INSIDE: Magnetic Apple Sorting Sensory Bin is a fun sorting and STEM sensory bin for toddlers and preschool. It is a great sensory activity for Fall.
I love magnetic activities and I can’t believe this is the first that I have done in a long long time! The inspiration for this activity is from an amazing blog Modern Preschool. I just loved the idea of using pipe cleaners to make apples that I just had to try! Be sure to check out her blog for more fantastic ideas!
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How to Set Up Magnetic Apples Sensory Bin
Grab your sensory bin or sensory table and fill it with green rice.
Making Magnetic Apples
Grab your red, green and yellow pipe cleaners and wrap them into a shape of an apple. Make Large apples using the whole pipe cleaner. Make a slightly smaller apple for the medium sized and them cut the pipe cleaner in half to create the small apple sized.
Cut a green pipe cleaner into 4 pieces and shape it into the shape of a leaf. Attached it to a brown pipe cleaner to the top the apple for the stem and leaf.
Place your apples in the sensory bin along with bowls and your magnetic wands.
How to Play
Invite your child to use the wands to pick up and sort the apples into the bowls.
They can sort them by size. Or grab some construction paper and have them sort the apples by colour.
I added some toy barrels to help they sort. This was a huge hit and would be a great activity outside on a warm fall day!
How to Make Coloured Rice for Magnetic Apple Sensory Bin
What You’ll Need
- 1 Cup of White Rice
- 1/2 tsp White Vinegar
- Several Drops of Green Gel Food Coloring
- Large Ziploc Bags
- Parchment Paper
- Baking Sheets or Tupperware containers
How to Make
- Combine the rice, white vinegar and food coloring in a Ziploc bag.
- Seal it carefully and mix the contents throughly.
- Repeat for each color.
- Lay a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet or line a Tupperware container.
- Spread the colored rice out on the parchment paper and allow it to dry overnight.
If you don’t have gel food coloring, regular food coloring will work fine. If you want your rice to be more vibrant add more than just a few drops of food coloring and a small amount of white vinegar. Although the instructions calls for 1 cup of rice I usually make between 6-7 cups of rice for a sensory bin.
Age Suitability for Magnetic Apple Sensory Bin
This activity is good for kids 2.5 years and up. My kids are 3.5, 3.5, and 7 year old.
Supplies for Magnetic Apple Sensory Bin
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- Sensory bin or sensory table and bins
- green rice (see above for recipe)
- Green, yellow, red and brown pipe cleaners
- Magnetic Wands
- Sharpie or Marker
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