This spring sensory bin idea was inspired by a book about colors we read! The pastel colors of this floral sensory bin were a lot of fun to create and it provides so much much play value for a child. Combine a spring assortment of toys and flowers for the ultimate spring sensory bin.
Exploring new materials is exciting for kids! This sensory bin was a fun, new spin and it was exciting and fun to explore. Be sure to follow along on Instagram where I share fun activities for kids including behind the scenes content! Sensory bins provide children with many benefits. A few benefits include the fine-motor skill development as children scoop, stir, dig and pour. They also provide stimulation of multiple senses at the same time. These bins allow opportunities for children to naturally earn. You can incorporate stories, numbers, alphabet skills, and language development. One thing I always appreciate is that sensory bins capture the attention of my children for long periods of time.
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Spring Sensory Bin Supplies
- Clear Storage Bin
- Silicone Cupcake Liners
- Felt Flowers
- Pom Poms
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Easter Colors
- Green Popsicle Sticks
See the complete sesnroy bin setup with video here! The materials can be customized based on what you have on hand!
How To Set Up the Spring Sensory Bin
All activities should be supervised by an adult.
Start by preparing your sensory bin and your other supplies! I started with the spring theme in mind and worked our bin around the pastel colors.
Start with the base of your sensory bin. What sensory material do you want to use? We have used painted rice for our sensory bin but you will easily be able to substitute something else that is just right for your needs. It is so pretty even when the kids mix the rice all up – it still looks like spring!
Choose materials that you would like to incorporate. Check the materials you have on hand and see if you have things to put in your spring sensory bin for the kids to explore. I used the green popsicle sticks for the flower stems and felt flowers. We incorporated the cupcake liners that were for sorting colors and also the kids just love to scoop and dump with the liners. The pom poms were an added for sorting the colors into the cupcake liners.
This bin was a hit! It provided lots of entertainment and my kids keep revisiting it for play!
EXTEND THE SENSORY Play
There are so many early learning opportunities with sensory bins. Kids can simply scoop, fill, and empty the containers. They can practice counting the pom poms. You can identify colors and sort items by colors. You can also extend the learning by reading your favorite book. We enjoyed the Eric Carle The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Easter Colors to incorporate learning and fun with our spring sensory bin.
Tips for Sensory Play
- When you are finished with the sensory bin, I recommend storing sensory fillers in gallon storage bags. Store accessories separately and you can easily reuse your sensory bin fillers for another theme.
- Include a selection of items for kids to count.
- Sort items by color, shape, or size.
- Add measuring cups or spoons to your sensory bin.
- Add dice and have kids roll the dice, find and count out the correct number of pom poms.
- Use a tablecloth to keep cleanup easy. We use our corrdless vacuum to clean up any rice spilled on the floor but then I just empty it back into the sensory tray. The dry rice is simple to vacuum.
IF YOU DECIDE TO GIVE THIS SPRING SENSORY BIN A TRY, BE SURE TO LET ME KNOW! THINK OF ALL THE POSSIBILITIES – HOW WOULD YOU CUSTOMIZE YOUR SPRING SENSORY BIN?
LOOKING FOR MORE SPRING SENSORY ACTIVITIES?
Check out these fabulous posts if you want more spring sensory bin inspiration:
Spring Sensory Garden – This is a spring sensory garden bin made with black beans.
Pretend Vegetable Garden – This pretend vegetable garden is the perfect activity for kids in the spring and summer months.
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