Rainbow Snow Sensory Bin
To be honest we didn’t do much learning during this week but I wanted to keep with our theme for Playful Preschool ( a group of educators and mothers providing hands on play ideas for preschoolers every Wednesday). This week the Playful Preschool theme is rainbows, last week we played with transportation and the team shared some really great activities.
When we think of rainbows we think of spring. We love to watch the flowers bloom and the constant rain fall. But what we really like to watch happens after the rain. You can find them in the sky or in the puddles on the ground. We’re talking about them colorful rainbows. I absolutely love rainbows and I hope that my kids love them as much as I do.
The problem for us this time is that it’s not spring yet and we are not having any rain so we have no rainbows. What we do have is snow, we have lots of snow right now. Wait! We have had rain, freezing rain and lots of that stuff making the streets mucky. So I decided to make a rainbow in a snow sensory bin.
What I used:
- Squeeze bottles
- Food coloring
- Sensory bin
- Add about 10 drops of food coloring to your empty squeeze bottles
- Fill with water
- Have your preschooler go outside and fill the sensory bin with snow
- Send them back outside to play in the snow
- Have your significant other make a rainbow in the snow
- Sit the bottles in the snow
- Sit it outside with the kids and go start hot chocolate
Let the Kids Play
My girls had fun squirting the rainbow from a distance trying to see who could reach it. This then turned into chase the dog with the colors. After the game of who can Squirt the rainbow my preschooler counted the steps distance. So the color with the most footsteps won for squirting theirs the longest distance. The preschooler won with the blue colored water and she counted 8 steps, 3 steps more than the toddler.
I found that my preschooler also tried a little writing in the snow. Playing outside in the snow with the colors changed up how they played with the snow the day before. We have now gone from seeing who could make the biggest ball of snow to who can write the best in the snow.
This was a very fun sensory bin. My preschooler informed me that the whole outside snow was a big sensory bin and she was very happy to play in it with the rainbow colors.
Rainbow Themed Activities by The PLAYful Preschool Education Team:
Rainbow Letter Formation Sticky Wall by Still Playing School
Language Activities for Preschoolers: Rainbow Climb by Growing Book by Book
Rainbow Sensory Bin by Tiny Tots Adventures
Inventing Their Own Songs to Encourage Creativity by Capri + 3
Rainbow Domino Game by Rainy Day Mum
Rainbow Patterns with Blocks by Mom Inspired Life
Scented Rainbow Science and Sensory Play by Fun-A-Day
Preschool Engineering with Rainbows by Natural Beach Living
Design a Rainbow Technology Connection by The Educators’ Spin On It
Disappearing Rainbow Colors by Learning to Walk
Creating Salty Rainbows with Preschoolers by Life Over C’s
Rainbow Ice and Salt Experiment for Preschool by Powerful Mothering.