Rainbow Rice - Sensory Bottles and BIN
Ultimately, I settled on creating rainbow rice and using it for two purposes this week - the rainbow sensory bottles I'd be thinking so much about and a sensory bin. Both were a HUGE hit.
First, to create the rainbow rice, I added 1/2 tablespoon of white vinegar and 8 drops of food coloring to one cup of raw white rice. I did this six times to create red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. I then laid the rice out on parchment paper and let it sit overnight to dry.
But the joys of our rainbow rice didn't stop there! I combined what was left of the rice after filling the bottles (which was a pretty good amount) to created a colorful sensory bin. This was a simple bin, all I added was the rice and some bottles, bowls and a small shovel to scoop, fill and spill with. But just like the rainbow bottles, I was shocked to find that it kept my toddler occupied for 20 minutes straight the first time he played with it. And he continued to love it throughout the week. We did keep this outside, and it was probably a good decision. He quickly learned that the rice made a fun sound when it landed on the picnic table. Any project that gives multiple uses, only requires common household products, and keeps a toddler occupied for 20 minute chunks multiple times is a win in my book!
I made some bathtub paints using the recipe found at Kojo Designs. I made ours with bubble bath. I laid down an old towel on the floor in preparation for spillover of the mess from the bathtub and put T in the tub with the paint, some brushes, and let him go to town. He had a blast.