Over 50 Sensory Bin Ideas


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We have created and used MANY different sensory bins the last few years. Now we usually just use the same type of sensory bin but maybe change it up a little with different fillers or a few new things inside them. It keeps the little ones very happy, teaches them great fine motor skills, and are used very regularly.

My wonderful hubby made us 2 different DIY sensory tables which are what we use most of the time now when we make them.

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1. Bird Seed Sensory Bin with scoops and bowls.

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2. Give finger nail brushes to wash your trucks and cars. Fill 1 bin with soapy water and the other with water to rinse.P1130800

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3. Spring Sensory Bin with Dirt, fake flowers, shovel, scoops, rakes, and some bugs.Spring-Sensory-Bin

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4. Playground sand is one of our favorites with sand toys.Sand-Senosry-Bin

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5. Ocean Sensory Bin.Ocean-Sensory-Bin

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6. Trucks in tree droppings.

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7. Rainbow rice for St. Patrick’s Day

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8. Christmas Sensory Bin with Christmas colored water beads and Christmas shaped grow sponges.

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9. Green Goo was another favorite by everyone!!Green-Goo-Sensory-Bin

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10. Outer Space Sensory Bin.Outer-Space-Sensory-Bin

Making space cakes are lots of fun, and very yummy!!

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11. Water Beads with easter eggs Sensory Bin.Easter-Egg-water-Bead-sensory-bin

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12. The Snowy Day Sensory Bin ~ We put snow in a bin and hid Arctic and Antarctic animals inside.
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13, Our fun ice Summer Sensory Bin.

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14. Ice excavating can be great fun to get toys out.

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15. We added some blue water beads and grow animals into our little outdoor pool during a hot week.P1140288

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16. Pinwheels in sand on a windy day is great fun!Pinwheel-Sensory-Bin

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17. Sand with tea cups is a great tea party in the sand!!

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18. Fill some containers with bubble solution and bubble wands.P1130251

19. The hose and some water toys can be great fun.P1130064

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20. Fill your sensory bin with water and use a magnetic fishing poles with magnetic fish.

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21. Fill a water table and bucket with water and it can be lots of fun! Water--Fun-Sensory-Play

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22. Filling a container with plastic Christmas ornaments was so much fun for the little kids, especially when we had a little tree out with them for the kids to decorate their own Christmas tree!!CIMG0040

23. Our beach sensory bin with lots of beach goodies inside.
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24. Another beach sensory bin done at a later time in our big sensory bin without quite as many things inside, changing a bin around a little bit can still make for lots of fun for kids!!CIMG1089

25. Just using colored rice and searching for little trinkets inside can be lots of fun. This time we used tiny erasers and tiny animals.P1040845

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26. Fall sensory bin with hay, leaves, pumpkins, a farmer and animals.P1070660

27. Halloween sensory bin with Halloween colored rice and Halloween colored goodies is lots of fun.Using a sifter to sift out goodies in the rice adds some fun to the bin as well!P1070667

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28. Cutting Sensory Bin ~ When Ethan was really at the stage where he was perfecting his cutting skills to keep him from cutting things we didn’t want him to cut we made cutting sensory bins.P1070671

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29. Straw and ribbon cutting sensory bin.

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30. Tractor sifting for fall was a lot of fun!
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31. Just adding colored water to a bucket and letting the kids use different container to pour the water back and forth kept them busy for quite some time. Because it was in a sensory bin most of the spills were contained 😉P1080443

32. Lots of holiday goodies in our Christmas Sensory bin.P1080644
33. Valentines Day Sensory Bin.
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34. Winter themed sensory bin with foam balls and tooth picks to make snowmen.P1090504

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35. Another Valentine’s Day sensory bin.P1090887

36. Digging for lucky coins was so much fun for St. Patrick’s Day.P1100554

37. Rainbow colored rice, some black cauldrons, and some scoops make for some great St. Patrick’s Day sensory fun!
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38. Colored Ice Cubes can be a great way to stay cool in the summer during the heat, and a very visually appealing experience!!

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39. Easter Sensory Bin with A few fun Easter things can make for a fun way to keep kids busy during the Easter season.

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40. Each spring our Maple trees drop little green buds everywhere! We took them and made them into a sensory bin this year. The kids used mini baking pans and had fun pretending to cook them 🙂

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41. Hiding letters in colored rice and them putting them all in order to practice the alphabet.

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42. Fill a bin with water and tea party toys and they can practice pouring water into cups, or they can jump right in and bathe in the water 😉

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43. Fun St. Patrick’s Day sensory bin with lots of green goodies inside to explore.P1030171

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44. Easter sensory bin with glittery Easter eggs, Easter mini koosh balls, and lots of other Easter fun things!
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45. Popcorn sensory bin of course set up as a construction zone because every dump truck and bulldozer should move popcorn kernels at some point and time!!
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46. Dinosaurs and sand can lead to many hours of play!P1130627

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47. Sand with sand molds

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48. Floam with sea creatures for a beach/ocean unit.
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49. Using balloon boats in the pool and having balloon boat races is a great water sensory bin.P1140695

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Blowing up the balloons is great oral sensory input to!!

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50. Construction sensory bin with rubber mulch, mini rocks, bulldozers, dump trucks, and some plastic cones.

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51. Halloween sensory bins with Halloween colored rice and goodies is great fun!

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52. Christmas Sensory Bin with lots of tinsel.P1090015

So we can decorate rooms for christmas.P1090847

53. A winter sensory bin. Cotton balls and pom poms are great fine motor skills and entertainment for little ones!!
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54. Adding your own DIY Bubble solution to a dish pan can leads to hours of fun and creativity!

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55. Snap Beads in your sensory bin can be some great fine motor practice!

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56. A spring search in a sensory bin or a plastic pool. With grass (green construction paper) green rice, and insects. We also used mini nets to catch things and magnifying glasses to explore the insects we found.

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Here are the fun things that were found under the grass.

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Searching to find the items inside can be great fun!!

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Also using scissors to cut the “grass” (green construction paper)Is a fun activity to extend the sensory bin life!

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57. A
fun Christmas Sensory bin!

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What is your favorite thing to put into sensory bins? Leave a comment letting me know, I would love to hear your ideas!


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Comments

  1. What a wonderful round-up of ideas! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  2. What beautiful and engaging sensory bin ideas! Would you mind sharing where you get the white play sand? TIA!

    • Janet,
      Thank you so much. My kids have really loved sensory bins, and they are great for calming my kiddo with sensory issues. I got my sand from Discount School Supply, I have a link to their site on the sidebar on the right side of the blog. Other times I have purchased regular play sand at Lowe’s but it’s not white like Discount School Supplies. Thank you so much for stopping by.

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