Here is our Easter Sensory Box! I dyed rice for the first time to use as the filler, and I love how it turned out. To dye it, I put rice into 4 large ziploc bags (I put about 4 cups in each bag), and then added about 2 tsp. rubbing alcohol and 4-5 drops of food coloring to each. Then I shook the bags and squeezed/smooshed them (real technical, huh?) from the outside to get the coloring all over the rice. After it was all colored, I poured the rice onto cookie sheets covered with paper towels to dry. It dried within a few hours. I kept it pretty simple, just added some porcupine balls, Easter eggs, and small bunnies I got through Oriental Trading Company.
I was a little worried about rice getting everywhere, so I brought in our kiddie pool from the garage and had the kids play with it in there. This works SO well. I always give the kids some plastic bowls and measuring cups to use for scooping/dumping.
I also got these cute little chicks from Oriental Trading and hid them inside the eggs. The boys love them! K named them all, and A kept covering them up because he said they were cold. It was really sweet. I can tell we'll be having a lot of fun with this box over the next couple of weeks!