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Watermelon Sensory Rice

Watermelon Sensory Rice

Sensory bins are still all the rage in our house! Since we homeschool for preschool, we pick a theme each week and my son and I have so much fun learning all about our weekly theme. This past week was all about watermelon! Each day I put together a different sensory bin so we could learn about letters, numbers, shapes, and colors. This week, I threw together some watermelon sensory rice to use as our sensory bin filler. The best part is, all you do is mix it together in a zip-top bag and then lay out to dry. Easy peasy!

Watermelon Sensory Rice Recipe




Add white rice to a zip-top bag. We use Ziploc Gallon Freezer Bags because they have never broken and I don’t have to double bag! In a small bowl, combine watermelon extract and food coloring. This helps dispurse the food coloring more evenly when added to the rice. Then, add the liquids to the zip-top bag. Shake and squeeze the bag until combined. This way my son’s favorite part to help with! You will know you are finished shaking when the rice is dark pink in color. Once combined, lay all the rice on a sheet pan and leave uncovered on the counter for 8-12 hours to dry. Add a few dry black beans to the rice to represent watermelon seeds.


Now that you made sensory rice, you can do so many things with it! My son loves to “cook” with measuring cups, spoons, and small dishes. You can also click here for sensory bin printables in my Watermelon Themed Toddler School Unit.

I hope you love playing and learning with your little ones! If you want to plan even more activities for your little ones, you can download my free guide here for activities, ideas, and planning pages:


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