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Teaching preschooler to write – Sensory play with rice!

Before we teach the preschoolers to write, it would be great if we let them practice writing with their fingers on sand, shaving cream etc. This would strengthen their finger muscles and improve the fine motor skills.

While I was busy in the kitchen, I had a fun idea to entertain my ever active 2 year old son! I poured some rice in a  small baking pan and asked the LO to draw/write with his fingers. Skandha had a wonderful time playing with rice while I finished my work!

He drew shapes like circle, straight line, spiral and zigzag that I could recognize and lots of other shapes which he said were triangle, rectangle and octagon. Well mommy couldn’t decipher those shapes but she was happy that LO was playing quietly on his own!


Sensory Play for Preschoolers - 1

Sensory Play for Preschoolers – 1

Sensory Play for Preschoolers - 2

Sensory Play for Preschoolers – 3

Sensory Play for Preschoolers - 3

Sensory Play for Preschoolers – 3

Apart from learning to write, Skandha had fun playing with the rice. He loved to touch, feel and taste the grains. He buried his hands in rice and said that the grains tickled him :)

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Sensory Play for Preschoolers – 4

He also enjoyed scooping and pouring the grains. He said that the grains pouring down resembled rain drops!

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Sensory Play for Preschoolers – 5

On the whole it was a nice sensory play and a good learning activity too.

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  1. My kids LOVE playing with rice like this!!!

    Thanks for sharing with Learning Laboratory at Mama Smiles =)

  2. I love that you gave your two-year old son a tray of rice to play with. We have twin 2 1/2 year olds and when “the boy” gets his hands in the rice bin it almost always goes flying. Even when he’s stirring the rice, it goes flying out of the 15 qt bin. He’s my wild one.

    • Thanks Theresa! I totally understand your predicament. My boy is also like that sometimes. It all depends on his mood :)

  3. That’s a wonderful activity … and I love all the ideas for different writing activities! I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page:

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