What is a sensory bin?
Sensory bins are a great way for children to explore and play in a hands-on way that engages their senses of taste, touch, smell, hearing, and sight.
Sensory bins can be as intricate or simple as you’d like. No matter what, the main focus should be setting up a space so your child can add on a crucial and fun experience to their online montessori preschool experience. Read on for 7 great sensory bin ideas!
7 sensory bin ideas
- Water beads
Water beads can engage your child’s senses of sight and touch. Water beads are inexpensive, and can be found easily online or in-store! Fill a bin up with water, and add your desired amount of beads. Leave this out overnight, and in the morning, your child will be able to play during their virtual montessori preschool classes!
- Kinetic sand
Kinetic sand engages your child’s senses of sight, touch, and even sound! Kinetic sand is another inexpensive material that can be bought in many craft stores, as well as online. Try having your child pick up some sand and drop it down into the bin to hear what kind of sounds it makes. You can also add plastic spoons or scoopers so they have something other than their hands to dig into it with!
- Water A water bin can engage your child’s senses of sight, touch, sound and even smell! All that is required is a bin filled with water, and the opportunities are endless! You can add in their favorite bubble bath to create a foaming experience that smells good. You can also add in some of your child’s favorite bath time toys.
Rice is a pantry staple that doubles as a fun sensory experience when put into a sensory bin! Rice can be dyed to become colorful, and can also be scooped with spoons or scoopers, just like kinetic sand. While your child shouldn’t eat uncooked rice, saving some rice on the side and cooking it can also allow your child to engage their sense of taste while touching the rice, seeing the rice, and hearing what sounds it makes during their online Montessori preschool playtime.
- Packing peanuts
Packing peanuts come in many packages when we order things online. Instead of throwing them out, reuse them in your child’s sensory bin! Packing peanuts are soft and crunchy when squeezed, making them a dream for the senses of touch and sound.
- Plastic grass
Plastic grass can be found at most party stores, and is a unique way to engage your child’s sense of touch and sight. Plastic grass is colorful and vibrant, and a unique texture to touch. Adding in small plastic animals or plastic eggs can add a fun surprise to discover while playing.
- Shaving cream
Many people have shaving cream on hand already, and a little can go a long way when it comes to creating a sensory bin experience! Adding baking soda to the shaving cream can also create homemade snow!
Remember to put down a blanket or mat below the sensory bin to catch any spills that might happen. Also, make sure to remind your child to keep their materials in the sensory bin, because that’s what it’s for! The possibilities are endless when it comes to what to add to a sensory bin, but these are some great starting places to ensure your child gets the most out of their online Montessori preschool experience!
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