We have so many awesome sensory bin ideas are such a great way for toddlers, preschoolers, and even kindergarteners to learn about their senses and be able to really get hands-on with touching, feeling and experiencing.
While kids are touching, smelling, listening and even sometimes tasting they’re exploring and learning without even realizing it. You can change out your sensory bins all the time because we have over 200 different sensory box ideas for your kids to play with!
Our Favorite Sensory Bin Ideas
Here are some super fun sensory boxes that we love. With so many options to choose from, it’s hard to pick just one!
Giant Sensory Bins
These are the ones that kids can sit inside and experience with their whole body.
Kiddie Pool Sensory Bins
- Shredded paper in a child’s pool (no water!) makes this duck hunt so much fun.
Bead Sensory Bin Ideas
This really cool wooden bead sensory bin comes from Rubber Boots and Elf Shoes and uses pipe cleaners as something to string the wooden beads on as part of the play.
Shaped beads make a really simple and easy sensory bead bin from Artsy Mama. I love the addition of sequins and alphabet beads.
Car Themed Sensory Play
Buggy and Buddy has a cool sensory box with a car theme. Using black beans as the color of the road, some yellow straws to make dotted lines and then pompoms the color of a traffic light.
Water Beads Sensory Box Ideas
Water beads are a blast! Here are over a dozen sensory box ideas where your kids can play with water beads.
Learn more about colors and the rainbow with this water bead sensory idea from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds.
Use water beads instead of water to make a sensory bin that is super cool. Via B-Inspired Mama
Have some fishy fun with this neat shark water bead sensory bin! Via 3 Dinosaurs
Make a super fun and adorable monster sensory bin. Via B-Inspired Mama
I love light table play, and this light table sensory bin is perfectly fun! Via Where Imagination Grows
Science-Themed Sensory Box Ideas
Make a solar system sensory bin for out of this world excitement. Via 1 + 1 +1 = 1
Magnetic Sensory Bin from Gift of Curiosity has a rice base and then a lot of things to experiment with as to what a magnet will pick up.
Jelly brain? Yep! This jelly brain sensory bin idea is from Best Toys 4 Toddlers and full of science-y fun!
A mechanical sensory tub? Yep! Best Toys 4 Toddlers has created this cool sensory experience using nuts and bolts. Fine motor skill training has never been more fun.
Inspect some cool and creepy creatures with this insect sensory bin. Via Stir the Wonder
Discover some rare bones with this dinosaur fossil sensory bin! Via Growing Book by Book
Let your kiddos break some ice and uncover some hidden toys in this Excavating activity. Via Mama of Many Blessings
With this frog sensory bin and pond unit, kids can have fun while learning about the pond system. Via Enchanted Schoolroom
Gardening Sensory Box Ideas
A garden sensory tub from Wugs and Dooey is almost art! The bin is full of things from the garden including wildflowers and feathers.
This garden sensory bin would be great when you’re learning about planting. Via Mama Papa Bubba
Let your kiddo pretend to grow some of the most beautiful flowers with this sunflower sensory bin! Via Rubber Boots and Elf Shoes
Make a garden bird seed sensory bin to play in and then let it sit outside to watch the birdies come eat! Via Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Gardening in fall means pumpkin patches! Have some fall-themed fun with this adorable pumpkin patch sensory bin! Via Life Over C’s
Beach Theme Sensory Bins
If you don’t have the opportunity to hit the beach this summer, bring it home with this Beach sensory bin! Via Mama.Papa.Bubba.
This ocean themed sensory experience for kids of all ages from toddler to early grade school is from Mama of Many Blessings and filled with aquarium rocks and all sorts of small sea toys.
Double the fun with this edible summer luau sensory bin! Via Excite and Explore
Animal Themed Sensory Play
Butterfly Sensory Bins
These 10 butterfly themed sensory bin ideas come from Suzy Homeschooler and will have your kids fluttering around the house!
Billy Goat Sensory Bin
Inspired by the book, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Growing by the Book created a sensory play bin for Kindergarten that emphasizes the concepts of big, medium and small.
What the Ladybird Heard Bin
This completely adorable (and very organized) small world play idea has a sensory bin component from Wugs and Dooey. As a great activity after reading the book, you will need craft sticks, oats, animal and people figurines, fake flowers, small shallow dish, toilet roll, small wooden block, wooden box and cereal balls.
Dinosaur Sensory Fun
Let’s go on a sensory dino dig with Fireflies and Mud Pies!
Color Based Sensory Fun
Have some messy and colorful fun with this enchanting colorful bubble foam bin. Via Mama.Papa.Bubba.
This very very red sensory bin is due to Gellibaff and is a unique way to play from In the Playroom. While Gellibaff is designed to go in the tub (now that would be a BIG sensory experience), it works great for a sensory box or bin as well.
Try a foaming color sensory bin from Life with Moore Babies which combines all sorts of awesomeness.
Color sorting from a sensory tub is a smart idea for preschoolers from The Weaving Ideas. Using a bin for sorting opens up all sorts of accessory play ideas.
Rainbow letters sensory bin from Growing Book by Book is a cleaver way to use paper for sensory learning.
Water Sensory Play
This really cool water sensory bin idea uses funnels and all sorts of fun containers to play with and interact with water. This is the Best Toys 4 Toddlers idea that is going to be a ton of fun.
Fantastic Fun and Learning shows us how to turn a simple water table into a marshmallow sensory bin!
Seasonal Sensory Play
Sensory Box Ideas Perfect for the Summer
A summer sensory bin is even more fun when you put it in a small blow up pool! Via The Chaos and The Clutter
This summer sensory idea is a bin from Mama of Many Blessings and is something you will want to do outside because it is full of temperature sensory fun with ice cubes!
Got peaches? How about using the fresh fruit as a sensory bin for little ones? I love this sweet smelling idea from Suzy Homeschooler.
Fall Sensory Bins
This fall sensory bin is from Rubber Boots and Elf Shoes and filled with all sorts of autumn sensory fun with wood stove pellets, popcorn kernels and more.
Winter Sensory Bins
Check out the chilly themed fun from Mama of Many Blessings that includes supplies like blue dyed pasta, plastic winter characters, sparkly snowflakes, pom poms, cotton balls, fake snow covered trees, styrofoam balls and toothpicks to make snowmen, blue and white beads.
Spring Ideas for Sensory Play
This rainbow jello sensory play bin is filled with different colors of jello from Craftulate. I thought it would be the perfect sensory addition to any spring showers conversation!
Try a flower button sensory bin for spring! This idea comes from 3 Dinosaurs and is a big box filled with all sorts of different shaped flower buttons.
Make spring flower soup! This fun sensory bin idea is from Crafts on Sea.
Holiday Sensory Play
Christmas Sensory Bin
Create this Nativity sensory bin filled with crinkle paper and peg dolls from Growing Hands On Kids to celebrate the Christmas holiday.
St Patricks Day Sensory Bin
Gift of Curiosity has the cutest idea for a St. Patricks Day sensory bin filled with all sorts of green goodies like gold coins and shamrock shapes hidden in a sea of dried green peas.
The luck of the Irish is sure to come your way with this sensory play idea from Mama of Many Blessings.
Valentines Sensory Bin
This sensory play is themed with red and pink and hearts for Valentine’s Day. From Suzy Homeschooler, you can follow along with the fun playing with silk rose petals, pom poms, heart shapes and foam stickers.
Another Valentines sensory bin comes from Mama of Many Blessings and is filled with heart shaped fun.
4th of July Sensory Bin
Gift of Curiosity has a colorful red, white and blue bin for the fourth of July. Grab some measuring cups because you will want to get in on the fun.
Thanksgiving Sensory Bin
The Chaos and the Clutter has a really fun idea to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with a Thanksgiving sensory bin.
Sensory Table Ideas for Kids
Life with Moore Learning has a really cool sensory table that is inspired by the book, Night of the Moonjellies. Kids will love touching the different textures and temperatures associated with jello made in mini muffin tins that are a part of this sensory table.
Unusual Sensory Recipes
Picklebums created this colorful (bright green) sensory play recipe out of corn flour paste, washing detergent and green paint. It looks delightful!
Inspiration Laboratories has a great way to integrate sensory play with a frozen oobleck play recipe. Frozen oobleck is cold and squishy, and it doubles the fun of normal oobleck.
Homemade Cloud Dough Sensory Experience
To celebrate the book Little Cloud by Eric Carle, Artsy Mama created this really fun homemade cloud dough that works really well in a sensory bin.
Travel Sensory Bins
Love this idea from B-Inspired Mama about how to make a sensory suitcase that travels when you do!
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