I bought a bag of rice from the Dollar Store and divided it into four Zip-lock sandwich bags. Added a couple drops of food coloring and a couple drops of water, zipped the bag and shook until the rice was colored, then dried on a paper towel. This also works great using Kool-Aid; it adds fragrance.
The Bosnian lady next door has limited English, but tries so hard. She sat down to play in the pan of rice with Liam. She asked about his arm, and he babbled fast, "Lightning McQueen down steps." Telling her he rode his toy car down 5 carpeted stairs.
Her face flushed, she patted her heart, smiled broadly, laughed and said, "QUEEN?"
She thought he called her a queen. She was so thrilled.
I tell you this boy is a charmer. He saw two little girls visiting and said, "Hi friends, let's go play. My name is Liam, L-I-A-M.
He was playing at his grandma's today, looked up at the sky and said, "Wow, my Nana, look at the big clouds! So big, move so fast in the sky." He calls her My Nana to let the other day care kids know who she is to him. Ha ha.