Sensory bins are a lot of fun for toddlers and preschoolers, but what do you put in them? How do you make a theme for your bin? Well, here are some ideas to get you started with sensory play.
What’s a sensory bin?
A sensory bin is a box or container that holds items your toddler or preschooler (or really any child or adult for that matter) can explore with their senses.
Mostly they revolve around touch but there are also quite a few that you can smell and taste.
Sound is a part of it too because the sound of beans pouring into the bin is nice. It’s like ASMR for kids. (lol) I love the sound of dried macaroni on the plastic.
How do toddlers and preschoolers play with sensory bins?
However they want.
They’re supposed to be exploratory “toys.” They’re open ended so they don’t really have a right way or a wrong way to play.
You can have some sort of objective if you want like find all the toys buried in the bin. But don’t limit your kid to one way to play.
Just leave them alone with it and they’ll figure it out how they want. Some kids will play with a sensory box for hours at a time.
These sensory activities are great for when you need a break from playing because little ones are more likely to play independently when using all of their senses.
What are your favorite sensory bin ideas for kids?
Let me know in the comments below!
We really like dried macaroni, water, and water beads in our sensory play activities. I’d like to try some new fillers and some more themed ideas. We’re definitely going to try some of these bins soon.