Sensory Bins for Toddlers

A sensory bin is a container filled with a material that can be used for sensory play. The material can be anything safe for children to play with, such as sand, water, rice, play dough, or bubble wrap. 

Sensory bins can be used to provide children with opportunities to explore their senses, learn about different textures and sounds, and develop motor skills. They contain materials that stimulate your child’s senses and let them interact and explore the different items inside them. They are also fun to keep children occupied while cooking or cleaning.

Basic components of a sensory bin include a large container that’s easily washable, at least one filler, and various sensory toys and tools placed inside.

Dry Fillers 

  1. popcorn kernels
  2. dry rice or beans
  3. cotton balls
  4. crinkle grass
  5. craft feathers
  6. beads
  7. leaves
  8. sand
  9. shredded paper
  10. packing peanuts
  11. birdseed

Wet and Sticky Fillers

These ones tend to be a lot messier. But the messier they are, the more sensory experiences is offered to your child! 

  1. Kinetic sand
  2. Homemade snow
  3. Soap foam
  4. Shaving cream
  5. Cloud dough
  6. Water
  7. Water beads

Household items that can be used in sensory bins

  1. Tongs, spoons, and tweezers
  2. Silicone muffin cups
  3. Magnifying glass
  4. Funnel
  5. Fake gems
  6. Small plastic toys such as animal figurines, magnetic letters, blocks, etc.
  7. Measuring bowls and cups
  8. Ice cube tray
  9. Whisk, colander, sieve
  10. Cookie cutters

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