Four Spring Sensory Bin Ideas Your Toddler Will Love
If you’re looking for fun, spring sensory bin ideas, you’ve come to the right place! Sensory bins are a great form of sensory play as well as a fun way to entertain your little one.
*This blog post is created in partnership with & sponsored by ABC Pediatric Therapy*
What is a Sensory Bin?
If you’re not familiar with sensory bins, they can seem like nothing more than a container with a bunch of toys and things. And well, that’s not far off. Sensory bins are a plastic bin or container that is filled with an assortment of material designed to stimulate all the senses through play.
Sensory bins should be open-ended, meaning that kids are free to play with its contents however they see fit. There is no right or wrong way to explore and play. Some kids might require direction at first or they may prefer for you to play with them – that’s ok too!
What are the benefits of A Sensory Bin?
- Improves fine motor skills through actions such as pinching, pouring and scooping
- Expands language skills as they describe the different items in the bin or even create their own imaginative world within it
- Develops social skills such as sharing and communicating if multiple children are playing together
- Meets sensory needs by engaging all the senses – touching, smelling, hearing, seeing and tasting (if appropriate!)
- Encourages imaginative play by providing an open-ended environment where the possibilities are endless
Four Spring Sensory Bins To Make Today
*remember, create bins that are age appropriate for your child – use caution adding small objects if you don’t think your child is ready*
Carrot Count Sensory Bin
This was so much fun observing Odie play. He loved picking the carrots! Simply assign each cup a number and have your toddler pick the appropriate number of carrots to “plant” in their pot. You can play with toy carrots – or make your own! Sensory play doesn’t have to be expensive – get inspired and use your creativity too!
Easter Egg Rescue Sensory Bin
Perfect for spring and Easter play! Place easter grass and eggs at the bottom of your bin. Use masking tape to create a web. Encourage your toddler to rescue the eggs with a scoop or spoon. Add a next level of fun? Hide a surprise inside the eggs!
Farm Animal Wash Sensory Bin
This was probably Odie’s favorite! He had so much fun and spent so much time giving his farm animals a bath. Simply place farm animals in one bin with soil or dirt. You’ll make a second bin with soap, water, and an old toothbrush. This one can get a little messy. When the weather is nice you can play outside, and even use a water table. Playing inside? We used this Yeah Baby Goods placemat for a mess free experience and easy clean up!
Spring Dinos Sensory Bin
This would be so fun with dinos, bugs, and many other critters! I set up a “rock” side with black beans. I created large grass blades by painting cardboard. On the other side I created “water” with blue easter grass. I created the lily pad painting cardboard as well.
What bin is your favorite? Playtime is a wonderful time to watch and observe for any developmental delays. ABC Pediatric Therapy has so many developmental resources, including a guide to Your Child’s First Year – ABC Pediatric Therapy and Parenting with A Sensory Approach. Take the ABC Pediatric Therapy Child Development Screening Tool – ABC Pediatric Therapy today!
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