When my five stair-step children were small, the sand and water table from Discovery Toys was a big hit, at least in other homes. I just couldn’t bring myself to having sand and water in a container, together inside my home. I came up with this fun, less messy alternative. I bought a rubbermaid container filled it with white rice and TADA- fun, sensory rich play for hours! The girls played with measuring cups and made food. The boys drove, dug and sifted.
= hours of less mess, more sensory fun!
Children who are struggling with attachment may be hypo-sensitive and sensory-seekers, striving to get their fill of sensation.-Attachment and Integration Methods
Submerging wiggly hands into rice has a calming effect on the brain and prepares little bodies to handle other sensory stimuli- a pat on the back, lotion, a sweater, a hug. When rice therapy is finished, children are calmer, less likely to lash out and more focused.