We are big fans of sensory bins in this house! See why we use them here. There are so many things you can use to fill a sensory bin. We’ve tried many out, and have enjoyed some more than others. I decided to make a list of the sensory bin fillers we love. (My daughter has enjoyed each of these as a toddler and as a preschooler.)
RICE – you can get fancy and color it, but I never do.
bird seed – It feels so good to run your hands through.
BUTTONS – provide lots of sensory fun from their sound, to their bright colors, and their smooth plastic feel.
pom poms – This turns into a very active messy play time, but they’re quick to pick up.
WATER (sensory sink) – provides almost endless variations and tons of fun.
POTTING SOIL – Make sure it’s organic.
WATER BEADS – require a little advance planning to “grow” them, but they last forever.
DRIED OATS – possibly my favorite for itty bitty kids – safe to eat!
BEADS – lots of sensory input going on with these ones.
CORN/BEANS – so much fun
SAND – it’s messy but fun, so we keep it outdoors. The Sands Alive can just be vacuumed up though.
(I wouldn’t have thought of this if it hadn’t been for the Guinness Storehouse we toured in Dublin.)
Be sure to pin the image at the top of this post, so you can come back to this list any time you need to entertain the littles.
You may also like Sensory Bins that don’t require Clean-up.
What kinds of sensory bins do your kiddos like to play with? Let me know in the comments.