Holiday Sensory Bin

December 4, 2017

On Sunday while I was getting school stuff squared away for this week I noticed that it's going to be a pretty meaty week for the three big kids and they are going to need a little more help and attention from me this week. Normally this isn't that big of a deal and usually the babies semi play contently, or watch a show if I'm needing a little more undivided attention for the school kids. Here lately Archer as been wanting to do more school at the table with us so rather than fight him this week I thought I would make a couple special things up just for him. 
It has been awhile since I have made a sensory tub for him so I thought we would try that this week, and since it's the holiday season I thought I would make it a little festive for him! 

I decided I would just do a colored rice bin for him and then add some goodies to it through out the week if he started to get bored. Making colored rice is super easy and I'm sure everyone has made it but in case you don't know all you need is:
food coloring 
zip lock bags
essential oil
And a big cup of coffee (for mama, not to put in the rice)

There are lots of other recipes using alcohol instead of vinegar I just feel like the alcohol doesn't make it as bright, but use whatever you have on hand! 😊

Pour in the wet ingredients first. Normal ratio is 1 tablespoon for 1 cup of rice.  This bag was just shy of three cups of rice so I did just shy of 3 tablespoons of vinegar, then I added about 8-10 drops of food coloring (add as much as you would like to make it as bright as you want). Next I added a couple drops of peppermint essential oil, it just helps to make it smell nice and not like vinegar. 

Then pour your rice in on top of your wet ingredients. 

Then mix it up! 

I repeated the process with my second bag of rice using red food coloring instead of green. 

Next lay it out on wax paper and let it dry for at least an hour. 

Once it's dry pour it into a bin and let the kiddos play! 

You absolutely can just leave it just the rice and your kids will love digging their fingers in it or pouring it from measuring cup to measuring cup. I decided to add a few bows, cotton balls and jingle bells, not just to keep it festive but, I can give Archer some tweezers and he can work on his fine motor skills by picking up each object and removing them from the bin!  There are lots of different ways to change up the bins and keep it exciting for the kids. I will most likely keep this rice all month so I will be sure to show all the ways we change it up!! 

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