Just a shout out to our Minnesota Arboretum here--they give me the best ideas when I go to their family fun weekends! This idea came from their winter senses program--rice with cinnamon sticks and cloves. It smells wonderful!
After a week or so of exploring and writing letters in the rice with the cinnamon sticks, I added scoops and different size cylinders, since we began talking about capacity and attributes. Last week as we finished up attributes with magnets, I hid magnets in the rice and gave the children magnet wands. They loved dragging the magnets through the rice and finding as many metal nuts as they could!