This year, I am attemping to create a new sensory bin each week. So, if you would like to join our adventures, make sure you are following along on Facebook or Pinterest, and make sure you get our weekly email digest, just by signing up below (make sure you confirm your email address, otherwise you will get no mail)
Sensory bins are great fun for toddlers and preschoolers, it will keep them busy for hours, it is also great introduction to sensory exploration. If you haven’t tried one, make time to do so, you will not be sorry with the results.
To begin, gather the following materials:
- 15 – 20 pounds of white rice
- white vinegar
- food coloring
- several large plastic bags
- 1 large container with a lid to hold the rice
First, decide what color you would like to make. If you are going to make sensory bins thought the year, you could dye all of the rice at once, or do them as needed.
Next fill each bag with 5 cups of rice as well as 2 – 3 tablespoons of vinegar and around 30 – 40 drops of food coloring (depending on color, the darker colors need more food coloring).
Seal the bag and mix and shake until the colors are evenly distributed. (This is a cool thing to let the kids be involved with)
Next, spread the rice mixture out on a baking sheet, this will allow them to dry better and it will dramatically reduce the vinegar smell from strong and overbearing to subtle.