How To Make A Colorful Sensory Tray Easter Activity for Little Kids

Make a colorful sensory tray Easter activity for little kids! Dyed rice in pastel colors makes this fun tray a hit with preschoolers! Add a few cups and spoons and let them explore to their heart’s content. You’re definitely going to want to try it out! 

collage of rice sensory tray images with text: Easter Sensory TrayI was working on my Spring Sensory Bin for Preschoolers the other day and this activity was a byproduct of that post. You know, a happy accident of sorts. Lol… 

colorful rice arranged on wax paper to dry
In an effort to perfect my instructions for dying rice using liquid watercolors, well… Let’s just say that I ended up with a lot of dyed rice.

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pastel color dyed rice mixed together
And of course when you mix together all those colorful pastels, it totally reminds you of Easter, right? 

blue, pink, and purple dyed rice arranged on wax paper to dry
Colorful Sensory Tray Easter Activity for Little Kids

What you’ll need

Here’s how to do it

  • First, you’ll want to dye the rice. I put some rice in a plastic Ziploc bag, added a little bit of liquid watercolor and shook it until all of the rice was the color that I wanted. You’ll want to start with a very small amount of liquid watercolor and slowly add more until you get the desired shade. For our Colorful Sensory Tray, we used red, blue, and purple. 
  • Remember to double-check that the bag is completely sealed and that you’re dying enough rice to cover the bottom of your cookie sheet. 
  • After that, I lined the cookie sheet with wax paper and dumped the rice out onto the cookie sheet. You’ll need to spread it out some so that it dries. 
  • Because you’re making a few different colors of dyed rice, you’ll need to repeat the process for each color.  
  • When the rice is completely dry (I usually let it dry overnight), I mixed it all together and dumped it directly onto the cookie sheet. 

cookie sheet with pastel color rice mixed together
This is going to be such a fun surprise for the little guy! He definitely loves sensory activities and I’m sure this one will be no exception. I’ll probably give him a few cups and spoons and just let him explore. 

pastel color dyed rice mixed together

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collage of rice sensory tray images with text: Easter Sensory Tray

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