During our Ice Cream Tuff Spot Adam and I discovered the joys of adding Wilton Colour Icing (affiliate link) to desiccated coconut. It made a wonderfully coloured and scented material for a sensory bin.
We were inspired to create a Kandinsky Sensory Bin for B-Inspired Mama based on our favourite piece of artwork. We still had lots of coloured coconut left over so I set about creating another Coconut Sensory Bin.
I recently found a fantastic green tray from Tiger which is in the shape of a leaf. I poured our remaining coloured coconut into the tray following the leaf pattern. As I was creating the sensory bin the tray looked more like an eye than a leaf! I used all six colours of dyed coconut.
Adam had got our Tuff Spot ready so I placed our Coconut Sensory Bin on top. He started to follow the outline of each colour with his finger and told me which colour he could see.
It didn’t take Adam long before he disappeared into the house and returned with a yellow car. Adam obviously saw the coconut sensory bin as a car track shape and looking at it with fresh eyes it was obvious!
So Adam turned our coconut sensory bin into a coconut car track! He had a fantastic time pushing his car around each lane before using his car to mix the coconut colours together. After several minutes of car play Adam explored by getting handfuls of coconut and sprinkling it over the Tuff Spot. He loved mixing the colours together and watching the coconut fall to the ground “like snow” according to Adam.
Adam disappeared into the house again and this time returned with the paper ice cream tubs we had used in our Ice Cream Tuff Spot. Adam filled each tub in turn. Our activity had come full circle!
As the sensory bin was made from food colouring and desiccated coconut it can be classed as taste safe play. Take a look at our other edible play activities.
* Desiccated coconut
* Tray – ours came from Tiger UK
* Tuff Spot – optional
* Toy car – optional
* Ice cream tubs – optional
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