Today I filled the tray with uncooked rice. I know you are thinking that this does not sound very adventurous, but it was perfect. Lyla is reaching the age now where she is slowly growing out of pure sensory exploration, the 'what is this?' stage. She is now moving into the 'what can I DO with this?' stage.
What is essential for this activity to be stimulating is: a few different sized containers, containers with spouts like jugs, spoons, jars with lids, narrow mouthed containers, funnels and spoons.
Lyla enjoyed filling the containers with the spoon. This activity is especially great for developing motor skills.
She loved pouring from one container to another.
She also ate large amounts of uncooked rice. (Please excuse the red ink on her fingers and face, left over from the previous activity this morning).
Lyla is 2 years and 4 months old. I think, for her, this activity was very interesting. She remained engaged and busy for a long period of time, completely absorbed in what she was doing. This is definitely an activity that I highly recommend.