We’ve all seen the sensory bin ideas on Pinterest.  But are they are easy to make?  And the good news is, Yes, they are a snap. Sensory bins are great for fine motor skills but also for focus, and engaging and calming a child. Let’s do this!

SUPPLIES FOR DYEING RICE
  • Inexpensive, long grain white rice
  • vinegar (not rubbing alcohol)
  • food coloring or icing gels
  • food storage container with lid
INGREDIENTS FOR EACH COLOR OF RICE:
  • 1 cup of rice
  • 1/2 tsp vinegar
  • Wilton icing gel (you could also use several drops of liquid food coloring)
Add Food Coloring
  • Pour a cup of rice into your margarine container. Then, with a toothpick, swirl a generous dollop of icing color-gel through the rice.
  • Add Vinegar
  • Drizzle 1/2 tsp of vinegar over the rice.
Shake
  • Pop the lid on your container, and shake the heck out of it. Remove lid, and be amazed!
DRYING YOUR COLORED RICE
  • Spread each batch of colored rice out on a plate or a baking sheet.
  • Place your rice in the sun to dry quickly.

We followed the Happy Hooligans recipe for this craft.

More ideas for your rice:
  • Hide objects in the rice for your child to find
  • If your rice is in a large bin, let your child step into the bin with bare feet to feel it on their toes
  • Get an empty ice cube tray to have some sorting fun

 

For more DIY Kids’ Crafts, see our WCKC Craft Section!

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