Make a colourful I Spy Sensory Bin for toddlers and preschoolers using coloured rice, and an assortment of odds and ends from the craft room and toy room provides hours of entertainment and learning for toddlers and preschoolers!
Kids love to play I SPY, and they love a good sensory bin, don’t they? Today, we’ve combined these two favourite kids’ activities into one with this I Spy Sensory Bin! The inspiration for this bin came from the brilliant Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Sensory Bin that I spotted recently over at Rubber Boots and Elf Shoes. Thanks for the great idea, Sandi!
Rainbow Rice base:
For a base in our I Spy Bin, I used our Homemade Rainbow Rice. Making coloured rice is super-quick and easy. We use a mess-free, kid-friendly method to make ours. Get the recipe for our Rainbow Rice here.
As for the goodies in the bin, I collected odds and ends from our toy room and craft cupboards.
What did we put in our I Spy sensory bin?
- homemade coloured rice (get my recipe here)
- glass beads and gems
- colourful buttons
- craft foam pieces
- colourful craft sticks
- letter and number magnets
- dyed pasta (get our easy recipe here)
- brightly coloured shoe laces or yarn
- lego pieces
- pony beads
Anything goes really. Just have a look around, and collect small colourful objects that you think your child would enjoy exploring.
Tools and instruments for a sensory bin:
- small spoons
- Meat Ball Scoop (always the most popular tool in the bin)
- glass jars
- coloured cups and bowls
- ice-cube trays
- muffin tins
- sectioned trays (I love re-using the plastic trays that chocolates and cookies come packaged in)
A sensory bin is a great fine motor activity. Using small spoons, scoops tweezers and tongs encourage muscle development, and help prepare a child for holding a pencil or scissors.
A sensory bin also helps develop math and counting skills children sort and group items ms into the bowls and containers.
And above all, it’s just a whole lot of fun to dig your hands into a bin like this. The feel and sound of the rice, and the vibrant colours are so inviting. The hooligans spent hours and hours playing with this one throughout the month of September.
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.