We love sensory bins in our house. Especially now that the boys are a bit older and a little bit independent, it is the perfect activity to set up before I start making dinner. We love to try new things and the possibilities really are endless. Here are just a few that we have tried that are perfect for this time of year:
Carrot Patch Sensory Bin
The boys had a lot of fun digging up their carrots, making shakers out of the carrot eggs, using the carrot eggs to scoop up beans, and just exploring the beans and gardening tools. They also had a little bonus surprise when they discovered that some of the carrots were actually bubbles. 🙂
- 4 2lb. bags of black beans
- Carrot bubbles (I bought them at Walmart)
- Carrot Easter Eggs (Dollar Store)
- Mini gardening tools (Walmart)
Easter Sensory Bin
We did this one last year and the boys had so much fun with it! There is just something about Easter eggs that seems to keep kids entertained for minutes (hehe, I would say hours, but nothing has ever held my kids’ attention for hours). The kids really had fun though and this got them very excited for Easter.
- Rice ( I use a plastic ziploc container, then let the kids add 1 cup of rice, 1 tablespoon of vinegar and then a few drops of food coloring – repeat until you have enough rice – my kids love doing this as much as they love playing in the bin)
- Plastic Easter eggs
- Cookie cutters or pancake molds in spring shapes
- Flower shaped cupcake molds
- Pretend butterflies
- Plastic spoons (the boys loved using the spoons to scoop rice into the eggs)
Gardening Sensory Bin
This idea is courtesy of MamaLifeInspiration and was a huge hit. Boys and dirt is always a winning combination and when you throw in bugs you can’t go wrong! 🙂 The boys also really liked using the tweezers to collect and study their bugs in the container, which is great fine motor practice!
(Notice his boots are on the wrong feet. I pointed it out to him, but he said they were comfy like that)
- Potting Soil (One bag from the dollar store worked perfect)
- Kid’s Gardening Tools (I found some at the Dollar Section at Target after a few searches, but both Walmart and Target also have some character ones in the Gardening section)
- Plastic Bugs (we got ours from the Dollar Store)
- A few fake flowers (left over from my DIY Easter Bunny Ears)
- We found a cute little bug catcher set at the Dollar Store that included a magnifying glass, tweezers to collect the bugs and a plastic bottle to put them in. This isn’t at all necessary, but it was a big hit with my boys.
I always get questions about our set-up, it’s really cool, right? It is fairly easy and affordable to make too and can be broken down and stored in the storage container if you are tight on space. If you are interested you can check out the instructions here. For more seasonal sensory bin inspiration check out these posts: