Have you ever prepared a sensory bin for your child or students? A sensory bin is simply a container with objects for children to explore. They keep kids happy and busy – but did you know that you can use them to promote language development and teach new concepts?
Today I’m excited to welcome Kim of Life Over C’s! Kim has a beautiful blog with countless printables and activities for teaching kids at home or school. I’m so grateful to her for sharing some of her family’s favorite sensory activities while we enjoy our new baby.
We love sensory bins at our house! We love them for playing, and I especially love them for keeping the kids occupied and relatively quiet. But we also use sensory bins for learning & language development. I love to take a simple sensory bin and use it to introduce new words and concepts with my special needs preschooler.
Plus, sensory bins are a fresh way to use math and literacy centers for early elementary kids!
This snowflake sensory bin is great for a child who does not like to touch actual snow. My daughter is quite bothered by real snow, but she loved playing in this sensory bin. We talked about words like “fluffy, snowflake, cold, winter, and ice.”
This winter I Spy Tube is another fun way to explore winter colors and sights! It’s completely customizable to whatever you want to explore!
This bright Valentine Pasta sensory bin is a great way to work on threading and fine motor skills while the kids are playing! Then extend the fun by adding in some learning activities like we did with this Valentine Broken Heart Addition Activity.
A rice based sensory bin can be a fun way for older kids to explore words in a literacy center. We used it for working on sight words, but you can put puzzles, clip cards and sorting activities in a sensory bin too.
This sparkly garden sensory bin is perfect for working on fine-motor skills! My daughter loves using the tiny spoons to pick up things!
We used this color themed Flower garden sensory activity to count, learn the names of colors and work on our fine-motor skills some more! Kids love the feel of the special sand dough.
You can also use sensory bins to learn about habitats like we did with this super fun River & Pond Habitat Sensory bin.
I hope that these sensory bins will inspire you to look at learning in a new way! What sensory bin are you going to try first?
Kim is a work-at-home mom of four awesome daughters (ages 12, 11, 8, and a special needs 4-year-old). She is in her eighth year of homeschooling and, before recently returning to the States, lived overseas for nine years. Kim shares free printables, educational activities, and family life on Life Over C‘s. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.