Are sensory bins expensive? You can certainly make them quite fancy, but they don’t really need to be! I like to keep our play simple, inexpensive or frugal, and easy to set up! Sensory bins are an amazing early learning tool for young kids and can be incorporated into any holiday, season, or learning theme! We use them for math, fine motor, letters, and more!
Are Sensory Bins Expensive?
ARE SENSORY BINS EXPENSIVE?
This is a common question I am always asked, and this is the perfect opportunity to answer it! Are sensory bins expensive? Definitely not! Most of my posts are on sensory play of some kind with many being sensory bins! We live on a one income budget, so I need to find ways to make them as simple, frugal and fun as possible. We often reuse and repurpose many items from season to season and holiday to holiday. Take a look at 10 of our favorite sensory bins!
Tip: Use zip lock gallon bags to store items between uses, seasons and holidays and place in plastic tote for easy storage!
Tip: Many fillers are inexpensive, store well and are easy to repurpose for different sensory bins! I also store them in zip lock bags! Our favorite fillers include rice, aquarium rocks, pasta, beans, and corn! I have a whole list of non-food fillers too.
Tip: Use clear plastic containers that aren’t too deep, have a locking lid, and stack easily!
HARVEST CORN SENSORY BIN AND BOOK PLAY
Here’s a fun example to show you just how easy making a frugal sensory bin can be! Also check out our birdseed bin!
- popping kernel corn from grocery store
- bin to hold corn
We had our corn leftover from a playful preschool post on harvesting! I left the corn in a simple bin on the floor. He loves tractors, so he added his to the bin. He also knows there is a kitchen drawer filled with utensils for him to grab for play. He chose the wooden spoon and his favorite nutcracker for “harvesting”. We also add lots of books to sensory bin play and he chose to get out his favorite Tractor Mac books for us to read together.
Now you know the answer to the question, are sensory bins expensive?
ARE SENSORY BINS EXPENSIVE? WE DON’T THINK SO!
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