Parenting Hack Test: Bed Sheet Play YardPosted: March 16, 2016
I’m back again to test another parenting hack. In one of those “Genius Ideas for Parents” lists that float around the internet, it was suggested to use a fitted sheet to help keep sand off your things when at the beach. Well, it’s currently March in Iowa–not exactly beach-going weather. However, I thought this hack might be useful for Babykins’s sensory playtime (a.k.a.–“Let’s distract the toddler so Mommy can get something done” time).
About once a week, I dig out a container of rice and let Babykins play in it. The first time I did this, I learned it’s a big pain to vacuum dry grains of rice off of carpet. The next time I laid out a tablecloth but rice was still strewn around the kitchen. Yesterday I decided to try the bed sheet hack.
-The majority of the rice stayed in the sheet during playtime.
-It was free (the sheet was my old XL twin sheet from my college days).
-The objects holding the corners have to be very heavy (the two books in the upper corner weren’t heavy enough).
-The sheet didn’t stay perfectly smooth, so bits of rice would get covered by the folds.
-I still got rice on the carpet when I tried to shake it out.
Overall, I will probably use this hack again since I didn’t have to vacuum after Babykins was done.