Sensory bins are a wonderful way to incorporate imaginary play into your child’s day. The scenes are simple, fun for a range of ages (supervision may be required) and will keep little hands busy for hours. Best of all, sensory bins encourage independent play, enhance fine motor skills and foster problem solving. These activities also promote teamwork and sharing when multiple children are playing together.
This construction sensory bin is one of our favorites. It’s so versatile, allowing you to take the basic concept then change/add to create a new experience each time. The pinto beans in this sensory bin can be substituted for black beans, cornmeal, sand, rice, popcorn kernels and so much more. Additionally, you can add extras beyond the base material and vehicles. We love to add construction/traffic signs, rocks, natural wood elements, bowls, scoops and other toys.
- 1 Plastic storage bin
- I used the Sterlite 28qt under bed storage bin
- 6 Pounds of dry pinto beans
- Add more or less for your needs
- Mini construction vehicles or mini vehicle set
- Toy construction or traffic signs
- I used signs and bushes we already had from our train track set but it looks like Target, Amazon and Lakeshore Learning all have great options
- Measuring cups or scoops
- Decorative rocks and natural wood items
- I recommend checking your local craft or hobby store
- Additional toys
- Look around the house for toys you already own or visit your local dollar store for affordable new additions
Sensory bins can be a great gift idea, especially as many of us remain at home and continue to look for engaging indoor activities for our littles. It’s easy to toss the dry ingredients into a bag to save for later and begin a new sensory bin experience with new supplies/themes for the day.