I’ve been pinning sensory rice on Pinterest for a while now, thinking I’d make some, but I’ve not gotten around to making any until now. When I saw this apple scented sensory bin at Frogs, Snails, and Puppy Dog Tails, I knew I had to give it a try! Who doesn’t love fall scents and apple is one of my favorites! This was SO much easier than I thought it would be. There’s no excuse not to make this. It’s cheap, easy, and good for hours of fun!
I decided that since apples come in red and green, I’d make two colors. The recipe was simple.
Apple Scented Sensory Rice Recipe
~6 cups white rice
~8 drops each of red and green food coloring
~teaspoon apple scented oil (I used the kind of oil you use to add scent to candles. You can find it at Hobby Lobby or JoAnn.)
~3 Tablespoons of water
~1 Tablespoon of rubbing alcohol.
See all those “about” signs? Yeah…that’s because I didn’t measure any of it. 🙂 And it still turned out perfect! That’s how easy it was!
Divide the rice into two separate bowls. Add in food coloring, water, apple scented oil, and rubbing alcohol. Mix and mix and mix. Lay it all out on wax paper (or a cutting board and cookie sheet like I did) to dry. It’ll take about an hour and then you’ll be good to play!
First, we smelled it. Mmmmmm…
Then, we started playing. The colors of the sensory rice started out separate, but they quickly got mixed!
The girls played with this sensory rice for a loooooooong time. In fact, M played longer than H!!! That’s a BIG deal! Usually her attention span isn’t so hot. She probably played with this for a good hour and a half.
I gave the girls some of their play dishes (and a real spoon too) to play with and that was it. They sorted the rice back out, scooped, poured, dumped, and played. I know there are many advantages to sensory rice in sensory bins and I love that this rice appeals to more than just the senses of touch and sight. The smell was amazing!