Easy Sensory Bin Ideas for Your Baby
What is a Sensory Bin?
As its name suggests, a sensory bin is a storage container (for example a box or bin) filled with a variety of items (fillers) and/or toys for your baby to play with during play time.
Why Make a Sensory Bin?
- It’s a great hands-on tool for your child to learn about different senses. Sensory play is fun!
- It’s great for tactile stimulation. Sensory bin is basically tactile experience in a container for your child.
- It encourages imaginative play, social play and independent play.
Easy Sensory Bin Ideas
Here’s a list of common fillers that you can use to make your sensory bins.
- uncooked rice grains
- uncooked beans/peas
- uncooked oats
- dry pasta
- jelly beans
- gummy bears
- cooked, colored pasta
- colored or non-colored sand
- colored salt
- coffee beans
- cotton balls
- craft feathers
- pom poms
- fabric scraps
- ice cream sticks
- pipe cleaners
- water color
- pebbles or stones
- ice cubes
- soap foam
How to Make a Sensory Bin
- Prepare a clear and sturdy plastic bin.
- Choose a filler from the list above and add to the bin.
- Add a scoop, spoon, or cup in the bin for filling, scooping and dumping.
Note: Be mindful of choking hazards. Always monitor your child during play time.
How to Use a Sensory Bin During Play Time
First, get the play area ready and place the sensory bin in front of your child. Let him explore on his own while your observe.
If your child is reluctant or clueless, show him how to use the scoop/spoon/cup to scoop or dump the fillers or how to use his little hands and fingers to play with the fillers.
While playing, you can also ask him what are they doing, seeing and feeling. This will encourage speech development too.
Be mindful of choking hazard
If your child is still putting everything into his mouth, please be mindful of choking hazard and choose your sensory bin fillers carefully.
Always check the fillers in use
Some fillers have a shelf life, especially food items so you may need to change them periodically.
Encourage, not force
If your child doesn’t like a particular filler or refuse to play with it, don’t force him. You can encourage him to try and proceed slowly until he’s happy with it.
Get ready to be messy!
For wet fillers such as ice cubes or water, get towels or wash clothes ready. For dry fillers such as rice or pasta, get broom and dustpan or vacuum cleaner on standby.
Last but not least, HAVE FUN!