INSIDE: Here are two fun and easy ways to set up a winter sensory bin for kids! Both of these ideas are easy to create and make great fine motor sensory activities for preschoolers (and toddlers!)! No matter what supplies you have you will be able to create at least one of these fun ideas!
Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids
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.
My Favourite Winter Books for Kids
Looking for more Fun Winter Activities? Check out these fun ideas:
- 50+ Low Prep Winter Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers
- 30+ Snow Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers
- Snowflake Activities & Crafts
- Amazing Winter Sticky Wall Activities
- How to Make Fake Snow with 2 ingredients
Winter Sensory Bins
My kids are in love with these little penguins! They loved them so much that I created not one but two sensory bins using them. Both were very easy to set and a lot of fun for the kids.
Cotton Ball Winter Sensory Bin
For this sensory bin I filled the sensory bin with cotton balls. So soft and fluffy A lot fo fun and a great sensory bin filled. I used a smaller sensory bin than I normally use more like a large Tupperware containers. The added blue and white Pom Poms and a few craft snowflakes. Finally, I added the penguins! We kids are really in the book series featuring Tacky The Penguin. So a lot of their play was then reenacting scenes from the book and adding their own little spin! So adorable!
Cotton Stuffing Sensory Bin
For this sensory bin, I used the cotton stuffing from inside a pillow. I recently purchased new pillows for my daughter’s bed and decided to wash them before putting them on the bed. Unfortunately, one of the pillows got tangled up in the washing machine. It tore, revealing the stuffing inside. I was going to toss it but realized that it would make an amazing sensory bin filler.
I took some out and placed it in my normal sensory bin. Added some blue Pom Pom, snowflakes and the penguins. I also used cupcake liners and tweezers and spooners.
How they Played with the Penguin Sensory Bin
Both of these sensory bins were a huge hit with my kids. They loved the soft texture of the cotton balls and the cotton stuffing. I loved how the cotton stuffing resembled snow so much.
Age Suitability for Penguin Sensory Bin
This activity is great for kids 3 years and up. My kids are 3.5, 3.5, and 7.5 year old.
Supplies for Penguin Sensory Bins
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- Sensory Bin
- Penguins toys
- Cotton balls
- Cotton stuffing
- Blue and white pom poms
- Craft snowflakes
- Cupcake liners
Make quiet time their favourite time!
Play is at the core of learning during the early years and it can take many forms. One of the most important of these is sensory play because it engages all of a child’s senses (taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing) and has a enoumous positive impact on brain development.
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STEAM Activity Book
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