Happy Fall Y’all!
It’s officially fall, and we no longer need to hide our knitted sweaters, orange mugs, pumpkin spice and everything nice, ya know ;)
I’ve had them out for quite a while to be honest (haha)! I absolutely love fall! It’s colours, it’s cold crispy mornings and of course, all those smells!
Since fall is here, I created a fun sensory play activity for my kids! This is perfect for calm mornings, before lunch, after school or even before bed! (So many benefits, read until end.)
We filled up paper rolls with coloured rice. (Ha! Imagine that.)
Sounds pretty basic, and it is, but there’s so much more to it!
Here are the easy peasy lemon squeezy instructions for the coloured rice:
1. Colouring the rice: simply put 1 cup of uncooked rice into a plastic bag.
2. Add 2-5 drops of acrylic paint (orange, red or yellow or as you wish of course)!
3. Add an itty bitty drop of hand sanitizer and then mix! Shake shake shake that bag to get the paint everywhere on the rice! (Do this for as many colours as you wish.)
4. Pour coloured rice on a parchemin paper and let dry! It can take as long as 10-20 minutes!
(You could also make coloured rice with food colouring drops. Add 5-10 drops of desired colour and 1 table spoon of vinegar or water. Place on parchemin paper and let dry for 1 hour.)
To make this activity inviting, which is key for kids to jump in and want to play, I took an old dead branch we found outside and placed it on a big white cardboard sheet (you can find them at your closest Dollar Store!)
I then, made the paper roll more oval and cut up different sizes.
Now, place them around the branches.
Give your children some scoops, spoons, plastic/wooden spoons, anything that helps them carry the rice into the different paper rolls!
What is so great about this activity is that they are learning as they’re playing!
Learning through play! That’s what I’m all about when I create fun inviting crafts and activities for my kids!
It may not seem as though, but we have practiced:
- sensory development
- counting (math)
- colour recognition
- critical thinking / analyzing
- and a whole lot of fun!
(Check out my pictures below of our activity!)
This mama had herself a hot cup of coffee as my two older kiddos (4 year old & 2.5 year old) played along while my 10 month old daughter napped!
Quiet & slow morning!
Mornings aren’t always like this haha! But when they are, let’s cheers and have a second cup before we start folding our laundry haha!
Have a good day mamas!