Tuesday, October 2, 2012

{Playing Through Autumn Day 16} Halloween Rainbow Rice

Happy October! This is my absolute favorite month of the year (so I feel really lucky to have been born within it!). It's just such a feast for the senses. If you've ever happened to find yourself reading this blog, you know how much we love sensory activities in this house! L has been making the most of autumn rainbow ricesensory bottles, and cinnamon play dough, among other things, which has made our house just full of autumn-themed play opportunities. Now that we've entered October, I wanted to present her with a sensory activity with a Halloween twist, and so I give you Halloween Rainbow Rice.

I made up two huge batches of rice, one in black and one in orange. (For the method, click here.) I was so excited to come across black food coloring - I'd never seen it before, so I snatched up a bunch! You never know when you might need to color something black.  After the rice dried, I mixed it together and tossed it into L's sensory tub.

For added fun, I included some miniature jack-o-lantern buckets and some small plastic spiders. (They're hard to see in this photo, but trust me, they're there! They have managed to startle me a time or two since we started this tub!) L loves scooping the rice into the pumpkins and pouring it out - such a fun and simple activity!

Has Halloween play started yet in your house? What kind of fun Halloween activities are you doing?


  1. Love the way the rice looks died in black and orange! Your daughter seems to be having so much fun scooping and pouring it too! Thanks for sharing a tip toe thru tuesday!

  2. The rice looks very festive. The sensory bin is great. Thanks for sharing on Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3.

  3. Wow this is brilliant. Going to share it with my friend who is arranging a halloween party

  4. Wow that looks so vibrant and fun! Thanks for sharing on Hey Mom, Look What I Did!

  5. Thanks for sharing on Tuesday Tots. I am featuring your post this week on In Lieu of Preschool: http://inlieuofpreschool.blogspot.com/2012/10/its-halloween-on-tuesday-tots.html Off to pin now! Thanks again for sharing!! :)

  6. What size is your sensory tub? It looks huge. I'm not sure what size would work best for my almost 3 year old. P.S. I'm very excited my daughter's birthday is in October too! I love this month!

    1. I actually have several tubs of different sizes, but the one shown here is just a medium (ish) plastic storage container with the lid taken off. We have it set up on an old coffee table in the tot's playroom.

      October babies are the best! :)