Category Archives: Letter R

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?


R is for Rocks – A Gross Motor Alphabet Activity

Last week was R week, and the Littles and I made up this activity that got us up, moving, bending, lifting, placing and best of all it got us out of the house.


What could be better than a pile of rocks?  How about searching for each one and bringing it back to the designated spot.



Vocabulary words:  rock, straight, bend, lift, up, down, curve, diagonal, next to, beside, more, on, pile, big, little . . .

Come on, readers, add to my list!

If you live in the Texas Hill Country, no matter how small your property, you’ll find plenty of rocks to do this activity with.  If not, head for your local park, or if you’re really desperate you can always buy a bag of river stones at the dollar store and do a miniature version.

Happy hunting!