• Donae

How to make sensory bins for kids

Updated: Aug 30, 2021

Have you ever heard of sensory bins? If you haven't, then let me introduce you to a super, cool, and amazing activity that you can do with your kids which is not only for fun but also for engagement and developmental play.


Sensory bins are created with stimulatory objects that may include items such as sand, dirt, water beads, etc.


Sensory bins are very good for:

  • Fine motor engagement - development of smaller muscles in hands, wrist, and fingers

  • Sensory development - sight, touch, and hearing

  • Imaginative Play - social and language skills, critical thinking, and creativity


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Sensory bins that are great for fine motor skills
SENSORY BINS THAT ARE GREAT FOR FINE MOTOR SKILLS

“Sensory bins are great for fine motor growth, sensory and imaginative development in kids. ”


GET PLASTIC BINS

Get plastic bins that can hold a good amount of objects such as sand, toys, etc. I love the small toy bins at Ikea or you can purchase regular bins on Amazon. Size should be at minimum 13-1/8 x 10-5/8 x 3 inches.


BASE OF THE SENSORY BIN


Sensory bin made using water as base
SENSORY BIN USING WATER AS BASE

The base of the sensory bin can be made up of anything, depending on the theme of your play.

Items that can be used for a base includes:

  • Sand (kinetic or regular sand)

  • Water

  • Compost or dirt

  • Water beads

  • Small rocks or gravel







TOOLS


Different types of tools used for sensory bin
DIFFERENT TYPES OF TOOLS USED FOR SENSORY BIN

Tools are also needed to help with sensory play. It is great for practicing fine motor skills.


Tools such as scissors or forceps, etc., help with muscle development in the hands, fingers, and wrist. It also helps with hand-to-eye coordination.


You can also use items that are already available in your household. For example:

  • Measuring cups

  • Measuring spoons

  • Funnels

  • Small plastic containers



TOYS

Find toys that are helpful and can stimulate sensory and imaginative play. Depending on the theme of play that you choose, add small toys that may match the theme. Examples of themes are:

  • Dinosaurs

  • Construction

  • Ocean and Sand

  • Garden and Critters

  • Outer space


Add toys that can help with imaginative play
ADD TOYS THAT CAN HELP WITH IMAGINATIVE PLAY


OUTDOOR ITEMS

Outdoor items can also be used to help to stimulate sensory play. You can add anything from leaves, flowers, seashells, twigs, etc. to create a fun, interactive, and engaging environment.



Add outdoor items to sensory bins that can help with stimulatory play
ADD OUTDOOR ITEMS THAT CAN HELP WITH STIMULATORY PLAY


How to assemble the sensory bin:

  1. Get a bin of choice

  2. Add base - eg. sand

  3. Add tools - eg. shovel, forceps

  4. Add toys - eg. construction vehicles

  5. Don't forget to have fun


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