Activity For Kids:

Thanksgiving sensory bin

Rice is one of our favorite sensory bin materials. It’s cheap, and you can dye it any color that you like.

In this Thanksgiving bin, the rice is dyed orange, brown and yellow. You can add any extras to the bin such as toy tractors or pumpkins.

This activity is inspired by ideas from Thanksgiving sensory bin.

This activity is great to teach your kids:

Colour recognition activities helps children get to know the different colors and color blending and matching.

Sensory play is play that involves all the senses - taste, sound, sight, touch and smell. Sensory play is very beneficial to children. Research shows that sensory play builds nerve connections in the brain’s pathways, which lead to the child’s ability to complete more complex learning tasks. Sensory play is also very relaxing and rejuvenating to children.

Step 1

Add 1 cup of rice to each ziplock bag.

Step 2

To the rice, add food coloring and 1 teaspoon of vinegar.

Red, yellow and blue food colors make brown. Make brown, yellow and orange rice.

Step 3

Close the bag and swirl the colour around to dye the rice

Step 4

Let the rice dry for 20 minutes

Step 5

Add the rice to a Sensory bin and add extra cups, toys and anything else you like

Step 6

Invite your kids to play

This sensory bin started with a bit of drama with my son wanted to cook the Thanksgiving rice bin ingredients in the oven and I wanted to keep the rice in the Sensory bin. I took the bin away and my son threw a tantrum. After he calmed down he asked for the rice and they played happily ever after.

There’s something so lovely about putting your hands into the rice. It feels so great!