1. Choose a container
Realistically, you can choose any bin you’d like that is the size you want. You can use a plastic storage bin, bucket, large bowl, baking dish, or anything else you can think of. If you plan on keeping the sensory bin intact, choose a container that has a lid to avoid a potential spill and big mess!
2. Choose a base
There are so many options for the base including rice, shaving cream, water, shredded paper, dried beans, pompoms – the list goes on! However, we used dyed pasta for this sensory bin.
3. Add toys and materials that fit the theme
Choose small, unique, and interesting materials with a wide variety of textures. Also, consider adding natural materials to help children connect to nature! For the under-the-sea theme, we chose (new) plastic fish tank accessories and plants, smooth rocks, rough seashells, and wooden sea creatures. Feel free to use some of your child’s existing toys or visit the dollar store for some inspiration. Just remember to keep materials age appropriate to avoid choking.
4. Add tools and other instruments
We recommend tools such as scoops, measuring cups/spoons, containers, jars, and funnels. Check your recycling bin, local dollar store, and kitchen drawers for free and cheap ideas! We used plastic scoops and bottles for our kiddo to play with.
Your bin is ready for your kiddo to dig in! Please note, for younger children supervision is always recommended.
So what are you waiting for?! It’s time to get creative! It really is that easy to create a fun, enriching, and inexpensive activity for your kiddo! What theme do you want to try next?