Create an aromatic, golden sensory tub filled with golden, cinnamon scented rice for a truly multi-sensory play time with kids!
It’s fast approaching that most wonderful time of year again! This time last year we dyed some rice green and scented it with peppermint oil to create a perfectly Christmassy sensory tub, filled with all sorts of sparkly decorations and fun things to play and explore with.
This year for our Christmas sensory tub we have dyed our rice with yellow colouring and added golden glitter and cinnamon for a really evocative, seasonal playtime. The whole house smells wonderful and with the addition of a few glittering extras it has become a real feast for the eyes as well!
Here’s how we made our golden cinnamon sensory rice:
- Simply tip one bag of economy rice (around 40p) into a deep baking tray and squeeze liquid yellow food colouring over the top. Stir the colour through with a fork until it is evenly coated, then leave it to dry. It doesn’t take more than a hour or so and I’ve found it works perfectly well without adding alcohol hand sanitiser, and also remains safer if accidentally put into the mouth.
- Once dry, sprinkle cinnamon all over the rice and stir it through, then invite your child to add plenty of gold glitter to make it sparkle!
- Add in anything gold and shiny that you can find to really bring the tray to life! We added gold star Christmas tree decorations, glittery gold pinecones, gold bead strings, gold treasure coins, gold ribbon, golden eggs, gold wicker balls and the all-important scoops and spoons.
The girls were really amazed at the sparkliness of this sensory tub and absolutely loved playing with the rice, scooping, tipping and transporting it between containers. Cakie found a way to turn one of the pine cones into a little Christmas tree and decorated it with bead strings and the hanging stars.
This is also the perfect sensory tub to create along with the ever-popular nursery rhyme Twinkle Twinkle Little Star! This has been Pop’s favourite ever since she was a tiny baby and she automatically began to sing while she played.
What they are learning while they play:
sensory: investigating materials using all of the senses
literacy: using new language to describe how things feel, look and smell , storytelling through play
maths: counting out scoops and cups, comparing quantities e.g. full and empty
fine motor skills: balancing, transporting, scooping
creative: singing familiar songs and rhymes, imaginative play