Sensory Bin Ideas

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The first thing that really grabbed my interest with teaching babies and toddlers was none other than a sensory bin. I couldn’t help but think how much both my husband and I would have loved these when we were kids!I don’t really offer any “new” information here — peruse Pinterest and you’ll see there are about a million ideas out there for sensory bins! But here is what I do – primarily on the “cheap” – and I sure hope it can help someone!

4 of our favorite sensory bins!Our Sensory Bins

Holiday Sensory Bins

Containers

  • Small: 4-cup Ziploc containers
  • Medium: 6-quart clear Sterilite bins (Target, Walmart)
  • Large: Rubbermaid utility boxes (or bus bins)

Fillers

  • Salt
  • White rice
  • Colored rice
  • Oatmeal
  • Wheat and other grains
  • Dried beans (so many kinds!)
  • Split peas
  • Lentils
  • Grits2 Japanese inspired sensory bins -
  • Pasta (uncooked)
  • Pasta (uncooked, colored)
  • Pasta (cooked, colored)
  • Cereal
  • Corn / chicken feed
  • Birdseed
  • Craft sand
  • Moon sand
  • Aquarium rocks
  • Water beads
  • Foam beads
  • Ice
  • Crinkle paper
  • Easter grass

 

Filler ~ Add-Ons

  • Ribbon
  • Yarn
  • Zippers
  • Fabric scraps
  • Foam scraps

4 holiday sensory bins - Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day and Easter!Objects

  • Pom poms
  • Gems
  • Big beads
  • Toy animals
  • Toy trucks/cars

Tools

  • Takeout utensils
  • OXO Good Grips 4-Piece Mini Measuring Beaker Set
  • Plastic containers (especially ones for canning)
  • Measuring cups
  • Scoops
  • Small sifter
  • Small dishes
  • Small baskets
  • Funnels
  • Paper towel and toilet paper rolls
  • Large paintbrush (great w/ salt)

 

 

 

 

Our Favorite Sensory Bins! Holidays, Farm, Zen Garden & more...

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