12 Days Of Christmas Crafts :: Day 5

Cue the Christmas music and hang up your stockings, it is finally Christmas time y’all! With only weeks away from Santa’s arrival, we wanted to do something to inspire you to keep the little ones occupied. So, we bring you “12 Days of Christmas Crafts.” Much like the popular Christmas song, we will give to you a new Christmas craft idea for 12 consecutive days. The posts will include everything you need to know from ingredients to instructions to little tips. Let’s get right into it!

On the fifth day of Christmas, Red Stick Mom gave to me … Christmas Peppermint Sensory Bin!

Christmas present sensory bin,

Salt dough Santa handprint ornaments,

DIY Christmas play dough bins,

and a contact paper Christmas tree activity.

What you need:

  • rice
  • red and green dye
  • vinegar
  • large ziplock
  • peppermint extract
  • large bin
  • Christmas trinkets: mini ornaments, measuring spoons, pom poms, jingle bells, Christmas figurines, Christmas Cookie cutters.

How to:

Dying the Rice

In the title, I said peppermint sensory bin and here’s why…we’re adding peppermint extract to the rice dying process to make it even more Christmasy magical!

Dying rice is really simple. Add 1 cup of rice, 1 tbsp of vinegar, and a few drops food dye into a large ziplock and smoosh it around until the rice is fully coated. Now add in the peppermint extract.

Then pour the dyed rice onto a baking sheet and bake at 200 degrees for an hour or so. This helped the dye really stick to the rice and it won’t come off on your hands.

Creating the Bin

Get your large bin and add in your dyed rice. You can mix the red and green or all it in lines separately, totally up to you. Top it off with the Christmas trinkets and measuring spoons and cups. These bins are super simple, low prep, but so much fun for the little ones because it is open ended.


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