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
It is definitely a winner for screen-free access!
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“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
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)
Compost or dirt
Small rocks or gravel
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:
Small plastic containers
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:
Ocean and Sand
Garden and Critters
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.
How to assemble the sensory bin:
Get a bin of choice
Add base - eg. sand
Add tools - eg. shovel, forceps
Add toys - eg. construction vehicles
Don't forget to have fun
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