Rice is a wonderfully easy and inexpensive sensory bin filler to enjoy any time of the year and in such a variety of ways. We love the feel of plain white rice, but we also love to dye it fun colors for holidays and seasons! Dying rice is super easy and fast. It dries in no time and lasts a long time too. Grab a bag of rice and check out all these wonderful ideas for each season and some of the major holidays too. Sensory play is awesome for kids!

The Best Colored Rice Sensory Bins

Rice Sensory Bins for

Rice Sensory Bins

Not sure about sensory bins or what to do with them? Start here and read all about sensory bins before diving into the sensory fun of rice bins below. Sensory play activities are an enormous source of early learning ideas for young kids! But you may be wondering if rice is safe for sensory play?  Yes, rice makes a great sensory bin filler for toddlers through to preschoolers.  Though playing with raw rice is not recommended for babies.

Rice play is great for young children.  Check out our simple instructions for how to easily color rice… How To Dye Rice

EASY SENSORY BINS for Easy Sensory Play Ideas

Rice Sensory Bins For Every Day Of The Year

What can you do with sensory rice? I have compiled a huge list of sensory rice bins from wonderful bloggers all around the world! Rice is a universal sensory play material. Here are all the ideas you need for each season, major holiday, scent play, early learning and more! Over 50 ideas for great sensory bins! Did I forget one? Let me know!

NOTE: If you can not use food in sensory bins. Check out our favorite non-food sensory bin fillers.

Summer Sensory Rice Bins

Watermelon Rice Sensory Play

Watermelon Rice Sensory Bin Seeds In Rice

4th of July Sensory Star Search

4th of July sensory search set up

Patriotic Sensory Bin

patriotic sensory play set up

Sunshine Sensory Bin~ There’s Just One Mommy

Ocean Sensory Bin ~ The Imagination Tree

Tropical Sensory Play~ Blog Me Mom

Fall Sensory Rice Bins

Fall Rice Sensory Play~ 3 Dinosaurs

Fall Themed Sensory Tub~ Kids Activities Blog

Halloween Sensory Bins

 Winter Sensory Rice Bins

Christmas Rice Sensory Bin

christmas rice sensory bin free play

Jingle Bell Christmas Sensory Tub~ Carrots Are Orange

Winter Sensory Bin~ Iowa Farmers Wife

Winter Sensory Bin~ Do Play Learn

Valentine Sensory Bin~ Gift Of Curiosity

Valentines Sensory Bin~ Still Playing School

Spring Sensory Rice Bins

Spring Green Sensory Bin

green rice sensory bin set up

Spring Flowers Sensory Bin

Rainbow Sensory Bin

rainbow sensory bin activity set up

Easter Sensory Bin

Easter Sensory Bin To Go Set Up

Easter Egg Sensory Bin~ Learn Play Imagine

Exploring Spring Sensory Play~ Teach Preschool

Exploring With Frogs Sensory Play~ Powerful Mothering

Bugs Themed Rice Sensory Bin~ Fun With Momma

Books With Sensory Rice Bins

Here are some great ideas for a combining a favorite book with a fun theme rice sensory bin.

Alphabet Pirate Sensory Bin

Pirate Sensory Bin and Book Activity

Dr. Suess Sensory Bin

Dr. Seuss sensory bin set up

Old McDonald Farm Sensory Play

farm book sensory play sensory bin

Sky Bowl (The Cloud)~ My Small Potatoes

More Early Learning Sensory Bins

Mini Alphabet Sensory Bins

mini sensory bins side shot of play dough and letters

Magnets Sensory Bin

magnet table quad

Search And Find Rice Sensory Bin

rice search alphabet

Legos And Numbers Sensory Bin

lego sensory bin 3

Exploring Colors ~ Mamas Like Me

Sensory Bins Using Numbers And Letters~ And Next Comes L

I spy  Sensory Bin~ Happy Hooligans

Olfactory (Scented Sensory Play)

Lemon Scented Rice Sensory Bin

How to make lemon scented rice for summer activities and sensory bins

Herbal Rice ~The Imagination Tree

Bedtime Lavender Rice~ The Nurture Store

Koolaid Scented Rice~ Teach Preschool

Calming Nature Scents~ How Wee Learn

Cinnamon Scented Sensory Bin

Cinnamon sensory play cinnamon salt dough ornaments

So far I have gathered over 50 rice sensory bins that I think are wonderful. There are so many more out there to try! I hope you will pick one and get started today! Let me know how much your kids like it! Have an idea for one let me know!


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  1. What a wonderful collection of rice sensory bins. Lots of great ideas. Thanks for including our Chicka Chicka Boom Boom bin.

  2. I have been told it is disrespectful to use food as a play tool, given there are so many starving people in the world. What’s your thoughts on this?

  3. Yes, I understand completely which is why I put together a post of non food sensory bin fillers!

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