Yesterday, I shared with you how I re-dyed our sensory rice, so that we could create a brand new sensory kids’ activity. I left you hanging a little bit by only showing you the rice. Today, I have a Free Jungle Scene Printable that we used in our newly dyed rice. Jungle-themed preschool activities offer so many learning opportunities! You can cover everything from jungle animals and habitat to weather and jungle art. Or use it solely as a sensory play activity with colored rice. Rice sensory bin ideas are great to switch out to keep kids interested. Once you dye the rice, the printable jungle animals give you all you need to add to you new jungle sensory bin!
Learning Through Sensory Play in Preschool
RAINBOW RICE JUNGLE SENSORY BIN
REGARDLESS OF THE THEME, SENSORY PLAY IS A GREAT WAY TO ENCOURAGE HANDS-ON EXPLORATION, CREATIVITY AND PROBLEM SOLVING.
The jungle sensory bin can be used as a jumping-off point for exploring jungle animals, or before doing a jungle art preschool project.
I like to show kids how to color rice for sensory bins so they are part of the process of creating the sensory experience. To dye a bag of rice with food coloring:
- Put 1 cup of rice in a resealable plastic bag.
- Add 1/2 tsp. of vinegar and a bit of icing gel or food coloring.
- Seal the bag and shake well.
- Spread the colored rice on a baking tray to dry overnight.
What Can Kids Learn From Jungle Activities For Preschool?
FREE JUNGLE THEMED CLASSROOM PRINTABLES
YOU CAN TAKE A JUNGLE THEME IN MULTIPLE DIRECTIONS. STUDY ANIMALS, HABITATS, OR WEATHER RELATING TO THE JUNGLE.
This sensory bin jungle printable focuses on jungle animals. However, dying the rice together can be a science project, too! Here are some concepts to consider when implementing the jungle sensory bin.
- Plants and trees
Why Is It Important For Kids To Have Sensory Experiences?
Children are naturally curious about everything around them. Learning to explore with all of their senses builds brain connections and helps them see the world more clearly.
Background Knowledge: Because you can change your sensory bins and bulleting boards as often as you like, each experience is a chance for kids to build background knowledge on a variety of topics from animals to season to science concepts.
Problem-Solving: Open-ended sensory play allows kids to explore, be creative, and apply problem-solving skills to a variety of situations. It’s a non-threatening way to build these important skills.
Oral Language: Every interesting sensory experience is one where kids can practice talking, learn new vocabulary, and apply language structures to develop as a talker and listener.
Make Connections: Engaging multiple senses with learning helps important neurological connections form within the brain. Kids use these new pathways to learn all the things, like reading and math.
How to Make the Jungle Scene Printable
Dye the rice as explained above. Then, print and cut out the jungle animals and trees. Laminate if desired. Use construction paper or cardstock for durability as well.
I added in some new white rice to fill in for the blue and brown. I also thought that it gave a great contrast to the deep colors. The black and white together immediately made me think of zebras.
Then we added in the jungle pieces. Of course, you can use whatever jungle figurines you have.
Instead of figurines, we used this fun printable jungle scene. You could also use the printable on a bulletin board for classroom decor.
More Jungle Activities for Kids
There are lots of cute jungle craft ideas out there. Make handprint monkeys or elephants, or repurpose cardboard tubes into palm trees.
Kids can color their own jungle plants and animals to add to the rice sensory bin. Jungle animal coloring pages work important hand muscles.
Break out the playdough to add to the rice sensory experience. Kids can press animal cookie cutters into it, or make their own 3D animals and trees with playdough.