INSIDE: Super Bowl Football Sensory Bin is a fun and super easy activity for toddlers and preschoolers. Create mini footballs on a field in this easy sensory activity
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Setting Up Football Sensory Bin
Grab your sensory bin and fill it with green coloured rice (see recipe at the end of this post). Add pinto beans. On about 20 beans I use a white chalk marker to draw the white stitching that is on a football to create adorable mini bean footballs. I then added some wooden bowl, spoons and scoopers and my toddlers were in heaven!
Keep a close on on toddlers. Raw beans should not be eaten.
What we talked about
With all my sensory bins I used a mix of open ended questions and parallel talk. (I talk more about this in my book of sensory bins called 60 Exciting Sensory Bin for Curious Kids, look for it on Amazon or in book stores).
Here are some of the questions I asked them:
- “How many bean do you have in your bowl?’
- “Do you have any football beans?”
- “How many footballs do you have?”
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- 41 Qt, Clear Sensory Bin (Large) or a IKEA FLISAT Children’s Sensory Table
- Coloured rice (see instruction below)
- Green Coloured Rice
- Pinto Beans
- White Chalk Marker
- Bowls, Scoopers and Spoons
How to Make Colored Rice
What You’ll Need
- 1 Cup of White Rice
- 1/2 tsp White Vinegar
- Several Drops of 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.