I’m heading home from Dallas today ready to jump right back into mama mode. The break was soooooo nice, but I sure did miss my little ladies!
We did a fun project a few weeks ago that I thought I’d share.
The girls and I dyed rice and made a Valentine’s Day sensory bin!
I picked up a 25 pound bag of rice from Costco! haha
We’ll be having many a sensory bin for years to come.
In addition to the rice, you’ll need white vinegar, food coloring, and gallon size Ziploc bags.
(And a cute four-year-old to photobomb your picture!)
The girls helped dump one cup of rice and one teaspoon of vinegar into their bags. Then I let them squeeze a bunch of food coloring into the bags as well. I sealed up the bags nice and tight and let them shake, massage, and mix up the rice.
It was actually much easier than I thought it would be, and the girls enjoyed seeing the rice change color.
Once the rice was mixed well enough, I spread it out onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper to dry. The red is on the left, the pink is on the right. Each girl did three bags, so we had six cups of rice total.
After a few hours, I combined all of the rice into a tupperware until I was ready to put together the bin.
The next morning I went to the Dollar Tree and picked up a bunch of Valentine’s Day items for the girls to play with in the bin.
I picked up a large storage bin from Target. We dumped in six cups of white rice and then mixed in our six cups of dyed rice . . . so twelve cups total.
We dumped in all of the extra items, and it was finished!
The girls have really enjoyed playing with everything in the bin, but those heart shaped ice cube trays have been a huge hit!
This was a super easy project that I’ll definitely repeat in the future. I foresee myself making a rainbow rice bin for St. Patrick’s Day and maybe a red, white, and blue bin for summertime. See, I told you that 25 pound bag of rice would come in handy!
Have a great weekend!