Come build a sensory bin with me!
You’d think from this title that I was a sponsor. But nope. This collection is just me, leaving the house and inspired down the bright, white halls of Target. Let’s build a sensory bin together!
In this sensory bin post we will:
- Share the perfect size for a sensory bin
- Share our favorite Kinetic sand (spoiler: needs to say BEACH on the bag)
- Discover fillers for construction play
- Upgrade a few kitchen supplies for water play
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Yes! There is a perfect size for your sensory bin.
It doesn’t have to be exact, but the size should be close to the sensory bin we picked out.
I am looking for a bin that comfortably fits one or two children and is not too long to store when not in use.
I also look for a bin that my child can reach into without being too deep.
If you cannot find this EXACT bin, look for something similar. If you come close, it is a WINNER.
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What about sensory play fillers?
Over the years (eight to be exact), we’ve had our share of sensory play. I’ve learned that rice is not my favorite, but kinetic sand is.
Why? Oh, I am so glad you asked.
Simply put, me cleaning up tiny rice under my refrigerator is not my love language. Clumping Kinetic beach sand into one moldable ball and tossing it into a storage container for another time is.
You get the idea. If it is easy to clean up, sign me up!
Kinetic BEACH sand is the winner
Not all Kinetic sand is created equal. Here, I credit my dear friend and content creator, Toddler Approved. She helped me realize there are two different kinds a while back, and I have never looked back.
NOTE: Colored kinetic sand leaves behind the color you didn’t ask for on your tabletop. I would suggest skipping it.
Bonus – moving the sand around helps build fine motor strength.
If you are already committed to Kinetic sand, you must hop over these 20+ ideas for Kinetic Sand Sensory Play.
SUPPLIES: If you are new to Kinetic sand, start with this bag of sand.
Vase fillers (small rocks) work well in sensory bins
When I turned the aisle into home decor, I stumbled upon these rocks used for vase fillers. Whoa, did my eyes light up!
NOTE: These rocks are small and will need supervision.
I like to fill up a bin of soapy water and wash the rocks off before offering them to play. I got a little lost at the moment washing them! The warm water and the stones were so therapeutic! – Boom. There is another sensory bin idea.
My vision for rock play is this sensory construction play only using the rocks. Stay tuned for a post from the image above. Coming soon!
The third filler to add to your collection is kitchen supplies!
You guessed it! Swap out the kitchen utensils from ten years ago and pass them down to your children for water play.
(Dollar Tree also has terrific kitchen supplies if you are not looking to upgrade your own)
Favorite water play items:
Did you catch our shopping video on Instagram?