Easy, Cheap and Fun Sensory Bin Ideas

Kids with special needs or sensory processing disorders will love these fun and simple sensory bin ideas.

Collage of two sensory bin ideas

Looking for a way to keep your littles entertained while also engaging them inlearning? 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

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Photo via Busy Toddler

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

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Photo via Fun with Mama

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

Ice Cream Sensory Bin

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Photo via Fantastic Fun and Learning

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

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Photo via Twin Mom Refreshed

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.

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Insect Sensory Bin

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Photo via The OT Toolbox

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

Rainbow Pasta Sensory Bin

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Photo via Elated Momma

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

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Photo via Happy Toddler Playtime

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

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Photo via The Resourceful Mama

Has your child ever been in a corn pit? This idea from The Resourceful Mama 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.

Dish Washing Sensory Bin

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Photo via The Homespun Hydrangea

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.