So, what's in the bin? First, the base is rice. But not just any rice...
Teach Preschool. It's very easy to make and you can involve your child.
1) Put rice in container until you have the right amount for your bin and your child (Boogie likes to dump and pour so I use 1/2 inch to an inch throughout the bin).
2) Put rice into a large ziploc bag.
3) Empty a Kool-aid packet into a measuring cup with maybe an ounce of very hot water and stir until dissolved (you can add more or less water based on the amount of rice and the color you want. But don't add too much because you don't want the rice to be wet).
3) Add the Kool-aid mixture to the bag of rice
4) You and your child can knead and shake and stir the bag until the Kool-Aid is mixed throughout.
5) Add food coloring and repeat step 4 until the rice is the color you want it to be. (Depending on the amount of rice and the color you want, the amount of food coloring will vary)
6) Lay rice out to dry several hours. It should not be wet if you didn't overdo the water and food coloring, but I left it overnight to be safe.
I took some pictures of the process, which Boogie helped with a little bit.
|Mmmm, smells good!|
* table scatter hearts- counting, manipulating (scooping, dumping, pouring, picking up) (Target $ spot)
* red flat marbles- counting, manipulating (scooping, dumping, pouring, picking up) (Micheals, I think.)
* pipe cleaner hearts- counting (Walmart, I think.)
* homemade red pom poms- counting (Bought a giant thing of yarn for $2.5 at Michaels)
* heart shaped measuring cup and spoon- scooping, dumping, pouring, transferring (Target $2.5)
* red scented rose soap- smell, counting (Walmart. 9 for $3 but only 2 red)
* red popsicle sticks- counting, drop and dump in candy container (Dollar store, already colored)
* variety of sizes of red pom poms- size sorting, manipulating (scooping, dumping, pouring, picking up), counting by total or size (Michaels, I think.)
* red foam hearts- counting (Target $ spot in September in a pack with other shape counters)
* red feathers- counting, drop and dump in candy container (Walmart)
* heart containers- open and close, counting, scooping, dumping, pouring, transferring (Target $ spot- Part of a 6 or 8 pack.)
* heart ice cube tray- 1:1 correspondence, patterns, counting (Target $ spot)
* heart candy container- scooping, dumping, pouring (Dollar Tree)
* rose petals- counting, scooping, dumping, pouring (100 for 1.97 at Walmart)
I am re-using the feathers from Thanksgiving, the pom poms from all kinds of activities, and the foam heart counters.
This bin appeals to Boogies sense of sight, touch, smell (rose scent and cherry scent) and sound (shaking things in the heart container or candy container).
There are a variety of textures to explore through his sense of touch- lots of plastic, some natural things (rice and feathers), soft things (pipe cleaners, both kinds of pom poms, rose petals), wood (popsicle sticks), glass (marbles), foam, silicone, and the soap.
You can see Boogie's other sensory bins on my sensory bin page.
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