Dinosaur Sensory Bin for Toddlers

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Do you have a budding paleontologist at home? Create this engaging dinosaur sensory bin for toddlers and preschoolers and watch their imagination ignite!

My twins playing with their love dinosaurs toys and since I recently dyed a batch rice I decided it was time to set a new sensory bin for them using rice and dinosaurs.

Looking for other dinosaur sensory bins? Check out this fun idea for Valentine’s Day, or this using kinetic sand, or this one using shredded paper or this one in a water table!

Here’s how to set up this beautiful dinosaur sensory bin for toddlers:

Below is a list of all the things in this wonderful sensory bin. Use the photos as a guide as to how to set it up.


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How to Make Colored Rice

What You’ll Need

  • 1 Cup of White Rice
  • 1/2 tsp White Vinegar
  • Several Drops of Gel Food Coloring
  • Large Ziploc Bags
  • Parchment Paper
  • Baking Sheets or Tupperware containers

How to Make

  1. Combine the rice, white vinegar and food coloring in a Ziploc bag. 
  2. Seal it carefully and mix the contents throughly. 
  3. Repeat for each color.
  4. Lay a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet or line a Tupperware container. 
  5. Spread the colored rice out on the parchment paper and allow it to dry overnight. 


If you don’t have gel food coloring, regular food coloring will work fine. If you want your rice to be more vibrant add more than just a few drops of food coloring and a small amount of white vinegar. Although the instructions calls for 1 cup of rice I usually make between 6-7 cups of rice for a sensory bin. 

I let my twins place the letters into each section of the muffin tin. As they did I asked them what letter it was. Then I invited them to hide the letters. As they did we said goodbye to each letter. I made sure to identify it’s sound as well as a familiar word that started with that letter.

They had a blast and even wanted to play this fun and easy game again the next day!

N and A are twins. They are 23 months old here.


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2 comments on “Dinosaur Sensory Bin for Toddlers”

  1. Discovered your site on pinterest yesterday.. Thank you so much for sharing such amazing sensory bin ideas! I pinned all of them hehe

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      You are most welcome! I wrote a book of sensory bins as well. Check it out – Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids – on Amazon!