Ocean Sensory Bin

A Boy’s Ocean Fascination

Due to Bear’s current fascination with everything ocean-related, I created an ocean sensory bin focused on the underwater world.  We use a plastic under the bed storage bin for our indoor sensory tub.  That way, I can actually put a lid on it and slide it under the bed until next time.  I already had the colored rice to use as the main component in the bin.  It was a mix of all the dyed rice we’d used in previous bins.  I opted not to re-dye because I thought it added a nice contrast and didn’t quite have the time.

Materials Used for Ocean Sensory Bin:

Colored rice

Multiple style blue and iridescent sequins

Blue and teal pony beads*

Blue foam threading buttons

Blue shower curtain rings*

Plastic turtles

Fish water-squirters*

Plastic toy ocean animals*

Ocean animal erasers*


Blue plastic rake and shovel

*dollar store finds


As an extension of the activity, I gave Bear tongs as a way to practice his small motor skills and hand-eye coordination.  He went “digging” for seashells and “fishing” for the various ocean animals.  Sensory bins are a great way to integrate learning and hand development.  Kids love playing while they learn!

Since I already had the rice and fillers and I only bought the ocean specific items, this sensory bin cost me about $8.00.  That’s not bad for the hours of fun we’re having playing with it!

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About Andie Jaye

Andie Jaye is a former preschool teacher turned SAHM of two kiddos. Her blog, Crayon Freckles, is an eclectic mix of play, art, and learning activities. Mingled in are her perspectives on being a crunchy momma, having a long-haired hippy boy and using follow-your-gut parenting. See more of Andie on Crayon Freckles' Facebook page, on Pinterest or on her parenting teens site Why Does My Teen?