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Ready to spark some chilly fun and unleash creativity? Then you’ll love this fantastic winter sensory activity: an ice castle sensory bin. It’s a fun way to engage young children, develop fine motor skills, and explore winter fun! Get ready for a flurry of excitement as we blend white kinetic sand, peg people, and castle building blocks to create this easy winter sensory bin!


Making a Winter Sensory Bin

Making a winter sensory bin is a fun and hands-on activity that will bring the winter wonderland indoors. This sensory activity not only helps develop fine motor skills but also provides a fun opportunity for imaginative play.

This winter sensory bin is perfect for preschoolers who are just beginning to work on their fine motor skills and sensory development! Exploring textures with white kinetic sand, peg people, and castle building blocks provides a sensory-rich experience, adding excitement to playtime.

When kids grab, stack, and arrange things like building blocks, peg people, or ice cubes in the bin, they’re actually working on their hand-eye coordination. Discussing colors, shapes, and elements in the bin during play contributes to language development in children.

Whether you’re crafting ice caves or building a frozen world, a winter ice castle sensory bin is an easy and enjoyable way to explore the magic of the winter season right in your own home!

Check out more easy to make winter sensory bin ideas!

The Benefits Of Sensory Bins

Are sensory bins worth it? Yes, they are worth it. The more basic you keep the sensory bin, the better off you are. Remember, you create a tactile experience for your kids, not a Pinterest image. While we have fantastic pictures of sensory bins, they only stay that way for a minute!

Sensory bins are awesome hands-on tools for children to learn about their world and senses! Sensory play may calm a child, focus a child, and engage a child.

Here’s what children can learn from sensory bins:

Practical Life Skills ~ Sensory bins let a child explore, discover and create play using practical life skills (dumping, filling, scooping) and learn valuable play skills.

Play Skills {emotional development} ~ For both social play and independent play, sensory bins allow children to play cooperatively or side by side. My son has had many positive experiences with other children over a bin of rice!

Language Development ~ Sensory bins increase language development by experiencing all there is to see and do with their hands, which leads to great conversations and opportunities to model language.

Understanding 5 Senses ~ Many sensory play bins include a few of the 5 senses! Imagine a bin of brightly colored rainbow rice: touch the loose grains against the skin, see the vivid colors as they mix together, and hear the sound of sprinkling over a plastic container or shaken in a plastic egg!

Helpful Sensory Bin Resources

There’s so much more to learn about sensory bins and sensory play.

Tips for Using This Winter Sensory Bin

Add In Your Own Accessories

Feel free to add different materials as you see fit for this sensory play activity. Some fun ideas are plastic artic animals, ice blocks, shaving cream, fake snow, white rice, and even cotton balls!

Check out how to make your own fake snow.

Great For Small Group Play

Use this fun activity during the winter months to supplement kids’ lesson plans, whether you’re a parent or teacher. You can use this as an after-school activity or as a learning center for small groups.

Get Outdoors

When the colder weather rolls around, take your kids or students outside to see what real snow looks like for even more sensory fun! Check out more activities with real snow.

Get Your Free Winter Sensory Play Guide

This free winter sensory guide will add a little sensory play to your day this season!

​How to Make a Winter Ice Castle Sensory Bin


  • Deep Tray
  • White Kinetic Sand 
  • Small Evergreen Trees 
  • Peg People
  • Castle Building Blocks 
  • Pine Cones

Sensory Bin Set Up:

STEP 1: Fill the tray with kinetic sand.

Check out our DIY kinetic sand recipe to make your own kinetic sand.


STEP 2: Add evergreen trees, peg people, and building blocks to the kinetic sand.


STEP 3: Use the building blocks to build an ‘ice castle’. Have fun building and pretending with this winter sensory bin!


More Sensory Bin Ideas For Preschoolers

Explore more fun winter sensory bins and Christmas sensory bins.

More Fun Winter Activities for Preschoolers

We have even more activities with winter themes for kids of all ages to enjoy, from younger kids to older children!

Explore winter science experiments, build winter LEGO ideas, make winter crafts, play with winter slime and more.

Printable Preschool Winter Pack

Perfect for 3-to 6-year-olds in a preschool classroom, learning center, or home. Easy to set up and use with one kiddo or a classroom. This themed pack includes a book and supply list to help you easily set up the activities.

⭐️ Tip: Grab the Preschool Themes Growing Bundle and save money! ⭐️ 

Activities Include:

  • Flip Books
  • Dot Mittens 
  • Sensory Bin
  • Sequencing
  • Geoboard Templates
  • Writing Center
  • Tracing Cards
  • Board Game
  • Cover Up Game
  • Matching Game
  • Puzzles
  • Playdough Mats