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Sensory Bin Basics

If you know me, you know my love of sensory play runs deep. Sensory bins are easy to throw together and are always a hit for a large range of ages. But more than just fun, sensory play is crucial for brain development, aids in fine and gross motor skills, fosters language development, and helps develop creativity and imagination!

So you’re ready to start integrating more sensory play at home, but don’t know where to start? I’ll go more in-depth about my favorite sensory bin bases in future posts,. Typically, they’re taste-safe and made from supplies you likely have at home already. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite tools and supplies for sensory exploration:

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1. Favorite Bin for Individual Sensory Play

These Sterilite bins are the perfect size for individual sensory play at home. I love that they have latches, to keep contents safely inside when storing!

2. Favorite Sensory Bin for Larger Group

Bins, like this under the bed storage one, are a great size for group sensory play and the edges are low enough for little hands to easily each in!

3. More Traditional Sensory Tubs and Tables

Tubs and sensory tables like this one are also great options if you have the space for them!

4. Measuring Cups and Nesting Cups

Great for scooping and pouring.

5. Acrylic Scoops

These give me such nostalgia for childhood and trips to Sweet Factory in the mall. They’re also perfect tools for scooping and pouring during sensory play!

6. Handy Scoopers

These are fantastic for fine motor skill honing. I recently shared another Learning Resources set I love for sensory play at the beach or in the water. Search my Summer PLAYlist for those!

7. Gator Grabbers

Another excellent tool for honing fine motor skills from Learning Resources. These are particular good for younger toddlers.

8. Funnel Set

With these basics to get you started you are well on your way!

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