30+ Easy Taste Safe Sensory Bins for Babies & Toddlers

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Looking for taste safe sensory bins for your baby or toddler? You have come to the right place! Here is a collection of amazing taste safe Sensory Bins that you can do with your baby aged 12 months, 15 months or 18 months and up.

Sensory Bins for Babies and Toddlers

Learning starts when all the senses are engaged. Here is a list of the best taste safe sensory bins you can do with your little baby or toddler from 12 months, 15 months, 18 months and up.

Finding sensory bins that are appropriate for your 12 month old can be challenging. And finding ideas for even younger babies can be even more challenging. It is perhaps the number one question I get from parents – “Do you have any sensory bin ideas for babies as young as 9 months?”.

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Although, these ideas are best done with babies 12 months and older they can be adapted for younger babies. I did them with my twins when they were as young as 10 months. However, I kept a very very very close eye on them but they absolutely loved them!

Why Taste Safe

When I did sensory bins with my 1 year olds, I never encouraged them to eat the sensory bin filler. One of my rules for sensory bin play is no eating, however, when doing sensory bins with young children putting things into their mouth is how they learn about their environment. It’s going to happen. It is our job to let them know what is safe and what isn’t safe to put in their mouth. The idea behind using taste safe sensory bin fillers for 1 year olds is not to let them eat the filler but so that they can be safe if some happens to get into their mouth.

READ MORE…45+ Sensory Bags for Babies & Toddlers

Sensory Bins with Babies

Generally, what happened when I played with these types of sensory activities with my toddlers is that they played with the filler first, feeling it in their hands dropping it, smushing it, scooping it, then testing it in their mouths. When this happened I would gently remind them that we don’t eat the sensory bin filler and redirect them to something else. If it continued, I gently reminded them again, and again and again. This process will take a long time, just like learning a new skill, but it will come once they mature. It is continues and no amount of redirection helps, its time to move on to another activity!

Another tip is to set up sensory bin play like this after a snack or lunch or nap when your 1 year old is full and content.



This list is separated into two parts. The first section shares taste safe sensory play recipes ideal for babies and toddlers. You can use these recipes to create taste safe sensory bins for your baby or toddler.

The second section shares taste safe sensory bin ideas for babies and toddlers.

Taste Safe Recipes for Babies and Toddlers

A taste safe sensory bin for babies and toddlers

Sensory Bins for Babies and Toddlers

Easy Sensory Bins for 12 Month Olds
A colour sorting activity for Autumn
water sensory activity for toddler for Fall
Easy Sensory Bins for 12 Month Olds
Easy Sensory Bins for 12 Month Olds
Easy Sensory Bins for 12 Month Olds
Easy Sensory Bins for 12 Month Olds
Easy Sensory Bins for 12 Month Olds

Age Suitability

These sensory bins are good for babies and toddlers aged children 12 months old and up. My kids are 5, 5 and 8 years old.

Mess Level

The mess level for these sensory activities varies.

Difficulty to Create 

Low to medium.

Skill Development Opportunities

Sensory bins are great for Colour Recognition, Language and Vocabulary Development, Hand-Eye Coordination, Fine Motor Skills, Problem Solving, Emotional Development, Trial & Error, Visual Perception, Cognitive Development, Imaginative and Sensory Play.

Toddler and Preschooler Curriculums, Books & TV Show!

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Play2Learn Toddler & Preschool Programs for Curious Toddlers

There is no limit to your toddler’s energy and curiosity. That energy and curiosity although a joy can be challenging at times. Their interest in just about everything around them is what makes them great learners. One and two year olds can soak up so much just from their senses!

But as a teacher or parent that thirst for learning can be exhausting. That is why I created this toddler and preschooler program. To help you get the most out of this time with your curious toddler without having to come up with creative ways to play and interact with them.

Play2Learn for Toddlers includes 20 Units for toddlers. Each 2-week toddler unit has 20 super easy to set up and engaging activities for toddlers 18 months to 3 years.

Play2Learn Preschool which includes 20 Units for preschoolers. Each 2-week preschoolers unit has 20 unique and easy to set up and engaging activities for preschoolers 3 years to 5 years. That’s over 800 learning activities for your toddler and preschooler at your fingertips! So many ideas you and your child will never be bored again! 

These toddler and preschool lesson plans and activities will definitely keep you and your toddler and preschooler busy playing and learning!

Click here for more information: Play2Learn

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids

Did you know I wrote a book of sensory bins? Click here for more information Exciting Sensory Bin for Curious Kids. Or grab your copy at Amazon

Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Super STEAM Activity Book for Kids

Learning all about science, technology, engineering, art, and math sets kids up for scholastic success―and it can be so much fun! Watch kids enjoy building STEAM skills as they color friendly fish, help water find its way to tree roots, solve math problems with mazes, and more. 

Find out more and grab your copy here.

Designed for preschoolers 3 years old and up.

Book: Big Book of Riddles for Kids

Riddle me this: What’s an exciting way to practice critical thinking while having a blast? The Big Riddle Book for Kids, of course! From hilarious puns to tough brain teasers, kids can build problem-solving skills with hundreds of riddles that show them how to think outside the box.

  • 350 riddles for kids—Have hours of fun with riddles, puns and jokes, and math and logic puzzles that’ll get their wheels turning!
  • Level up their skills—Riddles get trickier as kids progress through the book, challenging them as they get better at solving puzzles!
  • Double-check their work—Kids can check their answers in the back of the book with a handy answer key.

Help children expand their minds while having fun with this puzzle book for kids!

Designed for kids ages 6 years old and up.

TV Show: Curious Crafting

I’m so excited to finally share my new crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched July 1 at on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube!

Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.

In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create. 

Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.

This show designed for toddlers and preschoolers 2.5 years old and up. 


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