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Sensory Bins Using Rice

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Sensory bins using rice are one of these easiest sensory bins to set up, and make a great inexpensive activity for toddlers and preschoolers.

Sensory bins based on plain and colored rice for toddlers and preschoolers

Sensory Bins Using Rice 

Our sensory bin posts are some of the most popular on My Bored Toddler, and feedback in our Facebook Group found that many of your found the idea of sensory bins too overwhelming - especially some of the fancy and complicated ones you see on Pinterest.

My advice is to keep it SIMPLE! A plastic container with some plain rice and some scoops and containers from your Tupperware cupboard are really all you need. I've put together a simple sensory bin challenge (you can sign up HERE) which is a FREE challenge to encourage you to get started with sensory bins. The challenge uses simple and inexpensive items and you have a new activity each day.


One of the easiest ways to fill a sensory bin is with rice, and this collection of rice sensory bin setups will keep you busy for a long time! You'll notice that many use plain rice and if you want to get creative and color the rice you can get my simple recipe for that here. 

Easy Rice Sensory Bin Setups for Toddlers and Preschoolers

rice based sensory bin for toddlers

How to Make Rainbow Rice Sensory Bin

Flower Meadow Sensory Tub - Simple Fun for Kids

Princess Sensory Bin: Letter Recognition Activity - Me and My Merbaby

Toddler Apple Sensory Bin - Teaching 2 & 3 Year Olds

sensory bins with plain white rice for toddlers

Simple Rice Sensory Bin for Toddlers

Winter Shine Sensory Bin - Best Toys 4 Toddlers

Shell and Rice Sensory Bin - 3 Dinosaurs

Alphabet Search Rice Sensory Bin - Life with Moore Babies

sensory activities with rice for toddlers

Halloween Spider Sensory Rice Bin

Herbal Rice for Natural Sensory Bin - The Imagination Tree

Bugs Sensory Bin - Fun with Mama

Watermelon Sensory Bin - Fantastic Fun and Learning

sensory play ideas for toddlers with rice sensory bins

Witch Brew Sensory Bin for Halloween

Sensory Play with Rosemary Rice - Childhood 101

Bug Sensory Bin - The Best Ideas for Kids

Valentine Sensory Bin with Strawberry Scented Rice - A Little Pinch of Perfect

sensory tubs with rice for toddlers and preschoolers

St.Patrick's Day Sensory Play - Hunting for Leprechaun's Gold

Pumpkin Spice Sensory Rice - Parenting from the Heart

Artic Sensory Bin - Rainy Day Mum

Child Led Sensory Play and Exploration - School Time Snippets

rice based sensory bin play ideas for toddlers

Everybody Cooks Rice Sensory Bin - Powerful Mothering

Quiet Time Sensory Bin - Play Every Day

Candy Cane Rice Sensory Bin - Little Bins for Little Hands

Giant Rice Pool - Busy Toddler

sensory explorations with rice based sensory play for toddlers

Sensory Farm Yard Small World

Harvest Sensory Bin - The Jenny Evolution

Magnetic Treasure Hunt - Happy Toddler Playtime

Rose Scented Sensory Bin - Growing a Jeweled Rose

If you made a rice sensory bin I would love to see a photo it! Share it in our Facebook Group or over on Instagram - follow @myboredtoddler and use #MyBoredToddler so we can all see. I'll repost some of my favorites.

Some more Toddler Activities you might enjoy are:

Rainbow Sensory Play Ideas

rainbow sensory activities for spring


Water Play for Babies and Toddlers 

water play ideas for babies and toddlers feature

Painting Activities for Toddlers 

Susan Blake

Friday 16th of September 2022

Fantastic ideas!! I’m a grandma of 2 girls. ( 2.5 yrs & 5 mos) these ideas are great for giving their mom some time to herself as baby sleeps & I have the wonderful time to create & interact . Having a great time! Sue