Sensory bins are a great activity for little ones.
We used to have monthly and seasonal themed sensory bins.
We also made a nice frugal light table out of a plastic bin and electric strand lights.
My husband made a little table where I could fit in a plastic tub.
I would gather materials from the dollar store and set out some spoons and scoops for the kids to play with loose parts.
Since I made sensory bins for my own children and know they have no allergies, it was no problem. For items for larger groups, I would make sure there were no wheat allergies or the like.
Why Sensory Bins?
Sensory play allows children to explore, discover, imagine, create, and learn – while engaging their senses.
Sensory play can be used to help kids calm down. We often used a quiet sensory toy during read aloud time or while waiting to occupy busy little hands.
They’re educational – helping kids develop important skills like language, emotions, fine motor, social, body awareness, science and math, and more.
Sensory play is great for special needs! Many therapists use sensory activity with even adult patients.
Sensory Bin Bases
- I saved packing materials like styrofoam and bubble wrap.
- Dyed rice or pasta.
- Dried lentils
- Dried beans
- Bran kernels
- Coarse wheat kernels
Sensory Bin Fillers
- plastic and wooden beads
- small boxes
- die cut shapes
- plastic planter decor (hearts or stars)
- pom poms
- decorative pebbles