INSIDE: Check out this fun and easy winter rice sensory bin. So simple to set up but yet so fun and engaging! Your toddler or preschooler will love it! It makes a great after school sensory activity to help calm and recenter.
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Winter Rice Sensory Bin
This sensory bin for winter is super easy to put together. When I set it up for my kids, I realized that we had not done a rice sensory bin in quite some time. So I knew they would really enjoy this one! Using white rice as the filler for this sensory bin is what makes it super was to set up. If you aren’t into making fake snow or bringing snow for outside this is a fun alternative.
Although rice can get messy it is very easy to clean up with a vacuum or broom. Place a sheet or plastic shower curtain under the sensory bin and your child’s play area to help catch and grains of rice that may fly out as your little one plays.
Setting Up Winter Rice Sensory Bin
Add the white rice to the sensory bin. Next add, blue and white Pom Poms, blue and clear gem stones and craft snowflakes. I also added a few bottle brush trees and a few arctic animals that I had. Finally, I added some clear containers and a small wooden bowl.
How they Played with the Winter Rice Sensory Bin
In addition to adding some fine motor tools to the sensory bin such as scoopers and spoons, I also added some containers for them to scoop the rice and Pom Poms into. I also added tongs or tweezers.
My kids loved digging their hands into the rice and gathering up the gems, Pom Poms and snowflakes! They used the small bowl to pretend to be a polar bear keeper and to collect gems in.
Such as fun and easy idea. I kept this sensory bin out for a few days for them to play with after school!
For Additional Sensory Appeal
A great option for this sensory bin is to add a scent to the rice to enhance the sensory appeal. I really liked adding cinnamon. It has a warm and invigorating scent perfect for winter.
This activity is great for kids 3 years and up. My kids are 3.5, 3.5, and 7.5 year old.
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- Sensory Bin
- White and blue pom poms
- Blue and clear gems
- Craft snowflakes
- Clear plastic containers
- Scoopers or spoons
- Tongs or tweezers
- Arctic animlas
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