First, pour rice into a zipper-close bag, add in drops of red food coloring, zip it closed and knead the bag until the food coloring is well distributed throughout the rice. For this one, 25 drops of food coloring tinted 2 cups of rice generously, but you can tint it until it comes out the hue you want. Repeat in a separate bag with the blue food coloring. Next, spread out your colored rice onto a cookie sheet and let dry. Laying it out overnight should do the trick.
Pour your red rice and blue rice into the plastic container you've designated for your sensory tub and add in an equal amount of un-tinted rice for the white. Mixing it up looks cool, but let your youngster give it the first stir for added sensory play.
Now scour your house for anything that is red, white or blue, from sequins to pom-poms to flag-shaped erasers. The idea is to layer in different textures, sounds and scents so don't be afraid to think outside the sensory box!
Finally, give your kiddo a shovel, a cup or anything that fits in the box that encourages red, white and blue sensory box play!
You can add a few drops of essential oil or a spritz or two of child-safe body sprays that give a hint of red, white and blue summer fun:
Whether your child needs sensory integration activities or you're looking for a way to beat summer boredom, this patriotic sensory tub for therapeutic play will keep your youngster busy for Memorial Day, Fourth of July and all summer long.
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