What is a sensory bin?

Do you ever find yourself asking the question “what is a sensory bin?” I’m sure you see them all over Pinterest and Google but you really have no idea what they are and why people use them. Well here is a post for you – I’m going to break it all down for you and even show you how simple it is to make them at home.

What is a sensory bin, exactly? That is a common question when I tell people what I do. Well this post breaks it all down for you from the whats, hows and whys. It even includes a free printable! #sensorybins #whatisasensorybin #whatissensoryplay #sensorybinideas #whysensoryplay #whysensorybins #whatissensory

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Scissor Skills

Working on scissor skills does so much more than just plain scissor skills – if that makes sense. It helps strengthen fine motor skills which in turns help with shoe tying, writing, drawing, etc. I know it seems scary to allow a child to have a pair of scissors and a piece of paper, but I’m here to help you see that it really isn’t!

Free scissor skill printable! Did you know how many things you're working on when you're working on scissor skills at home? It helps kids strengthen their fine motor skills, hand eye coordination - so much more! Check out this post for a free scissor skill printable for kids ages 2-5.

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Sidewalk Chalk Games

Summertime is full of tons of playtime opportunities. Sometimes it’s nice that those playtime opportunities are right in your front or backyard. Sidewalk chalk games are a great way to keep your kiddos thinking during the summer months and also keep them active!

Sidewalk chalk games to keep your kiddos busy and learning

Do you need a tutorial on sidewalk chalk paint? Check out this one here that I’ve done – it is really easy and you probably have all of the supplies on hand already.

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Play Dough Mats – Alphabet

Play dough mats are a great way to manipulate dough into shapes and also learn a little bit during the process. They’re a great activity for kids who like to learn with their sense of touch. Here is a printable for you with letters of the alphabet and numbers!

alphabet play dough mats - grab your free set here!

I don’t know about you, but my kids love play dough. They love to push and pull the dough to manipulate it into shapes they like. I think most of the time they don’t even have an end game in mind and that’s ok!

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Sensory Bin Tools to Keep on Hand

Ah, sensory play! Most people don’t realize how easy it really is, especially if you keep a handful of sensory bin tools on hand. Here is a great list of sensory bin tools that are easily accessible (you probably have most of them already) and can work in many different types of sensory bins for many different ages.

the best sensory bin tools to keep on hand for sensory play

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Toddler I-Spy Bag

If you are looking for a simple activity to help a toddler with colors, shapes, fine motor and pretend writing, this is the activity for you! It takes only a few supplies and is ready super quick. The best part is if you have an older sibling, they can play with it, too!

toddler i-spy bag plus ways to include the older sibling for some cooperative play

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