Homemade Sensory Bins

What is a Sensory Bin?

A sensory bin is an sensory tactile experience for kids. Essentially, they are containers (bins) filled with different substances for a tactile play. They help with sensory exploration through play, development of practical skills (pouring, filling, scooping), focus/attending, etc.

Sensory Bin Assembly

  1. Container/Bin: Get creative. Use any container that is deep/large enough to allow for exploration without the contents spilling every where. Examples
    • Tupperware
    • Storage container (used for clothes or any household item)
    • Shoe box
    • Baking dish
    • Cardboard box
    • Pot
  2. Fill with sensory materials: Stick to one material for each bin you use. Examples:
    • Beans
    • Rice
    • Pasta
    • Sand
    • Water
    • Birdseed
    • Oatmeal
    • Coffee beans
    • Shredded paper
    • Shaving cream
    • Aquarium rocks
  3. Add items of interest: Make it a theme or pick random items. Examples:
    • Toy cars/animals/dolls
    • Cotton balls
    • Ribbons
    • Magnetic letters
    • Buttons
    • Pom poms
    • Paper clips
    • Gems
    • Shells
    • Stones
  4. Add tools/instruments: Use these tools to manipulate the sensory items in the bin. This helps with exploration and fine motor skills. Examples:
    • Tweezers
    • Tongs
    • Spoons
    • Small cups
    • Magnifying glass
    • Measuring cups
    • Baster
    • Baby food jars
    • Ice cube tray
  5. HAVE FUN: There is no wrong way to play with a sensory bin!
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