Steps to Making a Sensory Bin
After you watch the video, you can find the steps written below.
- Plastic bin (any size, Mrs. Alex used a sweater bin meant for storage under the bed)
- Plastic eggs (optional, but helpful)
- Paper grass (you can also use dry corn, water, sand, dry beans, dry oatmeal, pebbles or something else)
- Little toys or objects from around your house (toy cars, keychains, magnets, Q-tips, etc.)
- Use the paper grass (dry corn, sand, water, or another substance you chose) to fill your plastic container. It does not have to fill the container completely, but about 1/3 to 1/2 of the way full will be most helpful.
- Then, place the items your child will find in the plastic eggs.
- You can put all the objects in the plastic eggs first, or put half in plastic eggs and half directly in the bin.
- If you don't have plastic eggs, you can use another object or just put each object directly in the bin.
- Once you hide all the objects in the bin, encourage your child to dig through and find them all!
Extra steps or activities you can incorporate:
- Encourage your child to close their eyes as they find one and try to guess what the object is by feeling with their hands.
- You can help them describe the shapes and details that they feel.
- Do they feel wheels? What object might have wheels?
- Once they identify the object, ask them what helped them figure out which object it was?
- What helped you determine this was a car?
- You can start the activity with a scavenger hunt around the house. Encourage your child to look for small objects and toys, like what Mrs. Alex had in the video, and then make a list of all the objects you find.
- Then, you can check the objects off as your child finds them in the bin.
- Create an alphabet list like Mrs. Alex, and then see how many letters you can check off while finding objects in the bin.