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This Sushi Sensory Bin is So Fun and Silly–I Want to Play With It!

When the kiddo asked for chopstick practice, I made this awesome sushi sensory bin and decided it was just too fun not to share!

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This easy sushi sensory bin is such a great way to build fine motor skills through chopstick practice–and its super easy to put together!

Sushi Sensory Bin

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we spend a lot of time playing with the kid lately, but we’re also making a lot of food at home that we wouldn’t normally. Just to spice things up. We made (bad, so bad) sushi the other night and the kiddo really struggled with her chopsticks. So she asked for some chopstick practice so she’s “better prepared for the next sushi mess”. She’s a character.

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So, to achieve her goal of becoming a chopstick master, we set up this awesome little sushi play invitation. It’s so simple, but she had a blast and, well, I kind of had fun, too. If you’re ready to make a sushi sensory bin to get in a little chopstick practice play, let’s get started.

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Tips to Make a Chopstick Practice Activity for Kids

  • Start by grabbing the little set of sushi erasers like these, if you don’t already have some. The erasers not as pliable as real sushi (I mean, they’re not real sushi after all), but the shapes are right and the sizes are close enough. Plus, if the kiddo can pick up a slick eraser sashimi, they can totally grab a real one with a little squish.
  • I loved using this little metal bento box for this sushi sensory bin. It’s the perfect size and made cleaning up a breeze, plus, when the kiddo loses interest, but you want to store your sushi sensory bin for more chopstick practice later, you can just pop the lid on and go!
  • Don’t plan on cooking the rice–that would make a gooey and messy mess. Just use dry rice–and keep any water out of the deal.
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How Do I Make this Sushi Sensory Bin?

I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.

Yield: 1 Awesome Sushi Sensory Bin

Sushi Sensory Bin

how to make a sushi sensory bin for kids

This easy sushi sensory bin is such a great way to build fine motor skills through chopstick practice--and its super easy to put together!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $10

Materials

Instructions

  1. Pour the bag of rice into the bento box.
  2. Drop the sushi erasers into the bed of rice.
  3. If you don’t have chopsticks, you can make some for this project by snipping the sharp edge off of 2 wooden barbecue skewers.
  4. With adult supervision, allow your children to pick up the sushi erasers with their chopsticks, explore the rice and work on their fine motor skills!
  5. When playtime is over, you can easily place the erasers and chopsticks in the container and snap the lid on the bento box for simple storage. supplies to make a sushi sensory bin

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