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Minibeast sensory tray - make this minibeast activity using dried rice. A great toddler activity to learn about insects.

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Minibeast Sensory Tray

Sensory trays are so exciting for toddlers and young children to explore.

Here you can dye rice green to look like grass and use it as a base for your wonderful minibeast sensory world.

Colouring dried rice takes 2 minutes to do and then you just leave it to dry. It feels lovely for kids to push their hands into, and to let run through their fingers. 

You can add pebbles, leaves, twigs and flowers to your minibeast sensory tray. That way you can also talk to your child where each minibeast likes to live.

Is it up on a leaf in the trees? Does it crawl on the ground? Or does it like to sit on flowers and eat the nectar?

Summary:

Time: 10 minutes
Drying: 1 hour
Age: Toddlers and Little kids
Difficulty: Easy peasy

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Minibeast sensory tray - make this minibeast activity using dried rice. A great toddler activity to learn about insects.
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You will need:

  • Plastic food storage box with lid
  • Rice, uncooked
  • White vinegar
  • Green food colouring
  • Kitchen roll
  • Pebbles
  • Leaves
  • Twigs
  • Flowers
  • Selection of plastic mini beast toys

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Recommended Plastic Minibeast Toys

 

Sunny Patch Bag of Bugs, Melissa & Doug

Find on Amazon here.

Happy bug toys by Melissa & Doug, trusted toy makers for kids’ creativity and learning.

 

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Rubber insect finger puppets

Find on Amazon here.

Realistic looking minibeasts.

They can be used with this sensory tray activity and double up as fun finger puppets too.

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Minibeast sensory tray - make this minibeast activity using dried rice. A great toddler activity to learn about insects.
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Step 1: Colour your rice

Pour your rice into a plastic food storage box.

Add 1-2 teaspoons of white vinegar and stir it through.

Then add a few drops of green food colouring.

The more colouring you add, the brighter colour green your grass will be.

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Minibeast sensory tray - make this minibeast activity using dried rice. A great toddler activity to learn about insects.
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Step 2: Give it a mix

Stir the food colouring into your rice with a spoon.

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Minibeast sensory tray - make this minibeast activity using dried rice. A great toddler activity to learn about insects.
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Step 3: Shake, shake!

Pop the lid on your plastic food storage container and shake it vigorously to make sure all the rice gets evenly covered by the green dye.

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Minibeast sensory tray - make this minibeast activity using dried rice. A great toddler activity to learn about insects.
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Step 4: Leave your rice to dry

Pour your green rice out onto sheets of kitchen roll and leave it to dry.

It will be ready to use in about an hour.

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Minibeast sensory tray - make this minibeast activity using dried rice. A great toddler activity to learn about insects.
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Step 5: Create your minibeast sensory tray

Now it’s time to create your exciting insect world.

You can return the rice to a dry food storage container or pour it into a shallow plastic tray.

Add some garden items such as pebbles, leaves, twigs and branches. Then add some plastic mini beast toys for your child to start playing.

Optional extras

You can also add in some spoons, scoops and pots for your children to gather and pour the rice with.

Give them some toy magnifying glasses too so that they can examine their minibeasts more closely!

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Our Favourite Book About Minibeasts

If you’d like to explore the world of minibeasts more with your child, then this is one of our favourite reads.

It goes through a lot of different kinds of insects. It has little rhymes for each one that let your child learn a little something about them.

Mad About Minibeasts!

Find on Amazon here.

Rhyming fun as you explore lots of different minibeasts together.

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Make more sensory trays with dried rice

You can dye rice in different colours to make sensory trays with different themes.

Blue rice works well for an under the sea sensory bin.

Multicoloured rice can work for a magical fantasy sensory tray. Each colour of rice can be placed in the tray to make rainbow stripes. Add in plastic toys of unicorns and dragons for your kids to explore their enchanted kingdom.

 

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