Red Beans and Rice Sensory Bin

red beans and rice

One of our favorite meals in my home is Red Beans and Rice, among the girls. This Sensory Bin was inspired by my second child picking all the beans from her red beans and rice.

What makes red beans and rice so special is that you can have them as a main dish (which we often do) or a side dish. My preschooler loved this sensory bin, after I dressed it up for her. My toddler really enjoyed the challenge of this sensory bin and the tools that I added for extra fun were perfect.

This sensory bin is one that I keep in one of our sensory containers to have on hand when either one of them want to play because they asked for it so often I could not even store it. The use of this sensory bin has been great.


red beans and rice

Materials I used:

Optional materials that I used:

  • Fish catcher
  • Scoopers
  • Letter bottle caps
  • Numbered bottle caps
  • Color blocks
  • Bowl

As usual I have no directions for putting this sensory bin together. I really did just take the rice and beans and dump them in the sensory bin after they were done drying. I first started it out by giving my girls the fish catcher because it has them holes and I just knew that they could use it.

red beans and rice

Separate the beans from the rice was a hit!

My toddler really loved scooping up the red beans and rice with the fish catcher and watching as the rice fell through the holes and the beans stayed in the scooper. From that point on I handed her a bowl and let her go wild with it. She was separating the beans and placing them in the bowl that I had given her. When she got all the beans in the bowl she came to me super happy and proud of herself.

For my preschooler I have used this sensory bin for some great learning activities. We have played with our lowercase and uppercase alphabets, counting activities, and much more.


I love this sensory bin, I love how it has still been in use for well over 6 months now and they are still asking for this one. With the mixture of the two sensory materials mini foam letters and other mini objects can be hidden pretty well inside this bin. This is our favorite sensory bin and I hope to find more uses for it than I have so far.

red beans and rice

I hope that you all enjoyed this post and that you found something useful in it.

Have you created a sensory bin that your children just loved and wanted to play with over and over again? If so please let me know about your special bin on the comments.

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6 Responses to Red Beans and Rice Sensory Bin

  1. I love this. We spend a ton of time playing with sensory bins so I am always on the hunt for something unique. Too bad it makes me crave a margarita, though… 🙂
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  2. Isn’t it great when they ask for something over and over again!!
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  3. Mrs. AOK says:

    Fun! My babies loved sensory bin play.
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  4. We love sensory bins and I love the way you have coloured two different bin bases.
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