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This page includes rainbow sensory bin with prepared  by me for my sweet girl our rainbow theme.Coloured rice is wonderful for sensory play!

What is a sensory bin?

To learn about sensory bins, you need to know what one is! The simplest definition for us is a tactile experience in a contained area such as a storage container. A sensory bin is a simple container filled with a preferred filler in quantity. Our favorites include craft sand, birdseed, rice and water! The container should be large enough to let your child explore without moving the filler out of the container.  A sensory bin can be easily switched for an unique or novel experience every time!

Why make a sensory bin?

Sensory bins are awesome hands-on tools for children to learn about their world and their senses! Sensory play may calm a child, focus a child, and engage a child. I would love for you to read our story,Here’s what a sensory bin can offer a young child as well as the parent! 

  • Practical Life Skills ~ Sensory bins let a child explore, discover and create play using practical life skills (dumping, filling, scooping) and learn valuable play skills.
  • Play Skills {emotional development} ~ Great for both social play and independent play, sensory bins allow children to play cooperatively or side by side. My son has had many positive experiences over a bin of rice with other children!
  • Language Development ~ Sensory bins increase language development from experiencing with their hands all there is to see and do which leads to great conversations and opportunities to model language.
  • Understanding The Bodies Senses ~ Many sensory play bins include a few of the senses! Touch, sight, sounds, taste and smell are our bodies senses. Children can experience several at a time with a sensory bin. Imagine a bin of brightly colored rainbow rice: touch the loose grains against the skin, see the vivid colors as they mix together, hear the sound of sprinkling over a plastic container or shaken in a plastic egg!

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Supplıes for dyeıng vıbrant raınbow rıce for play:

  • inexpensive, long grain white rice
  • vinegar
  • food colouring or icing gels
  • zıplock bags

Coloring the rice;

My daughter  helped me make the rainbow rice bags by pouring two cups of rice into a plastic container with a secure lid, adding a decent amount of colouring and shaking it up until all the colouring is mixed through.  We added more colouring if needed and put the coloured rice into a zip lock bag.

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