This beautiful butterfly sensory bin is filled with color that will spark your preschoolers interest for a while. 

Using dyed bow tie pasta this easy sensory bin comes together quickly and can be used in so many ways.

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Ways to Play with the Butterfly Sensory Bin

Butterfly Sensory Bin

You can let your child play without any set agenda, but if you want to extend the life of the bin here are some extra ideas.

1.  Seperate the butterflies by color

2.  Count and separate the buttons

3.  Arrange the butterflies from smallest to largest

4.  Identify the patterns on the butterfly ie. spots, stripes, etc…

5.  Arrange the buttons from smallest to largest

6.  Sort the butterflies, buttons and pasta into their own bowls

Supplies for dying pasta

Supplies

Amazon links included below. 

For the dyed pasta:

  • Bow tie pasta
  • Food coloring
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Sandwich size zipper baggies
  • Paper towel lined tray

Sensory Bin:

How to dye the pasta

how to dye pasta

1.  Place a cup of bowtie pasta in a baggie.

2.  Add 10-15 drops of food coloring to the bag.

3.  Pour in ½ tbsp. of rubbing alcohol to the bag.

4.  Close the bag well and gently mix up the pasta, food coloring, and rubbing alcohol until the noodles are colored completely.

5.  Once colored, pour the noodles onto the paper towel lined tray. Spread the noodles out to allow them drying time. Dry completely.

Noodles are ready to be used for sensory play and can be kept afterwards for art projects!

Add the butterflies and flower buttons to the sensory tray and have your child/children explore the contents of the bin! 

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