I always add a variety of containers and measuring items to our sensory bins/boxes to aid in fine motor skills like scooping, pouring, etc.. This time I also added letters into the rainbow rice box for Eve. This rice box allows Eve lots of opportunities to play and explore but also includes some opportunities for more directed learning. Here are just a few things that I love so much about sensory play/sensory bins: they are visually, texturally and audibly appealing, they help develop fine motor skills, transferring skills, counting, sorting and matching, classifying and provide lots of opportunity for imaginative play. It's also a fun way to target specific skills - in this case letter and sound identification.
Eve enjoyed experimenting with putting rice through a funnel.
Eve practiced scooping and pouring.
Eve loved counting how many tablespoons of rice it took to fill her yellow container.
Here is what the rainbow rice bin looked like when Eve first poured in the rice. Eve did a great job choosing the colors and pouring the heavy rice into the sensory box. It's so pretty and cheerful!