Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Bean counter

Elijah was never a big eater-of-non-food-items, and let's hope that Isabel is much the same, or Elijah is going to have to seriously rethink some of his favorite toys.  The latest addition to his collection of nostril-sized playthings?  Dry beans.  They were my idea, of course.  For some reason, Daddy opposes the use of tiny, rolling things as manipulatives.  Something about stepping on them in the middle of the night. 

I admit that they are not the neatest (as in tidiest) toys around, but I can see why Elijah loves them so.  He has been a longtime fan of putting things into other things, so he has been making a lot of "bean cupcakes" using muffin tins and his play oven.  Then, there is the super-satisfying clink-clink that comes from pouring them into a metal bowl.  As he gets older, I can see the many directions that dry bean play might go: sorting, counting, gluing...and so on, and so forth.  Assuming, of course, that we can keep them on the table, away from Daddy's feet and out of Isabel's nose. 

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