“I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny. But we can have lots of good fun that is funny!” – The Cat in the Hat
The rainy season is finally upon us, so it’s time to find some creative ways to have indoor fun. (Hopefully ones that aren’t as disastrous as Dr. Seuss writes about though!) Sensory bins are a great way to get kids excited about indoor play, with the added benefit that they help kids learn. Sensory bin play gives you the opportunity to work on fine motor skills, language, and sensory integration. Trevor loves playing with his sensory bin full of beans, so I thought we’d make a second bin. This one uses colored rice!
What you need:
- food coloring
- rubbing alcohol
- gallon sized zipper bags
- plastic container
How to make it:
- Divide your rice into 4 bags (or by the number of colors you’re using)
- Pour in a tablespoon or two of rubbing alcohol. This helps the food coloring stay on the rice.
- Add as much or as little food coloring as you like, until you reach your desired color.
- Seal the bag and shake it up! (This was Trevor’s favorite part of the process)
- Empty the colored rice out onto a paper-towel lined baking sheet or table to dry
- Put into your plastic bin, add toys, and have fun!
We had a blast working on filling and dumping, scooping with a shovel, hiding small cars and trinkets and digging to find them, and vroom-vrooming those cars through the colored rice.