Taking another leaf out of Maria Montessori's book after seeing a photo of a mom's Montessori playroom, I got a bunch of bowls, scoops, funnels, and grains out for the kids to experiment with. Bastian always loves when I put an activity out for him and comes right up to join in. He also loves cooking and using real bowls and real food was probably pretty appealing. I used quinoa, basmati rice, kidney beans, and red lentils. He went to work right away.
He scooped up a bit of everything.
Then dumped it in another bowl or through the funnel.
Aleks got curious and came over.
Then he too joined in scooping.
And mixing and pouring.
Then there were grains all over my dining room. On the floor, on the chairs, on the table, on the rug, in the plant, on the windowsill...