How to make easy apple cinnamon scented sensory rice for Autumn play with preschoolers! A feast for the senses, this can be made and stored for over a year and provides lots of opportunities for open-ended play.
We added another scented rice recipe to our sensory play collection this Autumn by trying out some naturally scented apple and cinnamon flavours! This rice smells lovely but isn’t over-powering or artificially strong, just lovely for the senses as they play and tip and pour to their heart’s content.
To make this rice you will need one bag of economy rice (I find mine for around 50p in Sainsburys Economy range), some green food colouring (optional), 2 apple tea bags and some powdered cinnamon.
Tip the rice out onto a large baking tray or shallow dish and stir through a teaspoon of green food colouring. You may wish to wear rubber gloves or put your hands inside a sandwich bag, as you then mix the colour thoroughly into the rice using your fingertips.
Then tip in the contents of two apple tea bags and mix through, finishing with a sprinkling of cinnamon when it is all dry.
I added ours to the round gardening tin that we used for the Carrot Sight Word dig game, along with some of the little potting containers from our Bean Matching game, a wooden apple, sound some child sized scoops and wooden spoons. You could be creative here and add funnels, tubes, sieves and other pouring devices too.
Store the rice in a jar or airtight zip-loc bag for up to a year.
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What they are learning while they play:
Physical: fine motor play, scooping, pouring, transferring, raking, pinching
Sensory: exploring the world using all of the senses, reacting to sights and smells with interest and preference
Creativity: imaginative play, using one object to represent another in play, role-play
The children are currently: 6, 4 and 2 years old