While they have been around for a long time, sensory bins have become quite the hot topic these days amongst nannies, mannies, babysitters, and parents. So what are sensory bins, what do they do for kids, and how do you make one at home?
Sensory bins are pretty simple. A bin, like a Rubbermaid tub, that you fill with different materials to help stimulate the senses. Depending on what materials you put in, sensory bins can stimulate a child’s sight, touch, smell, hearing, or even taste. Adding tools to the sensory bins like scoops, small cups, and funnels can also help develop some of the child’s fine-motor skills.
A few ideas for materials to go in the sensory bins include:
- Craft sand
- Dried uncooked beans
- Cotton balls
- Easter grass
- Shredded paper
- Popcorn kernels
- Shaving cream
Raw or Cooked noodles (like spaghetti)
So once you have decided which material you will put in your sensory bin you can add different tools like scoops, funnels, and cups. Putting some of the childrens toys in the bins can be fun too! And of course, when choosing which materials to use always keep in mind any allergies the children might have as well as possible choking hazards. Setting rules and boundaries with the children before playing with the bins is very important.
Sensory bins can be a very inexpensive, easy and fun way to get children playing and stimulating their senses at the same time.So have fun and get creative making your own sensory bins at home!