Sensory Bin Challenge

There are many different sensory bin ideas, and when you are first getting started with sensory bins, they can be very overwhelming. You might be wondering where you can get all of these supplies and how they will keep your kids entertained.

Sensory Bin 101

All of this can sometimes leave you feeling so confused that you end up giving up on the sensory bin challenge. 

However, I’m here to tell you that setting up a sensory bin is very simple once you understand what they require.

In this article, we have compiled all the information you need to set up a sensory bin and encourage your kids to get messy! 

What Is A Sensory Bin?

A sensory bin is a container that you fill with various materials. You can fill these bins with filler materials, such as sand or rice, and other items that you can find around the house. For instance, measuring cups or spoons can be used. 

Your child will then explore the sensory bin, (see also: Dandelion Soup Sensory Bin)having lots of fun playing. You can encourage them to play by demonstrating ways to scoop and pour, and by vocalizing what they are doing.

Talking to them about what they are doing will help them to develop their literacy skills.

Why Use Sensory Bins?

Sensory bins are great for kids’ development. They involve lots of tactile stimulation, and they encourage your kids to be imaginative when they play. 

Sensory bins are perfect for children who are sensitive to eating, wearing, and touching different textures. 

These bins catch the curiosity of the child, meaning they will often push themselves out of their comfort zones because of the materials that are present in the bins. 

Sensory bins also work very well for kids who don’t like certain textures of food. They will help to desensitize your kids to various textures, ensuring that they feel more comfortable with these textures. This will mean that they are more likely to eat these sensitive materials. 

Sensory bins also help with emotional regulation, body awareness, and motor skills! These sensory bins are great in many different ways.

Rules For Using Sensory Bins 

Many different rules come with using sensory bins. You must ensure that you follow these rules to ensure the safety of your children. 

  • Look out for choking hazards. Make sure that the objects that you are putting in the sensory bin are safe if your child puts them in their mouth. Below, we have listed some great ideas for things to put in the sensory bin (see also: “Put Me In The Zoo” Sensory Bin)that work well for toddlers and babies. 
  • If the items have a shelf life, be sure to replace them. 
  • Never force them to touch any of the objects in the bin. Simply continue to expose them until they are more comfortable. 
  • Have towels ready for them to wipe off the wet textures.

Different Types Of Sensory Bin

Soapy Water

An easy way to set up a sensory bin is to start with a soapy bin. Simply add some water to a large bin and add some small containers to the bin, too. You can add some soap and sponges to make this bin even more exciting. 

If you are setting up a soapy bin, tools like pipettes and scoops also work well. You can even add some toy animals for children to wash. 

Children can have lots of fun with these simple setups and they are a great place to start! After you have attempted this, you can give some of the other ideas below a go. 

Rainbow Rice Sensory Bin 

Sensory Bin Challenge

A rainbow rice sensory bin (see also: Rose Petal Valentine Sensory Bin)is great for practicing color alongside texture. You will need rice, food coloring, and vinegar to make the colorful rice. You can also add in some rainbow toys, funnels, scoops, and anything else that you can find! 

Seasonal Sensory Bin 

It can be a lot of fun to make a themed sensory bin that is related to seasons. You can create a spring sensory bin very easily using a plastic container and artificial grass. You can also add in some spring flowers, birds, and butterflies.

You can also very easily create a sensory bin that is based on the winter season. Fill it with cotton balls and other winter items. Have a chat with your child while they are playing about what they are doing and how it links to the winter season.

Slime Sensory Bin 

The slime sensory bin is great fun and one your kids will love! You’re best to set this one up outside to allow the kids to get messy! It is a good idea to set this up with a snake theme, creating a swamp filled with snakes and slime.

Dry Vs Wet Items

You can add both dry and wet items to the sensory bin. Dry items are easier for kids to play with, especially those who don’t like to get messy. They are a great starting point to get your kids used to a sensory bin. 

These items include things like rice, beans, salt, and coffee grinds. The list of dry items that you could use is endless, and they are great fun to add to your sensory bin. 

Wet items that you can add to the sensory bin include things like ice, water, shaving cream, and cooked pasta. Bubbles are also a great wet item to use!

Final Thoughts 

So, there you have it! There are lots of different sensory bins that you can create for your children.

When it comes to creating the best sensory bin for your child, you can set yourself an exciting challenge and come up with some innovative things to include in this sensory bin. 

Sensory bins (see also: Sensory Bin 101)are very useful in the development of your children and they are a fantastic and simple way to help them learn.

Suzy Anderson
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