Eggs-cellent Easter Sensory Play Tray

If your children are anything like mine they absolutely love the fluffy chick decorations that come along with Easter. I put together a quick Easter Sensory Play Tray over the weekend and it has gone down a storm. So if you have some leftover Easter decorations why not set up some Easter sensory play yourself.

Easter sensory play, how to make rainbow rice

The base is made up of rainbow rice (instructions at the end of this post). To the rice I added Easter chicks, sheep, rabbits and carrot decorations and large and small eggs. I have tonnes of these openable eggs, i buy more each year, they have so many uses. All of this went in to two deep sided roasting tins,  one for each of my older boys. It would work in any container or in a tuff spot, but having one tray each meant no bickering and I like a relaxed Easter. I love to colours in this set up, so bright and cheerful and the rice is lovely to run your hands through.

The boys have had a ball playing with this. The little Easter decorations really appeal to their imaginative minds. At six, Sebastian still enjoys playing this way and I encourage him to do so. There is so much learning to be done!

They used rice to fill the eggs and make shakers,  playing around with different amounts of rice to make different sounds. They scooped and poured playing around with volume. Animals were buried and found again. They added some craft pom poms into the mix. The figures were placed into eggs and hatched, it led to chats about which animals laid eggs and which carry their babies like humans. Alex pointed out that even human babies start as eggs, we just don't lay them.  I am always amazed where simple play set ups can take us. I will leave Easter sensory play tray out this week for the boys to revisit as they they wish.


Easter sensory play, rainbow rice

Easter sensory play, rainbow rice

Easter sensory play, rainbow rice

Easter sensory play, rainbow rice

Easter sensory play, rainbow rice

Easter sensory play, how to make rainbow rice, dying rice

How to make rainbow rice

The rainbow rice in these trays is left over from a St Patrick's Day play. It is so vibrant! I have been making rainbow rice for years and years now. Im fact I have a post on this very blog way back when Seb was a tiny one year old making it with food colouring.
This rice is a large bag of uncooked long grain rice mixed with small amounts of childrens poster paints in plastic sandwich bags. Massage the rice in the bag until it is well coated, add more paint if needed.Then tip out and leave to dry. Between uses I store in ziploc bags.






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