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Valentines Day Sensory Bin

  • Author: Cara
  • Prep Time: 25 min
  • Total Time: 1+ hours
  • Yield: 1 Valentines Day Sensory Bin 1x
  • Category: Valentines Day, Crafts


  • 2 c. rice, uncooked
  • 1 c. pasta, uncooked
  • 1 c. white beans, uncooked
  • food coloring of choice
  • 2 tsp. water (separated into 1/2 tsp. per colored grain)
  • addition add-ins like conversation hearts, felt stickers, etc.
  • 4 plastic baggies or containers you don’t mind getting stained


  1. Place 1 c. of rice/pasta/beans into each baggie.
  2. Mix 1/2 tsp. of water + 15-20 drops of food coloring per color.
  3. Place into the baggie, zip up completely and then shake the heck out of it until the color has spread evenly. You might need to add another 1/4 tsp of water along with a couple more drops of coloring if it doesn’t coat it perfectly.
  4. Place the rice out on a piece of parchment paper, aluminum foil, baking sheet, or paper towel and allow to dry (see notes).
  5. Once completely dry, pour all colors into a small storage bin.


Depending on the type of food coloring you use, you might have to leave out to dry longer. I found using the regular liquid food coloring dried up rather quickly (in an hour, especially for the rice), however you might need to leave out overnight.