I have seen several different sensory bins on other blogs but I wanted something I could use all year long adding holiday items to, homeschool related items to, etc. So when a friend of mine (thank you Jackie!) showed me her rice sensory box she uses with her 2 younger children. So I decided to make my own. So off to the geocery store to buy my 20lb bag of rice and to the Dollar Tree for items to go along with it.
I must say it was the best $12.00 I spent!
My kids (5, 3 & 1 years old) LOVE it!
Items I added to the box:
3 pc funnel set (Dollar Tree)
7 pc measuring cups and spoons (Dollar Tree)
small heart containers with lids
empty water bottles
(a blanket or something for underneath it beacause it’s messy!)
a large bin to put the rice in w/ lid
Scrunch their fingers and grab hand fulls of the rice
Great for texture sensory

Check back in a few days to see what I will throw in for our Valentine’s sensory bin!

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  1. I’ve totally been wanting to create a sensory bin for a while now. I should just bite the bullet and get it done 🙂

  2. I also need to start doing sensory bins more. The only one I’ve done this year was also my first attempt when we did the letter D and I used shredded newspaper and noodles.
    Love the rice idea. I’m sure it does messy though.
    Thanks for sharing

  3. Anonymous says:

    thanks for the great idea! just got all the supplies including the little heart shaped plastic containers. we are pretty desperate for new activities. : )

  4. I have a small rice bin, and I colored the rice, the kids love it! I split it between a couple of ziplocks, added a little alcohol and food coloring and laid it on a cookie sheet to dry. It looks pretty, plus when they get tired of it I plan to use it for craft projects. A little rice glitter anyone? 🙂

  5. Dawn Marie says:

    I work at a preschool and we have sensory tables all the time. I am the assistant but I copy the teacher’s ideas at home all the time. During the holidays I found a bag of the fake snow that you can use for a Christmas village display on sale at a thrift store for a quarter. I had the container the hospital sends you home with after having a baby. I filled it with the snow. Then I found a baggie of foam shapes like snowflakes, trees, ornaments,etc at Dollar Tree. They were dusted with glitter so very eye appealing to kids. I put those in with the snow and gave the kids clean yogurt and fruit cocktail snack containers to sort the “treasures” into. They loved it! Cheap entertainment.

  6. aaw this is so cool! Very brave though-rice gets everywhere lol x

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