Make a Bean Box.

My children love playing with beans. Their particular bean favorite is what we call ‘Spilling the Beans‘.
We have an old draw that I fill with beens and rice, packets of the stuff! They love to sift it, sweep it, spoon it. They love how it feels slipping through their fingers. They love running their hands over it, heaping it into mounds, pushing it into craters.

Waldorf play in a bean boxIt is a very calming activity, and we bring it out when frustrations are high. (Did anyone else have children with ‘Halloween Hangover’ yesterday? Mine were overexcited all day!) The bean and rice mixture is wonderfully sensory and tactile and calms their spirits with it’s different textures and shapes and sizes. It makes a lovely noise as it tinkles and scrunches. It smells earthy. It feels natural. As A Good Man would say, it’s very ‘Waldorfy’! I found all the ingredients from Walmart and it didn’t cost a lot; a bag of brown rice and a bag of each of the different types beans. (ps… don’t know why LinkWithin wants to post in the middle today?)
We have a selection of accessories, a colander that has holes big enough to only allow the rice to sprinkle through, a small dust brush and pan, a few spoons, some with slots, a scooper, a few dishes to fill, a funnel; all my old kitchen castoffs.
I would say it’s outside play (unless you are very brave) as beans and rice end up everywhere, hence the name ‘Spilling the Beans’. The beans need to be in a large container so that the children don’t have trouble keeping it all in one place… an old drawer is the perfect size. I make sure the bean container is on an oilcloth mat as it makes clean up easy (sweep into a pile and scoop back into the draw… the children even love helping with this!)

Yesterday, we played ‘hide and seek’ with the beans. We put a jar of marbles into the mixture and the kids had a wonderful time finding them all.
Mr T, in particular, thought this was a wonderful game and spent ages finding all the shiny marbles with his brush …
He then put them all back into the mix again just to search for them all over again.
I give K counting challenges where she has to fill a blow with 30 black beans to bring for inspection.

So, next time your kids are in a funk, bring out the bean drawer and play ‘Spilling the Beans’.

Blessings and magic.

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The Pumpkin Fairy.

So, the Pumpkin Fairy came to our house! What excitement! We each chose 6 pieces of candy from our mountain of ‘trickle treeding’ (as K calls it). The rest, K put in a bag on the rocking chair on the front porch. It was, I must admit, a very difficult decision for a 5 year-old to make. Candy vs some mysterious offering from the Pumpkin Fairy. I let her make up her mind. In the end, the ‘mysterious offering’ won out and the candy was sacrificed. Silk scarves were strewn over the chair in her room in preparation for the treasure that was sure to come. K vowed not to sleep all night…
This morning, when she awoke from her wonderfully deep slumber, she sprang from her bed to see if the Pumpkin Fairy had visited… Hooray, praise the Pumpkin Fairy… there on her silk covered chair, K found the most beautiful felted maiden she had ever laid eyes on. This maiden is so lovely that she could only have been made by the Pumpkin Fairy herself! She has long golden hair and a pink and white dress and her softness makes her a treasure.
My heart swelled with such love for my child this morning when I herd her telling her dad that she had definitely made the right decision.
Thank you to my Etsy friend, Orit, for being the Pumpkin Fairy and making this delightful maiden for us. Her shop is full of magical creations, pop over and take a look. I am so happy that I don’t have to deal with ‘candy whining’ for the next month! Phew!
Blessings and magic.
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  1. Your wonderful idea and the pumpkin fairy’s offering made me smile.

  2. What a clever, tooth saving idea! Wish I had that gem when my kids were young enough to believe. Maybe I’ll try it with the youngest next year…

  3. That was a brilliant idea. Wish I’d thought of it.

  4. I will have to store this fantastic idea away for when I have kids!

  5. That is a lovely doll. My own little girl is staring at it and salivating. :)

  6. What a beautiful fairy! I just love this idea!
    Have a great week!

  7. Thank you so much for featuring my fairy,
    It is my honor!

  8. gorgeous doll! Orit’s creations are simply a dream to look at.

  9. She is stunning! I love the idea of the pumpkin Fairy, and I really do think about doing something like that every year… I just love candy. Sigh. Its probably some sort of projection from my own childhood, as we weren’t allowed to go trick or treating for many reasons, my mother thought it was “begging”, and then we were ‘born again’, and then I was just too old….

    So now we have a big fat bowl of candy on the fridge, and they each get one piece a day after lunch.

    But, oh, I do love that pumpkin fairy doll.

  10. This is another wonderful idea to magical make the Halloween candy disappear.
    Beautiful fairly as well.
    Warm wishes.

  11. Such a beautiful maiden! Certainly sweeter than candy!

  12. I figure in another year or two I’ll be doing something similar- only it’ll be the great pumpkin visiting our house.

    VERY pretty fairy you made there btw.

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