Sensory play is a proven way for children of all ages to deepen knowledge and explore in a meaningful way! I could list the multiple benefits of sensory bins, but I’m sure if you are here, you already know the value! 🙂 I wanted to start sharing with all of you our themed sensory bins.
I change our bins out 1-2 times a month. I theme them based off of holidays, seasons, books we’re reading, or sometimes even a topic my kiddos are interested in.
I have 3 boys, ages 6 (almost 7) 4, and 1. All of the bins I share with you will work with ALL ages.
To start, I always like to set out the bins as an “invitation to play.” Meaning, I don’t mix everything together or add it all at first. Many times, I separate it out like you can see above, inviting them to dive in.
And that is exactly what they did! My 6 and 4 year old played with this bin for almost 45 minutes the first day I set it out while my 1 year old was napping. When he woke up, he quickly took over and played for close to a half hour with it!
We have a sensory bin table that holds these bins, built by my wonderful father-in-law. We also use them on the floor with a reusable plastic table cloth underneath!
Here are links to the tools my kiddos use for almost all of the sensory bins:
- This set of wooden tools is used with almost all of our bins. Not a necessity, because ANY scoops you have will work, but we love this set!
- These tongs are PERFECT for little hands. I love that they are a firmer tong, so even my 1 year old can work on his motor skills using these.
- These plastic party scoops are used with every bin, and they are the perfect size!
And links to the Halloween items included in this bin:
- Pack of Halloween colored water beads
- Halloween Silicone Tray
- 2nd Halloween Silicone Tray
- Glitter pumpkins
- Plastic cauldrons
- Glitter mini spiders
- Skeleton tongs
I hope you are able to use these ideas to create sensory bins for your own kiddos! Pin the image below to save this post for later!