Bursting with color, this gorgeous spring sensory bin hits the nail on the head for a must try preschool spring activity.  Spring can be a magical time of the year and well, we think sensory play is too!  This sensory bin activity has a surprise math puzzle hidden within it for engaging preschool math learning.  Our easy to make spring sensory bin and math activity is perfect for your preschoolers!

EXPLORE PRESCHOOL MATH WITH A FUN SPRING SENSORY BIN!

make a spring sensory bin for preschoolers

HANDS-ON PLAYFUL LEARNING

Get ready to add this simple preschool math and sensory play activity to your spring lesson plans this season. Introduce number sense with a hidden math puzzle. If you’re ready to get started with your kids, let’s dig in!  While you’re at it, make sure to check out these other fun preschool activities.

Our science activities and experiments are designed with you, the parent or teacher, in mind!  Easy to set up and heaps of fun!  Plus, our supplies lists usually contain only free or cheap materials you can source from home!

SPRING SENSORY BIN

Let’s get right to putting together this spring sensory bin activity. The list of sensory bin fillers in endless and you can find some of our most favorite right here in our BEST SENSORY BIN FILLERS list.  We have used rice for our sensory bin below but you will easily be able to substitute something else that is just right for your needs.

We have an entire post dedicated to all things sensory bins if you would like to read more about the practicalities of setting up sensory bins, filling sensory bins, and cleaning up afterwards. Click here to read all about sensory bins!

YOU WILL NEED:

  • White rice
  • Vinegar
  • Food coloring
  • Paper plates and paper towels
  • Containers or bags for mixing rice
  • Larger container for the sensory bin
  • Faux flowers, scoops, and containers for play
  • FREE printable math puzzle to hide in rice!

HOW TO MAKE A SPRING SENSORY BIN

DYE YOUR RICE

  1. Measure 1 Cup of rice into a container.
  2. Next add 1 Teaspoon of Vinegar. 

You could also try lemon juice instead of vinegar for a fun lemon scented rice sensory bin.

add vinegar to 1 cup of rice

3.  Now add as much food coloring as desired (deeper color= more food coloring) to the rice.

If you want to make several different colors as shown here, use a different container for each cup of rice.

4. Cover the container and SHAKE the rice vigorously until the rice is evenly coated with the food coloring!

add food coloring to rice

5. Spread the colored rice on a paper towel or a tray to dry in an even layer.

Check out our best tips for HOW TO DYE RICE.

6. Once dry you can transfer the colored rice to a bin for sensory play.

FILL YOUR SENSORY BIN

Now it’s time to add the goodies!

For this spring sensory bin we love:

  • fake flowers in different colors, shapes, and sizes
  • mini pots for planting flowers
  • scoops and little cups
  • whatever else fun you can find!

These items are all a great addition to a spring sensory bin!  The dollar store is always my favorite resource for sensory bin items. When you are finished with the sensory bin, I always recommend storing fillers in gallon or 2-gallon size zip top bags. Store accessories separately and you can easily reuse your sensory bin fillers for another theme.

add fillers to the colored rice

ADD PRINTABLE MATH CARDS

Don’t forget the math puzzle cards you can scoop up here!  Click on the image below to download and print out your free preschool math puzzle cards.

TIP: Laminate your math cards so they stay clean in your sensory bin and are easy to re-use again!

Click below to get your free Rainy Day Math Puzzle Pack!

PRESCHOOL MATH IDEAS

  • Encourage your kids to hunt for the puzzle pieces hidden within your spring sensory bin and solve the math puzzles.
  • Offer up a good selection of flowers for kids to count.
  • Sort flowers by color, shape, or size.
  • Add measuring cups to your sensory bin.
  • Explore volume with a variety of containers.
  • Add dice and have kids roll the dice, find and count out the correct number of flowers.

Why not change this sensory bin activity up easily and add an alphabet puzzle! Check out this alphabet sensory bin we did with a wooden puzzle!

MORE HELPFUL IDEAS FOR SENSORY BINS

This is the perfect preschool activity to get everyone involved. Kids will love digging their hands into this sensory-rich experience, so be prepared for little spills and read our article above on how to make clean up a breeze.

To complement this activity, why not set up our flower ice melt activity and water sensory bin. Explore states of matter with water and learn about the parts of a flower for another fun preschool spring activity!

EASY TO MAKE SPRING SENSORY BIN WITH PRESCHOOL MATH!

Click on the image below or on the link for more awesome preschool science activities for spring.

preschool spring activities

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