The best $16.00 I ever spent

R is also for RICE!


So just what can you do with 50 pounds of rice?

Here’s what I did:

I bagged 10 pounds in Ziplock bags to use in our family’s food supply, and then I put the other 40 pounds (40 pounds is A LOT of rice!) in a shallow under-the-bed storage box.  This has kept my kids busy for three weeks.

It has also kept me busy, sweeping and vacuuming rice out of every nook and cranny in our house.

But it’s so worth it!

The first week it was not unusual to see all six of my kids around the rice box, all playing nicely.

The older kids have moved on, but my Littles are still playing with it.

Every.  Single.  Day.

We threw in everything but the kitchen sink – cups for pouring, spoons for spooning, tongs for transferring, army men, cars, marbles, mini loaf pans, funnels, lego people, ladles and play animals.  The kids played a cute game of hide and seek where one buried their little miniature  animals and the other would dig until they found them all.

I’m wondering how long before bugs appear, but for now I just put the lid on top of it when we’re finished for the day (in other words after I’ve swept for the third or fourth time and am tired of having rice stick to the bottom of my feet).

What’s the best $16.00 you ever spent?


11 thoughts on “The best $16.00 I ever spent”

  1. I tried it with beans. He loved it. I loved it. Then I started finding beans in every place imaginable. The washer, the dryer, under the couch, in the couch, on the floor, in the truck (???), you name it. My husband knocked one out of his shoe at work and called me and said, “Enough with the beans already!”. 🙂

    1. Oh yeah!!! And the things us moms to boys find in the drier – oy! Last week it was razor blades, yes, razor blades. I saw a pin where a mom collected everything she found over the years in her little boy’s pockets, threw them all into a glass vase/jar and gave it to him and his wife on their wedding day.


    1. Yeah, wish my hubby felt the same way. The rice box’s days are numbered – hubby’s work shoes + rice + laminate flooring = one very slippery floor. 😦

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