Easter is just around the corner, which means lots of bunnies, eggs, and chicks! I love to incorporate holidays into our learning fun and my boys love all the fun Easter crafts and activities like this easy Easter Sensory Bin.
Your kids will love this Easter Sensory Bin! It’s so quick and easy to set up, and the perfect sensory bin for Easter play. Kids will love this activity. Sensory bins are lots of fun for young children to play with, especially if you change them up with the holidays and seasons.
Bins like this obviously provide sensory experiences and opportunities for open-ended play, but they also encourage children to try new vocabulary and develop oral language skills as they explore the items in the bin. The simplicity of a rice bin is what makes it perfect for busy parents. Grab a tub. Add rice. Watch your child play. I’m not kidding. Rice bins are magical.
Easter Sensory Bin Supplies
- Plastic Bin
- Rainbow Rice
- Little bunnies
- Bouncy balls
- Plastic Eggs
- Small bowls
All of the items listed above are easily found at most dollar stores. Allow your kids to help you pick out items for the sensory bin, they love to part of the process and show you what interests them. This will also give you a good idea of what type of materials and textures they really want to try out.
I knew without a doubt that my kids would love this bin and enjoy it for days. Why? Because KIDS LOVE RICE BINS.
It’s also so easy and quick to set up sensory bins! You will have this assembled before you can say “Here comes Peter Cottontail.”
HOW to make Rainbow Rice
In a large zipper bag, add the amount of rice you would like to dye. To color the rice, add one teaspoon of vinegar and 2-3 drops of food coloring for each cup of rice that you use. Zip the bag and mix it until it is covered. Mix the color in well, adding more as needed to achieve your desired color.
Once you achieve the color saturation that you like, pour the rice out of the bag and onto a baking tray. Smooth it down and let it dry for at least 2 hours.
What did my kids love?
They loved everything! They loved scooping the rice, pouring it, filling eggs and trying to snap them closed. They made up their own games to see who could fill their cup with rice the fastest.
But what about the mess?
I know, I know, it’s hard to get past the thought of a mess, but there is very little mess. I throw down a plastic table cloth and my boys have learned how to keep the mess to a minimum. It might not happen overnight but with guidance, kids learn how to use sensory bins nicely. I can promise you, I had to teach my kids how to use sensory bins and I’ve had to put the bins away if they didn’t play nice.
Sensory bins entertain my kids and give me just the break I need – I can actually drink a cup of coffee while they play! Toss in some of those plastic Easter eggs and you’ve got one simple, easy and totally doable Easter Sensory Bin that your kids will love.
You won’t believe how long the kids will play!
My boys (ages 3 and 5) played with this bin for a good hour, which doesn’t happen with any other toy. We will continue to use this bin for March and April and then we will change it to our garden sensory bin.
Extend the Easter Sensory Bin Fun
There are so many early learning opportunities with sensory bins. Kids can simply scoop, fill, and dump the containers and plastic eggs. They can practice counting and then answering questions about how many. They love putting objects inside the eggs for a little hide and seek play and shaking the eggs to hear the rattle. You can also extend the learning by reading your favorite Easter book.