Make this very simple watermelon rice sensory bin for summer sensory play. We love rice sensory bins and rice is one of our favorite sensory bin fillers. Sometimes I wonder how I manage to do it but I am often struck with a few great ideas at 10pm (haha). We had this huge watermelon sitting on the counter for a few days now and a few bags of colored rice left (green, pinkish red) and a 1/4 used watermelon seed packet. So I set out a little table of activities for him to explore with of course a rice sensory bin!
Watermelon Rice Sensory Bin for Summer Fun!
Step 1: Make colored rice for your watermelon rice sensory bin! If you have never colored rice before it is quick and easy. I have written all about it plus other fun materials you can color too! We also used a package of real watermelon seeds! If you are new to sensory bins or want to know more about them, check out our awesome sensory bin resource and guide!
Once your rice is dry, I layered it across the bottom of a clear storage bin. We talked about the different colors and parts of the watermelon. We examined the seed packet and seeds. We actually have some watermelon growing on the back porch from our Surprise Garden Book and Planting Activity.
Finding all the seeds in our watermelon rice sensory bin is great fine motor practice for little fingers. Throw in a pair of tweezers if you like for even more fine motor play! Why not add a magnifying glass too!
There is nothing more fun than mixing up colored rice. I remember this from our rainbow rice sensory bin! Sensory bins are wonderful for mixing, scooping, filling and dumping. These activities also encourage fine motor skills. For another great summer rice sensory bin, try our lemon scented rice sensory play!
We also had the opportunity to explore a real whole watermelon after our fun with the watermelon rice sensory bin.Make sure to check out the details of our whole watermelon invitation to explore activity. This is also wonderful sensory play for all the senses! Taste, touch, feel, smell, and even sound with a real watermelon is excellent hands on learning. Why not try some of our frozen watermelon pops or ice cubes while you are at it!
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