Today’s activity is inspired by William Trost Richards’s painting Along the Shore. Learn about the painting, then make your own homemade sensory bin while learning about how we can work together to keep oceans clean! This project is easy to make, and we encourage you to use objects already in your home.
Step 1: Start by mixing one cup of rice and one teaspoon of white vinegar. Add drops of blue food coloring until it is the desired color. Continue this process depending on how much rice you want in the container.
Step 2: Spread the mixture in a thin layer on a lined cookie sheet. Allow rice to dry fully.
Step 3: Decorate your bin! Draw out waves on colored paper, cut out, then attach with tape on the back wall of the bin.
Step 4: Gather “trash” from around your house. Plastic, paper, or anything that doesn’t belong in the ocean! (I used paper straws and glass marbles.)
Step 5: Combine! Place the rice in the bottom of the container then add your recyclables and any ocean creatures you have. If you don’t have any toys, draw them! Place the smaller container in the corner to sort trash out of the water.
Helpful Hint: Think about other nature scenes you could create. Dye rice green and decorate the bin with trees to create a forest!
Have fun exploring! Share your sensory bin with us on social media – tag #crystalbridges on Instagram.
Written by Marlie Allgood, art instructor, Crystal Bridges.
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