100 Things to Put in Sensory Bins

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100 Things to Put in Sensory Bins:

bright colorful sensory play bin ideas

Edible Things to Put in Sensory Bins:

handful of white sand and rocks

Just because these are edible that simply means that they are generally non-toxic with accidental exposure in the mouth! Keep in mind any food allergies or choking hazards depending on the age of your children using your sensory bins! Also, food CAN spoil if it wet so make sure to keep an eye on any mildew that may grow if drool or water ends up in your sensory bins!

coconut flakes
potato flakes
salt
sugar
chia seeds
oatmeal
cornstarch
cornmeal
grits
flour
popcorn
baking soda
jello
beans (lentils, pinto, kidney, lima, black, etc.)
pasta
water
cranberries
cereal
peas
coffee beans / grinds

Craft Supplies to Put in Sensory Bins:

handful of pom pom balls craft

Chances are if you’ve got kids then you’ve got a stash of craft supplies somewhere! You can use just about anything from your craft stash in your sensory bins! The Dollar Tree is a great place to get small amounts of items if you need just one bin! Craft sand there is the cheapest too!

pom pom balls
feathers
pipe cleaners
tissue paper
bells
water beads
buttons
sequins
Perler beads
cotton balls
shredded paper
ribbon
glitter
wine corks


Nature Items to Put in Sensory Bins:

handful of moss green

I absolutely love incorporating nature into any type of sensory play we do – and after all, it’s free! Have your kids help you gather things from outdoors to add into your sensory bins and activity time!

birdseed
leaves
sand
pinecones
rocks / pebbles
dirt
sticks
acorns
wood slices
grass
flowers
sawdust
straw
moss
seashells
pine chips / hamster bedding
coconut substrate (found in reptile section at pet store)

Other Things to Put in Sensory Bins:

handful of glass beads colorful

popcorn kernels
hair gel
sponges (cosmetic or kitchen!)
poly-fill pellets
cotton batting
sand paper (on bottom)
ice
grated soap
cut up straws
shredded paper
slime
cellophane
bubble wrap
cotton balls
LEGOs

Have some clever ideas to add to our sensory bin list? Leave a comment and let me know what you would add to this list!