Looking for a fun way to keep those busy hands occupied while you attempt to get something done? Or perhaps you just want to change up some fun play time with your toddler? Sensory bins are so much fun AND they provide sensory stimulation that aids in development and fine motor skills. Check out these fun bins I made that can easily be stored for play anytime of day. They are particularly useful to take outside, in fact these three bins kept Emma busy for well over an hour while I got lots of work done in my garden! Mom Win. Luke even stopped to play for a little while before running off to his next adventure!
In this bin I put rice as the main filler and went to the dollar store to find marbles to hide in the rice and a few dump trucks while the shovel and fish were apart of a beach sand castle kit that we will use in our sand box as well.
In the other two bins I put fresh cut grass and a few silk flowers I got at the dollar store along with a frog and a few other fun garden themed items I found in the dollar store garden isle. The last bin I filled with rocks from our garden and some stacking cups and pipe cleaners that are fun to bend and twist into different shapes.
When you make your own sensory bins, be sure to fill them with a variety of different colors, textures and even scents (grass) to stimulate their senses. While they are playing you can talk to them about all the different objects, what they feel like, look like and smell like. You can easily change your sensory bins up and add things from your kid’s play room and open your kitchen cupboards to find things (like cornmeal!) that will keep your toddler busy and happy while they explore their senses! Be creative and have fun watching your toddler play!