Boredom Busters: Play Dough & Bean Pie and a Salt Board


By Rebecca Lemar

Bored kids? Sometimes the best activities are the easiest and closest at hand. Tweak a favorite standby like play dough, take it outdoors and add beans! And Salt Boards make kindergarten readiness fun with tracing letters in the lovely gritty feel of salt.

Play Dough & Bean Pie

What You will Need:

  • Playdough (homemade or store bought) in multiple colors
  • Tray or plate or pie pan
  • Various types of dried beans

Smash the play dough flat on the bottom of the tray or plate. Then use dried beans to make a “cake,” or try a bean mosaic.

Salt Board


  • What You Will Need:
  • Salt (or fine sand)
  • Cookie tray or Pie pan
  • Food coloring (optional)

To color the salt, pour into a jar, add a few drops of food coloring, screw on the lid and shake. Pour the salt into the cookie tray and let the child make designs or letters with her finger. Show them how to gently shake the pan to start from scratch again.


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