We went to a children's museum while in Washington visiting Heather. It was the most wonderful place and both Abigail and I loved it. Since being home I have tried to create some "children's museum" type activities for us to enjoy.
One has been the rice bucket. It is as simple as that. A bucket full of rice, spoons, cups, and other little containers to move the rice back and forth between.
And of course our sink is a wonderful water station. Each time she plays in the sink we bring out different toys, cups and blocks to play with. She loves that our sink faucet sprays and is a hose that can come down and move around.
And the difference between the museum and home is that if a little tasting of the rice or drinking of the water occurs, which we know for sure it will, that is 100% ok. Yes, it would be wonderful to have a museum near us for the kids to enjoy but this works, for now.