My preschool class of two year olds, though, cares not at all. We're ushering in autumn with a mix of beautiful colors and fun textures for our fall sensory bin activities.
I started out with a 5lb bag or uncooked rice, some rubbing alcohol and food coloring. This post is not sponsored by Kroger, swear. It's just where I shop!
I wanted to make three different colors of rice, so I started with 3 cups of rice in a resealable bag.
To this bag I added a healthy squirt of rubbing alcohol and some red food coloring. The rubbing alcohol helps the color stick better to the rice and make the color more vibrant!
Knead the rice around until it's evenly coated with color. I then spread the rice out on a cookie sheet to dry. I repeated this process with yellow food color and, finally, a mix of red and yellow to achieve orange.
The rice dries surprisingly quickly. After drying, I mixed it all together in a disposable aluminum roasting pan.
I love those colors mixed together!
Y'all. My thirteen year old son wandered into the kitchen to see "what that smell" was. Rubbing alcohol. But when he saw what I was doing, he proclaimed, "That's so cool! Can you make some for me?" "Really?" "Yeah!" "What are you going to do with it, son?" "I don't know, but that's cool."
So I made him some with the leftover rice and it looked really pretty! Pull this recipe back out for Christmas or Hanukkah playtime, perhaps?
Right now, though, we are eagerly anticipating Halloween so I wanted to add a unique touch to the bin. It starts with bow-tie pasta. Publix, this time, just to show that I'm not pushing any particular grocery store!
I placed them in a resealable bag with the rubbing alcohol and a mix of red, blue and green food coloring. This made a black dye - and my bow tie pasta turned into bats!
I put these in the bin with the perfect bunch of acorns I picked up from my neighbor's yard while waiting for the school bus. BOOM - a fun sensory bin overflowing with color, texture and loads of playtime fun.
I've got some paper Halloween treat bags I can give the kids as well as spoons and scoops to help them fill the bag. We also have some mini dump trucks that are perfect for loading up and dumping plenty of autumn goodness!
A caution: You know your child or your class. The uncooked rice is too small to be a choking hazard, but watch those acorns and the pasta. If you have a "mouther" nearby, you might want to reconsider the acorns.
Again, you can dye the rice all sorts of colors to fit a myriad of themes! Be creative and have fun!