I am a big fan of sensory bins and I especially love them for holidays! Last year we did a fun Witch’s Sensory Brew and this year we did this orange rice and black bean Halloween themed sensory bin. Sensory bins are so fun for toddlers and preschoolers and they provide so many great developmental benefits as well.
For this Sensory Bin you’ll need:
- A plastic container
- Food Coloring
- Black beans
- Small Pumpkins
- Halloween decorations (I got all mine from the dollar section at Target)
- Pom poms
- Promote learning through all 5 senses
- Build fine motor skills
- Teaches Halloween themes
- Teach colors, shapes, size, and texture
- Teaches classification, categorizes and counting
- Builds vocabulary
First I added the base of orange dyed rice and black beans. Then I added all the decorations which I got from the dollar section in at Target.
One of the first things she did was scoop the rice and beans using one of the tin buckets.
Then she would pour the contents into the second bucket. Scooping and pouring are great for eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills.
I gave her a little measuring cup to use for scooping and pouring as well.
Next, to practice color identification I asked her to fill her bucket up with a specific color of pom poms. We did this for each color.
She loved running her hands and her feet through the rice. Sensory bins are a great way for children to learn using their sense of touch.
At the end she ended up sitting inside of it!
We really love sensory bins. They are a guaranteed hit with my daughter. She played with this for well over an hour. We just put the lid on our bin and she can play with it the again through the remainder of the month. To learn more about sensory bins click HERE.