Fun and games: Sensory bins

Stuck inside on a rainy day? Put together a DIY sensory bin!

Baby’s senses are how he learns about the world, and sensory bins are activities designed to give him new and exciting sensory experiences to explore. To make your own, choose a large, plastic container and fill it up with some of Baby’s favorite. You might also decide to use dry rice or pasta as a base filler to encourage him to explore texture.

Next, grab some toys that will keep his focus and concentration. Keeping toys that have a variety of different textures, like plastic farm animals and soft pompoms, will keep his focus for longer. When he is exploring the bin, you can talk with him about how each object feels. You can also work on his receptive language skills by asking him to find a requested object.

Sensory bins give children the opportunity for self-directed play, and as children get older, there are ways for activities in sensory bins to grow and expand with them, from archeology lessons to early adventures in cooking.

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