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Playtime with Dry Beans and Small Toy Vehicles

Dry Beans and small toy vehicles or construction toys for kids to play with instead of sand for use indoors

Great indoor playtime activity for boredom buster, imaginative play and just plain fun!

Beans & Car Indoor Playtime

Are a grandparent with busy young grandkids and you need a break for a minute, or looking for an idea of what to do with them that’s enjoyable for everyone?

This is the BEST way to help expend energy, use creative juices, and encourage self-entertainment, or a bit of one-on-one time without technology.

The supplies are easy to keep on hand and quick to pull out any time.

If your grandchild has been ill, or maybe had surgery, how 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:) See how to send it in a fun way HERE [1]:

Of course this is a PERFECT activity for a parent to keep kids happy on bad weather days and it’s a great boredom buster.


Imaginative playtime with small vehicles in dry beans.

Here’s how simple it really is:

You need a shallow pan to put the beans in for play.  I advise deeper for younger kids to avoid beans from going onto the floor, but it needs to be shallow enough for them to reach in if they are small.

You need some dry beans.  You can use one type or several.  The more colors and sizes, does

You need vehicles to drive around in the beans.

That’s it!



Beans for one, maybe two childrenTHIS [2] is a good option 

Beans for a few or several childrenTHIS [3] and THIS [4] and THIS [5] and THIS [6] and THIS [7] for variety

Vehicles are the great part of this sensory and engaging activity.  You can have a couple of things or many.  I have a few for different ages.

Such as THIS [8] for toddlers and for most all other ages THIS   [9]

Tray or bin to hold the beans and vehicles depends on how large of an area you want to give for playing and the age of the child-children.  Here are some ideas for you – THIS [10] and THIS [11] 



Keeping the beans in a large container with tight fitting lid, all mixed together works well. 

With the vehicles in another container with lid.  

Then when the grand kids want to play, I pour out the amount of beans I want for that particular child, put out the vehicles and play time begins!

I hope this brings sweet memories of conversation, you sharing your stories and life, for their age understanding, so your grand kids can get to know you even more and the relationship between grandparent and grandchild becomes a stronger bond.


copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2020

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