If you only ever do ONE activity, let it be a rice sensory bin
Please listen to the lady on the Internet. If you only ever muster the gumption to try a single activity with your kids, have it be a rice sensory bin. It might just be the best decision you make today…. but you gotta trust me on it.
RELATED: Oh my sensory! Learn everything you need to know about a sensory bin here.
What is the best toddler activity?
It’s a rice sensory bin plain and simple.
No other activity teaches children more, spans a broader age group, is taste safe, AND holds their attention span for long. Bottom line: this is the Ultimate Kids Activity, no matter what age is playing.
Why is a rice sensory bin the best?
We can’t see the allure of rice in a container, but trust me, our kids can. Remember, these are the same people who can play for hours in a cardboard box. They have flawless taste.
From 12 months old to 12 years old, a rice sensory bin holds attention spans. It is the great equalizer of play: if you have siblings to entertain, this activity gives them a level playing field.
How do you keep it tidy?
You’re probably thinking to yourself: my kids could never keep that clean. There would be rice everywhere.
Here’s the trick: You have to teach them to keep it in the bin.
That means setting up rules (no dumping, no pouring).
That means enforcing the rules (and taking the bin away).
That means teaching your child to do better (by giving them a second chance).
LEARN MORE ABOUT SENSORY BIN RULES HERE.
OR WATCH MY IGTV ON SENSORY PLAY.
Are they learning from sensory bins?
Oh my goodness, YES. So much more than we could ever imagine:
- Life skills
- Imagination / dramatic play
- Math skills
- Fine motor skills
- Self-control (a big skill to ask as kids learn to not throw the rice).
LEARN MORE ABOUT WHY SENSORY PLAY IS IMPORTANT HERE.
Best part: a rice sensory bin is NOT HARD to set up!
You don’t need much to get this bin going and enjoy the magical powers of sensory. I’ve seen my kids play for an hour with rice… it is magical and they keep coming back.
Here’s what I used for this bin:
- 4 lbs of dry rice kept in a ziplock back
- 28 qt storage container (I get a Sterilite one from Target)
- Towel for messes
- Various kitchen utensils
RELATED: Check out my Sensory Bin Basics post with links!
If there’s one activity to try…
…a rice sensory bin is it. I promise. This activity is going to be the best tool you’ve ever used for parenting.
Grumpy child? Sensory bin.
Sick child? Sensory bin.
Clingy child? Sensory bin.
Fighting siblings? Sensory bin.
Struggling with play? Sensory bin.
It is the answer for everything.
Try a sensory bin today!
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