One of my favorite things to create is sensory bins. I’m fascinated with a small box containing lots of little toys that can keep kids busy for long periods of time. And when they’re done you just pack everything up in the box and on the shelf it goes. This Under the Sea Sensory Bin is one of my favorites.
Most of the sensory bins that I make are filled with water beads, sand, pom-pom balls, rocks, marbles, water, and colored beans. The key is to have a variety of materials that will help kids stimulate the senses. The objects you add to the bin will depend on the theme of the sensory bin that you are creating.
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You can find a lot of small figures at the Dollar Store or on Amazon. I like to buy packs of animals or creatures like these. You can make all kinds of combinations to make your sensory bin more fun.
Some fun things you can do with your sensory bins:
- Count the items inside the bin
- Name each creature
- Make up a story about your sea or beach adventure
- Call out the colors you see inside the bin
- Close your eyes and scoop out items and try to guess what’s in your hand.
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I find our sensory bins to be great storytelling tools. We like to take turns making up silly names for the animals and any kind of bin where I add sand and rocks is always a hit.
Supplies to make an Under the Sea Sensory Bin:
- Plastic container with lid
- Play Sand or Kinetic Sand
- Rocks or Garden Stones
- Water Beads
- Sand Toys
- Sea Creatures
- Small Shovel, Rake, or Sifter
Steps to Build an Under the Sea Sensory Bin:
- Follow the instructions on the water beads package.
- Add kinetic sand to one side, lay the stones along the edge of the sand, and add the water beads to the other side.
- Add sea creatures and sand toys.
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Tip: If the water beads and sand touch, the sand may get slimy and the beads dirty but you can clean the water beads off with water and a fine-mesh strainer. Dry the sand out by laying it out flat on a cookie sheet and letting it air dry until it returns to its original texture.
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What kind of sensory play does your little one like? Share in the comments below.
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Meagan is in her mid-thirties and has been married for almost 10 years. She is a proud boy mom, happily navigating her way through the toddler years. She met her husband 20 years ago in high school; they got married 10 years later after graduating from the University of South Florida. Meagan currently helps run a family business with her parents and sister, while blogging about her life and taking care of her three-year-old son full time (at work)!
When she isn’t chasing her son around and constantly picking up Matchbox cars, she enjoys spending time with her family on a beach anywhere. She also loves decorating and organizing her home, delving into fun DIY projects, bargain shopping, and eating at unique restaurants. She also loves Barbecue anything and a good show or movie on Netflix.