Lunar New Year Sensory Bin

This Lunar New Year sensory bin is a fun way to celebrate the new year with your toddler. There are so many ways to play with this bright sensory tub!

Lunar New year sensory bin for toddlers and preschoolers

This Lunar New Year sensory bin is a fun way to celebrate the lunar new year with your toddler or preschooler. There are so many ways to play with this brightly coloured textures are a fun way sort and play!

This was a fun sensory activity for all my kids. The brightly coloured pom poms and shiny coins makes a fun sensory and learning activity.

Our sensory bin features bright red rice and red and yellow colored materials in a variety of textures. There are so many ways to play with this bin. My kids enjoyed sorting by size or colour, pretending to mix and stir or cook, pouring and scooping or using tongs and chopsticks. They also enjoyed pouring rice down the cardboard tubes!


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  • Red Coloured Rice
  • Yellow and Red Pom Poms
  • Yellow and Red Bowls
  • Tongs
  • Chop Sticks
  • Red and Yellow Caps
  • Cardboard Tubes
  • Red and Yellow Washi Tape
  • Funnels
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Red and Gold Party Necklaces
  • Gold Coins
  • Duct Tape

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. 

For the cardboard tubes I wrapped red and yellow Washi tape around them and then stuck it to the sides of the sensory bin using duct tape.

N and A are twins, they are 23 months. Z is 5.5 years old.


Author: happytoddlerplaytime

Hello! I'm Mandisa, CPA turned stay-at-home to one 3 year old sharing easy play-based learning activities and crafts for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

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