Sensory Bins are wonderful hands on tools for children! We have been using them for years. They can be used for any activity, any theme, any holiday. It also does not cost hardly anything!! We have used measuring cups, stirring spoons, strainer, small pitchers, cupcake pans,…..oh my, I could go on and on. But the most important tool might be your children’s hands!
Read more here: 5 Things You Need to Know About Sensory Bins
Here is a great big list of ALL kinds of Sensory Bin Ideas and more! We have done most of these and what we haven’t tried we will get to. I always attach a sensory holiday themed bin to our monthly activities . Go ahead, get your hands ready and dive in!
No Time for Flash Cards – Star Color Matching & Sensory Tub
My Life of Travels and Adventures has a great circle sensory bin plus lots of other ideas I have used.
Lemon Lime Adventures – Circles Toddler Bin
I Can Teach My Child – Snowy Shape Hunt
I got a set of these adorable Handy Scoopers at a yard sale for $1.00!! Yes I can’t believe it either…. Anyway my kids love using these just as much as a pair of tongs!
We have some kids garden tools that are similiar to these. The kids love to use them. I have a couple of little bins we use and a couple of bigger bins. I have a table or two also. Like I said we love sensory bins and have been doing these for years! You only need a plastic tub and some imagination. I haven’t seen a bin that a kiddo didn’t like digging their hands into!
Enchanted Homeschooling Mom – Monsters Love Colors Sensory Bin…. I loved her idea of taping down a huge piece of paper on the floor, with this bin!
And Next Comes L – Color Sensory Bins: Green
Fantastic Fun and Learning – Four Yarn Sensory Bins
Color Games Sensory Bins…(I use baby wipe containers as mini bins also!!)
I’ve heard alot of people using these. Jelly Water Beads in their bins, but I have not used them yet. Have you? How did it go? (Update: We have tried them now and they are fun! Why did I wait so long?)
Check out What are Water Beads? by Playdough & Popsicles
Mess for Less – Word Games Sensory Word Hunt
I used I Can Teach my Child‘s – Invisible Letters & added them to quite a few different bins I’ve done.
Royal Baloo – ABC’s of Sensory Bins
Tiny Tots Adventures – Alphabet Bottle Cap Sensory
A Little Pinch of Perfect – Find & Match Letters: Sensory Bin & Muffin
Check out more Sensory Bin Ideas & Themes! This list is ever growing!
Dabbling Mama – Find Your Name Black Bean
I Can Teach My Child – Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Sensory…Gotta love playing in the spaghetti!
3 Dinosaurs – Easy Sensory Bin with Seasonal Erasers
Mama of Many Blessings – African Sensory Bin
There’s more to rice fillers!! Try filling your bins with other things. We’ve done sand, fish rocks,shells, beads, marbles, easter grass, feathers, dirt, paperclips, lego’s, popcorn, jellybeans, water, leaves, goldfish crackers, cheerios, etc. The list goes on and on.
Check out Little Bins for Little Hands – Non Food Sensory Bin Fillers
Be cautious with anything you use in your Sensory Bins! We want these bins to engage their minds, not there mouths! Don’t be afraid of a little mess on the floor. This is soooo wonderful for little hands & minds!
Follow my Sensory Bin board for more ideas!
Read some Books!
Sharla Kostelyk – Sensory Bins The What The How The Why
Asia Citro – 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids
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For those of you new to Sensory Play, please check out all the ideas that have been shared below! Come back often for more ideas even for the holidays!
Do you have an idea for a bin? I would love love love it if you would share!!
I also would love to see you at my Monday of Many Blessings Link Up!
Here are the rules:
-This link up party is strictly for Sensory Bin Ideas and Play Activities ONLY!!! It doesn’t matter if it’s filled with rice, water, oatmeal, beads, or whatever your creative mind came up with! This linky will never close, so anytime you have a new bin or post about sensory play, come back here and link it up! Link up all your old posts! Come back get new ideas, be inspired and share, even if you have a new bin idea every day! Not only will you get exposure but you could very well be helping so many people who may not know about Sensory Play and/or have run out of ideas!!
-Please link up all your posts on sensory play and bin ideas! (All other posts will be deleted!!) I hope this Link Up will bless you in some way!
# 1 -Feel free to share as many sensory posts as you like. New & Old! Can also include Sensory Bin Giveaways that you personally are having, just no selling or advertisments!
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-When you link up your wonderful post, you are giving me permission to feature an image on this blog. I will always give you the credit that you deserve! After all this whole blogging thing, is alot of work right? All your other family friendly posts you can share at my Monday of Many Blessings Link Up! Come back at the first of the month to see our Homeschool Features!
Happy Linking & I can’t wait to see what you are sharing!!