Want to make great sensory bins! You can, and it’s truly easy with these must have best sensory bin items! If you are new to sensory bins or want to learn more about them, read ALL ABOUT SENSORY BINS: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW! You will find tons of awesome resources for setting up sensory bins from tips and tricks to our favorite fillers.

THE BEST SENSORY BIN ITEMS YOU SHOULD HAVE!

Best Sensory Bin Items for Making Sensory Bins

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What are some of the best sensory bin items that won’t break the bank but will get you started making fun sensory bins right away? Here they are!

First I will start with the bin itself and then run through a list of items that will get you started today. Click on the pictures below to read more on Amazon about each product.

THE BIN

READ: How To Make Sensory Bins

The right bin is important for a sensory bin! The item below is my absolute favorite for a sensory bin that is both practical and economical. It’s a 25 quart container. Here’s why I like it so much. It has a lid. It can be stacked. It can be repurposed for other uses. It’s a good size for sensory play.

You can have several sensory bins made at one time so they can be rotated. It’s affordable. You can also go with a water table or a larger classroom sensory table.

 


FUN FILLERS FOR THE BIN

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10 Favorite Sensory Bin Fillers

Non Food Sensory Bin Fillers

40 Days of Sensory Bin Fillers {lots of unique ideas here!}

Now that you have a bin, you need to fill it! What do we like to use? Below are water beads. These are so cool and make a great sensory bin for kids. We also like colored sand and kinetic sand.

Plus you will find so many more options in the links above that you might have never thought of!


SENSORY BIN TOOLS

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Scoop, pour, dig, sift, fill, dump, and pile are all wonderful activities that happen in a sensory bin and have so many benefits for young kids! Adding some fun tools can also help with fine motor skills!


SENSORY BIN PLAY ITEMS

Here are a few of the items that we have loved having in our sensory bins. A sand wheel is great for sensory fillers that are fine grained or water. TOOBS have tons of little play animals that make great imaginative play. Here’s how we used several different TOOBs. Plus, who doesn’t love mini construction vehicles!


EXTRA SENSORY BIN ITEMS

Gems, rocks, themed acrylic items, coins, and other small items are also a great addition to a sensory bin. They encourage counting, sorting, filling, dumping, and treasure hunting!


ADD EARLY LEARNING ACTIVITIES!

Add a magnet set to your sensory bin! Check out our magnetic sensory binAdd letters, numbers, and more to work on basic counting and recognition skills. Add the numbers and then add coins, pompoms, or other small items fro kids to count!

You can check out some of these mini sensory bins here for the alphabet or for counting! Or we check out some of the fun ways we use one bag of rice for awesome early learning rice sensory bins that are super simple! We also have a great travel size early learning sensory bin activity.


All of our best sensory bin items are perfect for using over and over again! You can make new themes for each season and each holiday. Check out these fall sensory bin ideas and Christmas sensory bin ideas, Spring sensory binsand Summer sensory bins.

I like to store my sensory bin fillers in large freezer bags inside a large tote. I also store the accessories the same way, so everything is easy to fin when I am ready to make a new sensory bin! You can make a new sensory bin any time if you are organized!

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