I wanted to share a couple of inexpensive activities Nathan and Natalie have enjoyed lately.
I am so glad my friend Kelly told me about bingo daubers from the Dollar Tree, which are essentially the same as the pricier dot markers. The store's color selection isn't as varied, though my mom observed that stores carry different colors. We have green, blue and purple. You can print off lots of free do-a-dot pictures--we've mostly used this site.
here. (She made like 28 cups of rice! I just made a couple cups, especially until I knew if the kids would enjoy playing with it.) I saw an idea in the comments to bake the rice on a low temp to speed the drying time, and that is what I did. It's fun to scoop the rice from one container to another, and the colors add a little novelty. It IS messy, though. I set out a towel underneath and that catches a lot of it, but not all!