finished product|
|Getting stuck in!|
|I can see you..|
|It's raining rice!|
|Playing in peace|
|Helping clean up!|