Showing posts sorted by relevance for query rainbow. Sort by date Show all posts
Showing posts sorted by relevance for query rainbow. Sort by date Show all posts

Rainbow Rice Sensory Bin

Both of my kids love sensory play! They can spend hours engrossed in a sensory bin, exploring. We made this easy rainbow rice bin to Harper's delight. She had so much fun sorting, threading and mixing the colors up. 

This bin has it all. And I do mean IT ALL. My 5 year old stood with wide eyed wonder before this bin. She adorably said "You made this for me?!" As she dove into the colors of the rainbow. It has colorful rice to touch, fun beads to sort and thread, and a puzzle as an added bonus. It touches on so many fun sensory features and functions too. The best part about it is that I spent less than $2 to make this bin with smart shopping at Dollar Tree. But, for your convenience I am linking to my favorite paint markers on amazon. You want to get these! And if you do from my affiliate link, I will earn a little amazon credit.

Dyed rice in the colors of the rainbow
Pipe cleaners
A sandbox tool, kitchen spoon or tongs

To make the rainbow puzzle:
Cut a rainbow shape from the cardboard; I used a half of an oval shape about 6” long and 4” high.
Cut that cardboard rainbow form into 7 sections. Cut the sections with the shape of the rainbow, so
that they will fit back together. This forms a simple puzzle for little hands to explore.
Color or paint the sections of cut cardboard to represent the colors of the rainbow; red, orange,
yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.
Set aside.

    To form the rainbow rice base:

    If you don't want to color the rice you can buy it on amazon
    Layer the rice in the colors of the rainbow in the box; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.

    As you have your rainbow base down begin add beads to the rice base.

    Nestle the rainbow puzzle sections into the coordinating color of rice.

    Add a pipe cleaner or two.

    Add a sandbox tool, kitchen spoon or tongs to offer new ways to explore!

    With supervision, invite your child to explore the colors of the rainbow, to thread the beads onto the pipe cleaners and to build the rainbow puzzle. 

    When playtime is over, you can snap the lid on the box to store for future play sessions. 

    While the children are naturally going to mix the colors together, that is okay! The next time they explore this sensory bin, they can work on their sorting skills!

    If you make this bin with your preschoolers send me a picture on facebook.

    Don't miss these rainbow craft ideas 

    Reader favorites include:

    Rainbow Crafts for Kids

    Rainbow Coasters

    You might also like this In the Sky Sensory Bin.
    Find all of my sensory bin ideas here

    7 Rainbow Crafts to Make with the Kids

    Spring is here and that means we have been seeing our share of showers, and rainbows! Let's embrace the weather and savor the beautiful sights to be seen after the storm and make a few cute crafts while we are at it!

    These ideas are so cute yet so simple! They are perfect for kids of a variety of ages and are worth bookmarking for those rainy spring days spent indoors with the kids!

    I am going to try making the rainbow necklaces sometime this spring, and I think my kids would love to try the layered felt magnets. I can't wait to hear which of these rainbow crafts you want to make with the kids first!

    Easy Streamer Rainbows
    Layered Felt Rainbow Magnet
    Paper Plate Rainbow Craft
    Rainbow Mobile
    Rainbow Necklaces
    Rainbow Jars
    DIY Rainbow Bracelet

    Find more rainbow  crafts here

    End of the Rainbow Treat

    If you are looking for a no cooking and no fuss snack that kids of all ages will love, this end of the rainbow snack is perfect! It has variety, and comes together so easily!

    Under normal circumstances, if my kids requested this as a snack I would scoff! But, these days with the social distancing, lack of youth sports and all of the other oddities associated with the virus, life is anything but normal right now.

    On one particularly rainy day, I thought the kids needed cheering up, and I surveyed my pantry to see what I could come up with. I had twizzlers, marshmallows and golden oreo's. I was inspired to make them these easy end of the rainbow treats. They were a big hit! I know your kids would love these for St. Patrick's Day, or anytime of the year.


    Rainbow Twizzlers
    Golden Oreos
    Mini Marshmallows

    Pour mini marshmallows into a clear container, I used wide mouth mason jars.
    Add twizzlers in the order of the rainbow.
    Top with a few Golden Oreos.

    Serve immediately, or close the container to keep fresh.

    If you love rainbow crafts and fun as much as I do you won't want to miss these rainbow crafts.
    Reader favorites include:
    Rainbow Disc Sensory BagsRainbow Coasters

    Rainbow Sorting Sensory Bin

     This rainbow sorting bin is so much fun for little ones. It has a variety of textures, shapes and colors for sorting on a rainy day, or anytime! This is perfect for kids who are learning colors, or just need some busy work!

    My daughter loves rainbows, and she loves busy work, so this rainbow sorting bin was the perfect rainy day activity for her. We had dyed oats in our craft supplies, and with that, an idea was born to make this activity. Dying oats is so easy, and they are awesome to play with. 

    I grabbed a 3 pack of mini pots at the dollar store  and painted them with Kwik Stix but you could use any type of small container, like a baby food jar, a food storage container or whatever for this bin. you just need something that your toddler or preschooler can place the beads in.

    Small containers
    A plastic storage bin with a lid
    Small spoons
    Foam beads
    Buttons or larger beads

    After dying your oatmeal start layering it into the storage bin.

    Place the pots or containers for sorting into the bin.
    Add beads to the bin, or buttons. I like to offer a variety of textures in the beads. This bin has foam, wooden and standard crafting beads in it.

    Add a few small spoons, clothespins and other items for sorting, pinching and measuring. Tongs and slotted spoons are great additions!

    I added a clear plastic ornament to the bin too because I wanted to challenge Harper to place the items in a smaller opening.

    Offer your child the bin. Ask your child to identify colors as they are picking them up. Encourage your child to sort the colors. This bin is fun to play in, and it is visually appealing too. The variety of textures is engaging. The use of clothespins and or tongs uses the small muscles of the hand. 
    This bin has so many developmental benefits and it is a lot of fun too!

    Harper loved this bin. She is a big fan of rainbows and busy work, so this rainbow sorting bin engaged her for a while on a rainy afternoon. When she was finished we snapped the lid on the storage bin and stashed it away for another day.

    You can find more sensory play ideas here

    Rainbow Disc Sensory Bag

    Give kids a fun way to sort colors while getting a little sensory play in with this rainbow disc sensory bag.

    We love sensory play. From bins to bags, and even bottles; anyway you present sensory play we are in!
    With the kids being out of school for so long I have been really busy coming up with activities to engage them, challenge them, and keep them entertained. We made this easy sensory bag to practice our color sorting and pattern making skills. It is perfect for adding some color to the day.


    Hand Sanitizer or Hair Gel
    Zipper Seal Bag


    Draw a rainbow on a zipper seal sandwich bag with Sharpies.

    Add several squirts of hand sanitizer or hair gel (about a tablespoon or two of gel is ideal).

    Drop transparent colored counting chips (or bingo markers) in the colors of the rainbow into the bag.

    Seal well. If your child has 'rough hands' you might want to reinforce the sides with tape to prevent the sides from busting. (This is a good idea for toddlers, but can be skipped for older kids!)

    If your child has 'gentle hands' you can skip the reinforcement with tape.
    Invite your child to glide the discs thru the gel and place them on the color they match.
    When finished, check the seal to be sure it is closed and store for another day when a quiet activity is needed.

    You can find all of my sensory play ideas here:

    Reader favorites include:

    Rainbow Coaster DIY

    Craft sticks are a great addition to any crafters supplies! There are so many fun ways you can use craft sticks to create! I made this easy set of coasters in just a few moments. These are great for tweens and teens to make! They are fun and functional and make a cool DIY you can gift to a friend or relative!

    This project is super simple. I got literally everything I needed at Dollar Tree to make these. I love economical crafting! To make this DIY  go a little faster I bought the craft sticks that were pre dyed.

    The pack conveniently contained all colors I needed for a rainbow effect. You will need 20 craft sticks to make this project, use 3 of each color!

    Line up your craft sticks in the pattern of a rainbow.
    Then use hot glue to attach 3 sticks running in the opposite direction for supports, just like a pallet would have.

    Repeat and make another one.
    Then you are going to place a craft stick on its side to give the coaster height.

    Carefully glue the stick on the sides then add a line of glue to the top of both side sticks and place the other section on the top.

    This project was featured in a video on facebook. I would love to have you check it out and give it a thumbs up!

    You can find more easy DIY ideas here
    Easy Pencil Pouches

    Find more rainbow craft activities here

    You can also find it on youtube. Subscribe for more fun projects for the family!

    Flying High In the Sky

    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
    Cotton Balls

    To dye the rice
    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.

    Seal and shake well.
    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!

    Here is the bin after dark. We LOVE glow in the dark activities

    Some of our favorite glow in the dark activities include:
    Find more sensory ideas here: