Roy G. Biv… He’s a colorful man. And I’m pretty sure that he would be thrilled to play with this beautiful color-sorting Rainbow Sensory bin for kids. If you have not introduced Roy G. Biv to your preschoolers, head over to YouTube, look up his song (FYI… it’s name is ROY G. BIV *wink*), and play it on repeat while your preschoolers are sorting pom poms onto the rainbow template in this colorful sensory exploration.

– Life Over C's Two photos showing a rainbow sensory bin for preschool.

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Rainbow Sensory Bin for Preschoolers Supplies:

  • Rice
  • Multi-colored PomPoms
  • Rainbow wooden blocks
  • Wooden tongs
  • Sorting Trays

Rainbow Sensory Bin for Preschoolers

Rainbow activities and springtime go together perfectly, so OF COURSE we have to promote a rainbow sensory bin in the spring! You can easily use this bin in other seasons, and during a unit on weather or colors, but if you’re looking for the perfect spring independent activity– this Rainbow Sensory Bin for Preschoolers is the activity you need.

Sensory bins are amazing for fine motor development, as well as explorative play based learning. There are so many other standards you can cross off your list with the use of the Rainbow Sensory Bin for Preschoolers. You can use them in a calm down corner to promote emotional regulation, and if the bin is in a big enough tub, it will be an awesome indoor recess activity.

Whether you buy different colored rice and pasta, or dye your own— incorporating different colors into a sensory bin is a great way to encourage color recognition, as well as sorting!

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Easy Sensory Play for Preschool

The Rainbow Sensory Bin is the perfect spring activity, it fits in well with our Spring Lesson Plans for Preschoolers.

You may be asking, How can I make this sensory bin with materials that I have? You can! The Rainbow Sensory Bin for Preschoolers is something you can create with simple items you have in your classroom and home! That’s one of the most endearing, practical and beneficial aspects of using this bin in your preschool or primary room!

How to Make the Rainbow Sensory Bin

If you are wondering how to make a rainbow rice sensory bin- don’t overthink it! You can create this Rainbow Sensory bin with items that are consumable, or even items that you have in your classroom year-round!

Materials You Will Need for Rainbow Sensory Bin for Preschoolers:

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– Life Over C's Materials to make the DIY rainbow sensory bin.

Step-by-Step Instructions for creating your Rainbow Sensory Bin for Preschoolers:

Step One:

Decide what you want the base of your rainbow Sensory Bin to be. Whether it is rice, pasta or sprinkles— it would make the most sense for the base to be rainbow-colored. We used rice that was pre-dyed (available in most craft stores!). You can also dye your own rice or pasta, as well as buy confetti, sprinkles or shred that is already multi-colored.

– Life Over C's Rainbow rice inside a large white bowl for the sensory bin.

Step Two:

Begin to layer in any and all rainbow items into the Rainbow Sensory Bin.

Teacher Tip: There is no reason to buy anything new! You can find blocks, balls, legos or any other item that comes in a variety of colors to include in the bin. If you want to splurge on things that are rainbow-shaped, you absolutely can!

– Life Over C's Rainbow rice with a wooden rainbow stacking puzzle added to the bowl.

Step Three:

Add in multi-colored pom poms to sort with tweezers or tongs. If you have a tray with multiple spaces, it would be great to sort the colors into different spaces. We have one that is rainbow-shaped, but any bowls, buckets, or even a miniature tackle box would do!

– Life Over C's The rainbow sensory bin now has rainbow pom poms, tweezers, and a wooden pom pom holder in the shape of a rainbow.
– Life Over C's Placing pom poms in the wooden holder to create a rainbow.

Yay! You made a Rainbow Sensory Bin for Preschool! What Now?

This specific bin is great, because all you need to do is switch out the different rainbow items that you want to sort, and the kids can use it over and over again.

Adapting/Modifying/Differentiating Rainbow Sensory Bin for Preschoolers

Coloring Pages: If you are able to print out rainbow coloring pages, that would be a great way to make an extension to go along with the Rainbow Sensory Bin. Students would be able to color the pages as seen in their bins.

Color Sorting: Color sorting is a great activity to use with a sensory bin, and this Rainbow Sensory Bin for Preschoolers is no exception! You can identify colors in the bin, sort them, and even graph or tally them.

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Frequently Asked Questions

These are frequently asked questions about the Rainbow Sensory Bin for Preschoolers.

Do I have to use rice as the base of this sensory bin?

Although we use rice in our Rainbow Sensory Bin, you can really use any dried base. Whether you want it to be small like rice, or search out rainbow or cloud-shaped pasta!

Rainbow Sensory Bin

If you choose any sensory bin to try, let it be this one! It is simple, sunny, bright and perfect to use this spring! Share your rainbow sensory bin with us on Instagram or share in our Facebook group.

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– Life Over C's Close up view of the rainbow sensory bin.

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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