Sesnsoy bins for kids we love!
You’ve probably heard that sensory bins for kids are an excellent way for young children to learn and explore. But what exactly is a sensory bin, and why is sensory play important?
More importantly, how will sensory play benefit both my child and myself? As a parent being pulled in many directions, it is a top priority to find an activity that holds educational value and longevity.
Well, this is it! Sensory bins are for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and big kids!
What changes over the years is what we put inside the sensory play to match the child’s stage of learning and development.
Here you will learn about the benefits of sensory play and how to simplify bringing them into your home. Less mess, more play!
What is a sensory bin?
A sensory bin is a container filled with materials that allow young child to explore their senses. – and that’s not all!
Sensory bins also help young children work through emotions, frustrations, and thoughts that they may not vocalize.
Early learners learn through experiences.
Toddlers and preschoolers need to touch and move objects around to make higher-level connections and move beyond worksheets.
Sensory bins allow children to learn through investigation, discovery and problem-solving regarding safety and interest levels.
Here are items that can go into sensory bins!
Sensory play explores what items look like, how they feel if they make sounds, and perhaps even how they smell and taste.
Here are popular sensory bin fillers:
- colored pasta
- pom poms
- ice cubes
- shredded paper
- water and dishsoap for bubbles
- shaving cream
- cloud dough
- kinetic sand – beach sand
Add any of these items to an under-the-bed storage bin or sensory table along with some common kitchen tools to get started!
Why are sensory bins beneficial to children?
Sensory bins offer many hands-on ways for children to learn.
Sensory bins allow toddlers and preschoolers to touch, look, hear, grasp, stack, fill, dump, connect, twist, balance, transport, construct, inspire and stimulate the imagination.
Phew! Those are more benefits that we would have thought about.
When children learn to interact with sensory bins, they begin to have opportunities that offer higher-level thinking. Children will make predictions and test limits that lead to discovery.
Now that we have a better understanding what a senosry bin is and why it is important, let’s dive into some play ideas!
Clean and Simple Sensory play
Let’s start with keeping things simple. These sensory bins typically stay within the play space and are quick to clean up.
- Fall Bean Mix Up – Days with Grey
- Cranberry Scoop – Days with Grey
- Sound Tubes – No Time for Flashcards
- Trucks and Oats – Toddler Approved
- Button Water Sensory Play – Days with Grey
- Bear Soup – Days with Grey
- Sensory Sorting – Busy Toddler
- Letter Bin Sensory Hunt – Here Wee Learn
- Sticky Pumpkin – Days with Grey
- Farm Sensory Play – Teaching Two and Three Year Olds
- 20 Activities for Kintetic Sand – Days with Grey
Water and Ice Sensory Play
Water and ice – you are my favorite. These are my everyday, go-to sensory play activities because they are SUPER SIMPLE to set up. Even cleanup is a breeze by wiping it down with a towel when finished.
- Frozen Water Ice Pods – Days with Grey
- Outdoor Tracks Water Play – Days with Grey
- Pour to the Lines – Days with Grey
- Pool Noodle Water Wall – Happy Toddler Playtime
- Scoop the Limes – Days with Grey
- Ribbon Sensory Play – My Bored Toddler
- Ice Skating Bears – Days with Grey
- Alphabet Sensory Bag – The Best Ideas for Kids
- Apple Scoop and Sort – Days with Grey
- Water and Paint Sensory Play – Days with Grey
- Halloween Water Play – Days with Grey
- Magnetic Sensory Bottles – The Best Ideas for Kids
- 35 Water Games for Kids – Days with Grey
Messy Sensory Play
Now let’s have some fun! These ideas may be messy, but the memories last a lifetime. Remember that time when…
- Halloween Messy Sensory Play – Days with Grey
- Shaving Cream and LEGOS – Days with Grey
- Bugs in Muck – No Time for Flashcards
- Decorate the Box Cake – Days with Grey
- Scissor Skills Spaghetti Sensory Play – Days with Grey
- Shaving Cream Car Tracks – Days with Grey
- Shapes and Shaving Cream – Days with Grey
- Shredded Paper Pool – Busy Toddler
- Rainbow Oobleck – Toddler Approved
- Taste Safe Strawberry Bin – Days with Grey