Rice Cereal Sensory Tray

I made some Rice Crispy Treats for a friend a while ago and had a bunch of the cereal left over.  We aren’t big cereal eaters around here and I knew that it would never be eaten…so I threw it into a sensory tray for J.

I added a shovel, glass bowl , and a spray bottle filled with water.  I also hid a few lizards underneath the cereal.  He didn’t seem to care much about them, but I will do this again when he’s older and make it into an I Spy game.


This is a great sensory activity because it encompasses so many different senses.  He touched the
texture of the cereal and smelled it’s aroma. 


He heard it crackle when he spayed it with water.


He also tasted it (and had quite the afternoon snack).  Don’t worry, everything was cleaned before I put together the box…I kind of figured he’d taste it.


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I was a Mental Health Counselor who worked with children and mothers in both individual and group counseling environments before I became a Stay at Home Mom to two boys. I have a Bachelors Degree in Child Development and Family Studies and a Masters in Counseling where I specialized in Play Therapy.

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  1. says

    What a great idea, this is my daughter’s favorite cereal. She would love to play in it and then eat it. I might have to try a mini-bin so that not too much would go to waste. Thanks for sharing your ideas on Monday Madness.

  2. says

    Thanks for linking this up to WOTT, Amanda! My first thought was “Man, I would love a bowl of rice krispies right now!” then my next thought was “This is a great idea!” Haha :) I have been wary of putting obviously edible things into sensory bins because I am a bit germaphobic and have trouble mixing playing and eating. There are so many great edible ways to play that I might have to bite the bullet one of these days. It looks like your little J had a lot of fun even if he didn’t appreciate your lizards. Boogie didn’t appreciate my dragons last week either.


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