Pumpkin Scented Rice Sensory Bin: Bonding with Your Kids

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Today’s post is a wonderful rice sensory bin for toddlers themed for the fall, shared by Amy of  The Connections We Share. Not only is it fun, but its also a bonding experience with your kids.

A pumpkin scented rice sensory bin is a great way to bond with your children. It is interesting, safe, easy to make, and creative to deal with. Here are the steps that you need to follow for this project.

Pumpkin Scented Rice Sensory Bin

Gather the materials

To create a great pumpkin scented rice sensory bin, you will require white rice, liquid food coloring, hand sanitizer, a plastic container like Tupperware (at least 1L big), pumpkin spice (or a mixture of ginger, cloves, star anise and nutmeg).

Begin by coloring the rice

  1. To color the rice, add a glob of liquid food coloring into the plastic container.
  2. Add two to three pumps of the hand sanitizer and mix with the food colour. It acts as a binder which dilutes the food color and thus helps achieve a smooth coating of food color on the rice.
  3. Fill the jar ⅔ full of white rice in the container. Make sure that you don’t completely fill it up with rice, as you will require room for mixing.

Shake the jar

  1. Add around one tablespoon of pumpkin spice in the mixture.
  2. Shake the jar well. Make sure that the complete concoction is mixed well and the entire rice is coated properly with the color.
  3. Spread the rice in a large bin let it dry
  4. Repeat this process with other colors

As the major purpose of making these rice bins is to bond with your kids, you ask your kids to shake the jar. In addition to this, I suggest singing a song as you shake the jar to add some more fun. My daughter, Elle and I made up this song…

“Shake it Shake it, to the right, to the left
Shake it Shake it
Shake it up high, Shake it down low
Shake it Shake it”

Add the fancies

Once you are done with coloring the rice, it is now time to make it into a rice sensory bin.

  1. Add fall things like pine cones, cinnamon sticks, acorns, chestnuts to your bin of rice.
  2. Mix everything and store in the sensory bins.

A rice sensory bin that's pumpkin scented for fall

How to play

Your children will happily play with this rice sensory bin with just the rice and the materials mentioned above. For extra fun, give them some bowls, cups, ladles, spoons or if you get Kiwi Crate’s box subscription for kids and have extra materials and supplies leftover, throw those in the bin.

I gave Elle a couple plastic cups and she made a ‘drink’ out of it complete with a straw and garnished with a pinecone and a cinnamon stick. You and your children will have lots of fun smelling, exploring and creating with this tried and true sensory activity.


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About Amy Lee of The Connection We Share

Amy Lee is among the top mommy bloggers in Vancouver. Her blog, The Connection We Share, helps parents bond with their kids. She loves children and shares tips to love, nurture, and care for kids. Her blog is also famous for mother-child photography. She also loves creating photo albums of her family with online photo making companies like Blurb.com. See her review for Blurb coupons. You can connect with Amy through her blog, Facebook or Google+.

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    • says

      Hi Catherine! This is Amy from The Connection We Share. I used a 1L mason jar and filled it 2/3 – 3/4 full. You’re welcome to use any size jar depending on how much rice you want to dye. Also, depending on the age of your child, a plastic jar or plastic container might be safer than a mason jar.

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