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Updated: Oct 26, 2021

What is a sensory bin?

Sensory bins are a fun way to explore the senses and incorporate tactile exploration. They are typically a large bin filled with different types of wet or dry materials that vary in texture. In the bins with the wet or dry materials you can hide some preferred items or toys. The child can explore through the sensory bin to find all of the hidden items or toys. The ideas of sensory bins can be endless!

What are the benefits?

The benefits of using a sensory bin is to help explore and challenge the tactile sensory system. Using tactile play can be calming and more regulating which can help with attention to tasks. As well as, helping desensitize the tactile system. It can also help build nerve connections in the brain which can help with development of fine motor skills. Sensory bins don’t ONLY target the tactile system, it also will target other sensory systems like: sight, smell, sound, & taste (in some cases). It can also address problem solving, scooping & pouring, visual motor skills, and fine motor skills.

Sensory bin ideas:

  • Dried beans

  • Dried rice

  • Dried pasta

  • Orbee’s (water beads) <