One of the biggest pieces of feedback I would always get when I sent kids on to Kindergarten from preschool was how important their fine motor skills were to be successful in writing. Sensory play has been shown to support language development, problem-solving abilities, emotional regulation, and fine motor skills. So this spring, as we get ready to prepare kids for moving on to the next grade level this Easter sensory bin is a great addition to your preschool and daycare learning time.

– Life Over C's Overhead view of an Easter preschool sensory bin.

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Easter Sensory Bin for Kids Supplies:

  • Rice
  • Noodles
  • Easter Eggs
  • Scoops/Spoons
  • Paint

Easter Sensory Bin Activity for Kids

Benefits of Sensory Bins

Input, especially sensory input, is beneficial for small children, especially preschoolers. (If you’re unfamiliar with the benefits of sensory, there are so many articles available about long-term sensory benefits.) The reasons that this Easter sensory bin is PERFECT for your classroom are almost too many to count. After you fall in love with this simple sensory bin, make sure to check out all of our sensory bin activities here.

Build Academic and Motor Skills Through Sensory Play

This Easter sensory bin will encourage sorting of all different categories, as well as fine motor skills through the use of spoons and tongs.

Calm Down Activity for Easter

Another big benefit of this tub actually comes in its small size! We encourage this Sensory Bin to be individualized, meaning it should be used one child at a time. A lot of sensory bins are large and can be used by multiple students at once. While this is great for things like collaboration, team building, building rapport, and group thinking, there are benefits to using the Easter Sensory Bin as a 1:1 activity. Maybe it is used during independent play time, where each child has a bin and is sorting colors or shapes. Or perhaps you have your Easter sensory bin in a calm-down corner, and you are tapping into the benefits of sensory activities and mindfulness with your students.

Sensory Play Keeps Kids Engaged

Sensory bins are a great way to encourage learning without losing engagement. Keeping littles engaged can be one of the most challenging parts of our job as educators! We all know that attention spans are not long, and smaller students can start to lose patience with tasks that don’t keep them engaged. Our Easter sensory bin makes the learning so engaging, students aren’t even aware they’re doing it!

– Life Over C's Easter Sensory Bin for Kids with easter eggs, green dyed rice, painted easter themed pasta
Easter Sensory Bin for Kids

How to Make the Sensory Bin for Easter

Sensory bins don’t have to be difficult to create. Plus, you can easily use the materials multiple times, which saves time and money- two things teachers never have enough of.

Materials Needed for an Easter Sensory Bin

  • Rice
  • Noodles
  • Easter Eggs
  • Scoops/Spoons
  • Paint
  • Ziplock Bags
– Life Over C's Supplies for easter sensory bin: green dyed rice, bunny pasta, blue, pink and yellow paint, zip top bags.

Directions for an Easter Sensory Bin

There are so many ways to differentiate an Easter sensory bin! The first would be to paint and change the color of the rice. You can do that with paint or food coloring.

Painting Pasta for Easter Sensory Bin for Kids

Step 1

Decide how many colors you want your pasta to be painted with, and separate your pasta into that many piles. Although you don’t have to paint the pasta at all, this is such a fun way to really bring the spring feelings and vibes out of the sensory box.

– Life Over C's Died Pasta for Easter Sensory Bin for Kids separating easter themed pasta into four zip top bags for painting
Easter Sensory Bin for Kids

Step 2

Once you have your pasta separated either by shapes or by the amount of colors you want to have, now it’s time to paint the pasta for your Easter sensory bin!

– Life Over C's Painting Pasta for Easter Sensory Bin for Kids pouring white paint into a zip top bag filled with easter themed pasta
Easter Sensory Bin for Kids

I like to let the pasta sit in the paint for a while to make sure it soaks up as much paint as it can and to give those vibrant spring colors.

Step 3

Once you get the pasta for your Easter sensory bin painted in your desired colors, lay it all out and allow it to fully dry.

– Life Over C's Painting Pasta for Easter Sensory Bin for Kids
Easter Sensory Bin for Kids

Tip: An Easter sensory bin is most effective when you offer different sensory and texture inputs for the children. You could try adding another texture to the bin with dyed rice or seasonal sprinkles. Check out our super easy way to make dyed rice.

– Life Over C's  Easter Sensory Bin for Kids with green dyed rice and painted easter pasta
Easter Sensory Bin for Kids

Step 4

Finally, with many colors of dyed pasta and rice- your Easter sensory bin is almost ready! Now you can add any and all seasonal pieces to make your Easter sensory bin complete!

You can modify what you want to add to your bin in so many ways. I like to put in scoops- and of course plastic Easter eggs! Last year I added spring sprinkles, and those were a big hit. This year I may get crazy and add different colored jellybeans! You can also find some small plastic farm animals to place inside the bin if you want the scene to foster independent play as well.

How to Modify and Adapt your Easter Sensory Bin

Sensory bins can be tied to many different standards. You can simply allow have independent play while they get sensory input and tactile stimulation. But if you’re looking to tie the Easter sensory bin to standards, we have some ideas for you!

  • Color and Shape Sorting- This is a basic for sensory bins! It’s easy to have students find commonalities in the bin, whether they are things that are the same color or all the different shapes paired together. And if you’re looking for more, you can find more color and shape sorting here!
  • Number Sense and Graphing- Once you have all of your colors or shapes sorted, the next step is a logical one! It’s easy to count and graph the amount of colors or objects found in your bin. Whether you want to use a bar graph, tally chart, or simply write the numbers on t-chart! Graphing is a great way to extend learning, so although it isn’t a preschool standard, it is a great way to enrich those kiddos who are looking for just a little bit more. You will love this fun spring graphing activity to go along with the sensory bin.

Easter Sensory Bin for Kids Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to use the sensory bin for Easter or can I use it for spring instead?

If you work in a public school, or a daycare that does not explicitly celebrate Easter, it would be easy to adapt and change this sensory bin to focus on spring, as opposed to making it specific to Easter.

Are there other ways to dye the pasta without painting them?

If you don’t have or want to use paint, no problem! You can dye dried pasta with food coloring or natural dyes using this easy pasta dyeing technique. You can use liquid or gel food coloring, and both will work! If you are looking to avoid any food coloring or paint altogether, you can dye the dried pasta with natural elements. Tumeric will turn the pasta yellow, beet juice will take the pasta from regular to pink, and blueberry juice will turn them blue/purple!

Can I use my Easter sensory bin for kids year after year?

It will depend on what you put inside the Easter sensory bin for kids. If you include non-perishable items to the sensory bin, such as plastic eggs, shredded grass, dried pasta etc, you can store those things in zip top bags for next year. If you use perishable items, such as jellybeans or sprinkles, you should most likely toss them at the end of the season and add new next year.

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– Life Over C's Overhead shot of an Easter sensory bin including bunny pasta, rice, and plastic Easter eggs.

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– Life Over C's Easter theme literacy and math activities for preshcool
– Life Over C's Easter preschool math and literacy activities

Included in the Easter Math and Literacy Activities:

  • 2 Sets of Easter Bunny Number Mats (empty ten-frame, filled ten-frame)
  • Easter Basket Beginning Sound Match Up
  • 4 Sets of Easter Clip Cards (color, ten-frame, array, shape)
  • Class Set of Easter BINGO
  • 2 Easter Graphing Dice Games
  • 2 Easter Spinner Graphing Games
  • Line Tracing Cards
  • Easter Line-Up Puzzles for Counting to 5 & 10
  • 4 Easter themed Matching Games (picture, number, alphabet, rhyme)
  • Easter Egg Missing Number Cards
  • 3 Levels of AB Patterns
  • Easter Play Dough Mats
  • 2 Sets of Counting to 10 Puzzles (array, ten-frame)
  • Easter Bunny Shape Puzzles
  • 2 Easter Roll and Count Mats
  • 2 Sets of Sorting Activities (shapes and numbers 1-10)
  • Easter Bunny Sorting Game
  • 5 Spin & Cover Games (1-5, 6-10, shape, picture)
  • Bunny Ten-Frame Cards
  • Easter Tic-Tac-Toe
  • 4 Sets of Tracing Cards (uppercase, lowercase, number, shape)
  • Visual Discernment Clip Cards
  • Trace, Write & Draw the Room

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