Bee Counting Sensory Bin for Preschoolers

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Welcome to our buzzing and brilliant world of sensory play! Here we’ll be exploring an exciting and educational activity that will have your little ones joyfully counting, exploring textures, and thinking about bees. Get ready to create a bee counting sensory bin for kids aged 3 to 5 using vibrant colored rice, soft pom poms, and cardboard tubes. This delightful hands-on experience will not only engage your child’s senses but also provide valuable learning opportunities.

There’s something truly magical about sensory bins that captivates young minds and fosters their creativity and cognitive development. Our bee counting sensory bin is designed to entertain and educate, making it the perfect activity for preschoolers. By combining colored rice, pom poms, and cardboard tubes, we’ll create an immersive environment that mirrors a buzzing beehive. Children will have the opportunity to touch, scoop, and explore the different textures, enhancing their fine motor skills and tactile awareness. As they engage with the sensory materials, we’ll also incorporate counting exercises, where they can sort and count the pom pom bees using the cardboard tubes as their honey-filled homes. This interactive play ensures that learning is woven seamlessly into the playtime, nurturing a love for numbers and problem-solving from a young age. So, get ready to witness your child’s face light up as they dive into this bee-licious adventure!


How to Make Yellow Coloured Rice

Creating yellow colored rice for a bee counting sensory bin is a simple and delightful process that will add a vibrant touch to your playtime. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make this buzzing yellow rice:

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

To start, you’ll need the following materials:

  • White rice (uncooked)
  • Yellow liquid food coloring
  • White vinegar
  • Ziplock bags or containers with lids
  • Baking sheet or parchment paper

Step 2: Prepare the Rice

Measure 6 cups of uncooked white rice that you’ll need for your sensory bin. Place the rice in a large ziplock bag.

Step 3: Add the Yellow Food Coloring

Add few drops of yellow liquid food coloring to the bag and a soap full of white vinegar. The number of drops will depend on how vibrant you want the yellow color to be. Start with a few drops and add more if needed.

Step 4: Mix the Rice and Food Coloring

Carefully seal the ziplock bag and mix to coat the rice thoroughly with the food coloring. Continue mixing until all the rice is evenly colored and reaches the desired shade of yellow.

Step 5: Set the Rice to Dry

Spread the colored rice evenly on a baking sheet or parchment paper, ensuring it’s in a single layer. Allow the rice to dry for a few hours or overnight. This step is crucial to avoid any color transfer during sensory play.

Step 6: Store for Later Use

Once the yellow rice is completely dry, transfer it into a ziplock bag or a container with a lid for storage. It will be ready to use whenever you’re ready to set up your bee counting sensory bin.

Make the Bee Counting Sensory Bin


  • Cardboard tubes
  • Black Pom poms
  • Black Washi Tape
  • Wooden numbers or black marker
  • Glue
  • Bee toys
  • Bowls
  • Scoopers
  • Fake flowers
  • Tongs


  1. Fill your sensory bin with the yellow rice.
  2. Add black pom poms.
  3. Grab 5-10 toilet paper rolls and decorate them with black washi tape, if available. Either write on each tube the numbers 1-5 or 1-10. Or if you have available glue on wooden numbers.
  4. Place the cardboard tubes in the sensory bin, in the rice sothat they stand up.
  5. Add the tongs, scoopers, bowls.
  6. Add bee toys or pictures of bees.
  7. Add fake flowers.
  8. Invite your child to identify they number of one of the tubes and then count that number of pompoms and then use the tongs or their fingers to place them in hte correct tube.

Age Suitability

This activity is good for toddlers aged children 18 years old and up with adult assistance.

Mess Level

The mess level for this activity is low.

Difficulty to Create 


Skills Developed

Language development, shape recognition, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.

Toddler and Preschooler Curriculums, Books & TV Show!

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Book: Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids

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