Mom School: Rice Sensory Bins

We first put together our rice sensory bin when my 10 year old daughter was only in preschool! That was a long time ago, and we have loved it ever since!

rice bin from above

Rice Sensory Bin Now our two boys that are still at home during the day love it too.

When we first get the rice bin out, I usually just let them play with the rice alone. This, of course, leads to a lot of dumping rice on little brother’s head. 🙂

Rice Sensory Bin

They even found some dried beans hidden in it from the last time we played in it!

Rice Sensory Bin (3)Rice BinRice BinThen I gave them some scoops to further their play a little.

Rice bin with scoops

And then we added a whole lot of creepy, crawly toy bugs! They loved that!

Rice bin with bugsMy husband especially thought that the rice sensory bin was an interesting idea since he explained that mental health professionals (play therapists, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, etc.) often use a similar technique with children and families in therapy.  Instead of playing in rice clients engage in sandplay therapy or sand tray therapy. He said that personally he has used a sand tray in therapy many times when working with children and adolescents.  Although our rice sensory bin might not be used for therapy, our kiddos really love playing with it!

There are so many ways to play with sensory bins and so many different types of bins to create different play experiences for children. We need to try more because they are so much fun!

Have you ever done a sensory bin for your child?

What type do your children enjoy?


  1. February 17, 2015    

    I have done sensory bins with dried beans or flour. My boys have loved them, but I don’t love the mess so much ha ha! I haven’t done it for awhile so maybe I need to pull one back out 🙂

    • KaCee KaCee
      February 17, 2015    

      The mess is the most difficult part for sure. I hadn’t thought about using a mat before now and that made the clean-up a little bit easier this time. I’ll bet my boys would love dried beans or flour bins too. We’ll have to try it out.

  2. March 12, 2015    

    Sensory bins are such good fun. I love the idea of rice and all the creepy crawlies to play with and explore.
    Thanks for sharing #LetKidsBeKids

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