Both of my children have birthdays coming up and birthdays mean, beyond the obvious cake and party, time for their yearly doctor’s check-up.
Last year I helped them both prepare for the check up by getting them working stethoscopes (about $5 on Amazon) and encouraging them to explore in a “play doctor” themed sensory bin.
Besides the stethoscopes, the bin also included tongue compressors, bandaids, empty pill bottles, un-used medicine droppers, un-used medicine spoons, pom-poms, and orange creamsicle rice.
The rice was dyed and scented using Duncan Hines Frosting Creations following a tutorial I found at Play. Create. Explore. I made 5 batches of 5 different scents of rice at the same time last year and I still have all of them, they all still smell fantastic! My personal favorite though has to be the mocha scented rice. Yum!
To make the scented rice isn’t hard, you merely mix about 2 cups of dry, uncooked rice with about a tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, then stir in a packet of Duncan Hines Frosting Creations. The rice will be dyed and scented all at once, and if you store it properly in between play sessions (I store mine in ziploc baggies) then it will last you a long time. For the full tutorial on how to make the rice, be sure to visit Play. Create. Explore.