This morning feels a little harder as Daddy has gone back to work (upstairs) after 4 days off. I would normally make an effort to have some sort of social event planned today, but alas we are home and have to manage it!
I decided to make an Easter/spring sensory bin this morning. I was inspired by some foam carrots that have been floating around since last year. I think they were from the pound shop.
The grass is dyed rice.
Top tips for colouring rice:
use gel food colouring
put food colouring in a plastic tub with a lid.
add white vinegar - it doesn’t seem to matter what sort.
add the rice.
shake until all the rice is covered.
tip onto a baking tray. You can leave it over night to dry or put into the oven on a really low heat to dry.
For the dirt, I used flour, cocoa powder and sun flour oil to make cloud dough. I added a bit of brown food colouring too. I don’t know the quantities as I guessed. It needs to be the consistency of slightly damp sand.
The beans are a mixture of dried Kidney beans and Black Eyed beans that we used for something else last week. My 3 year old loved planting the carrots and my 19 month old enjoyed eating the dirt and scoop everything up. I managed a whole cup of tea whilst they played.
I hope you have a good day and stay safe everyone x