September 12, 2017 3 min read
We are right in the middle of the exploring years in our household at the moment. We have a 1 year old who wants to touch, feel and shake everything she can get her hands on, and a 4 year old who is exploring language, science and action/reaction principles. So sensory bins are a go to for me! They are so easy to create, practical, great for inside or outdoors and customisable to whatever it may be that we’re learning about.
But WHY should you be making them for your children?
Sensory bins are a great hands-on tools for little ones! They teach a child about their world, their sense of touch, smell and sight. They can help to calm, inspire, focus or entertain a child for hours.
Here are just a few of the benefits of playing with sensory bins –
Apple And Cinnamon Sensory Bin by Fantastic Fun & Learning
Cars & Signs Sensory Bin by CleverStuff
HOW DO YOU MAKE A SENSORY BIN?
A Flower Sensory Bin by The Thoughtful Spot Daycare
Alphabet – we hide letters from our alphabet puzzles and use cups or tongs to pick them up and build words. We use THESE alphabet toys
Construction – include some trucks and cars, some diggers, some rocks and some building blocks and build your own town! You can find HEAPS of vehicle toys HERE
Zoo – pipe cleaner fences, wooden animals and flexi people to wander around the zoo. This is great for sound because you can imitate the animals too. Need animals look HERE
Colours – we use shaving foam, a couple of food colouring drops and explore how mixing them together creates new colours. A few drops of essesntial oils like lemon or lavender really make this a fun experience for my kids.
Ocean Sensory Bin by Gift of Curiosity
Please be aware of your childs skin allergies or sensitivities before adding oils, food etc to your bins.