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.
1. Bird Seed Sensory Bin with scoops and bowls.
2. Give finger nail brushes to wash your trucks and cars. Fill 1 bin with soapy water and the other with water to rinse.
3. Spring Sensory Bin with Dirt, fake flowers, shovel, scoops, rakes, and some bugs.
4. Playground sand is one of our favorites with sand toys.
6. Trucks in tree droppings.
8. Christmas Sensory Bin with Christmas colored water beads and Christmas shaped grow sponges.
9. Green Goo was another favorite by everyone!!
Making space cakes are lots of fun, and very yummy!!
12. The Snowy Day Sensory Bin ~ We put snow in a bin and hid Arctic and Antarctic animals inside.
13, Our fun ice Summer Sensory Bin.
14. Ice excavating can be great fun to get toys out.
15. We added some blue water beads and grow animals into our little outdoor pool during a hot week.
16. Pinwheels in sand on a windy day is great fun!
17. Sand with tea cups is a great tea party in the sand!!
18. Fill some containers with bubble solution and bubble wands.
19. The hose and some water toys can be great fun.
20. Fill your sensory bin with water and use a magnetic fishing poles with magnetic fish.
21. Fill a water table and bucket with water and it can be lots of fun!
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!!
23. Our beach sensory bin with lots of beach goodies inside.
26. Fall sensory bin with hay, leaves, pumpkins, a farmer and animals.
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!
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.
30. Tractor sifting for fall was a lot of fun!
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 😉
34. Winter themed sensory bin with foam balls and tooth picks to make snowmen.
36. Digging for lucky coins was so much fun for St. Patrick’s Day.
37. Rainbow colored rice, some black cauldrons, and some scoops make for some great St. Patrick’s Day sensory fun!
38. Colored Ice Cubes can be a great way to stay cool in the summer during the heat, and a very visually appealing experience!!
39. Easter Sensory Bin with A few fun Easter things can make for a fun way to keep kids busy during the Easter season.
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 🙂
41. Hiding letters in colored rice and them putting them all in order to practice the alphabet.
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 😉
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!!
46. Dinosaurs and sand can lead to many hours of play!
49. Using balloon boats in the pool and having balloon boat races is a great water sensory bin.
Blowing up the balloons is great oral sensory input to!!
50. Construction sensory bin with rubber mulch, mini rocks, bulldozers, dump trucks, and some plastic cones.
51. Halloween sensory bins with Halloween colored rice and goodies is great fun!
53. A winter sensory bin. Cotton balls and pom poms are great fine motor skills and entertainment for little ones!!
54. Adding your own DIY Bubble solution to a dish pan can leads to hours of fun and creativity!
55. Snap Beads in your sensory bin can be some great fine motor practice!
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.
Here are the fun things that were found under the grass.
Searching to find the items inside can be great fun!!
Also using scissors to cut the “grass” (green construction paper)Is a fun activity to extend the sensory bin life!
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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