Taste Safe Sensory Play - Under the Sea Sensory Bin

Looking for a fun taste safe sensory play idea for your toddler? You'll love this under the sea sensory bin theme! Toddlers and preschoolers will have so much fun with this engaging and fun sensory activity.  Follow the step by step directions below to get started on your own taste safe sensory bin.

Taste safe sensory play

Be sure to check out more taste-safe sensory play ideas like this edible cake mix playdough, this taste-safe ice painting, or this edible paint recipe

Under the sea sensory bin

Sensory bins are such a great way to engage in fine motor skills and imagination -- this under-the-sea sensory bin is no exception that. Toddlers and preschoolers will be immersed with the brightly coloured coral reefs and sandy texture of an ocean shore. 

Taste safe sensory bin

This is a great taste safe sensory bin idea for a weekend with the grandparents, a playdate activity, or to pair with a sea animal story. No matter when you choose to engage in this taste safe sensory play, you're sure to have an afternoon of fun! You can also extend play with whatever you have lying around, maybe some sea creatures or some small cups or spoons.

Scroll down below for step-by-step directions on how to setup your own under the sea sensory bin!

Taste safe sensory bin for toddlers

Keeping with the under-the-sea theme, older children might enjoy making and using a sand tray for writing

Taste-safe sensory play

Under the sea sensory bin supplies

  • 1 cup vinegar
  • food colouring - red, blue, green
  • 3 ziplock bags
  • 2 cups old cereal
  • dry noodles
  • grinder, blender, or food processor
  • cookie sheet
  • parchment paper
  • plate or plastic container
  • various sensory tools & toys

How to setup your taste safe sensory bin

STEP ONE: Prepare your supplies and ingredients

Before you get started, you'll want to lay out your supplies so you have everything you need. It makes activities like this so much easier!

Taste safe sensory bin supplies

STEP TWO: Grind cereal & colour noodles

To get started, crush the cereal into a fine powder so it looks like sand. You can use a grinder, blender, or food processor for this.

taste safe sand

Pour 1/3 cup vinegar into a small bowl and add drops of blue food colouring. Stir and keep adding colour until you get a dark, rich colour.

How to dye noodles

Place 1/3 of the dry noodles into a ziploc bag and pour the vinegar into the bag. Shake until it's well coated on the noodles.

How to dye noodles for taste safe sensory play

Repeat these steps for remaining colours.

colored noodles for taste safe sensory bin

STEP THREE: Dry out noodles

Pour the noodles onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and leave overnight to dry out.

How to dye pasta

STEP FOUR: Set up and play

Once the noodles are dried out, carefully separate noodles that are stuck together. Then setup your taste safe sensory bin by laying out the sand and noodles for your child to explore.

Taste safe sensory play for toddlers

Ideas to add to the under the sea sensory bin play experience:
  • Sea animal toys
  • Cups or spoons
  • Large pebbles
  • Seashells
  • Treasure! 

There are so many fun ways to add to the experience for your toddler! See what you can come up with.

Taste safe under the sea sensory play for toddlers

We hope you have a lot of fun playing and exploring with this taste safe sensory play activity. Toddlers will love exploring this under the sea sensory bin theme. Sensory play is so much fun at this age!

Taste safe sensory play - Under the sea sensory bin for toddlers

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