Tuesday, April 4, 2017

DIY Sensory Rice Bin

Spring is here and it is time to get those little ones out of the house for as long as humanly possible. I prefer to be outdoors running my boys like crazy so when evening comes they can barely make it to bed without falling asleep...#momwin

Before we moved to the country, we lived in a pretty ordinary single family dwelling with limited outdoor space. Thank goodness this sensory rice box is easy to create, keeps the kids busy for-like-ever and requires little to no space at all. As long as they can sit around it, you are set!

All you need for tons of outdoor fun is....
  • Rice. I purchased a large bag from Costco because I went with a larger tub, but you won't need that much if you decide to go with a smaller storage bin. 
  • Plastic bin. I have small bins (the ones they sell for shoes) where the boys each have their own play space as well as a large long shallow bin for group exploration/games. 
  • Play shovels, rakes and digging tools. These are very easy to come by this time of year and super cheap. Load up so your littles can explore using all sorts of different items.

  • Treasure. The best part about this sensory activity is it not only exposes your little to different textures and tons of sensory stimulation, but it is so fun to watch them "dig for treasure". Plus, there are so many different things you can do with this rice box...here are a few of our favorites...
    • LEGOS - Find them all and see what you can create.
    • Puzzles - Locate them all and then put together the puzzle
    • Letters - Have a separate poster/paper with the alphabet and each time your little one finds a letter, have them match it up with the poster. 
    • Colors- Place different colored items in the rice and as they dig them out have them match it up with a list of colors...even use sidewalk chalk on the ground to have them run a bit trying to find where it goes. For example, hide a little green frog that they have to place on the green chalk square...see where I am going with this one?

We just LOVE our rice bins aka "ric-ies" and hope you make one of your own to enjoy outside this season too.  Looking for even more ideas, check out Little Bins for Little Hands...I swear, there is nothing this rice bin can't do!

Strive to thrive, 

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