The Best Sensory Bin Filler
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Rainbow Rice! Why? Because between the rice and food coloring, it comes in hot at about $2.50 at the Dollar Tree. Plus, it’s SUPER EASY to make! WIN-WIN!
Rainbow Rice is one of our all-time favorite sensory materials. You can take this simple sensory material and make it work for any age or stage!
Toddlers: Your toddler can play with the rice on its own for a great sensory activity.
Preschoolers: Can begin to match letters, while playing with the rice.
Kindergarteners: Can work on beginning sounds and phonics.
But in case you’re wondering, your preschooler and kindergartener will also like time to explore the bin without any learning expectations too.
- Head over to the Dollar Tree and grab a couple of bags of rice and food coloring.
- Take the rice and pour it into either a ZipLock bag or tupperware container, I use a tupperware container for mine.
- Add a couple of drops of your food coloring. Any color you choose.
- Then shake it up so it covers the rice.
- Repeat for as many colors as you want to use. I chose all the colors of the rainbow.
- You can dump it in a tray or directly into your sensory bin. Then let it dry for about an hour or two.
- I added it all in order like a rainbow but as you know, KIDS, so it lasted maybe 20 seconds. Truth, I like it better all mixed up anyways!
- Option 1: Add a few cups and funnels. Then let the kids play. They will create an image more with very little.
- Option 2: Add letter magnets to the bin and invite your preschooler to match the letters to a piece of paper with all the letters.
- Option 3: Add small toys to the bin and invite your preschooler to match them to letters based on their beginning sound.
2 common questions I get are:
- Does the Rainbow Rice stain your hands when you play with it? No, I only get dye on my hands if I touch it when wet. I tested it the day after I made it and 3 days later my son was playing with it and it did fine! Our hands remained dye free!
- How do you store it? I like to store it in an old jar or a plastic bag so you can use it over and over again for years to come!