This foam shape sensory bag is a perfect example of a simple activity for kids! Prep it in way less than five minutes with sensory materials you already have on hand. My preschooler loved this because we’ve been using these shapes for lots of activities over the last few months and because she loves sensory bags. I love that it doesn’t make any mess!

– Life Over C's Child pointing to circle foam shape in a sensory bag filled with pink dyed rice and foam shapes for the bathtub

Recommended Grade Level:

Materials for the Foam Shapes Sensory Bag

  • Rice
  • Food Coloring
  • Zip Top Bag
  • Foam shapes for Bathtub
– Life Over C's Let your kids explore shapes with this simple shape sensory bag for preschoolers. Trace the shapes, play I Spy, shake up the rice and start all over! A great shape activity for kids!

To prep: Pour the rice into the bag and add the shapes. Seriously. That simple.

We actually keep a supply of pre-dyed rice on hand to make spur-of-the-moment activities. We have pink, red, purple, blue, and green right now. Oh, and the yellow we used for our sunflower sensory bin.

The great thing about sensory materials is that you can use them more than one time. So even though you may be using food products (ours were all expired), you’re not just using it one time and then throwing it away.

We even keep rice from sensory bins that were multiple colors and then mixed together like our red, white and blue sensory bin. The color mixture is gorgeous and still fun to play with!

If you don’t already have some dyed rice on hand, you can always use plain white rice or it is super easy to dye rice using these simple instructions.

More Shape Learning Fun: 2D Shape “Slap It” Card Game

Ways to use the Shape Sensory Bag:

  • Play I Spy- Lay the bag flat with most of the shapes showing and have your child “spy” the shapes as you call them out.
– Life Over C's Let your kids explore shapes with this simple shape sensory bag for preschoolers. Trace the shapes, play I Spy, shake up the rice and start all over! A great shape activity for kids!
  • Play Hide & Seek- Shake up the bag until the shapes are hidden within the rice. Then go on a hunt for the shapes. For an added fine-motor challenge have your child do it with one hand or with one finger from each hand.
– Life Over C's Let your kids explore shapes with this simple shape sensory bag for preschoolers. Trace the shapes, play I Spy, shake up the rice and start all over! A great shape activity for kids!

More Shape Learning Fun: 2D Shape Play Dough Mats

  • Have your child trace the shapes with their fingers.
  • Practice counting by counting sides or points on each shape.
  • With a colorful set of shapes you can also learn color names.
– Life Over C's Let your kids explore shapes with this simple shape sensory bag for preschoolers. Trace the shapes, play I Spy, shake up the rice and start all over! A great shape activity for kids!

More Shape Learning Fun: Chunky Puzzle & Shape Matching Cards

We love to use sensory activities for language development. My daughter is in a stage in which she loves to mimmic everything that she hears.

The word ‘octagon’ was so much fun!

For younger children, you could start with fewer and more common shapes such as the square, circle and triangle.

Shiloh isn’t ready to learn all the bigger names of the shapes, but she needs an added challenge picking out the simple shapes, so having some extras in the bag was great for her.

She also loves the weight of the bag! She picks it up and declares, “It hebby!!”

Create your own Foam Shape Sensory Bag today!

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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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3 Comments

  1. Great idea to dye the rice I’ve done spaghetti dye my granddaughter love playing with it then she put them in a jar to see the different colors

  2. Your foam shapes are different than the link, where did you get those? I like how the white defines the shape!

    1. I got the shapes that I have in the Target baby section (where they have all the bath toys), but it has been a couple years, so I’m not sure if they still carry them.