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Box of beans

18th November 2008

Box of beans

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I mentioned in the previous post that I’m watching my friends’ kids, one girl, age 4, and one boy, age 2. Knowing that we’d have another little boy over, I brought out something that I keep for special times when I want the kids to be occupied for a long time, particularly the younger ones. If Handsome didn’t have the camera at the office, I’d show you a picture.

What is this special toy?  A box of beans. Pinto beans, to be exact. A big clear plastic box with about 10 pounds of pinto beans, as well as cups and spoons.

Right now I have it set up inside a small inflatable pool and the two boys are busy digging and pouring and sifting, getting quite a few beans on the floor in the process. I know whenever I get out this box that there will be beans on the floor, so I intentionally choose the times when I know I can handle it. It’s in our school room, which is newly remodeled and has a wood floor, so it’s easy to sweep up. Before we had this I put it on the tile kitchen floor.

Can’t think of what to get a busy two year old as a gift this Christmas? I highly endorse the box of beans!

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  1. 1 On November 28th, 2008, Jenny said:

    We had this as a toy as well! I actually finally got rid of my box of beans last week as at 6 and 8 it just isn’t a favorite anymore. I miss those days of the simple pleasures :)

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