Caps & Rice Sensory Bin
This fun sensory activity for older toddlers targets fine motor control and encourages a sense of exploration. Little ones practice picking up pouch caps using food tongs, strengthening fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination skills. The bright colors and sorting aspect of the activity exercises fine motor development, problem-solving skills and hand-eye coordination skills. It’s also a fun, interactive and engaging activity!
We recommend that this activity is monitored by an adult when using with children under 4. Also, try placing a bed sheet underneath the bin, so that in case any rice gets on the floor, you can just pick up the sheet and dump it all back into the container.
What you need:
- 32 quart storage bin
- 20 lb bag of white rice
- 20 teaspoons white vinegar
- Food coloring ( I used Watkins Food Coloring with No Artificial Dyes)
- Beech-Nut® pouch caps
- Acrylic flat-back gems (bought mine at Michaels)
- Colored plastic cups (I used Munchkin cups)
- Suction cups
- Food tongs
Mix rice with vinegar and food coloring of your choice. I did this in Ziplock bags in batches of 10 cups white rice, 5 teaspoons white vinegar and several drops of food coloring at at time. Once fully mixed, let air dry overnight.
Use hot glue to adhere flat-back gems to Beech-Nut® pouch caps.
Glue suction cups onto colored plastic cups and stick into 4 corners of the bin. (Gorilla glue is a good choice.) *You can also skip this step and just place the cups in each corner. Once colored cups are in place, add your dry, colored rice to the bin. Add Beech-Nut® pouch caps either on top of rice or mixed into the rice.
Give your little one food tongs to pick up the caps and sort into colored cups by the color of the gem on each cap. Have fun!