9 Easy, Cheap and Fun Sensory Bin Ideas

Looking for a way to keep your littles entertained while also engaging them in learning? Sensory bins make learning fun for young kids and can be quite versatile. You can incorporate any theme, holiday or season. Plus, you can make a sensory bin with almost anything!

Dinosaur Archaeology Sensory Bin

Have a dino lover? They will love digging for dinosaurs. Make the cloud dough, then hide the dinosaurs. Give your little paleontologist a brush and have him or her look for the dinosaurs. 

Get the tutorial at Busy Toddler.

Shaving Cream Sensory Bin

Your little ones can get creative with shaving cream and paint!  Don’t let the colorful foam go to waste. You can use it to make colorful marbled paper

Get the tutorial at Fun with Mama.

Ice Cream Sensory Bin

Who doesn’t love ice cream? Kids can pretend to scoop their own ice cream cotton balls into small bowls or ice cream cones. Don’t forget to have them scoop sprinkles (sequins) onto their ice cream creation.

Get the tutorial at Fantastic Fun and Learning.

Ice Sensory Bin

Scoop up the ice in the bin as fast as you can! This would be a great summer activity when the kids need a little cool off from the heat. 

Get the tutorial at Twin Mom Refreshed.

Insect Sensory Bin

For some reason, kids are so fascinated by bugs. They’ll love this bug-tastic sensory bin! Grab some black beans (or any beans for that matter) as your pretend dirt, and hide those plastic buggy critters. 

Get the tutorial at The OT Toolbox.

Rainbow Pasta Sensory Bin

Who knew spaghetti could be so fun when you include some colors from the rainbow? Don’t worry, food coloring is used, so it’s OK if your child takes a bite while playing. 

Get the tutorial at Elated Momma.

Oats & Easter Eggs Sensory Bin

Save those leftover plastic eggs from Easter and use them for your next sensory bin. Toddlers will love the smaller tools to pick up their oats. 

Get the tutorial at Happy Toddler Playtime.

Fall Harvest Corn Sensory Bin

Has your child ever been in a corn pit? This is the same exact concept except mini-sized. Have them use the measuring spoons/cups to pour kernels into the truck, and find their favorite farm animals roaming about. 

Get the the tutorial at The Resourceful Mama.

Dish Washing Sensory Bin

Make them think chores are a game by introducing them to this sensory bin at an early age. Drop in plastic dishes and other kitchen’s toys with the soapy water. 

Get the tutorial at The Homespun Hydrangea.


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This article originally published on Nov. 1, 2017. It has been updated with the most recent information. 

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