Kids with Beans

Beans & Car Indoor Playtime

With the holidays over, the kiddo’s and parents get kinda stir crazy about now.  I have some ideas for you that just might help with expending energy, use creative juices, help everyone have some entertainment without technology and so that you don’t have to do any work, just enjoy. Hey Grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, if your favorite kidlet is stuck inside and driving other crazy, or has been sick, maybe had surgery, or you want to rescue your sis or brother-in-law, maybe think about sending one or two of these fun items so they can all have a bit of relaxation and know you are thinking of them!  A bit of chocolate for the mom or dad too wouldn’t be a bad idea also, lol:)   Now onto the FUN! 


I keep dry beans in a bag, then pull them out and pour them in a shallow box, or containers like these. I also have construction vehicles and small cars for them to drive through or build in the beans. When they are done I just pour the beans back into the bag to use again next time.  I’ve recycled mine for years now! The cars and construction vehicles are always in use in many other ways too. It’s a fabulous way to keep them entertained for long stretches of time and for all ages. I like to have a variety for color and size because it helps to stimulate creativity and keeps them playing longer also.


       ToyZe Metal Die Cast Construction Vehicles and Vehicles for Smaller Kiddos   ToyZe Metal Diecast Construction Vehicle, Pack of 4, 5-InchSet of 4 Cartoon Friction Powered Play Vehicles for Toddlers - Dump Truck, Cement Mixer, Bulldozer, Tractor For inside boredom busters that you can take out for easy play here is a favorite:

I absolutely LOVE these noodles as they call them.  They are made from cornstarch and stick together with a bit of water.  They can stick on windows, or to each other! They do not stain, nor do any harm and come off with a bit of water. Great for the entire family for hours and hours of play.  Grab a bunch of them  by clicking on the word or product because once the teenagers and the parents see how much fun the little ones are having – game on! :)

 Stikits                          Magic NoodlesStikits Eco Friendly Foam Wet and Stick Construction Set (180 Pieces)


One more FABULOUS activity!

Kinetic sand.  It is so cool and feels really neat.  Seriously, it’s addicting for anyone who touches it to play and play and play.  It’s reusable, sticks to itself and cleans up easily! 

The recommended age is older than my grand kids who play with it – just sayin’.


Kinetic Sand & Mold Activity Set                                   Bucket of Sand Kit    


Kinetic Sand Mold Kit

– Compatible with Kinetic Sand, Sands Alive, Brookstone Sand, Waba Sand, Moon Sand and All Other Molding Play Sand Brands

Good times can be easy-peasy indoors, or these activities can be a way to keep the kiddos busy while you get dinner ready, or the one or two of the other billion things you need to do.  It’s nice to have an option to have creative activities for the imagination and not in front of the tv or playing video games.  With these types of pastimes it’s doable and ready to go.

Copyright Carrie Groneman, 2016

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