We made a 4th of July sensory bin and it has been so much fun to play with! Here’s how we made it…
For this bin, I used rice and star noodles. I hadn’t seen these star noodles before, but when I was at the grocery store last week I saw these and knew they would be fun to add in our sensory bin. So first, I took the star noodles and colored them blue. To do this, I put them in a gallon Ziploc bag (actually 2 because it started leaking!) and then poured rubbing alcohol in it. I didn’t measure it, but it was enough to cover all the noodles. Then I poured blue food coloring in and let it sit for 5 minutes.
Next, I laid the noodles out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. I let it sit in the sun until it was dry. I did the same thing with white rice and dyed it red.
Then I added the red rice and blue star noodles to the bin along with white rice. Check out how much fun the boys had!
We added a few cute bugs. Have you heard of Gummylump? It’s an awesome online store that sells Melissa & Doug toys at a discount rate. I got those bugs there along with that hourglass. Anyway, the boys really enjoyed playing with them in our sensory bin.
Valerie Nitz says
Is Gummylump an online store or a store in your local area? I would like to know if I can purchase some items through their online store if there is one. thank you for sharing
Angela Thayer says
I’m sorry I didn’t notice earlier, but it looks like the online store, Gummylump, is no longer in business. They are Melissa and Doug products, so you may be able to find them on their website!
What a fun sensory bin idea. I have been wondering how to color rice and pasta. My kids would have so much fun with this. Thanks for sharing.
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Heather @ourcultivatedlife says
What a cute patriotic bin! I love the star noodles:)
Those star noodles are so cool and perfect for the 4th of July. I love that your sensory bin just has the rice and pasta. I think it lends itself more to experimentation and exploration. I tend to add to many things to my sensory bin, so this was a great reminder of how simple sensory bins should be. 🙂
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