This serving platter was purchased from Dollar Tree. As it has 6 outter compartments, I thought it would make for a great color wheel. I did a non-edible sensory tray with it (not pictured), filling each compartment with beads, pompoms, scraps of paper and fabric, stones, etc.. The kids really enjoyed digging in that almost as much as they enjoyed their rainbow fruit platter.
For a bit of fine motor sensory fun, this fruit loop activity was fantastic. Of course I first had to wash out the inside of the paddling pool and make sure the children’s hands/feet/clothes were all clean but it was worth the minor hassle. From left to right there is a muffin tin with a different colored Fruit Loop in each compartment, four nesting mixing bowls filled with Fruit Loops and a set of four measuring spoons, a colander with six bamboo skewers, a different colored Fruit Loop threaded onto each skewer. The kids thought this was the greatest thing since sliced bread. There was pouring, scooping, sorting, threading, patterning- at one point they each put a bowl on their head and played pretend they were monsters, at another LittleMan asked for some string to make an edible necklace. It was just great fun for everyone; if you have the means to do something like this then I highly recommend it.
The edible paint I used here was the same simple 2-ingredient recipe I used for my painting popcorn activity: milk and food dye. The only difference is that instead of presenting the paint with a bowl of healthy popcorn, I let the kids talk me into a bag of marshmellows while we were out and about shopping. [Well, let might be the wrong word since I’ve actually been looking for an excuse to make food sculptures with them.] The kids did a collaborative project, working on one sculpture together. They started with only a bowl of marshmellows and a box of toothpicks. Once they proclaimed it was perfect, I took away the left over marshmellows and replaced them with the edible paint. This was a $1 activity that kept them busy in cooperative play for a full hour (and they were both content to eat just ONE marshmellow when the sculpture was done- amazing!).