Have you ever wanted to make sensory bins but didn’t know what to fill them with for sensory play? Here is our list of our 10 favorite sensory bin fillers for you to try to make up a fun sensory bin any time of the year. We have quite a few resources to get you on your way to making awesome sensory bins for early childhood development. Check out these best sensory bin fillers for multiple ages to enjoy playing together!
THE BEST SENSORY BIN FILLERS FOR FUN SENSORY PLAY FOR KIDS!
WHY MAKE A SENSORY BIN?
Sensory bins are wonderful hands-on fun for many ages, including toddlers, kindergarteners to preschoolers! Many early learning skills can be developed through sensory bin play including social and emotional communication, literacy, fine motor skills, and more!
Sensory bins provide an outlet for children to engage in a meaningful way and also receive sensory input that their little minds and bodies crave.
Exploring through touch and feel can be a positive experience for most children. Sensory input from sensory bins works with your child’s nervous system. You may find your child prefers some sensory bin fillers over others, so don’t give up trying! Let your child be your guide!
10 BEST SENSORY BIN FILLERS
Do you have a favorite sensory bin filler? We have gathered a collection of our favorite sensory bin fillers, that are easy to find or make, and inexpensive as well. I like sensory bin fillers I can easily store after play time is done and are easy to take back out again. These best sensory bin fillers don’t include ones that are too messy or or can only be used once, but we love those too! These ones listed below are my favorite sensory bin materials for easy storage and re-use.
Colored rice is number one on our list of favorite sensory bin fillers! Find out how to dye rice for beautiful colors to fit your themes. Here’s our resource for more than 50 rice sensory bin ideas for all seasons! Rice has to be one of the quickest and easiest sensory bin fillers out there!
2. COLORED PASTA
Simple staples from your pantry can make quick and easy sensory bin fillers. Check out our simple recipe for how to dye pasta for an inexpensive sensory bin filler.
3. AQUARIUM ROCKS
These brightly colored rocks make easy sensory bin fillers and are great for so many sensory play ideas! Check some of the ways we used our aquarium rocks as part of our 20 books with sensory play activities!
4. WATER BEADS
Easy to find and easy to make, water beads make a great sensory bin filler! They also provide a very unique tactile sensory experience!
Check out ways we have used our water beads:
5. COLORED SAND
6. SHREDDED PAPER
Make sure of the mounds shredded paper you may have on hand. Grab some from the dollar store or make your own, shredded paper makes a fun but messy sensory bin filler.
7. COLORED SALT
Salt is an inexpensive and easy option for sensory bin fillers. Find out how to dye salt to make beautiful colored salt for hours of fun sensory play!
Have you ever thought of water as a sensory bin filler? No wonder water is one of our favorite choices for sensory play! There are so many things you can do with water, including freezing it and creating a fun ice melt play activity.
Check out these fun sensory play ideas with water and ice:
- Water Sensory Table Ideas
- Frozen Dinosaur Eggs
- Ice Activities For Simple Sensory Play
- Arctic Ice Melt
All kinds of household dried beans and peas make a great sensory bin filler. Plus, they store well and keep for ages!
Popping corn makes another fun sensory bin filler!
10. CLOUD DOUGH
Cloud dough makes our list of favorite sensory bin fillers because it is so versatile for playing with. It also keeps nicely for quite a while.
Check out our homemade Cloud Dough Recipe
Here’s a few variations for scented play with cloud dough:
These sensory fillers make awesome any day play and can be easily adapted to fit your themes, lesson plans or play ideas for toddlers, kindergarteners and preschoolers.
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What are your favorite sensory bin fillers?
BEST SENSORY BIN FILLER IDEAS FOR FUN SENSORY PLAY!
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