This is one of our favorite winter time activities. It was a huge life savor last winter and my daughter still loves it a year later. She never gets tired of playing with these beans.
I bought Lima beans because they are the biggest and they stand out the most on my carpet. She loves to mix and stir and pour her beans. She'll do it for hours. Because I'm selfish and don't like to share my cooking utensils I bought my daughter her own pair of measuring cups and mixing spoons at Wal-mart for $1 each. We do have some rules though. I don't want to find beans all over the house so we lay out a blanket and the beans have to stay on the blanket. In case any of them do escape though they're easy to spot because they're white.