Why Sensory Play is Important + 10 Sensory Bin Ideas for Kids

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Erin of Makers shares why sensory play is vital along with lots of sensory bin concepts to encourage sensory play for little ones of all ages.

Sensory play… ah.. sensory play…

Sensory play is anything I was performing with my kiddos lengthy prior to I even knew it had a name.

I initially began setting up sensory play activities for them due to the fact I had lastly located a way to retain them engaged in a single activity for an extended period of time.

Little did I know that by generating these sensory play experiences, I was supporting their cognitive development, language improvement, gross and fine motor expertise, and social and emotional expertise all at the very same time!

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The Importance of Sensory Play for Kids

In a nutshell, sensory play is play that stimulates numerous senses at the very same time. This assists to construct pathways (or connections) involving nerves inside the brain which then assists to lay a strong foundation for more complicated tasks later down the road.

Children start to determine and recognize certain properties of an object (liquid or strong) and can make connections to other objects with these very same similarities. When we talk about the various properties and components of each and every, it introduces little ones to new vocabulary. That aids in language improvement, whilst the physical act of mixing, scooping and sifting strengthens fine and gross motor expertise.

Sensory bin for kids–ice & corn filler with flowers

Add in components to sensory bins that encourage imaginary play due to the fact when little ones have the chance to play with you and/or other people, it enhances their social and emotional expertise. 

All of these items advantage little ones of all ages, but particularly these 5 &amp below. 

Winter themed sensory bin with cinnamon sticks, cranberries & orange slices

How to Make Sensory Bins for Kids

Although it might appear a tiny overwhelming at initially, sensory play is in fact quite straightforward to incorporate at dwelling.

Begin by placing down a blanket, sheet or old shower curtain your little ones can spill items on. It’s very good to designate a ‘space’ for the sensory supplies, and don’t forget to generally encourage the supplies to remain in the bin. This is anything you will in all probability have to remind your little ones about normally.

At dwelling I’ve located myself saying, “If you can’t keep it in the bin right now, I’m going to pack it up and we can try again later…”

It’s quite substantially not possible for them not to spill at least a tiny, particularly when they’re focusing so really hard on creating these fine and gross motor expertise. But little ones should really know the supplies are supposed to remain in the designated location. 

military themed rice, lentil and corn bin

Sensory Bin Filler Ideas

Now that you have decided on a space for your sensory bins, get a massive but shallow bin and pick a filler.

colored rice and acorns bin
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A good spot to commence is with a fundamental filler like:

Kids sensory bin

If you are feeling added adventurous you can mix up a batch of:

There are also some superb sensory fillers like Cloud Clay made by Discount School Supply or Insta Snow which you can come across on Amazon. 

Winter themed sensory bin with snow, diggers & construction vehicles

How to Encourage Sensory Bin Play for Kids

Once you have a filler (which ideally should really cover the whole bottom of the bin), you can add in all the goodies. Sensory bins are so good due to the fact you can stagger the supplies you give your little ones to extend their play (and studying).

They’ll be quite curious about what’s in the bin, so initially give them items to scoop and items to fill, like spoons and bowls, cups, shovels, bottles, and so forth.

Sensory bin for kids

Scooping, filling, sifting, and stirring are all fantastic techniques for little ones to construct their fine and gross motor expertise. If you are employing a liquid base, assume about adding in a baster or employing droppers due to the fact the squeezing is a good way to strengthen their finger and hand muscle tissues. 

At this point, let your kid discover and experiment with the bin and the fundamental tools you have offered. Talk with your tiny a single about what they notice, really feel, smell, or hear.

  • Does it remind them of something?
  • Have they felt something like this prior to?
  • Do they like the way it feels?

All of these queries are good techniques to start a conversation to improve their language improvement.

Once they’ve had the likelihood to genuinely discover and learn, you can commence adding in some components that will encourage imaginary play––small, plastic figurines are a preferred of mine. Plus, you have in all probability got a bunch of these lying about at dwelling!

Do you have the complete Peppa Pig loved ones? Throw them in your sensory bins. Cars work! Dinosaurs work! Little dolls work! My preference is anything plastic that can be effortlessly rinsed off, but genuinely what ever you are comfy with and your kid enjoys playing with is good. 

colored rice and acorns bin

Extension Ideas for Sensory Bin Play

When you are carried out, place the lid on, retailer them away, and then bring them out at an additional time for more play. Or attempt altering the tools or the toys, and you might come across little ones invest just as substantially time with the bins as they did in the starting!

You can even incorporate a book to improve play. Read the book initially, and then let your kid play with the bin. Whatever the theme of your bin is, you are confident to come across a book that could go with it. 

Check out my Makers Instagram or Facebook feed for some distinctive themed sensory bins, and I hope you will start to adore sensory bins as substantially as I do! 

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Why Sensory Play is Important & 10 Sensory Bin Ideas for Kids

Originally published in artfulparent.com