Want to create a simple construction site sensory bin that will keep your toddler or preschooler engaged? Check out this easy and fun sensory bin idea for your child’s dump trucks, diggers and other construction zone vehicles!
Can you believe that for the longest time I did not have any construction vehicles in our house?! I know! I’m not sure how it happened but I recently rectified that problem and now I’m so excited to introduce our first construction site sensory play activity!
Look out for lots more fun ways to play and learn with construction site vehicles!
Here’s how to set up Construction Zone Sensory Play
Grab your large sensory bin and fill it with different shapes of dried pasta. I used uncolored pasta and pasta dyed black (see below for instructions on how to dye pasta black).
Next, add mini construction vehicles. I added smaller construction vehicles to this sensory bin because the pasta shapes were small and I was doing this activity in a sensory bin.
If you only have larger construction vehicles and still want to use dry pasta try setting up your sensory play in a large wading pool.
This will give your little one more space to play but will also contain the pasta and mess.
I did this activity outside so I did not put anything underneath the sensory bin to catch the pasta.
After my kids were finished playing with it, I simply swept up the pieces of pasta on the ground and threw them away.
I saved the rest of the pasta in a gallon sized ziplock bag for play in another sensory activity!
How to Dye Dried Pasta
- Rubbing alcohol
- Dried pasta in different shapes
- Gallon sized Ziplock Bag
- Black gel food colouring
- Parchment Paper
- Baking Sheet
In a gallon sized ziplock bag add a cap full of rubbing alcohol, dried pasta and 7-8 drops black gel food colouring.
Add more food colouring if the colour is not as black as you would like.
Seal bag and shake vigorously to evenly distribute the colour.
Cover your baking sheet with parchment paler and spread the black pasta out it to dry overnight.
Store dried pasta in a ziplock for use in other sensory bins.
Fun and Easy Play Idea
This was such a hit with my kids and so easy to set up. I cannot believe that it took me so long to get my kids construction vehicles. They are so much fun! Be sure to check back for more fun ways to play with construction trucks!
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- 41 Qt, Clear Sensory Bin (Large)
- Different shapes dried Pasta
- Construction Toys Sets (or any sized construction vehicles that you may have)
- Black Pasta