Sensory Bin Fillers

Sensory play is one of our favorite activities around here. Sensory bins are right up there as something we do frequently. My oldest is often thinking of his own sensory bin fillers, so we made a quick list for you to check out for yourself.

Huge list of sensory bin filler ideas

To get a quick review (or learning session if you don’t already know) on sensory play and the what and why, check out my main sensory play post here.

Grab my free 11 page sensory bin guide and access to my free facebook group with tons of more activities!

Now that you know all about sensory play (ha!), let’s dive right into the best part of it all – getting creative and choosing a filler item, or base. Before you get into it, I have to remind you to BE SMART. Don’t give a baby a bucket of marbles. Be very mindful of choking and don’t leave kiddos unattended. One of my favorite tips for babies is take your sensory bin items and put them into a double bagged ziploc bag and tape off to seal. Or you can put it into a water bottle and hot glue it shut.

Admittedly, I didn’t do a lot of activities at home with my second child when she was a baby. My first was in preschool starting at 7 weeks old so they did lots of stuff with him. Sensory play is one of the easiest things to do with babies. They learn how to make movements on their own which translates to so many other skills to help enforce then even more skills.

Without further ado, here is your list. Obviously for the older kiddos, you can use any filler from a younger age.

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Sensory Bin Fillers

  • Ages 0-1
    • Shredded paper
    • Water
    • Feathers
    • Cut up sponges
    • Cotton balls
    • Baby cereal
  • Ages 1-2
    • Dry pasta
    • Dry beans (these are NOT consumable!)
    • Uncooked rice
    • Large pebbles/rocks
    • Pom poms
    • Cooked spaghetti noodles
    • Fake leaves
    • Oatmeal
    • Cut up plastic straws
    • Sand
    • Fake flowers
  • Ages 2-3
    • Fish tank pebbles
    • Shaving cream
    • Dry cereal
    • Foam cubes
    • Soapy water
    • Tissue paper
    • Plastic grass
  • Ages 3-4
  • Ages 4 and up
    • Glass floral gems
    • Water beads
    • Marbles
    • Bird seed
    • Jelly beans

Grab your list of sensory bin fillers right here!

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2 thoughts on “Sensory Bin Fillers

  1. Hello; I really enjoy your webpage. I find many of the activities are very simple and easy to do. My name is Sandra Kelly and I teach pre k age 3 to five children on the Autism Spectrum. I have to be careful with small items during sensory many of them like to put the stuff in their mouths. Thanks for all your hints and ideas


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