Sensory bins have always been a big hit in our house. We have done a handful of different ones and I’m hoping to make a handful of posts on various sensory bin options that you can do with your toddlers.
Sensory bins are an excellent way for young children to explore, learn hands on skills using their senses as well as practical life skills.
I purchased a 2-pack of long plastic tubs from our local Walmart for around $5. I plan on using one for wet activities and one for our dry activity bins.
For our sensory bin, I gave Graysie 2 measuring cups, 2 kids play plates, one of her play kitchen pans and half of new sponge I cut in a tub filled with water and some dish soap. What kid doesn’t love bubbles!
I asked her if she could practice washing her dishes. This is a good way for children to learn life skills like washing dishes. Given she’s only 1.5 years old there was quite a water mess on the floor even though I placed a towel underneath the tub. She loved scooping the water up in the measuring cups and dumping them. She would dump water on the plates and she would stir the bubbles around. This kept her entertained for easily over a half hour.
She loves playing in water and we had attempted this activity in a smaller tub before and she was able to pick it up and dump it everywhere, the larger tub works nice! Be prepared for water on the floor unless you take it outside, but hey at least your floors will be clean once they are done!