Skip to Content

Construction Zone Sensory Bean Box for Toddlers

If your toddler is a car fanatic like mine, then he will love this construction zone sensory bin made out of two common household ingredients, beans and rice!

Take an old Amazon box and turn it into hours of fun for your little one!

Keep reading for quick instructions of how to get your sensory bin set-up and ready to go.

Once your toddler is playing the day away,  take a picture and tag me on Instagram using the handle @lorenaylennox, so I can see all the fun!

Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases but this comes at no additional cost to you. 

Today I want to share with you a fun and simple construction zone sensory bin for toddlers and preschoolers using rice, beans and vehicles!

What is a sensory bin?

A sensory box is a container filled with different, loose parts for play.

The container itself should be big enough to let your child explore the objects inside. Boxes are great because they come in all shapes and sizes.

Sensory bins help children learn about the world, all while using their senses.

Little Bins Little Hands states that from sensory play, children learn:

  • Practical life skills
  • Play skills
  • Language development
  • About their senses

Related: Beach Sensory Bin for Toddlers

What you will need for this construction zone sensory bin

  • A Box or bin
  • Beans. I used beans, and added some rice to fill up the box more. But you can use any loose parts that you can find; gravel, rocks, ice, beads, sand, dirt, etc.
  • Construction vehicles
Construction Zone Sensory Bin

 Time to get sensory

To avoid mess, I set up the bean box outside, but you can also set up this activity inside, it might just require a little more cleanup.

Then, I added all of the ingredients to the box and voila! Lennox played the day away!

Construction Zone Sensory Bin

Literally, the entire day. And the next, until I finally put the box away.

What’s cool about this activity is that you can easily store the beans and rice away into a container and bring them out again another day!

Also, if the beans get in your backyard, your toddler can have a little aftermath nature fun watching the beans sprouts 😀 Lennox really got a kick out of the growing beans!

To wrap things up, I hope your child has fun with this activity, because I know mine sure did! Let me know, if so, in the comments below!

Check out some more sensory activities for toddlers below!

world in eyes

Monday 30th of March 2020

really a appreciable and meaningful thought for building the capacity id kids, on how to live in boundaries and manage things inside the boundaries. Thanks for sharing the character building activity. (


Monday 30th of March 2020

This article is inspiring. I also liked your article "The Best Open-Ended Toys for Bilingual Toddlers and Preschoolers".