This easy to set up sensory bin is perfect for little hands. It is fun to sort thru and play in, and it has a really fun feature for night time play; this Flying High in The Sky Sensory Bin Glows in the DARK!
We have been making sensory bins for about 8 years now.Even though Rolf is a tween and is generally too cool for my projects, even he wanted to get his hands into this one. I used things we had in our craft supplies, but for your convenience I added affiliate links to help you find some of these items that you may not have.
A Storage Bin with a lid
Neon Blue Food Color
A zipper seal baggie
White Rice, Uncooked (2 cups)
Glow in the Dark Stars
Place 2 cups of white rice into a zipper seal baggie.
Add 2 tablespoons of non toxic glow in the dark paint (I used art deco brand) and 10 drops of neon blue food color to the baggie.
Pour the rice on a paper towel, paper plate, or something like an old cookie sheet and allow to dry for about 4 hours. You may need to stir halfway through the drying time.
To assemble the bin:
Cut several sections of rainbow ribbon in various lengths from 1 to 3 inches.
Gently "fluff" several cotton balls to resemble clouds.
Pour the dry, dyed rice into the storage bin.
Bury several sections of rainbow ribbon in the rice bin.
Place the remaining rainbow ribbon on the top of the bin.
Bury several plastic glow in the dark stars in the rice bin.
Sprinkle the remaining stars on top of the bin.
Add fluffy cotton clouds to the bin.
Add the planes and helicopters from the tube of Toobs
Add a pair of tongs to the bin and invite your child to explore.
The tongs add a challenge to the bin, which is excellent for practicing fine motor skills.
I like to make sensory bins in a container with a lid,so we can snap the lid on it when play time is over and revisit the activity later. For bins like this that are fun to play with anytime, that comes in handy because my kids want to dig around in this one all the time!