40+ Amazing Sensory Bins for Toddlers

UPDATED…Here are 40+ fun and amazing SENSORY BINS for toddlers and preschoolers. Learn and play with all these sensory bin ideas from rice to pom poms and more!

Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids

I recently wrote a book on sensory bins Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids. The book has 60 fun and creative sensory bin ideas for toddlers and preschoolers. It also has tons of sensory bin filler recipes and so much more!

Benefits of Sensory Play

Sensory bins offer up an immense opportunity for exploration and discover for young developing minds. The reason why sensory play is so beneficial and conducive to learning is because is involves using all 5 senses in play: touch, smell, sight, taste and hearing. It’s through the stimulus of the senses that the brain receives information and is able to build neuro connections:

Here are som more of the amazing benefits of sensory bin play

  • Cognitive development
  • Enhances memory
  • Builds vocabulary
  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Cause and effect
  • Experimental play
  • Problem solving
  • Logical thinking

Sensory Play Leads to Independent Play

Sensory bins are perhaps the one activity that I can set up for my three year old that she is guaranteed to play with for hours and sometimes days.

Rice & Tubes

One things many parents say to me is that they will set a sensory bin and their child will only play with it for 5 minutes of less. First off check out this post where I talk about the attentions spans of children and managing our expectation: How to Start Doing Activities with Your Kids.

But the reason why I still set up sensory bins even if they are not always played with for hours is because 99.9% of the time after those 5 minutes of play, may toddlers will go and play independently on their own after playing with the sensory bin.

Below is an incredible list of our favorite sensory bins for toddlers!

Frozen Pom Poms

RELATED…Also check out 20 Pom Pom Sensory Activities for fun sensory play ideas using pom poms!

Setting Up a Sensory Bin

Setting up a sensory bin can feel daunting at first especially if you aren’t prepared.

Magnetic Treasure Hunt

But by following a few simple steps and establishing clear ground rules you and your toddler or preschooler can enjoy hours of fun together (you sipping your much needed coffee and them having fun with sensory play).

Caps Kitchen

Here is a list of your Basic Supplies:

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Tips for Saving Sensory Bin Fillers

  1. Use large ziplock bags to store sensory bin fillers such as coloured rice or split green peas.
  2. Buy your supplies in bulk or at the dollar store to save.
Pom Pom Scoop

Basic Sensory Bin Rules

Birdseed Kitchen

When it comes to letting your toddler or preschooler play in a sensory bin it’s better to find a balance between letting them play and being prepared for a little mess and setting firm rules.

Caps and Tubes

To achieve that balance I like to tape down a large plastic table cloth underneath the sensory bin and play area.

Pom Pom Drop Sticky Wall

That way when wayward rice fly out of the bin you don’t panic because cleaning it up is as simple as picking up the plastic table cloth and tossing it.

Water Beads in Mud

The other half has to do with making sure your little one understands the golden rule of sensory bin play: the fillers stay inside the sensory bin.

Megablok Washing

40+ Amazing Sensory Bins Ideas

More Amazing Sensory Bin Ideas

  1. Letter Washing Sensory Bin
  2. Math Sensory Bin
  3. Caps & Rice Sensory Bin
  4. Tea Bag Sensory Bin
  5. Popsicle Colour Mixing Sensory Bin
  6. Clothespin Letter Dig
  7. Pom Pom Bubbles
  8. Frozen LEGO
  9. Yarn Kitchen
  10. Alphabet Zoo
  11. Spider Web Rescue
  12. Magnetic Tubes
  13. Feed the Squirrel
  14. Frozen Caps
  15. Caps Basketball
  16. Caps & Marbles Balancing Game
  17. Icy Letters

Seasonal Sensory Bins

  1. Monster Oobleck
  2. Oobleck Spider Rescue
  3. Halloween Eye-Spy Sensory Bin
  4. Thanksgiving Dinner Sensory Bin
  5. Fall Paint Sensory Bin
  6. Fall Soup
  7. Christmas Kitchen Sensory Bin
  8. Pom Pom Christmas Sensory Bin
  9. Christmas Tubes

Even More Amazing Sensory Bins Ideas for Kids


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