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Learning Through Play with Sensory

Sensory bins are a great place for children to expand their descriptive vocabulary and creative thinking, in addition to exploring learning objectives. AND they don’t have to be loaded with items to be loaded with learning! Below are some of the ways to play with only three items: rice, mini erasers, and straws


Supplies & Instructions

Rice (dying optional)

Mini erasers

Paper straws


To dye rice (optional) add rice to a plastic bag then add liquid food coloring, liquid watercolors, or acrylic paint. Seal the bag, shake until fully coated, then lay out on parchment paper to dry. Pour the rice into a tray then display the mini erasers and paper straw in a pleasing way.


Activity Prompts


1. make a pattern with mini erasers (math)

2. stick the straws into the rice and balance hearts on top (engineering)

3. use a straw to draw letters in the rice (literacy)

4. count how many mini erasers you can stack before they fall (engineering)

5. count the mini erasers/straws (math)

6. use the mini erasers to form letters (literacy)

7. use the straws to make shapes (math)

8. use the straws and mini erasers to write letters in Morse code (math)

9. make a mandala using the straws and mini erasers (art)

10. use the mini erasers to form numbers (math)

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