Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Yellow Split Pea Treasure Hunt

20 pounds of yellow split peas

+ 20 pounds of white rice

+ cheap yellow foam visors from the craft store

+ lots of foam stickers

= a very fun and unique birthday party activity!

We used two big tupperware containers to hold the rice and split peas and buried hundreds of foam stickers in each tub. Each guest at the party was given a yellow visor and dug for stickers to decorate their hats throughout the party.Just sifting, pouring, and feeling the rice and peas was a wonderful sensory experience for the kids, and adding the "buried treasure" element made it especially fun. It WAS a bit of work to clean up but I would do it again in a heartbeat. (Now I just have to find about six dozen recipes for dried yellow split peas!)

1 comment:

Sandi said...

Wow, I bet the girls had a blast! A friend of mine put walls around the top bunk of her son's bunk bed and filled it with dried corn. Now he has his own "sand" box in his room. I imagine she vacuums up corn every day, though.