We first put together our rice sensory bin when my 10 year old daughter was only in preschool! That was a long time ago, and we have loved it ever since!
When we first get the rice bin out, I usually just let them play with the rice alone. This, of course, leads to a lot of dumping rice on little brother’s head. 🙂
They even found some dried beans hidden in it from the last time we played in it!
And then we added a whole lot of creepy, crawly toy bugs! They loved that!
My husband especially thought that the rice sensory bin was an interesting idea since he explained that mental health professionals (play therapists, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, etc.) often use a similar technique with children and families in therapy. Instead of playing in rice clients engage in sandplay therapy or sand tray therapy. He said that personally he has used a sand tray in therapy many times when working with children and adolescents. Although our rice sensory bin might not be used for therapy, our kiddos really love playing with it!
There are so many ways to play with sensory bins and so many different types of bins to create different play experiences for children. We need to try more because they are so much fun!
Have you ever done a sensory bin for your child?
What type do your children enjoy?