Easy Summer Lemon Scented Rice Sensory Bin
Perfect for Olfactory Sensory Processing Input
Lemon scented rice is perfect for summer sensory play! The fresh smell of lemons is so invigorating that you might need to make some lemonade too! Lemon scented rice is quick and easy to make. Enjoy great sensory play with all our rice sensory bins!
- White Rice
- Lemon Juice
- Yellow Food Coloring (for different shades)
- A Bin To Play In With Fun Scoops/Bowls
How To Make Lemon Scented Rice!
For this lemon scented rice sensory bin I made four batches of rice all of varying shades by adding more or less food coloring. Cover and shake until evenly coated. I lay the rice as flat as possible on a paper towel and in about 30 minutes I have lovely lemon scented rice for summer olfactory sensory play!
- Step 1: Measure one cup of rice into container with lid
- Step 2: Add one teaspoon of lemon juice (pretty strong scent with this amount, adjust to preference)
- Step 3: Add desired amount of food coloring
- Step 4: Spread on paper towel and let dry (30 mins for ours)
- Step 5: Play!
What Is Olfactory Sensory Processing?
Why the nose knows! Olfactory sensory play is all about smells, smelling and scents. We are all unique and have our own preferences including children. Some smells calm us like lavendar at night and some alert us like fresh mint in the morning. Some smells are to strong, some to weak, some just plain awful. Likewise some children will smell anything and some children will avoid smelling even the prettiest of flowers (my son included). Be mindful of activities using different materials and what they smell like. It might not be that your child doesn’t enjoy painting, it might be the smell of the paints! Want more detailed information? Check out these resources!
There was tons of smelling with lemon scented rice sensory bin! More than usual on his part but it definitely had a strong lemon smell. I couldn’t help but to get in on it too! We took turns lifting handfuls of lemon scented rice to our noses. We talked about the smells, the color and what lemons taste like. I let him dip his finger in some lemon juice to try it too! Try a fresh lemon too. Simply use what you have on hand and it will be grand!
Sensory play is an amazing tool for young children. It’s the perfect hands on play for early learning. Sensory bins are so versatile and easy to use and create. Make sure to check out the resources below for more on sensory bin and sensory play!
Lemon scented rice sensory play is a fun summer treat!
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