Sensory bins are a fun, open ended way of learning about colours. In this post, we share 4 simple colour themed sensory bins to introduce the primary colours of Green, Yellow, Blue and Red to your little one!
1. GREEN SENSORY BIN
It was my first time introducing rice sensory play to C. She was a little hesitant at first and spend a couple of minutes just observing the bin but ended up loving it. She loves scooping and transferring the rice to containers and running the rice through her fingers, truly a sensory experience of sight, sound and smell !This was also my first time dyeing rice for sensory play and it is so incredibly easy! I didn’t use any fixed recipe, just added 5 scoops of rice in an IKEA ziplock bag, green food dye (the more you add, the darker the colour) and one teaspoon of vinegar. Squash the sealed ziplock bag and let the rice dry overnight.
2. BLUE SENSORY BIN
Introducing C to the colour blue and concept of ice melting with frozen blue ice cubes and poms poms! She doesn't quite know how to use the dropper yet but I was pleasantly surprised that she can spray water from the bottle to melt the ice. Fun sensory ice experience that kept her occupied long enough to melt all the ice into a puddle of blue water!
3. YELLOW SENSORY BIN
Kept this simple with a bin filled with yellow objects of different textures. C spend around 15 to 20mins exploring the bin by herself, without any instruction. Her favourites were the balloon, icecream stick and pipe cleaner!
4. RED SENSORY BIN
This is a simple bin filled with red coloured objects and water to introduce the concept of floating.
A great activity to work on fine motor skills and hand eye coordination, since it is more challenging to scoop and transfer floating objects! Mummies wth older toddlers can add in the concept of counting in this activity, getting the child to count the number of objects transferred. This is an easy, low prep activity with minimal cleaning and keeps active toddlers occupied for some time.
C thoroughly enjoyed this activity and she managed to scoop and transfer 5-6 objects to the adjacent bin. Rest of the time was spend playing around with the water with her hands and the netted scoop. Not much water was splashed outside as I have deliberately put in just enough water for the objects to float (so less splashing and mess!)
5. BLACK & WHITE SENSORY BIN
A low prep, simple bin to introduce the monochrome colours. Used a teaspoon this time (instead of the regular scoop) to increase the challenge of scooping and transferring. C enjoys scooping and transferring the black beans into the containers and she also learnt that she has to empty the poms poms from the containers to make space for the black beans. She also used her hands to transfer the beans into the container and capped it.
There are so many benefits of letting your child engage in sensory bins, as this open ended play process encourages and facilitates a child explore, investigate and create. This allows room for child directed, creative and unstructured play. It is normal for young children to want to throw and taste things at this stage, so it is highly important for parents to supervise their young children when playing.
Was pleasantly surprised that C took a liking to all the sensory colour bins and her favourite seems to be the green rice sensory bin. She played with it for more than 30mins (almost forever in toddler's time zone) and didn’t want me to keep it away! 😂
[AGE: These activities were conducted when C was around 16+ months old]
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