Construction Site Sensory Bin

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There’s something irresistible about a construction site for my kids—the giant machines, the bustling activity, and the transformation of landscapes. When I put this sensory bin together I knew it would be a hit but this bin was a bit more than that. They played with this bin for days! They kept coming back to it over and over again, creating new stories and plots. It was so simple but incredibly engaging! I is easily one of my favorite bins of all times!

Bring the thrill of these dynamic sites into your home with a Construction Site Sensory Bin that lets your young builders dig, move, and explore just like on a real site. This activity not only feeds their fascination with large vehicles but also stimulates their senses and nurtures their developmental skills through tactile play.

How to Make A Construction Site Sensory Bin

Construction Site Sensory Bin Material List

  • Sensory bin
  • Aquarium Pebbles
  • Gravel or small rocks
  • Black rice (recipe available here)
  • Small construction vehicles (like diggers, dump trucks, and loaders)
  • Small construction workers, pylons and sign toys

Directions for Construction Site Sensory Bin

  1. Prepare the Black Rice: First, dye your rice black using my easy recipe here, mimicking asphalt or dirt typically found at construction sites. This will be the base of your sensory bin.
  2. Fill Your Bin: Pour the black rice into the center sensory bin until it forms a layer several inches deep.
  1. Add the Pebbles: Spread the aquarium pebbles on one side of the bin and small rocks on the other side of the bin to create a varied terrain, adding more texture and mimicking a real construction site.
  2. Introduce Construction Vehicles: Place small construction vehicles in the bin. Arrange some at the start as if they are ready to begin work, and others can be placed as if mid-job. If you have, add construction workers toys, construction signs and small pylons.
  1. Let the Construction Begin: Invite your child to use the vehicles to push, scoop, and transport the rice and pebbles around the bin, simulating a real construction task.

Tips for Success

  • Interactive Play: Engage with your child by asking them to describe what each vehicle does, enhancing both their cognitive understanding and vocabulary.
  • Clean Up Made Easy: Place a sheet or tarp under the sensory bin to catch any stray rice or pebbles, making cleanup easier.

Other Construction Activities and Sensory Bins:

Construction Site Ice Painting:

Freeze colored water in ice cube trays with small sticks for handles. Once frozen, let kids paint over a dirt-filled tray to simulate melting and messy construction work.

Pom Pom Color Sort Construction Site:

Create a sorting game with colored pom poms as loads for trucks and different colored containers as the destination sites. It’s a fun way to teach colors and sorting while sticking to the construction theme.

Easy Construction Site Using Pasta:

Dye pasta pieces to look like various construction materials such as steel rods and wooden planks. Kids can use these to build structures in their sensory bin, fostering creativity and motor skills.

Share Your Crafting Moments:

Got a little builder who loved this activity? We’d love to see! Share your photos and stories from your Construction Site Sensory Bin experience in our community blog section or on social media. Your shared moments can inspire and delight other parents looking for fun and educational activities for their kids.

This Construction Site Sensory Bin is more than just play; it’s a developmental tool that helps children learn through sensory engagement, imaginative play, and motor skill development. So, rev up those engines, and let’s get to work on building a foundation of fun and learning!

Play2Learn Toddler & Preschool Programs for Curious Toddlers

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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

Book: Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids

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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

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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

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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 tha. t 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 share my crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched in July 2022 on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube! Season 2 aired in August 2023! My show was also nominated in 2023 for Best Live Action Preschool Series by the Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence.

Curious Crafting Season 1 is also now airing in Australia on ABC! Watch it here!

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. 

Construction Sensory Bin


  • Sensory bin
  • Aquarium Pebbles
  • Gravel or small rocks
  • Black rice (recipe available here)
  • Small construction vehicles (like diggers, dump trucks, and loaders)
  • Small construction workers, pylons and sign toys

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