Fourth of July "Stars and Stripes" Sensory Bin


Fourth of July "Stars and Stripes" Sensory Bin made from dyed pasta. Fun for toddlers and preschoolers for Independence Day.

My girls love a good box of stuff to play with!  I made a batch of colored pasta over 3 years ago, and Maggie and Lena have played with it endlessly.  We've also used it to make necklaces, collages, and other craft projects.  Since that batch of pasta had seen better days, it was time for some new colored noodles. I decided to make them in patriotic colors and to turn them into a "Stars & Stripes" Sensory Bin for the Fourth of July as part of our Independence Day Theme Preschool Week.

Here's how to make your own!

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Fourth of July Sensory Bin

I bought 2 1 lb. boxes of pasta to be stripes - rigatoni and ziti.  I dyed half of each box red, using this tutorial from Buggy and Buddy.

Fourth of July Sensory Bin

I also bought 1 lb. of farfalle and 1 lb. of stelline (tiny stars) to be our stars.  I dyed half of each package blue.

Fourth of July Sensory Bin

Next, arrange your pasta in a plastic tub!

Fourth of July Sensory Bin

I added other goodies for the girls to play with as well.  I added sparkly star "table scatter" from a craft store, star buttons, and a separate small bowl of stelline.  I also set out several divided trays, some chopsticks and tongs, spoons, and measuring cups.

Fourth of July Sensory Bin

Let your kids play!  Mine went straight for the sparkle.

Fourth of July Sensory Bin

Then Lena put noodles between her toes.  Sorry if you think this picture is icky!  Some people have feet issues.

Fourth of July Sensory Bin

Working with chopsticks and tongs is fantastic fine motor work.

Fourth of July Sensory Bin

And of course you can just rummage around!  The girls loved the sound this box made when they stirred it all up!

Fourth of July Sensory Bin

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Fourth of July "Stars and Stripes" Sensory Bin
Fourth of July "Stars and Stripes" Sensory Bin made from dyed pasta. Fun for toddlers and preschoolers for Independence Day.
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