Today I’m sharing a rainbow sensory play idea perfect for toddlers – and bigger kids too!
I’ve been sharing a sensory play idea for every letter of the alphabet. For letter R, we made rainbow-colored oats!
Making six colors of oats was actually pretty simple, and of course my toddler (pictured) and preschooler wanted to be a part of it. We followed a tutorial using old-fashioned oats, water, and food coloring which you can find at And Next Comes L.
After the oats had dried, I put them in a plastic shoe box. We had one last gorgeous fall day, so I set the bin outside on the leaves.
My kindergartner ran his hands through the oats.
My Seven joined him. But after just a minute, they were finished. The oats sat lonely on the leaves until we brought them inside following a picnic supper under a tree.
That evening, at bath time, my Two was crying because he wasn’t allowed to have a bath. He’d just had minor surgery on his forehead and couldn’t get the bandage wet. Nothing was cheering him up until I suggested he play with the oats. That stopped the tears real quick!
He was busy scooping…
and dumping. I was pleased that he kept most of the mess on the big lid under the box. We’re getting better at this sensory play thing. 😉