My children have fallen in love with sensory bins! Since my youngest has reached the age where he enjoys playing with the items; as opposed to, simply ingesting them…it was time to collect some pieces to create our very own sensory bin fun at home. The kids and I put on our thinking caps, brainstormed some themes for their personal bins and then we hit up our local dollar store with our list.
I researched the large, beautiful, sensory bin tables online and discovered they’re costly, bulky and hard to find which led me to choose table top bins. I was planning on some Rubbermaid totes but then I came across some $3 bins at the dollar store. They were the perfect size to fit four on our table – one for each child.
Spring Sensory Bin
Easter Grass – $1/bag (I used 4 bags)
Colourful Easter eggs – $1/pkg.
Kids garden tools – $2/each.
Silk Flowers – $1/Spring bouquet incl. sparkle egg, bunny, butterfly.
Plastic Flower Pots – $1/pkg of 8.
Butterfly, Rabbit & Chicks – found at home.
Seashore Sensory Bin
Sea Shells – $1
Rice – Couple of dollars at the grocery store
Fish and water creature figurines – found around the house
Farm Sensory Bin
Turf – $1.50
Farm animals, fence, trough, tree – found at home
Definitely needs a tractor!
Bird Sensory Bin
Yellow Split Peas – $2.99/4 lb bag found at the grocery store
Wooden Birdhouse – $3
Robin’s eggs – $1/pkg.
Birds – found at home
We are on the hunt for some nests and silk birds to add also.
The kids thoroughly enjoyed the process from start to finish. From planning, selecting and purchasing to creating, arranging and playing. They are constantly asking for a bin – even while we are out, they can’t wait to get home to play with them! Definitely one of our favourite activities! We are already looking forward to making some messy ones for outside play. The possibilities are endless! What kinds of bins are favourites in your home? I’d love to hear your ideas!